Anees Ahmed, Founder, President & Chairman, Mistral Solutions Pvt Ltd

Successful Entrepreneur with an excellent track record in the technology business domain. Founded Mistral with a capital of INR 0.5M in 1997 and grown it to about INR 1.7 Billion and 400+ employees.

Meet Anees Ahmed, Founder and Chairman of Mistral Solutions Pvt Ltd in a very interesting conversation with our host Ashutosh Garg about entrepreneurship and technology business. Anees is a notable entrepreneur in the technology industry who grew his company from the ground up in the late 90s and he is on our podcast to share the invaluable lessons he learned during his journey.  Anees begins by sharing the important moments in his life. His journey started when he became a national rifle shooting champion and got admission to an engineering college due to his sports background. He started his career by selling computers to the defense people, what differentiated Anees from his competitors was the fact that he quickly noted the requirements of his customers and added value to his product before any of them. He shares key learnings like this throughout the interview.  Anees tells us about the birth of Mistral Solutions. He shares how the company started with a small sum of 500,000 rupees, and a few engineers, and is now at the valuation of 1.7 Billion with 400+ engineers working with him. Anees tells us the core values that have led him to this huge success and his own leadership style while working. He also shares his experience and learnings from a few mishaps he faced while dealing with other companies. “Keep it simple and leave no gray areas for interpretation” is Anees’ advice while dealing with people. Tune in and get inspired with his incredible journey!

Anees Ahmed, Founder, President & Chairman, Mistral Solutions Pvt Ltd

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Successful Entrepreneur with an excellent track record in the technology business domain. Founded Mistral with a capital of INR 0.5M in 1997 and grown it to about INR 1.7 Billion and 400+ employees. Led the company to gain a leadership position and brand recognition in the Indian defense electronics market and global Product Engineering Services. Successfully raised venture capital twice for Mistral from Global funds. Managed strategy, business development, sales, and operations across India and the USA. With over 30 years of Sales, Strategy, and Business Development experience and astute business acumen, and exemplary vision, Anees is actively involved in strategic planning and new business initiatives of the company.
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Founded Mistral in 1997 with 16 employees and grown that to about 400 Employees and INR 1.7 Billion in revenue. Expanded operations with offices in India and the USA. Grown the company from a small startup to a well-established leader in embedded Product Engineering Services with a strong presence in Indian Defense R&D and Homeland Security markets. Raised Venture Capital from eTEC Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, and JAFCO Asia. In Dec 2017 merged the company with AxisCades Technologies, a public listed company on the Indian stock exchange (But this deal fell through as Axiscades hasn’t been able to pay up and the matter is in Arbitration)

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