In India, a billion people are ending the annual high festivals of Navratri and Diwali. Enthusiastic people there worship Devi in all her forms, Devi being the personification of the divine, feminine creative energy in Hinduism. The same celebration of the feminine halves of the human whole, the yin of the eternal yin-yang, however, does not seem to percolate from the arena of faith to reach the zeitgeist of today’s workforce.
Kaustav Mitra is an avid student of entrepreneurship and its role in the creation of new ecosystems and economies. He is the founder and Global Vice-President of SAP Startup Focus, SAP’s worldwide initiative to engage with data-focused startups. In the two years since its launch in 2012, the Startup Focus portfolio has grown to 1,700 enterprise software startups from 55 countries. Prior to this he was a member of SAP’s Chairman Projects team where he led a variety of board level strategic initiatives. Mitra joined SAP in 2011 after ten years of experience as an entrepreneur launching, growing and selling a managed IT services firm. He has a Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Mathematics from BITS, Pilani and a Master’s degree in Economics from USC. He is a science fiction enthusiast; a fan of inclusive, high performance teams; a kabab aficionado and a very easy-to-convince dad. You can follow him on Twitter @KaustavMitra