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A 79-Year-Old Tech Pioneer Aims for His Third Startup IPO

  • Ashok Soota builds on his IT background to found ventures
  • Happiest Health aims to meld Eastern, Western therapies
Ashok Soota
Ashok SootaPhotographer: Samyukta Lakshmi/Bloomberg

Ashok Soota has spent four decades in India’s technology industry, headed three prominent IT companies and taken two of them public. Now, the 79-year-old is getting his newest venture off the ground with a goal to take it to IPO in five years.

When Soota turns 80 in November, Happiest Health will be a rare Indian technology startup with an octogenarian founder. He is basing the startup on his holistic view on health and wellbeing, while drawing inspiration from Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger -- who are plowing ahead in their nineties.