Evening MBA Class of 2003
Founder and CEO
Spectraforce Technologies, Inc. - Raleigh, NC
"This was a life-changing experience for me. When I arrived, I was reluctant to speak up, but the leadership development class helped me change how I interact with others."
Why did you pursue an MBA?
“I moved to the U.S. from India in 1997 to pursue my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. But my experience was limited to software development. So, while working at a global software company during the day, I attended the Evening MBA program to develop the basic business skills I needed to launch my business.”
What was your new venture idea?
"In the late 1990s, there was a big push for globalization, but outsourcing was still a fairly new concept. Global outsourcing companies were targeting large corporations, but I saw a huge opportunity to provide global IT support for small and midsize companies, which would allow them to focus on their core business and be more competitive."
How did your UNC experience help you launch your business?
“The New Ventures elective gave us the opportunity to turn loose ideas into solid business plans. We worked with outside coaches—entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, attorneys—who understood start-up challenges. At the end of the course, we presented our business plans to the panel of coaches. Hands down, they voted my plan the most viable new venture. This gave me the confidence I needed to launch Spectraforce, which is now among the fastest growing private companies in the country, as recognized by Inc. Magazine and Triangle Business Journal.”
- Confidence: "This was a life-changing experience for me. When I arrived, I was reluctant to speak up, but the leadership development class helped me change how I interact with others. I became more open and received good feedback on my contributions to the class. Even my wife agrees that I’m a totally different person now!"
- Cultural Understanding: "Although I spent a few years in the U.S. before school, I worked in a closed environment. I didn’t have a solid understanding of U.S. culture—which is important if you want to succeed in this country. My MBA experience immersed me in U.S. social and business cultures, which in some ways, was even more important than the formal education."
- The UNC Connection: "Being an alumnus of UNC has opened countless doors for my company. Many of my current customers are either alumni or they were referred by alumni. We’ve already had success with Kenan-Flagler interns in our marketing and finance departments, and going forward we plan to hire graduates from the BSBA and MBA programs. The school is an amazing network of people deeply sharing the culture of genuinely helping each other."
- Entrepreneurial Success: "My company has made Inc 500:5000 and Triangle Business Journal's Fast 50 for the last several years, and our growth shows no signs of slowing. The career impact of the UNC MBA is nothing short of phenomenal!"