Event Report : TiE Pune My Story Session with Anand Khandekar : 6th Apr. 2012 : Pune

TiE Pune organized My Story session with Mr. Anand Khandekar on 6th Apr. 2012.

Anand Khandekar is 72 years young and can be best described as a doyen of Pune’s IT industry. He founded Yojana Systems the first 100% Software EOU way back in 1989.. yes 1989 when the fastest link he worked with was 1.2 KBPS,  something inconceivable today in the gigabit era. His next assignment was leading Motorola’s (now gobbled up by Google) India Dev Center which became the first ever SEI CMM Level 5 company. He then came back to Pune to start Cirrus Logic center in Pune doing pioneering the work in multimedia embedded s/w on programmable DSP and parallel processing chips. In July 2000, he was Founding Chairman of Pace Soft Silicon, a VC funded company focused on creating IP and s/w products in the domain of video and multimedia on Mobile wireless. This company pioneered the software camcorder on Mobile phones in 2004. Pace received Nasscom Innovation award in Feb 2005. Pace was acquired in Dec 2005, by Santa Clara based company, Nvidia, a world leader in graphics, multimedia and high performance computing. Continuing as Director Pune Development Center of Nvidia and Chief Mentor from Mar 2006 to April 2010, building it from 35 to 670 high performing people.

Along the way, he became the First Chairman of the IT Committee of Marhatta Chamber of  Commerce and Industries in Pune, in 1996. Prepared and drove the Strategic Plan for making Pune, a major IT destination, along with a  few committed S/W Entrepreneurs and the STPI (Pune). Pune’s  IT exports grew from Rs. 125 Crores (US$ 25 Million) in Mar 1996, to Rs. 30,000 Crores ( approx US$ 6 Billion ) in Mar 2010. He then pioneered the Gaming and Animation movement in Pune.

Anand has actively mentored many software companies in Pune like Compulink Systems, KPIT-Cummins, Persistent Systems, etc. and held board positions in some of these.

All the above accomplishment of Anand have been AFTER having Served, with distinction, in the Indian Navy for 25 years with specialisation in Electronics, communications and Weapons Systems with various postings in India and London. This is where his title of Commodore comes from.

Today, he continues his passion of mentoring by serving as Chief Mentor for a Students’ NGO called FUEL (Friends Union for Energising Lives).

This NGO creates awareness amongst the rural and semi-urban students from 10th and 12th Standards.

Anand has not only been a witness to the growth of IT and ITES in Pune, but has actively orchestrated it over his long career.

The session was houseful as you can realize with the picture.

Clarion Venture Partners sponsored the event.

Quick info about Clarion Venture Partners:

They have invested in 4 startups in 2011 and plan to invest in 15 startups in 2012

1) Space & infrastructure to get you started
2) Funds for staff salaries & expenses for 1 year
3) Help with operations through shared incubation
4) Help with marketing through shared CMO
5) Help with sales through Lead Gen & Sales Outsourcing
6) Help with finding Board of Advisors through network
7) Ongoing mentoring & coaching to help attain success

Ms. Swati Agarwal presented the memento to Mr. Khandekar.

We asked participants to share their experience and and here is what Ms Arti Agarwal, HR – Operations, Husys has to say:

It was my first opportunity to attend the My story session, and I wish to congratulate TiE Pune for taking such great initiatives that help and inspire the entrepreneurs, who choose to take the path less traveled..!!

This time, none other than but the doyen of Pune’s IT Industry, Anand Khandekar, presented his 72 years story in a compact mere 2 hours time and left us all inspired.

The best part of Anand (he prefers to be addressed by his first name and not as “Sir” ) is that even though he has been an achiever and a pioneer in life, he is equally down to earth to share about his good and bad experiences for us to learn from.

To put it in a nutshell, we all would strive our best to reach the quality of a Navy SEAL (as he calls it) (SEAL training is very rigorous, having a reputation as some of the toughest anywhere in the world.) to achieve our aspirations and contribute to the society.

One more participant Mr. Arvind Agarwal from FLAME, Pune says:

This was an excellent event. Mr Khandekar had a clear idea and focus for each of his pioneering activities, though he might not have pursued opportunities proactively. He kept his eyes and ears open and jumped on opportunities that he felt were promoting his personal vision further. Sometime though he mentioned he may not have known the final outcome of these activities. It is this confidence that he transferred to his team, and created an environment that allowed his team members also to research and take chances without the fear of failure.

This is something that I took away from his session. He was very open and spoke from his heart and did not mind sharing his true feelings. Congratulations to you for bringing such a luminary amongst us.

Click here to view photographs taken during the meet.

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  • GR Husys

    This is a great beginning… wish TIE pune to have a great success in Fostering Entrepreneurship….