Former MindTree Chairman Ashok Soota Launches IT Services Start-Up

5 Apr, 2011

Days after the Bangalore-based MindTree Ltd announced that Ashok Soota had stepped down as chairman, the company co-founder has set up an IT services venture.

According to Wall Street Journal, Soota would be the chairman and managing director of Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd. The start-up will focus on IT services, research and development, software product engineering, remote infra, testing and consulting.

In a chat with Jessie Paul, CEO, Paul Writer, Soota explains more about the new initiative in this video blog entry published on the company site: "Happiest Minds is a greenfield venture but unlike others, it is based on 25 years of learning and experience," he says. "It's been over 10 years since India produced a successful new start-up. We will build the latest technologies into the architecture of the solutions we provide. Whereas most IT firms define domain knowledge as either technology practices or industry verticals."

The company believes that its USP will be the integration of technologies such as cloud, mobility and social CRM into solutions.

Soota rued that there have been no successful Indian start-ups in the last ten years and set a goal for Happiest Minds. He expects the start-up to be the fastest IT services firm from India to reach $100 million in revenue and estimates that it will happen by 2016.

Albert Hieronimus has taken over as the chairman at MindTree Ltd.