The impeccable course of Rajeev Gupta, IT News, ET CIO
By Dhrumil Dhakan
With the intention of helping as many people as possible by creating a community of CIOs and other CXOs who can help share their knowledge and skills with young people looking to work in tech, Rajeev Gupta and his two sons are now ready to launch a startup called EAASEE.COM (Everything as a Service for Everyone, Everywhere) after years of hard work.
A dream that has been brewing for years, he hopes to start it this year with the help of his children. Even when he started working at his first job, his goal was always to help people with his job, and I can now say that he has done so after working in the airline industry since then. 1990. Working in the airline industry even today, for almost 30 years, with AirOne has proven to be beneficial for him as it allows him to travel freely around the world.
Born in Mumbai and raised in Chandigarh, Gupta saw his share of travel even as a child, completing his graduate studies in the capital city of Delhi. His appointment with technology began in 1976, during his 5th year, when his cousin, who was working at IBM at the time, inspired him to study electronics and Gupta. understood the subject quite naturally due to his affinity for Mathematics and Science as a student.
Speaking on his inspirations, he continued: “It was one side and the other side is, my dad was an artist, he was doing architect pieces of PoP, we started doing designs of some. temples and masterpieces, so he was more focused on art, I was focused on electronics. In 7th grade, inspired by poets and their pseudonyms, he coined the word aRtonics to describe his love for art and electronics and still refers to itself as Gupta “aRtonics”.
He remembers introducing electronic LED lighting systems to his father’s modeling business when he was in 8th grade in an attempt to merge the two worlds of art and electronics.
Like many others, he dreamed of growing up, although at that point he was not sure exactly what and how. “If you want to get big you have to follow the things the big guys have done, so I was studying the articles and books about people, who really made their fortune, what their habits were, what they followed and all of those things, ”Gupta recalled of what drove him at a young age and still does today.
A brilliant student since his school years, he did not stop at academics but took part in extracurricular activities such as being part of NCC and winning the best guard award, being a pool player, a writer published in the school magazine. And yet his favorite excerpt comes from his college days while pursuing a degree in electronics at Pusa Polytechnic and was the editor of college magazine – TEKNOX-87, which had not been published for 17 years and it played a very important role in creating it alive.
“So I failed my final year exam in a subject because before I got a message from the editor that I had to be there the next day to approve everything, otherwise before the college closed, they couldn’t not deliver the magazine and again it would not be published.
Despite this setback, he managed to get 4 letters of appointment from various companies during college internships, and Gupta decided to join HCL in Chandigarh. Although after a short time he left the company for various reasons and returned to Delhi to join Logic Systems as an engineer.
Working there for almost 3 years, Gupta’s experience there was simply impressive. Thinking back to his days at PCL, he says, “I have, again, done a lot of things and have always been the top performer, in the top 5 of the best people in the company.
He remembers receiving a bonus of 1,000 out of his 2,000 salary, which an employee received for achieving 100% of his goals and earning the necessary points, which he did successfully and was subsequently promoted to. and transferred to a post much more suitable for his caliber.
During this time, he thought about helping his father in the family business, Gupta Modelors for making temple models, and one of their infamous Golden Temple models was given to Gyani Zail Singh, the elder. president of India, and still resides in the Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
To help with his family business, he quit his job at PCL and joined Concept Data Management as Resident Director for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as he found it to be a lucrative opportunity to work with an airline, while also supporting his father’s business.
“So what I did was within the first three or four days I figured out the whole problem and told my reporting manager that we needed to change all the faulty components in the network and all the connectors that were loose, and get the screw tight for the monitor connections, ”Gupta said of how he managed to resolve the downtime issue the company faced during its arrived, which made his job a lot easier, “After that, the whole 5 years, I didn’t encounter any downtime because proactively we would do all the testing and checking and everything, so that this does not fail on a working day ”,
In 1995, KLM was a partner of Jet Airways, and Naresh Goyal, Founding President of Jet Airways, offered Gupta a job opportunity to join them full time and work exclusively for reservations and airports.
“He said that I would be exclusively responsible and responsible for the operation of all my legacy systems. He had an office in Bombay but I wanted to be in Delhi, so he let me go from here, ”Gupta recalls. “My first goal with Mr. Goyal was to make Delhi a model resort.
And that’s exactly what he did, increasing their capacity from 6 to 18 meters and also managed to introduce various new systems which helped increase their popularity. “So that’s why Jet Airways became very popular and we went from 12 aircraft to 28-30 aircraft in a year because the load got quite heavy and we were able to check in people faster. “
With so many feathers in its cap it’s hard to keep track of them all, one of which Gupta is quite proud of is the EPROM system which minimized boarding pass and baggage tag time. from 90 seconds to 45 seconds.
He made many important changes in his career, as in 2001 he was offered a job at ModiLuft by Alok Sharma, who changed his name to Royal Airways, now known as SpiceJet, and was their first employee to join them, as they were still entering the market.
Gupta then joined AirSahara, having been invited to do so by Mr. Sharma and complete what they started with Spicejet. “So, SpiceJet, we made that I saved a lot of money for them but it couldn’t work, so all the things we had for SpiceJet, I presented them in AirSahara”
“So my struggles were my achievements, I converted my struggles into my achievements. Every step of the way there was a struggle, I overcame those struggles and that turned them into achievements, ”Gupta explains of how he views challenges.
A vast career like his did not stop him from pursuing higher education, and he did so in 2008 when he obtained his MBA from the National Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.
Having accomplished so much in his career, his personal life none the less, Gupta proudly boasts of his wife, Sunita, to whom he has been married for 26 years, and his two sons, Piyush and Aayush who all have both have a keen interest in technology.