With his quick grasp, expertise and knowledge in the ever-growing telecom domain, Raju plays a key role in defining SMSCountry’s technology strategies and product development in the areas of internet and mobile communications.
Prior to SMSCountry, Raju worked with Taruni Technovision and was instrumental in developing the Short Messaging Server software which was leased out to TATA Cellular (now Idea Cellular). He also worked with a couple of technology companies in the IVR, email and fax space.
Raju holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineer from Andhra University. His hobbies include watching movies (language no bar) and writing comedy tracks for telugu movies.
8pmnews: How did you venture into Business from a secure corporate job?
Raju : I strongly believe that there is no security for anything in life. When I was at my schooling I used to read in newspapers about the Naxalites and i felt that the only reason for youth getting into naxalism is due to Unemployment. If the society is able to provide employment to many people this naxalism can be curbed. There started a passion for me to create employment which leaded me to start up a Business Venture
8pmnews: Why did you give up a secure job to do something like Business? Could you not have not both together?
RAJU : As i said earlier there is no security in life,and even i believe that there is secure job. My passion to provide employment always has driven me towards this.
8pmnews: Are you satisfied with what you have?
RAJU : Instead of saying satisfaction on this venture,i would like to thank god for giving me such a strength and confidence in starting up this venture and it turned to be a huge success,and im always happy with what all happened till now.I feel very much happy for that.
8pmnews: What does the future hold for you? Your plans for the future?
RAJU : As an Entrepreneur i see a very bright future for this core.The Market is very huge and the way we have grown along with the market is fantastic.We have expanded geographically,technically and even with the HR.Almost our HR has incresed to 1000% from last 15 months.I see a very bright future ahead as our core strength has always been Enterprise solutions as we being a market leader in this domain.
8pmnews: Tell me Some Obstacles that you have faced?
RAJU : I want to distinguish the obstacles into two parts.One being from personal life and the other from Profession In personal life initially i faced a lot of discouragement from my friends and family.My passion has always surpassed there comments. In Professional life i believe every obstacle is a challenge and i stongly believe every challenge as a game.So,i always faced all the obstacles like a game.After all Life is a Game.
8pmnews: What do you mean by friendship in your opinion?
RAJU : I personally feel friendship is like a torch which guides us throughout our way.They act as a Library for us where a knowledge is gained through them
8pmnews: Have you reached your Goal in business World?
RAJU : See goals vary from time to time.Initially for me starting up a business was a goal.When this was done achieving good revenues was a goal.I treat each goalwhich i set up like a new thing and work towards it.
8pmnews: How do you feel as a owner?
RAJU : I feel very happy by seeing the employee strength.We started the company with 2 people and now the HR have grown upto 600.This is a remarkable growth and the unique thing about my team is everyone feels themselves like an owner feels the responsibility and work.This make me utmost happy.
8pmnews: The game that you like? Why?
RAJU : Cricket.The reason is i know how to play this game and i enjoy playing it.
8pmnews: The Movie that you like? Why?
RAJU : I loved the movie 3 Idiots.This movie depicts that every individual is born with a strength and it says to lead your life based on your strengths.
8pmnews: Have you interested in politics? If tell me Few politicians that you get inspired?
RAJU : Yes…i do admire Politics.The leaders which i admire are Mr PV narasimha rao and Narendra Modi PV Narasimha rao with his long term vision has first time incorporated the concept of Privatisation I strongly him to be the Man behind the Industrial revolution. I’m inspired the way Mr Narendra Modi works.His working style is unique when compared to other CM’s The thing is he is paving the paths for developing multiple cities in Gujarat unlike other states and i salute to his corporate vision.
8pmnews: What is Love in your opinion?
RAJU : Love is Divine
8pmnews: Describe yourself in one line?
RAJU : Ahambrahmasmi-Iam Brahma
8pmnews: Who is your role model?
RAJU : Lord Sri Krishna
8pmnews: How support your family to your business carrier?
RAJU : To be frank they were always neutral to my decision.They respected the decision taken by me
8pmnews: What are your business tips for new comer in getting in to business?
RAJU : People have to come into business with Passion,not with the concept of earning money.This passion will drive them towards the success
8pmnews: Human kind what you want to do for society?
RAJU : I want to bring in Vedas into the society.I find there is no morals in the society.People are running behind money becoming blind to morals.So i find a clear need of the vedas in the society
8pmnews: What is your advice for people who wish to pursue their own business?
RAJU : I don’t want to advise people on this.As i said earlier it is the Passion which has to drive them towards enterpreneurship.The passion will fetch success for them.
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Interviewed by K.S.Rao