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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

The league of women entrepreneurs

Vaishali Kirpekar
Monday, January 30, 2006
Vaishali Kirpekar
Seema Handu, Indu Navar Bingham and Himanshu Bhatia – like any other working mother are as comfortable with challenging projects as they are with helping their children with homework. Anu Shukla, who works in a skyscraper cabin overlooking the waterfront in San Mateo, is as bullish about her company as she is excited about her five-month-old twins.

More precisely, they are a bunch of Indian women CEOs, never dropping from the scene and shifting gears - from wearing salwar kameez to slipping into business suits, and from pushing baby strollers to moving their own companies forward.

Their journey of adapting to the U.S. started when they first came here to study. Bingham, 35-year-old CEO, Serus, and Handu, 41-year-old CEO PharmQuest came to the U.S. as international students.

“Even when I was doing my undergraduate degree in India, I always wanted to come to the U.S.,” says Handu. She had realized then that India is not the place for her. “I always wanted to be totally independent,” she says. Handu busied herself in a Ph.D. program in pharma sciences in Iowa University and Bingham did her masters in computer science in California State University.

While others like Shukla, 47 came as a tourist and Himanshu Bhatia, 42, who immigrated in 1987, realized later that education could prepare them for opportunities in the U.S. Shukla, a History honors student from India visited New York with her father and decided to stay back to do MBA. “I was 21 in 1981 when I came here with my father, chairman and CEO of Hind Cycles and stayed back in Youngstown, Ohio,” says Shukla.


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