The Man Behind Sycamore
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The Man Behind Sycamore

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Santa Clara: Some entrepreneurs have a certain kind of adrenaline rush of creation and innovation. Gururaj Deshpande is one among them. An Indian American businessman and social entrepreneur, he is popularly known as the founder of Internet company Sycamore Networks. His enthusiasm encouraged him to found series of new companies and making them a success. His net worth today exceeds $4 billion.

Born in Hubli, Karnataka, Deshpande graduation with a Bachelor's Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Later he completed his PhD. from Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at Queen's University, Ontario. Let us take a look into his various entrepreneurial ventures.

Coral Networks

The Man Behind Sycamore


A router developer company, Coral Networks was founded in 1987 by Deshpande. Though it was a failure, he took with him tremendous learning with respect to business tactics. He sold the company for $15 million after two years of its formation.

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