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.