Sanjay Verma

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I started my career as a shift engineer in a cigarette factory
b). I used to participate in motorcycle rallies
c). I am a Bonsai enthusiast

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

I started a professional services company in 1999 and built it to a size of approx 1200 people before exiting in 2006. That was the first time that I did something in the IT field!! Imagine the excitement around building a business, understanding a new language and culture. It was chaotic and fun.

What's your best childhood memory?

Spending time in the forests around our home

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Sun Tzu, I have read his treatise a number of times and would love to understand from him first hand some of the nuances in his writings.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Exiting the company that I started.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

I enjoy music and travelling.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

I am currently reading “Collapse” by Jarred Diamond.

My favorite book is “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

The Aurora Borealis.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

It would be an organization in the performing arts, perhaps the Celebrity Series of Boston. I do not think that societies today are invested in the performing arts beyond the commercial genre. If we do not correct this we will surely lose our cultural heritage.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Investing in and mentoring start ups.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

Purely by chance, I was part of a large conglomerate, working in the corporate Head Quarters; the company had a faltering IT outsourcing business, they asked me to look at it and either close it or grow it to profitability. I grew it. And I learned the business.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Value lies in what you know and not in what you do.