Sudheer Koneru has raised over $200M for his latest startup. A big software company that powers brands in the health and wellness space.
During our interview on the Dealmakers Show we talked about the difference between working at a giant like Microsoft and doing a startup, the number one key skill for entrepreneurs, fundraising, becoming the uber of business software and Harry Potter moments.
From Microsoft Employee To Startup Entrepreneur
Sudheer Koneru was born in a tiny town of just around 400 people in India. One of those places where you grow up knowing everyone, and where everyone knows you.
His father became the first person in their family to leave their little village and go to work in a big city. It was quite a big cultural transition for Sudheer at first, but he learned to adapt and fit in.
Sudheer’s father ended up moving to the US, which was certainly an influence for him to follow in those footsteps for his Master’s after finishing high school in India.
Although things have changed a lot, this was still back in the days when your family either wanted you to become a doctor or engineer. They were the only two really reliable career paths.
Koneru did well in school, and that earned him a shot at studying in the highly envied field of computer science. So, he took up the challenge.
In college Sudheer had the opportunity to intern with Microsoft. He loved it so much that after graduating he went back as a full time employee. Even though IBM was offering him almost twice as pay. It was a gut choice that ended up paying off really well in options as the tech giant grew.
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