Updated on 7 March 2013
Ms Nidhi Saxena, Karmic Lifesciences, and president and founding chair, Women in Bio, India Chapter
"Don't just think you are the one. Know that you are the one." This famous line from the movie Matrix motivates me a lot.
I was born and brought up in Allahabad, then moved to Mumbai for my MBA and since then I have been in and out of Mumbai and different cities in the US. I graduated in commerce, following which I earned my MBA degree from Mumbai's SP Jain Institute of Management Studies.
I got my grounding in some of the finest companies, including GE. At GE Capital, one of the biggest companies in the world known for its processes, quality and Six Sigma, I got my Six Sigma Black Belt and learned hands-on operations. At Wipro Technologies, I learned the nuts and bolts of marketing, branding and intranet operations. Mr Azim Premji's style - very, very low profile, not too communicative, and a very strong focus on the job and how he turned Wipro into a $4 billion company had significant influence on me.
I established the BPO division of Hexaware from scratch, creating a business plan to getting on board the first few hires, getting the first business. The experience at Hexaware taught me how to set up and run a company without being an entrepreneur.
At WNS in New York, I connected with the VC community, learned how to close big deals. I closed $3-4 million deals with a couple of big banks. Each of these four very good companies gave me a well-rounded learning experience.