- Sachin Dev Duggal
- Strategic Adviser, United Kingdom
- Co-Founder and Chief Wizard of global cloud computing company nivio. Sachin founded his first computing business, SMX Corporation, at the tender age of 15. He was also recently recognised by MIT Technology Review India’s 2012 TR35, an award granted to the top 20 Indian technology innovators under 35.
Sachin's career began at the age of 15, when he formed SMX Corporation along with a friend. They began operations (fixing computers) from his house. From there the company went through various iterations; from building PCs to virtual hosting onto software development. By 18, Sachin had taken the company solo and started work on SMX's first portal for an agriculture client. By 19 Sachin and SMX had got their first big customer and since then the software business has evolved and transformed into a global provider of management systems.
In August 2004, Sachin co-founded SMX iNet Global Services SA (now Nivio), a new addition to the SMX family with a view to explore Internet technologies. He got seed funding from two of his bosses! Originally named myremoteworkstation, he believed that the world of computing would change, become simple & hassle free. He dreamed of a desktop that was anywhere and nowhere; that was stress-free and fault-proof. Hence Nivio!
Four years later, Nivio SA was selected as a technology pioneer at the World Economic Forum in January, 2009. Sachin made history in being the youngest attendees at the WEF in Davos. Furthering his accomplishments, he is one of the youngest in WEF Davos history to win the Technology Pioneers of 2009 award.
Sachin’s other accolades include the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Leader of Tomorrow, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, the BBC Young Asian achiever of the Year and UNEP Global 500 Youth Award.
Sachin is also driven by the desire to educate the Third World and particularly the children below the poverty line. He hopes to do this with his NGO-in-the-making (MakeEducationPriority). He is equally determined to share his experiences with students the world over and has been invited to speak at premier educational institutes like Carnegie Mellon, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Imperial College and the London School of Economics.
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Cloud computing pioneer Sachin Dev Duggal takes a look how the cloud will impact people's lives and how user behaviour is pushing the technology forward.