Rakesh Shukla has always been slightly
ahead of the curve. Ten years ago, he founded and ran a technology content
company well before the word “content” was widely understood. TWB, now TWB_,
was the home of technology, business and learning content for dozens of Fortune
500 companies around the world including Microsoft, Oracle, Lenovo, SAP, Pratt
& Whitney, Honeywell, Bombardier, HSBC, ANZ, and AXA. Five years later, he
segued into animal welfare, founding and running the world’s largest stray dog
rescue service, and one-of-a-kind dog sanctuary. The Voice of Stray Dogs, or
VOSD, is quite unique in its scale, approach, and leverage of technology. Its
uniqueness has led Rakesh to be featured on the BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CNN-IBN,
NDTV, India’s national dailies, and at TEDx Mumbai.
Rakesh’s TEDx talk has dominoed into a
series of speaker requests as it showcases his commitment to the now-750 dogs
in his care through a turbulent three years designed to bankrupt a multi-million
dollar enterprise. The personal and professional threats that precipitated
these three challenging years; Rakesh’s response to these attacks; and the
current turning of the tide make for a classic
resourcefulness-in-the-face-of-adversity story -- with one major difference.
When you have 750 lives depending on you, your choices need to be more than
just strategic or pragmatic.
Rakesh’s choices and experiences describe a
uniquely personal journey against a landscape that is equal parts business, and
non-profit. It is a real-life story that is inspiring, innovative, and
courageous, and works equally well for audiences ranging from young college
students, to senior management.
Rakesh is an electronics engineer and MBA
by training, who worked at Wipro, Sasken, Aricent, and Amdocs in India, US, and
Asia before starting TWB in 2006, and VOSD in 2012. He has served on the Animal
Welfare Board of India. Rakesh is based in Bangalore, where he spends half his
week in the city with 14 dogs, and the other half at the Sanctuary on the
outskirts of Bangalore with another 750. Rakesh’s journey has been the subject
of more than a hundred talks, telecasts, documentaries, and interviews.
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.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.