Only a year late in meeting his goal to leave the corporate world by the time he was 40, Avijit Dutta is now excited by his new roles in the area of the Internet of Things.

What’s your story? 
I started my career in the TV media industry with short stints in Zee & MTV, and marketing of LIVE sports broadcasts. At the turn of the millennium I moved to the telecom industry with PCCW India. My 2G & 3G experience continued with Tata Teleservices (India) and Bakrie Telecom (Indonesia). I had the privilege of taking to market the Indonesian Islamic phone, Hape Hidayah (a HBR case study), F button program with Facebook, SME-box in partnership with Google as some of the key disruptive innovations across my Telco career. 

My plan to exit corporate life at 40 eventuated a year later when I founded Vocable as a mobile messaging platform company, and Godnearme as a spiritual oneness platform. 

I am currently Managing Partner of TenX2, an IoT accelerator, and am a founding Partner of TenX Ventures, which is an “IoT meets AI” seed fund.

What excites you most about your industry? 
It’s exciting to witness the evolution of a 5G ready, IoT meets AI ecosystem, creating impactful cases in verticals like smart city infra, health & wellness, precision farming and connected mobility. 

What is your connection to Asia? 
I was born in Kolkata & raised across 6 cities in India, studying in 7 different schools. 

Favourite city in Asia for business and why? 
Jakarta, as I spent 8 glorious years as a professional there.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received? 
“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece” 

Who inspires you? 
I am inspired by the quest to find a meaning to life. I have sought inspiration from thought leaders like Vivekananda and Anthony Robbins. I believe that every human is born with a purpose, and life is a quest to fulfil it.

What have you learnt recently that blew you away? 
Over one-third of food produced worldwide is wasted. That amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. 

If you had your time again, what would you do differently? 
Temper my ego. 

How do you unwind? 
Meditation, music and cooking 

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why? 
Bali. Serenity in the air, people, the food. 

Everyone in business should read this book: 
BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY 

Shameless plug for your business: 
TenX2 is a growth stage startup accelerator, cascading UN sustainability goals to “IoT meets AI” solutions. We partner with startups, corporates with growth innovation mindset and ecosystem stakeholders across APAC. 

How can people connect with you?

Email: [email protected] 

Social Media Links? 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/avijitdutta71/ 

To hear how entrepreneurs around the world overcome their challenges, search your favourite podcast platform for ‘CallumConnects‘ to hear a 5-minute daily breakdown.

Callum Laing is an entrepreneur and investor based in Singapore. He has previously started, built, and sold half a dozen businesses and is now a Partner at Unity-Group Private Equity and Co-Founder and CEO of MBH Corporation PLC. He is the author of three best-selling books ‘Progressive Partnerships’, ‘Agglomerate’, and ‘Entrepreneurial Investing’.

Connect with Callum on Twitter and LinkedIn
Download free copies of his books at www.callumlaing.com

Recently Published

Who will win Nobel Prizes in 2022? Wikipedia posits a handful of contenders for Physiology or Medicine, about 20 different possible winners for the Peace Prize and several dozen potential winners of the Literature Prize. But since the Swedish Academy never announces nominees in advance, there are few insights indicating who will win, or even if the eventual winner […]
A few years ago, the chess website Chess.com temporarily banned US grandmaster Hans Niemann for playing chess moves online that the site suspected had been suggested to him by a computer program. It had reportedly previously banned his mentor Maxim Dlugy. And at the Sinquefield Cup earlier this month, world champion Magnus Carlsen resigned without comment after playing a poor game against 19-year-old Niemann. He has since […]

Top Picks

Ads are coming to Netflix, perhaps even sooner than anticipated.  The Wall Street Journal has reported that Netflix has moved up the launch of their ad-supported subscription tier to November. The Sydney Morning Herald, meanwhile, is reporting that Australia is amongst the first countries likely to experience ads on Netflix later this year. Netflix first announced they would introduce […]
Have you ever been mocked or abused for your views on COVID? If so, you’re not alone. Anyone wishing to engage in an open dialogue surrounding the pandemic can often encounter a hostile climate, especially online. This extreme polarisation around COVID reflects a broader “culture war” in society, where disagreements on political, cultural and social […]

Trending

The Industrial model of education that fueled the modern era and its dizzying reach did its job incredibly well. Its prime accomplishment was the expansion of our ability to abstract the world. Until then, pragmatism reigned, limiting most people’s thoughts and interactions primarily because we lacked the tools to extrapolate information, to wield it for things that lay beyond obvious […]
I highly recommend reading the McKinsey Global Institute’s new report, “Reskilling China: Transforming The World’s Largest Workforce Into Lifelong Learners”, which focuses on the country’s biggest employment challenge, re-training its workforce and the adoption of practices such as lifelong learning to address the growing digital transformation of its productive fabric. How to transform the country […]

Join our Newsletter

Get our monthly recap with the latest news, articles and resources.

Latest Titles

Empirics Podcast

  • The Future Of Aviation Is Electric?

Login

Welcome to Empirics

We are glad you have decided to join our mission of gathering the collective knowledge of Asia!
Join Empirics