I am a lifelong Manchester United fan, entrepreneur and a firm believer of the saying “perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th”. Having done my bachelors in Chemical Engineering from University of Manchester, UK in 2008, I took a gap year to work on one of our mining projects in India and then completed my masters in Management with Specialization in Strategy from Cass Business School, London in 2010.
Coming from a business background we are currently engaged in the following areas:
Onshore Mining – I undertook prospecting operations over an area of 1500 hectares for iron ore in Bellary region, Karnataka during my gap year in 2008. We finally obtained a mining lease over an area of 968 hectares. The said lease is presently the single largest privately owned iron ore mining lease in Karnataka.
Offshore Mining Operations- In 2010, Government of India for the 1st time opened offshore areas along its coast for mining and hence, invited technical bids for allotment of offshore mining blocks.
To technically qualify and win over the blocks, we entered into a number of MOUs and joint venture agreements with a number of international reconnaissance and exploration companies such as Williamson inc, Seattle and Fugro, Netherlands to successfully prepare and bid for offshore mining blocks in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal in 2010.
Our companies technically qualified for all our applications and were allotted 28 out of 62 blocks available for allotment. More than 277 companies had applied from all over India.
This venture is the first of its kind in the world and shall be undertaken by us over a total area of 2268 sq km of sea as each offshore mining block measures 81 sq km. These offshore areas are rich in rutile, ilmenite, rare earth minerals, construction sand, gemstones etc.
Designhill.com - Started an IT company in 2013 with its first venture Designhill.com. The platform was launched in Oct 2014 and is currently among the top 5 crowdsourcing design platforms in the world. The platform disrupts the traditional graphic design industry and presently has over 25000 registered graphic designers from around the world.
I was recently interviewed for Designhill by Forbes, Huffington post etc.
Curatigo - We are soon launching a 2nd Venture called Curatigo, which is currently in beta testing and shall be live to the general public in June 2016.
It is a discovery platform for curated products in fashion, home, wellness etc. driven by influencers and stories from consumers, bloggers etc.
Since 2010, we have successfully entered into JV projects in a number of townships in Sonepat, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Lucknow and have also successfully exit from projects in line with our investment policies.
Our most recent project is the Fashion TV Crown Golf Course project in Lucknow, which was launched as a Joint Venture project between New Modern Developers and Us (Privuegroup) couple of months back. http://fcrown.in/