Adobe’s Indian-origin CEO would never have left Hyderabad to go to the US if he was growing up right now; Here’s what he told entrepreneurs

Adobe’s Indian-origin CEO would never have left Hyderabad to go to the US if he was growing up right now; here’s what he told entrepreneursPhoto : BCCLNew Delhi: Shantanu Narayen, Indian-origin chief executive of global software company Adobe, is one among a host of Indian-origin CEOs leading some of the world’s top companies like Google, Microsoft, Starbucks etc. The Hyderabad-born techie who moved to the USA after his graduation, would have never relocated had he been born in the city at this time. Extremely bullish on the current business environment in the city, Narayen praised the efforts of Telangana Industries and IT Minister KT Rama Rao and Secretary Jayesh Ranjan in terms of “creating an incredible and vibrant environment here in Hyderabad.” “If I was growing up right now, there was no way I would be leaving Hyderabad. A lot of opportunity exists in Hyderabad and India,” Narayen said at the inauguration of the TiE Global Summit’s inauguration in Telangana’s capital city. Adobe CEO’s advise for entrepreneursThe Adobe CEO told entrepreneurs that there has never been a better time to be one, Narayen advised them to live their dreams and make most of opportunities driven by emerging technologies. The respected Indian-origin techie, who is fondly called manavadu (one of their own), further suggested entrepreneurs to never take no for an answer and stop pursuing their dreams. “The thing that I would always tell entrepreneurs is that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste,” Narayen highlighted as he cited Adobe’s decision to shift to a subscription model, during the Great Recession about 15 years ago, which helped it emerge even stronger. On some of the qualities that entrepreneurs should possess, the CEO said, “If you are an impatient entrepreneur, it is perhaps a quality to appreciate. Entrepreneurship is never taking a no for an answer.” Narayen, who took over Adobe in 2007, said that his goal as CEO is to just say they cannot be in a position where all they are trying to do is preserve the status quo. CEO of the year Meanwhile, the 59-year-old was awarded the title of CEO of the year 2022 during TiE Global Summit 2022. On the occasion, Telangana Industries Minister Rao pitched for setting up Adobe’s next campus in the state.

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