“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – Seneca, Roman Philosopher
Entrepreneur Ajay Agrawal certainly believes in the adage. He started his first company, UnitedLex Corporation – a legal process outsourcing company – in 2006, which claims to have $250 Mn in assets and committed capital, currently.
“Even in UnitedLex, we were always trying to build software applications to automate any aspect of the manual work that we were doing for our clients. And some of those applications were so successful that it sort of give me a flavour to do it on a much larger scale – as in a product environment rather than a services environment,” he begins.
This was the time when he realised the struggle companies have to make to maintain their buyer-supplier environment. Taking the plunge he, along with ex-global head of outsourcing in General Motors, Claude Marais, began brainstorming in November 2012 and envisioned SirionLabs – an enterprise SaaS platform based in Gurugram in December 2014.
Today, two years after the official launch, SirionLabs has over 15 clients (mostly Fortune-listed corporations) including the likes of Western Union, Vodafone, BP, Vestas Wind Systems and University College London Hospitals (UCLH). As claimed by the founders, it has also been awarded the number one B2B startup in India by IBM and featured as the ‘Cool Vendor’ of the year 2015 by Gartner.
The company has already raised over $16 Mn from investors such as Sequoia Capital, QualGro ASEAN Fund, and Canopy Ventures and has a team of 200+ professionals across offices in India, US, UK, and Europe, making it a global platform in the true sense of the word.