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|FINDING ALUMNI GROUPS
New Feature on website
There are large number
of social online groups today catering to IIT Alumni in different parts of the
world and in different areas of work/interests. Have you ever wondered what are the various "active" IIT Alumni groups in your
area? Will you want to network with fellow IIT alumni who have similar interests and
Pan IIT brings you the answer - a searchable list of more than 500 IIT groups, across Yahoo, Orkut, Google. MSN, etc., with additional
information such as description, number of members in each group and activity
levels. Click here to take a look, and apply to join a few groups.
This function was designed and implemented by the hard-working volunteer marketing team at pan-IIT USA: Ashu Garg, Tarun Jain, Deepak Goel and others. Two vendors assisted in gathering/filtering the data and in implement the online app for display.
|ANU ACHARYA LEVERAGES NETWORKING
Interviewed by Shweta Khare
A 1995 Physics graduate of IIT Kharagpur, Anuradha Acharya is
the co-founder and CEO
of Ocimum Biosolutions, a life
sciences R&D enabling company. The company was founded eight years ago and
today has over 2,000 customers worldwide under three business units: BioIT,
BioMolecules and BioResearch. Prior Ocimum Ms.Acharya worked for a startup in the telecommunications space, Mantiss
Information and a consulting firm, SEI Information where she helped create a
social networking site for entrepreneurs. Her current company as been named to
the Deloitte list of Fastest Growing companies in Asia,
three years in a row.
How have tools like
Linked-In helped you?
It has been very helpful both for coordinating and keeping
in touch with people that I already know and those whom I would want
to know. These tools allow you to search for right people within an organization
and also find out who can help you reach them.
Can networking help professionals
who are not entrepreneurs?
Any professional can gain from being exposed to a large
network. It allows better access into opportunities; being able to connect
with the right people allows them to scout for opportunities, talk to peers in
different companies to learn and become part of other circles.
What other tips on
professional networking you can share with fellow alumni?
Find time to network.. its about who you know, not
always about what you know.
Don't network with just anyone. Find relevant contacts that you can develop
over the years..
Work on your existing contacts, since every
relationship that counts, especially the oldest ones.
|IIT CREDIT CARD
Bank of America offers a special credit with the IIT Alumni logo for US residents and citizens. There's no annual fee and a portion of your purchases flows to the Alumni Association at no additional cost to you.
Click here to apply.
Alumni and non-alumni alike can apply and be approved. If you run a company, you might consider getting these cards for all your key employees who travel.
DILIP VENKATACHARI, PRESIDENT PAN-IIT USA
Madras Alum coordinates U.S. Effort
In the last issue we profiled Chennai-based B Santhanam who is chairing the next conference. Today let's meet the ever smiling Dilip Venkatachari, who serves as President of Pan IIT USA, Inc. and also on the Pan-IIT Global Board.
Dilip manages Google's mobile advertising and monetization. Dilip joined Google
from eBay/PayPal, where he was Vice President of Payment Services and Business
Operations, responsible for PayPal's payments infrastructure, relationships with
financial institutions, risk and fraud management, and compliance.
Dilip was the President & Co-founder of CashEdge, a provider of online
payments solutions for financial institutions; and has held a variety of
executive roles in technology companies such as Commerce Soft, Aspect
Communications and Tandem Computers. Prior to that, Dilip has worked in
management consulting, with McKinsey & Co and in investment banking, with
Dilip earned an M.B.A. with distinction from the Harvard Business
School, an M.S.E.E. from Rice University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical
Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
|Do visit the news section of iit.org for a few interesting tidbits. See you in a few weeks in this space.
VP Worldwide Electronic Services, Pan IIT
Author "Doing Business in 21st Century India"