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Value Systems & Entrepreneurship

Vanu Bose
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Vanu Bose
Vanu Bose was an American electrical engineer and technology executive. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with BS in 1987 and completed MS in 1994 later in 1999 to obtained a Ph.D. He was the founder and CEO of a firm that markets software-defined radio technology, Vanu, Inc., On November 11, 2017, Vanu Bose suffered a pulmonary embolism and passed away at the age of 52.

Immigrants have for long contributed to innovation and economic growth in the U.S. and recently, many Indian entrepreneurs have made substantial impact in the U.S.

The Bose Corporation, established by my father, Dr. Amar G. Bose, in 1964 was one of the first early ventures by an U.S. born Indian immigrant. I have been fortunate to have my father as a mentor and advisor, and learn from his decades of experience in building and running his company.

One important value I learnt from my father, which has served me well in business, is patience. Many of the great companies of today (Intel, HP, Microsoft) took several years to obtain a foothold and position themselves for long-term growth. However, in the recent dot-com boom, many companies lost sight of having patience and three years became a long time horizon for building a company. Many of those companies no longer exist.

Along with patience, my father taught me to keep perspective, have a longer-term view and to have faith in a value system, in particular to focus on long-term returns. Focus on the longer-term view requires a constant vigil on the business and balancing revenues with growth. For a small company, this is particularly difficult. At Vanu, we strive to maintain a focus on the bigger picture over a period of time, balanced with the need for short-term revenues to put the company on firm footing for sustainable long-term growth. I firmly believe that this is a discipline, which will serve my company well in the later years.

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