"You only live once, but if you do it right - once is enough."
EX: Biggest milestone in your life.
HIM: Turning Intex into a $1 billion worth group, and making it a leading Indian mobile handset and consumer durable brand. Also, another milestone was buying an IPL team (Gujarat Lions) as the youngest team owner at 23 and driving it to unprecedented success – the feeling still gives me great satisfaction.
EX: Book(s) that have influenced your life.
HIM: ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen R. Covey and ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. I also enjoyed reading ‘The Blue Ocean Strategy’ by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne.
EX: An unusual app on your smartphone.
HIM: AI based day planner app.
EX: The next product on your tech-wishlist.
HIM: Self-driven cars are big on my wishlist. Can’t wait to own one soon.
EX: 3 habits you think are most important in order to be an effective leader.
HIM: Planning my day/month in advance, visualizing the desired outcome and detailed orientation to see that the outcome becomes a reality.
EX: The best tech innovation according to you.
HIM: Recently, I have been reading a lot about smart cities and smart homes. In Toronto, Google’s parent company Alphabet has implemented analytics and sensors to rethink how cities are built and run; and how people live in them. The integration of urban design with cutting-edge technology in order to make ‘smart cities’ is something that excites me every day.
EX: Your ideas and views on sustainable technology
HIM: Technology has a big role to play in sustainable development of the society and the right technologies are available today. The challenge is to deploy them in the right way. In my view, technology has to be affordable, applicable and scalable to future needs.
EX: Your upcoming career goals
HIM: Well, we are working day and night to take Intex to new heights not only in India but globally. I have personally taken a goal to make it a hugely respected Indian MNC in a couple of years. I am also very passionate about sports, we are investing in this field. We have already invested in some sports related start-ups like Rooter and Super Fight League.