Living an Entrepreneur's Dream

An SMU MBA finds that running a business that spans continents makes for long but fascinating days

I am the co-founder of Vantage Agora, a contract manufacturing company in Cleveland, Dallas, and India that we started in early 2004. In the last year and a half, we have helped a number of customers save money by providing quality automotive and aerospace parts from India. Our corporate mantra is: "Regardless of the size, we will make a difference to every customer."

Even while at school I had a goal of starting a company. Along with my childhood friend Sudhir Achar (with whom I reunited soon after getting my MBA degree from the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, I believed that we could leverage our contacts in India to create this business.

My role as partner and director of operations includes ensuring that Vantage Agora is operating smoothly. I am also responsible for executing all customer projects in the most efficient manner to help Vantage Agora save money.

Here's a typical day at Vantage Agora.

4:45 a.m. -- I wake up to an international text message on my PDA from Vantage Agora Executive Cockpit (a portal for controlling all company activities around the world). I glance through the text to realize that the message is a major milestone.

We have shipped our first consignment for a new project. I have to call up the CEO and...

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