Who is the brain behind the startups Tata invests in.
A 28 year old man handles the personal investments of, a veteran business leader and former chairman of Tata Group, Ratan Tata. He is the executive assistant of Ratan Tata and helps him with the startup investment.
The 28-year-old young man- Shantanu Naidu has his brain behind the start-ups in which former chairman Ratan Tata makes his personal investments.
The entire investment of over 30 startups like Tata's Ola, Paytm, Snapdealnis handled by Shantanu. His job is to provide executive assistance to Ratan Tata with help in startup investment. Getting in touch with Ratan Tata himself at such a young age is infact an interest thing to know. Shantanu joined Tata in 2014 as an automobile engineer at Tata Alexi.
Shantanu came in notice of Tata because of his attachment to dogs.Shantanu is very emphatic towards street dogs. He says that seeing many street dogs dying due to the speed of the trains is indeed painful. Due to the darkness of night the drivers are unable to notice the dogs in their way and thus the train ran over the poor liitle ones. This pushed Shantanu to make a collar reflector for dogs. He made a collar under the name Motopaws. This allowed the driver to see the dogs remotely at night without a street light.This saved the lives of many street dogs. This small but important work was given a place in the newsletter of Tata group companies. This was noticed by Ratan Tata, who himself is very fond of dogs.
Letter written to Tata on father's request welcomed a call from Tata's company-
One day Shantanu wrote a letter to Tata at the behest of his father. Then he was invited to.meet Ratan Tata. Shantanu is the fifth generation of his family, working in the Tata group. But never got a chance to meet Tata. During the meeting Tata asked for lending a helping hand in the Street Dogs project, but Shantanu refused. Tata insisted and made an undisclosed investment. After the investment of Ratan Tata, Motopaws has reached 11 different cities of the country.Through this project Shantanu met Tata many times.
And then in 2018, got a joining letter from Tata's office.
Throughout his MBA, Shantanu's focus was on entrepreneurship, investing, discovering new startups as well as credible startups, interesting business ideas and key industry trends. After finishing the course, in 2018, there was an invitation from Tata to join the office. Shantanu says that working with him is an honor. This kind of opportunity is found only once in life. Every minute you get to learn something new by being with them. Never felt like a generation gap. He never lets you feel that you are working with Ratan Tata.
Startups are also benefited from Tata's experience
81-year-old Ratan Tata has deep faith in the country's startup ecosystem. In June 2016 Ratan Tata's private investment company RNT Associates and University of California of the Regents joined hands to fund new startups, new companies and other ventures as UC-RNT funds' in India. Although most of Ratan Tata's investments are not known for the amount, but any startup that manages to bring them with him, he gets a wealth of experience from the financial support of Ratan Tata.