Answers by Chandrashekar Tamirisa, Owner Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Transformations LLC, Common Era LLC, and Samskruti Washington, D.C to the interview questions of Entrepreneurship.co.in at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How the career journey started? Or who inspired you to start business/ entrepreneurship?
I attended the Summer 1991 program of International Space University (ISU) in Toulouse, France as a graduate student in Mechanical (Materials Sciences) Engineering at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UH) funded by ISU and the Institute for Astronomy of UH. I had worked on an International Mars Mission project report, specifically contributing to In situ Resource Utilization on Mars as a part of the university’s Space Resources and Manufacturing Department. I gave an interview to PBS Space Age Series “What is a Heaven For?” articulating a case for space exploration. After returning from Toulouse to Honolulu, I entered an essay contest of the World Bar Association of international lawyers and made the case for earth as a reason to explore space. The essay had won an honor mention and a $50 cash prize, then a lot of money for a graduate student on a monthly scholarship of $800. My trip to Toulouse won an honor mention in The Honolulu Star Bulletin by the City and County of Honolulu.
The trip got me thinking about the politics and economics of resource allocation in the world. So, I enrolled in the Ph.D program in Political Science in University of Hawai’i at Manoa and was fortunate to find faculty mentors in Professor Jim Dator, a well known futurist and Professor Ben Finney, the Chairman of the Department of Anthropology, who has authored the book Interstellar Migration and the Human Experience that analogized Polynesian Migration in the Pacific with possible migration out of the earth. I also had a mentor in the founder of ISU, Todd Hawley (who later unfortunately had died of complications from AIDS), who had invited me back to Kitakyushu, Japan in 1992 to run the new ISU department of Space Humanities because he could not be there due to ill health. During the program I had worked closely with a Boston writer Frank White who had written the book The Overview Effect and Dr. Ben Finney to establish the department.
My early thinking on the political economy of development and resource allocation was shaped by three graduate classes I took from Professor Johan Galtung of Norway, primarily the class on alternative theories of economic development, who was teaching at Hawai’i as a visiting professor every year and two classes I took from Professor Manfred Henningsen on Political Philosophy. I got hooked to the most intractable problem of global economic convergence. I left the doctoral program in Political Science with an MA for a better paying work life after I defended my masters thesis in Mechanical Engineering. The problem, however, stayed with me only to make the life of my now former wife who was then a graduate student in economics miserable for the next 18 years of marriage because I was relentlessly criticizing the limitations of mainstream economics and its inability to deal with politics.
These are the roots of the idea.
In Washington, D.C I worked for the Federal Reserve as a non-economist for nearly 12 years and earned an MA in Applied Economics from The John Hopkins University which was paid for by the Fed. Then I floated my companies Transformations LLC and Common Era LLC in October 2008, and Samskruti, the non-profit arm for shelter, food, health and education in 2011.
Share some info about your products and services here.
Primarily political and economic consulting focusing on shaping public policy and political and corporate strategies to achieve global economic convergence.
What was the vision mission of the company? What exactly you wanted to do when you started your business?
To engender and manage change, locally and globally, to achieve economic equity and social equality.
What kind of difficulties you had faced while starting/doing business?
Many. And continue to. First, finding paying clients to partake in what can be a paradigm shift in geopolitics and economics. Second, it takes a lot of courage and personal sacrifice to deal with the politics and economics of the status quo and the corresponding social status quo. Writing and communicative action become the principal instruments of change in a civil society.
Share with our readers about discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?
I had worked for nearly two decades on first intellectually and analytically solving the problems associated with achieving my objectives. The business is the execution part.
Share with our readers about your experiment period after discovery period?
There is no experiment period. The current phase involves raising funds, the process itself being the execution of the solution to the problem of global economic convergence. Unlike normal businesses, the approach is very Gandhian. The unity of means and ends (“The Way is the Goal” as Johan Galtung would say) requires enormous integrity in the pursuit of the business’ goals. The innovation is in connecting the bottom 75% of the world’s population with the top 25% of income earners and proving that it can be enormously profitable, the antithesis of both socialism and communism and a cogent critique of capitalism: transcendence is in the self-interest. At its heart it is a problem of allocating scarce resources most efficiently to make the lives of about 15 billion people better by the end of this century. Earth is the case for space.
What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?
Transformations is the transparent alternative to Bohemian Club, Bilderberg Group and Trilateral Commission. It is the face of the peoples’ of the world.
What will be your advice/suggestion for new entrepreneurs for starting new business?
Dream big. “We the people” everywhere around the world are your clients. Today’s world gross domestic product (about $65 trillion) would be miniscule in comparison to what is feasible. It is about creating markets. Not just a business. Perhaps not many realize it, but the interesting times we live in, as the old Chinese proverb goes, are on the inflection point between the dark ages and the possible Renaissance times.