As I was graduating from high school and thinking about college in the late 80s, the industry was going through a paradigm shift. In the past, your access to capital commandeered your ability to establish a business. Capital was scarce and opportunity or demand was plenty and so, only if you had the capital to build a supply you could dream of setting up a business. As India was opening up a little more, competition was being encouraged. There was an increasing emphasis on your capability and your competence as opposed to simply an ability to access capital. I chose to go to Carnegie Mellon because their tagline used to be ‘the professional choice’. I really liked what Carnegie Mellon stood for. The ethos was that you come, work hard, study hard and the school will help you develop a competence to be a professional who can stand on his own. My understanding was that if I am able to ‘professionally’ qualify myself through this journey it would stand me in good stead. I was proven right when I came back to Bangalore to handle the family business. I was able to work hard, think on my feet, and dissect complex problems in logical steps and, therefore, was able to run the business successfully for many years.