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Gautam Sinha has never been predictable. He’s always steered his ship against the tide, sometimes raising corporate eyebrows, but always raising the bar.

An alumnus of XLRI Jamshedpur, a leading business school in India, Gautam had a stint with Wipro from 1994 to 1996. His first brainchild, Team Value Associates (TVA), an international IT staffing company, fell victim to USA’s dotcom crash in 2000.

Moving away from IT professionals, Gautam sought fresh ground, turning to kids. He co-founded Coolden.com, a 3-D website and a community-focused children’s dotcom in 1999. Again, the dotcom crash played villain, affecting external funding; Coolden could not sustain itself for more than 24 months.

The double taste of failure pumped Gautam’s adrenalin glands. TVA Infotech, an IT recruitment company founded by him in 2000, went on to become the market leader in the IT recruiting space in the south of India. A pioneer in recruitment outsourcing much before the term ‘RPO’ was conceived, TVA became a 100+ company before being acquired by Allegis Group Inc, the largest staffing company in the USA, in March 2008.

After TVA’s acquisition, Gautam moved to the sea-side at Bandra, Mumbai. For a few months, he just dreamed afresh; the sea and the sun-set, clearly visible from his balcony, provided the inspiration. Soon, he conceived ‘myfirstcheque’ – a seed fund that will help first-generation entrepreneurs, as a co-founder, providing the initial investment, guidance, and mentorship.

myfirstcheque seeks to convert professionals who are hesitant to take the first step due to lack of finance, into entrepreneurs.

When Gautam isn’t reading business history, he could be caught writing for leading publications. But nothing excites him like a new idea.

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