Meet “Desh” Deshpande – entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Hear how he started his life in North America with barely $8 in his pocket before achieving phenomenal success.
Desh has pursued an entrepreneurial career for the last three decades. He is involved either as the founder, a founding investor or chairman of several companies including Cascade Communications, Sycamore Networks,Tejas Networks, Curata and many other companies.
He lives in Boston and serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation, and his support has made possible MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.
Leveraging the experience gained at the MIT Center, the Deshpande Foundation has facilitated the set up of three other centers; Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship in India, Merrimack Valley Sandbox in Lowell/Lawrence Massachusetts and Pond-Deshpande Center at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. We will talk more about this during the show.
Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada.
He co-chairs a National Council to support President Obama’s innovation and entrepreneurship strategy. He is also a Founders Circle member of Indiaspora.
Hear how Desh came to the US?
How he become an entrepreneur and why?
What is his success mantra?
What was Desh’s biggest adversity in business?
What was his biggest business success?
What is Desh’s advice to young and budding Indian American entrepreneurs?
When did he start your philanthropy efforts and why?
How does Desh pick his causes?
Hear details on his work at MIT and the Innovation Sandbox
What is his advice to Indian Americans who want to give back but do not know where to start?
What does Desh do to relax and refresh?
What is one thing about Desh Deshpande that people do not know
Next week we will have Indian American chef Maneet Chauhan (of Chopped fame) who will talk about her delicious recipes for the holidays and her amazing story of her bus tour across America to promote her new cookbook.
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