* Name: Manish Kochhar
* Organization: Maven Companies Inc.
* Position: CEO
* Hometown: New Delhi, India.
* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 1 year
* Education: Master’s degree in electronics engineering
* A few words about your company: Maven provides world-class IT software design & development, consulting, and outsourcing services.
We utilize industry recognized web-centric tools and technologies to help clients with their IT implementation, development, maintenance and upgrade needs. Based upon the challenges that they are facing we can help with this process both on-site or offshore.
Apart from the IT services we also help clients with IT enabled services which include Internet research, Bill processing, Medical transcription and Call Center services.
* Biggest career break/ Success: When I moved from the safety of being a professional in a large corporation to being an entrepreneur. This was in 1997. At that time I had worked for Xerox for 10 years and after moving to the United States was working for an IT consulting company. Two of my colleagues and I decided that we would start our own organization and we did. In five years we were a 200 person organization with offices in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and India. The revenue of the company was $28 million.
* The toughest part of your job: Convincing clients that outsourcing is a viable, cost effective and safe option.
* Someone you admire:
o Lance Armstrong the winner of six Tour de France titles. Perseverance, mental strength, hard work, teamwork and skill – he is the true embodiment of all these qualities
oThe other person I admire is my father. In the 1950s he worked and put himself through engineering school. After that he worked hard to provide my brothers and me with the best education.
* About your family: I am married with two boys. My wife, Anu, manages our 2 restaurants – Extreme Pizza. My son Armaan is 11 and studies in Eagelview Middle School and Ishaan, who is 5, is in kindergarten at Hope Montessori.
* Something else you’d like to accomplish: To be seen at the ‘go to’ company for offshore services. Not really as a provider of the services but as an advisor to determine whether it would be a good proposition and to help formulate and execute the strategy.
* How your business will change in the next decade: There is going to be a consolidation of the work that is being sent offshore. Most of the routine development and maintenance work in the IT and IT enabled services will find its way to more cost effective locations. That will put an enormous challenge for the current and new person power that is and will be available in the United States. We will have to figure out a way to harness this brainpower and put it to good use for both the country and the people.
* What book are you currently reading? “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.”
* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? We moved to Colorado Springs out of choice. I could have established this business in any city across the country. The reason to move here was the natural beauty and excellent weather.
However, the city offers limited business opportunities. The city needs to showcase itself and attract more investments and large corporations to set up their base here.