How far can a $1,000 investment take an ambitious entrepreneur? On its own, not very far. With innovation, grit, and an insatiable drive, Dr. Kedar Gupta paved the way for the solar industry and built GT Solar, a global leader in solar power that had over $240 million in revenue when it went public. Promising at least one twist per chapter, the story of Gupta (who arrived in NYC with $5 in his pocket in 1968) reads no less than an edge-of-the-seat thriller for those who intend to pick up this book for their entrepreneurial journey.
Gupta honestly recounts his journey, taking readers along the adventures of corporate politics, near-bankruptcy, IPOs, recession, market changes, cross-cultural business ethics, and a surprise visit from the White House. These stories often remain in the minds of protagonists and people closely associated with them, but Kedar Gupta welcomes readers in. It is also an inspiring book and proof that reality is far more thrilling than fiction. He aims to encourage people to take risks, dream big and work towards their own success.
Dr. Kedar Gupta is a clean technology expert specializing in solar energy and renewables. An engineerturned-entrepreneur, Kedar started his corporate career working for many industry leaders including Monsanto, Cincinnati Milacron, and Ferrofluidics. In 1994, Kedar co-founded GT Equipment (later called GT Solar) and built a global clean technology business from the ground up, becoming one of the leaders in the solar business. Riding the wave of an unabating entrepreneurial fire, Kedar co-founded five companies including ARC Energy in 2007 to develop innovative technologies for a sustainable environment.
Kedar received numerous awards and recognitions for his visionary contributions, including the 1998 New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2005 National Small Business Exporter of the Year Award by EXIM Bank, and the 2006 High Tech All-Star by Mass High Tech Magazine.
Now retired, Kedar supports budding entrepreneurs and is involved in philanthropy. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and relishes spending time with his children and grandchildren. This is his debut book.