September - 2013 - issue > Entrepreneur of the Month

Challenges are Opportunities in Disguise

Sudhakar Singh
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Sudhakar Singh
People often spend all their lives in a uni-dimensional existence. But there are few who manage to break the bonds and live beyond the conventional way of life. Rao Tallapragada, Co-Founder and President, Infoyogi is one of them. Do not be surprised if you see him on a stage reciting a poem or singing in various languages after working all day as the President of one of the fastest growing private companies in the Silicon Valley. He is a singer, poet, editor, promoter, investor and an entrepreneur. He has enormous inter-continental experience in managing public companies, managing corporate acquisitions, joint ventures/collaborations and floating new ventures. Tallapragada has nearly 20 years of experience in building global companies that became leaders in their industries. He has managed companies like Netguru, R-Cube, Pentafour, Satyam, and Tatas at very senior levels, before founding Infoyogi.

The dotcom bubble burst of 2000 saw several companies ran out of capital. Ultimately they were either acquired or liquidated. At the time when a lot of companies were bringing their curtains down, Tallapragada decided to start his own company. Having worked for multi-national companies worldwide and helping them in diversifying their businesses by starting new companies for them, encouraged Tallapragada to make a fresh start against all odds. Tallapragada had a good exposure to software services market in U.S. which gave him confidence to boldly venture into the IT services domain. He saw the challenges as opportunities and steered the company through the storm. After two years of struggle, the company was well-poised in the market and has been growing since. The revenue of Infoyogi group for the year 2012 was $ 9 Million.

Optimistic outlook

After completing his B.S in Engineering from Karnataka University, his MBA from Bombay University, and SCPM from Stanford University, Tallapragada worked for various organizations and held important positions. He was asked by various companies to expand their businesses to different parts of the world. This is why he had an optimistic outlook about the market in the aftermath of bubble burst and he decided to turn the challenges into opportunities.

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