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I am a Creative & Social Entrepreneur based between Toronto, Canada and Delhi, India. Most of the projects in my portfolio involve either a creative-business or business-with-a-creative-person. They are driven by needs and frustrations of my own, and people I know. Thereby they are social in nature and typically solve a problem or make life better, for society & individuals. I spend most of my time working with my awesome team, and some times hang out with the amazing people I know, who I often work with.
I am currently passionate about providing all types smokers – cigarettes, cigars, hookahs and herb – with cleaner vapor based alternatives with a view to facilitate abstinence for everything. The company, 180 Smoke, was crowd sourced from thousands of smokers in 2012 in partnership with a leading heart surgeon. My hope is that as a result of this venture, which surely I have a vested interest in, there will be better life for smokers and their family & friends. If vested interests can help speed up fixing of world’s most urgent social problems, it is surely a just project to take on. This also means better use of public resources, care system and talents that often leave us sooner than their natural time. I am also motivated by the fact that it helps the environment and saves everyone a ton of money for governments and individuals.
Over the years, I have stayed active in polity around me – from being active in high school student leadership, to getting involved in university student government, to now when I almost always volunteer my time during city/provincial/federal elections. I have in past invested time on some trans-national policy shaping opportunities as a junior researcher. A lesson I have learned from my uncle and other people around me, to be involved in public affairs as much as you can.
I have been engaged with several amazing philanthropic projects over the last decade. I find it has helped me be a better person and provides me with some serious benefits like great insights, lessons and opportunity to meet interesting people. I live a relatively healthy lifestyle and appreciate & enjoy positive humour. On a personal note, I am a big believer in self improvement concepts, and have been experimenting with many self improvement practices over the last 15 years.
I am very much influenced by my uncle, Aditya Jha and count him as my main coach and guide. My mother continues to be the source of my inspiration, and I miss my dear father very much every day.
I have worked with several talented business partners and our assets and services have spanned a variety of inter-disciplinary fields such as Food & Hospitality, Media & content Production, Publishing, Event Production and Health/Life Style.
Prior to taking entrepreneurship full time, I worked with Accenture Canada for several years under some excellent partner level executives. I started my work on the business and project management team of solutions delivery center in Mississauga. This center, which is part of Accenture’s very cool Global Delivery Network, delivers on all the technical work Accenture offers. After two years I joined the “market maker” team with focus on structuring and closing large and complex deals with with Canadian Financial Services companies. These projects were often $100 million+ projects that would help these companies execute “market making” self improvement projects. During this time I had the chance to work with leading senior “solution architects” and sales executives. After some time I joined the IT Strategy & Transformation team that takes both business and IT perspectives to assist clients evaluate opportunities and develop IT strategies and plans to meet their current and future needs.
I graduated from Trinity College, University of Toronto where I did Software Engineering Specialization and Philosophy. I also completed a short executive business program at the Rotman School of Management. I briefly attended University of Guelph for Computing and Information Sciences before moving to Trinity College at the University of Toronto.
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