Steve Jobs said “‘Everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” These lines have had a deep rooted impact on my soul and mind and are at the very foundation of my belief system. I feel that the combination of technology and entrepreneurship is extremely beautiful and possesses the true ability to push the human race forward hence, my aim is to build technology companies that provide innovative and efficient solutions to real world problems and make engineering deliver more to mankind. My zeal for entrepreneurship and childlike excitement for innovation pushed me to start my first company QB, a robust queue busting platform, during the third year of my Undergraduate Degree. I built and led a team of four and eventually our startup was selected for the funding and incubation from the Government of Dubai. I became the youngest ever CEO of a startup to have received this prestigious incubation. QB was also recognized as one of the top 10 startups by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, beating more that 350 startups from the GCC region. For my work with QB, I was also awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by my alma mater, BITS Pilani Alumni Association (BITSAA International).
As a trained electrical and electronics engineer, my interests relate to research in advanced areas of EEE applications where other disciplines merge. Among the many things that I feel interested in, robotics is quite prominent. While the demand for autonomous systems and robotic devices is on the upswing, I see a number of challenges being faced by robotics startups like Invento, the maker of India’s very first Mitra range of robots. Most of these relate to hardware acquisition and supply chain and very clearly, the eco system that is need is building up much slower than we need it. I want to explore the possibility of setting up a lab that designs chips and electronics assemblies for robot-makers on demand. Even giants like Honda and Boston Dynamics demand high-tech component supplies as they are looking at launching their bestselling concept robots, as well as scaling up the production of the bestsellers like Asimo and the Big Dog. I also feel I can supply to the energy industry, which is perhaps the biggest playground today for AI and analytics.
I want to work in areas where I can combine AI with multiple other technologies to build Intelligent systems powerful enough to balance smartgrids, manage demand, negotiate actions, enable self-healing and also enable hosting of new products and services. I believe that AI has the potential of not just helping in the energy transition, it will also make utility operations more efficient and effective by mastering rapid analysis of unstructured data, which is a whopping 80 percent of an organization’s total data typically. Also, I feel very attracted towards the Blockchain technology since it has the potential to redefine extremely important things like trust and security in technology.