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Bhavin Turakhia, co-founder of the technology group Directi believes that there were three major inflexion points in his journey towards building his conglomerate of tech companies with current revenues of up to $300 Mn. And it’s no surprise that the first one had something to do with computers.
“I studied at Arya Vidya Mandir School in Bandra, Mumbai. I was in 6th standard when our school became one of the first schools in the city to install a full-fledged computer room with 13 computers, and made it an elective subject that was available to everybody. If that hadn’t happened I would have probably had a very different journey.”
For Bhavin – who has always loved maths, physics, logical puzzles – computers were a natural progression. So it was, as he says, love at first sight. He would spend his lunch breaks, free periods, and three hours after school in the lab coding, courtesy his computer teacher who would leave the keys with him.
In many ways this decision was instrumental in setting him on the path he walks on, even today. Adding fuel to this fire, he had devoured 30-40 books on coding and the biographies of every company he could lay his hands on – be it Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, McDonald’s, Chrysler – pretty much everything. This knowledge, coupled with his father encouraging him and younger brother Divyank enabled his entrepreneurship journey. It was just the kickstart the duo needed.
Lastly, in 1993, when the Internet first came to India and Bhavin experienced it for the very first time – it sealed the deal. He was hooked.