I grew up in a tiny town in the interior of the state of Maharashtra in India. With both the parents’ teachers and the only option to be an engineer or a doctor, I chose to study engineering. Though I secured more marks for the biology group because my older brother convinced me that four years of graduate engineering would give me much-needed earnings right out of college. I did my undergrad in mechanical engineering and got a job in a very reputed forging company. That job was a dream come true, but I quickly realized that I am more interested in managerial positions than a shop-floor assignment. During those first couple of years, I also developed a strong urge to start my own business. While working on the shop-floor in the forging plant, I had an opportunity to work with a few German engineers who were implementing a robotic forging line. Looking over their shoulders, I started developing an interest in computer engineering. So after working for about nine years, from 1990 to 1999 in manufacturing, finally I got a job in a mid-size banking software company as a regional manager. That was my first managerial and computer engineering assignment.
I also did an executive MBA for three years and graduated in business administration. I started excelling in my career, got married, and had our first child. Being in the computer industry got me exposure to the global market. In 2003, my then employer asked me to relocate to the United States to support an acquisition they did of a small company in Billerica, Massachusetts. My wife, Prachi, daughter, Ketaki, and I traveled to the United States with two suitcases with the plan that we would return to India in a couple of years.
My primary role was to support the sales team in Billerica from the pre-sales technology side. In 2009 I became the President of the company, managing large teams, customers and made a couple of acquisitions. On the personal front, by then we had our second child, Revati, and the chances of returning to India started looking very slim. There was not a single day during these almost 20 years of a reasonably rewarding career that I did not think of starting my own business. An idea dawned on me while driving back from one such review meeting where a customer, who always acknowledged my team’s hard work but was never happy with the technology outcome, expressed concerns about what they are getting out of the data warehousing technology. The customer was looking for “ability to find information” while we were providing structured data reports. And a word popped up — Findability, which was not a widely used word in 2010. I decided to quit my rewarding job to build technology that will help businesses find information quickly and thus I started Findability Sciences. I got my first customer within the first six months, and my dream of becoming an entrepreneur began to come to reality just after 20 years. After starting Findability Sciences, I realized the world was in deep recession from the subprime crise. I didn’t give up, and I grew Findability Sciences from a single-person company to about 60 team members with no external funding or help for about six years. Technologically, we progressed a lot and built multiple layers of technologies on the initial platform, becoming an AI solutions company. In 2017 SoftBank of Japan offered to take Findability Sciences technology to Japan by forming a joint venture. They also invested in Findability Sciences, and it provided the right kind of support for business development and expanding our AI technology portfolio. We now have a presence in the United States, India, Japan, and Canada. Inc 5000 ranked Findability Sciences as the 1157th fastest growing company in 2020!