Monday, May 14, 2007

Siddharth Rao the guy behind Webchutney

I saw interwiew of this guy- Sidharth Rao, on Young Turks (CNBC TV 18) quite an interesting profile and an inspiration to budding entrepreneurs.

Sidharth Rao is the (chief executive officer) and co-founder of Webchutney, a full service interactive agency in India. Sidharth is also an investor in JuxtConsult, an online research firm based in Delhi.

Sidharth Rao, along with his friend and business partner Sudesh Samaria, co-founded Webchutney in April 1999, when he was 19 years old and with less than two years of work experience.
A college drop-out and self-educated entrepreneur who set off to become a Textile Engineer but instead ended up starting an agency, Webchutney has been described by Business Today, India’s leading business weekly, as one of the country’s 10 CoolCompanies.
Prior to Webchutney, Sidharth had short stints as copywriter at Grey Worldwide and client servicing at Mudra DDB and a couple of internet services companies including the now defunked NetAcross. He has also dabbled with writing for a while for some publications, including The Economic, on his blog he says he "never got around organizing myself as a regular writer.”

Goosefish Media Ventures
Sidharth has set up a small incubation fund called Goosefish Media Ventures that “will invest in verticals and opportunities across the internet media. The fund will look to be a source for assistance, financial and otherwise for those creative ideas that have potential but need not be fed with significant capital to feed.” GMV is yet to find a web presence for itself.