By Sanjiv Goyal Featuring Naren Gupta
From Engineer To Entrepreneur
Naren Gupta is a technologist, mathematician, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Over his expansive career, the founder of Nexus Venture Partners has remained on the cutting edge of tech. He has evolved from engineer to entrepreneur to purposeful investor always keeping one eye on the future.
How does an engineer become an entrepreneur? It’s a matter of mindset. Gupta says, “Entrepreneurship is not about coming up with an idea someday and working on it; it becomes a way of looking at the world differently.”
He started his first company, Integrated Systems, in 1980 because he was curious about the role software could play in our lives. He was able to envision a world in which software became a part of every device. Just as he said, it wasn’t an idea but a shift in his perspective that started it all.
Entrepreneurial Success Secrets
Gupta was successful because he found people to fill in the gaps. He understood his strengths and was honest about his weaknesses. He spent his time focusing on what he excelled at and found people who were skilled at other aspects to play supporting roles.
His advice to entrepreneurs: Find an area you are passionate about, an issue for which the solution isn’t obvious and then begin exploring this realm. Figure out your strengths and uncover your weaknesses then ask for help in those places. It takes a team.
How the Internet Will Continue to Shape the Future
Gupta has seen the Internet go from inception to explosion. A savvy businessman, he has artfully adapted to the shifting tech landscape. Just as he imagined a world in which software was integrated into every device, he now envisions a world where every device is connected to the internet.
The three phases of tech integration:
- Pre Internet
Tech is operated behind glass doors; giant computers the size of a room are occasionally consulted for computations
2. Early Internet
Access to the internet via desktops, laptops, and mobile devices; software becomes sophisticated; early stages of AI, intentional…