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Podcast with Nandan Nilekani: After Infosys & Aadhar, What are his Current Passion Projects?

Co-founder of Infosys, creator of the Unique Identity (UID) Aadhar in India, an author, and an investor — there are many hats that Nandan Nilekani wears with panache! How does he still manage to be so active and enthusiastic? I asked Nandan himself this question for the podcast and this is what he said. “Well, I continue to be excited by seeing what’s happening in the world, in technology. I’m a big believer that India’s challenges can be met by technological leapfrogging,” he says.

Being a serial investor — he has invested in 12 start-ups so far — he says the one thing he looks for in a prospective company is the people. “I always look for a great team. For me, people are the most important. Then, of course, the idea and business plan, and the desire to build a company. I look for those who want to change an industry and a sector.”

One interesting factoid about him is that he owns a house in Coonoor that once belonged to the grandparents of the father of computing, Alan Turing!

Listen to the podcast, where he talks about all this and more.

You can catch over a dozen interviews I have done with Movers & Shakers here at The Hindu Businessline.

Upcoming Podcasts at CNN Asia Business Forum

I’m right now in Bangalore to attend the CNN Asia Business Forum, which is an invite only event that brings together key business leaders and thought influencers to assess India’s position in a tumultuous global economy.
I’ve lined up podcast interviews with very interesting personalities. The list includes:

Ajay Singh, CEO of SpiceJet Airlines

Phee Teik Yeoh, CEO of Vistara Airlines

Nandan Nilekani, Cofounder of Infosys

Yesterday I had a very interesting interaction with Sunita Rajan, Senior Vice President, Advertising  Sales at CNN.

In the conversions, I look forward to digging into their career journey, life lessons and explore new ideas and innovations that capture their imagination.

Very excited for the event.

Got Questions for MD of LG Electronics India?

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As part of my continuing journey to interview corporate head-honchos for Kiruba.TV, I’m meeting up with Mr.Soon Kwon, the Managing Director of LG Electronics India.

Soon Kwon is a LG veteran and has been with the organization for the past 25 years.  He has had a wealth of experience in managing international markets, sales and administration.

He was the President and CEO of LG Electronics Business Solutions company before being appointed to the new role. Earlier, he served as a Managing Director at LG Australia in 2009. He has also held senior positions within LG in the US and Canada.  He is passionate about Golf and enjoys reading.

I’m off to Delhi to meet up with him and if you have any questions for him, please send it to me at Kiruba@Kiruba.com. I would be happy to ask him on your behalf.

My Turn to be Interviewed: Podcast with Rajeev Suri

At the India Digital Summit in New Delhi, organized by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India), I was introduced to a very interesting person. The person had an infectious smile, overdose of positivity and a boisterous laugh. Say hello to Rajeev Suri, a Senior VP with Reliance Group and who has had leadership roles at Infosys, Colgate-Palmolive and Cafe Coffee Day. More about at his Linkedin profile.

Rajeev and I share a common passion. Podcasting and interviewing leaders. I pulled him aside to get him on my show but he laid a condition that I should appear on his show too. The deal was stuck. Here is the video of our conversation where Rajeev asks me some very interesting questions. My part of the deal is due soon.

You can watch more of Rajeev’s podcasts here.

Podcast Interview with K.V.Prasad, Ford’s ‘What Next’ Guy.

I’m here at the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum on an invitation from Ford and NASSCOM to conduct an unconference for digital influencers in the automotive space.  I decided to take this opportunity to fix an appointment for a podcast interview with Mr.K.V.Prasad.

K. Venkatesh Prasad is Ford’s “What’s Next” guy, responsible for fostering global cross-functional innovation at Ford.  He  is the founding leader of Ford Motor Company’s Infotronics Technologies Group – a globally distributed activity the company established in 1998.

In this capacity, he oversees Ford Motor Company’s engagement in global multimedia standards and the related development of vehicle communications & computing technologies. Earlier, Dr. Prasad led research in the area of computer vision, electronic imaging and pattern recognition.

He imagined the vehicle as a software platform where features and services could be beamed in from the outside – without incremental built-in hardware. That revolutionary mind-set led to the development of Ford SYNC. Software-based, the voice-activated SYNC system allows Ford and Lincoln vehicle owners to seamlessly connect to their cell phones, MP3 players and a host of other features and services in and through their vehicle – hands-free.

Prasad was born in Chennai and attended schools there and in Bengaluru, Pune and New Delhi. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering from NIT-Trichy in 1980, and holds double Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from IIT-Madras and Washington State University, Pullman. He completed his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering in 1990 from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ in USA.

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