- Shivam Parikh
Shivam Parikh is one of the youngest Entrepreneurs from
Gujarat, India. Belonging to an all science educated family - he was the first to go into a commerce education. He was born and brought up in Californiabefore re-locating to India in 1994. He is also the son of a renowned cardiologist and author in India - Dr. Keyur Parikh. [1.Gujarat Global, http://www.gujaratglobal.com/nextSub.php?id=890&cattype=NEWS.] [Indianheart, http://www.indianheart.com] [Dr.Keyur Parikh: http://www.indianheart.com/keyurparikh.html]
He is the CEO of one of Gujarat's leading ISP companies - rDosti Internet Services Pvt. Ltd. He began his business as a start up hobby in 1999, during his school days.
In 2002-03, he was the pioneer and owner of the "IndyaMail" Project a free email service initially for Indians, and then expanded to the globe.
In 2008, he started rDosti Internet Services Pvt. Ltd [Indian Company Registration: http://www.mca.gov.in/DCAPortalWeb/dca/CompanyDetailsSRAction.do?method=beforeGetDocumentCategories&taskID=9421&sessioncheck=yes ] , and acted as CEO. The company tied up with Socketmail [Socketmail PHP Script Company - www.socketmail.com ] to serve their thousands of users with Email service branded by rDosti. rDosti also features free Social Networking and other facilities like online gaming, shopping, knowledgebase, Free Text Messaging, blog hosting and other services. The company also deals with premium services like Web Hosting and Server Management. rDosti's concept came from the english and hindi mixture of "Our" and "Dosti" (Friendship). [http://www.rdosti.com RDOSTI.COM]
Education and in the news
Though Shivam Parikh is currently studying both Business Studies (MBA/PGDBM) - from SomLalit College & Masters In Computer Application (MCA) - from Nirma University Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad, he made his mark earlier with exemplary contributions to the internet world - dating as far back as 2000 with his educational and school web site (St.Xaviers Loyola Hall - LoyolaUniverse) [Publication: Times Of India Ahmedabad;Date: February 14, 2001;Section: Ahmedabad Times;Page: 1] , and later a free e-mail service that began to break space barriers (storage). The Times of India compared him to Mr.
Sabeer Bhatia[ Publication: Times Of India Ahmedabad;Date: March 13, 2003; Section: Breaking Space Barriers; Page: 2] (the founder of Hotmail , a current Multimillionaire). He has been a creative minded person, and at a young age been over so aggressive in his contributions to the internet world. Shivam Parikh graduated from Som Lalit: Institute of Business Administration while running his internet hosting company and free email service "IndyaMail". He then joined his course in MBAand conceived "rDosti".
Belief and culture
Shivam Parikh is a believer that "You don't need a degree in computers to start a computer related business or an IT related service". He feels that aspiration and dreams are the leaders that drive oneself to a process of being successful. He is also the founder of the very popular Indian email service IndyaMail. [ "http://www.rdosti.com]
Though born and brought up in
USA, he has hit roots stuck with India. In several interviews and articles by India's leading newspaper - The Times of India [Times of India: Epaper version http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Default/Client.asp?skin=pastissues2&enter=LowLevel&AW=1217487746968 (followed by next references) ] he revealed during an article about Voting in India - 'Indians are Indians. They live and breathe here (India). They should vote at least for their future life in the country as well as their children's. [Publication: Times Of India Ahmedabad ; Date:Dec 13, 2007;Section: Dance Of Democracy;Page: 13 - ]
In an article about New Year Resolutions that he would make , he talked about 'Wearing a Save The Girl T-Shirt and Promoting Girl-Child Pro Awareness in India. He pushed awareness of the girl child possibly being a boon to the country's development.' [Publication: Times Of India Ahmedabad;Date: Jan 1, 2008;Section: Times City;Page: 2 ]
On the business and ethical side, Mr.Parikh - during an article regarding potentials of the over growing
Bloggingand potential Economical model of earning fast money - Mr. Parikh stated that it was not about earning money, rather about educating the masses. He also went on to state the health related education through blogging was important. He however also stated that there is an economic advantage with every model in the end. [Publication: Times Of India Ahmedabad;Date: May 15, 2008;Section: Times City;Page: 2 ]
Shivam Parikh was invited to the
Windows VistaLaunch "WOW" in December 2006 (Nokia Center, USA). He also was invited for the lunch session with Mr. Bill Gates, Microsoft. Shivam Parikh has been a beta-tester with Microsoft since over 5 years. He is a 'perpetual tester' for Microsoft OnecareAntivirus and a tester for Microsoft Office 2007, MSN Messenger8/9 as well Home Server and others. Later in 2007 he met Dr. Abdul Kalam(former president of India) and Mrs. Sunita Williams(NASA,Astronaut) in India.
Shivam Parikh is one of the lead
Windows Mobile'third party' - ROM Developers for custom rom solutions for Windows Mobile PocketPC. He creates custom images for the Universal brand of Windows Mobile Devices. [ XDA-Developers: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=399320 ]
Shivam Parikh launched a line of free software utilities under the brand name "2Kul & IndyaMail" Softwares in 2006. They include IndyaMail 2Kul MemoryOptimizer 2007 [CNET: http://www.download.com/IndyaMail-2Kul-MemoryOptimizer/3000-2086_4-10615788.html?tag=lst-1] , File-Splitter 2007 [CNET: http://www.download.com/IndyaMail-2Kul-File-Splitter/3000-2086_4-10615791.html?tag=lst-2] , DataSync 2007 [CNET: http://www.download.com/IndyaMail-2Kul-DataSync/3000-2242_4-10615786.html?tag=lst-3] , Internet Cleaning Express (ICE) 2007 [http://www.download.com/IndyaMail-ICE-Internet-Cleaning-Express/3000-2094_4-10607545.html?tag=lst-4] , and The7Planets -Planetary BackUp Pro [CNET: http://www.download.com/Planetary-BackUp-Pro/3000-2242_4-10615784.html?tag=lst-1] . The softwares have been downloaded over 7000 times. Three of them are rated pretty well by CNET & Download.com.
Windows Mobile Third Party Developer
Shivam Parikh's custom windows mobile images include the popular RDosti v11 and Shivam310. Shivam Parikh is an active developer at the XDA-Developers Community [Xda-Developers: http://www.xda-developers.com] by updating and releasing updates to his third party ROM. Currently, his ROM rDosti v11 has the most free program memory.
Shivam Parikh is currently writing his second to-be published book "Beating The System" which talks about the world-wide system that has its limits and the best ways to deal with it and get ahead. He is also currently doing his MBA & MCA from renowned college Som Lalit(SLIMS) and Nirma University respectively.
* [http://www.shivam.info Personal website]
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