V. G. Siddhartha is
an Indian businessman from Karnataka. He is best known as
the founder-owner of the chain of Cafe Coffee Day outlets. He started
his coffee trading company ABC in 1993, with a Rs 60 million turnover. His
company grew gradually. He bought an ailing coffee curing unit
in Hassan for Rs 40 million and turned it around. Now, his company
has a curing capacity of 75,000 tonnes, which is the largest in the country.
He was the first entrepreneur in Karnataka to set up a café
in 1996 (Café Coffee Day, a chain of youth hangout coffee parlors). Now, he has
1550 Coffee Day Cafes in India. Siddhartha also hopes to win the contract to
take his chain to all the airports of Karnataka and then to the rest of the
country. His cyber cafes attract at least 40,000 to 50,000 visitors a week.
Siddhartha also founded Global Technology Ventures Ltd. in
2000, a company that identifies, invests and mentors Indian companies engaged
in cutting edge technologies. Currently, he also holds board seats in
GTV, Mindtree, Liqwid Krystal, Way2Wealth and Ittiam.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
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