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Believe in Yourself

si Team
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
si Team
Believe in Yourself

Wouldn't it be great if you get to work in domains you love? The answer is definitely yes. It was this intention that led Suresh Kamath to start LaserSoft Infosystems, a Chennai based banking and financial software maker.

“During my time, there were only a few companies operating in even fewer domains, a domain expert had to work on the domain that the company wants him to work and not what he wants to. My motive was to create employment for such people,”says Kamath.

A graduate from IIT Chennai, Kamath began his career with a relatively unknown IT company and later got into Tata Consultancy Services. After working there for four years the entrepreneurial spirit besieged him. Bravely trusting his instincts, he left his cushy job at TCS in 1986 and started a new chapter in his life.

The new job however was not without difficulties. He tried hard at dispelling the notion that startups were ‘fly-by-night-operators.’ At a time when many foreign companies are entering India competing with homegrown entrepreneurs, our entrepreneurs should be enterprising and have to think long-term and not be bogged down by short-term difficulties. “They should attempt to succeed. A passion for ideas is a must along with implementing them. This will not just bring business to us but also remove the misconception that MNC's will take over India Inc. This will also bring in the required expertise,” says Kamath.

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