Sunday, June 24, 2007
Deepak Amin - The Boss
Where there is so much hype about Sivaji, The boss, Deepak Amin comes to our mind. Deepak's story started like Sivaji's. He returned to India after being a Technical Lead with Microsoft for about 6 years. He returned sometime in late 90s and setup a software company called 'Indicus' in Mumbai. The web has many documents about the energetic CEO of the companies - Indicus and vJungle - both non-existent now.
But I know Deepak as a boss and a great human being. He too tried to work with the biggies of Mumbai and Gujarat to do something to help the poor. The systems and the people running it believed in maintaining the status quo of corruption and exploitation. Read more of it in his article that inspired hundreds to return to India.
By the time I began working for him, he had settled to a small business called Indicus and stayed away from the bad guys. But even then, occasional hafta collectors and Ganesh Chaturti organizers would show up at office to collect money. He handled them politely in some cases and not-so-politely in a few instances. I do remember him for the charity he organized to help the poor children go to schools and colleges. The kids were even invited for the company's annual day as they were treated as a part of the Indicus family. I still remember the gratitude in their eyes for Deepak.
Right now, he is the CEO of Covelix.