Thank you for checking out Rocking Entrepreneur Podcast! As your host, Tushar Sharma, it gives me immense pleasure to launch Rocking Entrepreneur with the following kick-off episode:
About Rocking Entrepreneur
At Rocking Entrepreneur, we will bring you inspiring interviews of successful Indian entrepreneurs and businessmen from all over the world. People who have gone after something great and successfully accomplished it. Rocking entrepreneur offers you an unprecedented insight into the real lives of these rockstars. You’ll get to hear them, their stories and their journey, with their perspective.
This is a podcast where the entrepreneurs get candid and paint a clear, transparent picture about their past, their challenges, their success and all the details in between to get them there.
About Tushar Sharma
I am originally from Mandi, a little town in the Himalayas; but I grew up in various cities – Mumbai, Jorhat and Baroda, to name a few. After High School, I was accepted to IIT Madras where I studied biotechnology. I completed my bachelors and was ready to join a great company with an excellent package. It was at that time when my best mentor, to this date, gave me a sound piece of advice, to which I follow even today: do not run after the money. Money will only give you temporary satisfaction. Follow your dreams. From that, I left the opportunity for a job offer and came to the US for my masters and PhD in biomedical engineering. I completed my masters in 2 years and my PhD in another 2.5 years and then went into a postdoc. Within a year, I moved to Portland to work in the semiconductor industry as a senior process engineer.
Tushar and Entrepreneurship:
My fascination with entrepreneurship began during my time at IIT. There were numerous interactions with highly successful entrepreneurs, and many other amazing, inspiring people. I still remember to this day, a man visiting from Kentucky was talking to a group of students and he mentioned that when he had visited MIT for a presentation on funding, he had numerous students come up to him and ask the same, single question: I am working on so and so topic…how can I start a company on this topic? That conversation had a deep impact on me because being at IIT this concept of entrepreneurship was not excessively drilled in our heads.
Why Rocking Entrepreneur?
Several months back I was sitting in a cafe listening to a podcast when a light bulb moment happened. There are lots of great podcasts here in America about entrepreneurs, but there aren’t any podcasts geared specifically toward Indian Entrepreneurs. Why is that? Entrepreneurship is considered risky in the Indian culture. Even more distorted is the fact that becoming wealthy through a personal business is considered to be bad and the owners are considered to be tricksters. but I want to bring light to the topic and change that opinion. My fellow rockstars, this is absolutely false. An entrepreneur can only become successful through immense hard work. There are no shortcuts. I want to bring fellow Indian entrepreneurs to a common ground of realization and mitigate this stigma and empower the Indian community to create personal success. I’ve realized that in order to be successful, it is extremely important to surround yourself with successful people. Rim John put it very apt by saying that YOU are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you haven’t had the opportunity to network or hangout with such amazing people, fear not. REPodcast will bring these people TO YOU.
One of my most sincere life goals is to help people and to make a difference in the world. I want to share the ideas of other successful people to open up a forum of communication and success to help empower you and encourage you to do the same…take the leap and rock on!
How can you be involved?
Join fellow rockstars and get to be part of an amazing community.
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Thanks once again for visiting the website. Visit the homepage to see upcoming guests and to submit your questions online. I will be giving out REpodcast swag for the first several podcasts to the people whose questions gets asked. So hurry up and submit your question. I look forward to hearing from you. Until then… keep Rocking!