Alumni Spotlight: Pushpak Reddy
This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of New England College Magazine.
MS in Computer Information Systems ’17
Founder of Hashi Solutions in Herndon, Virginia
I have always enjoyed getting things done and have come to realize that’s what entrepreneurship entails at its core.
Being born and raised in Hyderabad, an information technology hub in southern India, made it easy for me to pursue a career in technology. I earned my bachelor’s degree in computer science from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, and worked in SAP (systems, applications, and products) technology for three years.
But I wanted to attend graduate school in the United States. A friend introduced me to New England College, and I never looked back. When I first stepped foot on the Henniker campus in 2016, I was not sure what I was going to do with my career. NEC sculpted me in such a way that it boosted enough confidence in me to achieve whatever I meant to do in life.
After graduating, I moved to Miami and worked as a Java developer for an insurance company. I simultaneously worked as a partner in an IT firm. After a few years of gaining experience and building my skills in those roles, I knew it was time to start my own business.
I launched Hashi Solutions because I saw gaps in business operations that prevent companies from achieving their goals. We work to maximize a business’s potential, accelerate its performance, and reinforce its operations through comprehensive IT consulting services. You hear sayings like “the future of work is remote,” but I have set out on a mission to deploy “the world’s talent meets opportunity at the touch of a click.”
Starting my own business was as exciting as it was scary, but you never know the real depth of water by looking at it from the shore. You have to dive in. You have to know what you want and be willing to go after it. That is the root of entrepreneurship.
And that’s exactly what I would say to young entrepreneurs looking to launch their own endeavors.
- Decide what you want and follow it with devotion.
- Set a clear goal to achieve it and draw a road map to get there.
- If you’re not moving forward, you’re probably doing things in a wrong way. Regroup and start again.
- If you fail, try an approach that is the opposite of the previous one.
- Keep your passion alive.
Bringing people together to realize a shared vision and keeping that vision alive when the people around you tend to forget are hard things to do, but they are the most enjoyable experiences when your vision starts to take shape in the real world.
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