I grew up in several towns in the Saurashtra part of Gujarat (Junagadh, Bhavnagar, Rajkot) before going to Bombay for SSC and First Year Science. I joined IIT Bombay, and after getting my BTech degree, I went to MIT where I got a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. My first job was with Foster-Miller, a contract R&D company in the Boston area. I spent most of my career at Arthur D. Little (ADL), an international technology and management consulting firm.
I was a Vice President at ADL when two of my mentors, Ranganath Nayak and Ashok Kalelkar asked me to join a new organization, TiE-Atlantic, which became TiE-Boston. I became a founding charter member and continued being actively involved in various capacities, eventually serving as a Board member.
Professionally, I left ADL and spent a few years with Intellect Exchange, a start-up company, and then at Monitor Group, a consulting firm, before retiring in 2013.
I am a big fan of Henry David Thoreau and love this quote from him:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and when I came to die discover that I had not lived.” - Henry David Thoreau
Retirement provided us an opportunity to put this in practice. My wife and I sold our house, most of our possessions, and traveled as nomads for more than a year. Now we are settled in Pasadena, CA, close to our children, where I spend time giving back to the society (pro-bono consulting to nonprofits) and pursuing various hobbies.