What is my latest venture?
oGoing B2B Social Network & Social, Local and Mobile Marketing platform for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Owners, Startups, Emerging Business and SMB. "My goal is to grow oGoing to over 50,000 businesses in 2015, and make oGoing a killer social networking and social media innovation for small business. Interested in joining me on the oGoing journey? I am looking for partners, investors, advisers & management team. Shoot me an email at ceo at ogoing dot biz or call me at 949-910-0615 (cell phone - weekdays)." Sanjay B Dalal, CEO, oGoing Inc.
What I am amazed about? I am the author of the Definitive Guide and Innovation eBook on Creativity
And Innovation in Business, used by over 1,000 corporations and organizations around the world including HP, Pepsi, Hallmark, Cleveland Clinic, EDS, Ericsson, Best Buy, University of California, Irvine, Indian Institute of Sciences, LG Electronics, Nokia, J&J, TATA and many more. In 2006, I started my blog on Creativity and Innovation Driving Business, and that led to writing the eBook! I am humbled and grateful that so many leading organizations and universities have downloaded my eBook, and are using the key tenets to drive creativity and innovation at their business. My latest eBook on Apple & Steve Jobs - Apple's Innovation Strategy is also downloaded by over 1,000 innovators and entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs' passion, focus and leadership has inspired me to innovate and work hard towards making oGoing a valuable service for SMB! I recently launched WOW Product Guide - Creating Amazing Products for your customers NOW on Amazon.com
What is my work? Besides trying to raise a family (my son is a sophomore at UT Austin; daughter's a teenager), I am the founder of oGoing - B2B social network & social media marketing communications platform for small business community. I founded USA India Business Network, global network of 3,500+ businesses doing business with US and Indian companies in 2009, launched Bharat Market, online shopping for India products in 2012, and founded InnovationMain.com, Innovation consulting services & makers of Innovation eBook, Apple Innovation Strategy & Innovation Bootcamp since 2008. I have authored over 400 articles on the real-time state of innovation in business at my blog on Creativity And Innovation Driving Business.
What I am doing in the community? I like to stay involved in local community activities. I was the co-founder of Startup America Orange County in 2012 - we helped inspire and connect a few hundred startups during our launch year. I was the board member of Asian Business Association of Orange County for three years, and President-Elect for 2012 - during my volunteer role, we inspired and educated over 2,500 small businesses in Orange County. I am an active member of OCTANe, TCVN and TiE So Cal, member of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, and an active Rotarian - Rotary Club of Newport-Irvine. I was the New Generations & Youth Services Director of my Rotary club. I was the Secretary of School Site Council at Turtle Rock Elementary School (2007-10) & Treasurer of Turtle Rock Elementary School PTA (2009-10). I was the Fine Master of Rotary Club of Newport-Irvine (2009-10), and participated in Rotary community activities for Olive Crest, SnowBall Express, Senior Meals, Woodbridge High School annual run, UCI Rotaract, Uni High Interact, Irvine Senior & Youth Job Fairs, Camp Pendleton Marines & more. I mentored an aspiring young boy who wanted to be an American Football star as part of America On Track Orange County MCP program, and mentored UC Irvine students building new startups. I also served as a Foundation committee member at Chinamaya Mission Los Angeles (2011-2012). In the past, I was a basketball coach for my son's teams (three times), art master for my daughter's class, and technology adviser for the entire Fremont school district. My wife and I also like to participate in philanthropy to the best of our ability. I strongly believe in Non-violence, Peace, Kindness, Honesty, Humility, Not Hurting anyone, and active Community Service.
Here are a few of my colorful head shots (yup, they are all my photos):
My thoughts on being happy. "Life is Good, Live it Happily":
2. Be passionate & optimistic
3. Have a positive attitude
4. Be brave. Have no fear (except God)
5. Don't sweat the small stuff
My past local community speeches:
ABAOC President-Elect Nomination Speech
What is American? Coming from India... Rotary club
Rotary club of Newport-Irvine induction speech
Federation of Indian American Association speech - Independence Day
University of California, Irvine conference speech launching Innovation conference
What drives me? "I am passionate about my family, my work, community, education, innovation, culture and customs of people worldwide. I love the freedom, entrepreneurship, education and opportunity that America offers to me, my wife and my children. I am proud of my Indian roots, tradition and culture. I am always busy with my two growing kids - our charming and beautiful daughter who is 14 (a teenager; God help us!), and our boisterous son who is 19 and started at UT as a freshman in Aerospace Engineering in 2013 (both kids always keep us guessing!). I think I am a devoted husband to my beautiful wife for 20+ years (devotion is a relative word :)). I'm happy and grateful to be born and raised in India, and living and growing my family in USA, the two largest and greatest democracies"
Email me: ceo at innovationmain dot com or ceo at ogoing dot biz
In his spare time, Sanjay was a basketball coach and mentor for his son’s Rancho middle school, NJB - IYBL, and Fremont NJB basketball teams. He volunteered as the Art Master for his daughter’s school, served as secretary of the Turtle Rock School Site Council for raising the performance of the elementary school students (2 years), and served as Treasurer of Turtle Rock School PTA (2009-2010). Sanjay is an active Rotarian - previous fine master, and member of Rotary Club of Newport-Irvine, current director of new generations, and an active philanthropist. Recently, Sanjay was the appointed member by the Board of Education for the Technology Advisory Committee for the entire Fremont School District, and proposed a technology vision and plan for over 40,000 students (2006-2007). Sanjay was a Web 2.0 adviser for CSU Fullerton Extended Education program and appointed member of Dean's Leadership Circle of University of California, Irvine. Sanjay was on the Board of Directors of Asian Business Association of Orange County, and member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE SoCal). Sanjay founded the non-profit Osteoporosis Foundation.
Sanjay has over fifteen years leadership experience at emerging technology companies in Silicon Valley and established innovators in key positions of business development, product management and marketing.
Sanjay is excited to share his latest startup: oGoing "If you like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you will love oGoing social and business networking for your small business!" Check out oGoing today, and sign up.
In his role as founder of India Business Network USA, Sanjay provided a platform for over 3,500 professionals to connect, collaborate & do business with Indian professionals worldwide and USA.
As Chief Innovator of InnovationMain.com, Sanjay provides innovation consulting to emerging businesses. Finally, as Chief Marketer of Semdia, Sanjay provided Internet marketing services to various businesses.
At WebEx Communications, Inc., Sanjay, in his role as a product manager and product director, introduced two innovative web collaboration products, WebEx Training Center and WebEx Sales Center, that became market share leaders in their category generating millions of dollars in new business for WebEx (and providing the competitive edge in the marketplace). These software products are used by over 50 million people since launch. Sanjay and his team filed joint U.S. Patent for Hands-On Labs: "System and Method for Managing Remote Computer Labs" for the WebEx Training Center product. Sanjay, in his leadership role in strategic business development, led the first two mergers and acquisitions for WebEx, and participated in over 30 strategic partnerships with companies including Cisco, SAP, British Telecom, AT&T, Yahoo!, CoVisint, American Express, Salesforce.com and more. Sanjay's white papers on E-Learning and Training were published by Chief Learning Office Magazine at: The Next Generation of Live Learning Product Rollouts: The Impact of Learning. Sanjay was interviewed by esteemed press journals and magazines including eWeek, InternetNews.com, Training Magazine, PC Journal and more. Sanjay was a regular speaker & evangelist for WebEx Products. Press Coverage: Sales Force Automation Sales Center Launch on PC World State of the E-Learning Market Training Center Top Solution eWeek Training into cash
Sanjay, in his role as a product marketing leader, managed and drove complete product and marketing life cycles and achieved market leadership, and grew software product line revenue from launch to tens of million dollars in annual business. Sanjay helped Educomp, the leading e-Learning company in India, with it's U.S. product launch and strategy. Before WebEx, Sanjay worked in key product marketing and product management position at eComLive launching an innovative Whiteboard collaboration software product Visual Rendezvous that became the market leader in cross-platform collaboration, at IBM in strategic engineering and product roles in the PowerPC division, and at Honeywell Bull in key product & business assignments. Through his leadership experience at technology companies, Sanjay has developed a real understanding of what it takes to bring successful new innovations to market, and the correlationship of successful innovations on the business performance.
|My graduation photo at UT Austin, May 1992|
|Happy in Bay Area, CA|
|My wife Mamta and me at Raas-Garba Navaratri at University High School, Irvine, September 2014|
My Personal Story
|Dalal family (my wife, me, my son and daughter) at our daughter's middle school graduation. Irvine, CA June 2014|
|Dalal family (all our relatives) at our home in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India on December 30, 2014|
My grand-father had a dream that one of his sons would excel in college. Although he did not live long enough to see this dream, my father worked hard in college, and stood first in all of Gujarat, then competed for the Rotary Foundation scholarship award versus over 700 aspiring students in India and succeeded, and came to USA via Europe (he went to Rotary clubs all over Europe and shared his experience and story, got lots of monetary gifts that helped him go to New York via ship; and then he came to California). My father loved his time in America. He always stayed as a paying guest with an American family (he loved the food and hospitality!). One of his mentors once took him in a piper plane and they flew all over Northern California area. He started at Stanford in Engineering in 1957, but after a semester realized that he may drop out altogether (I guess he couldn't get past Mathematics). When Stanford helped him with an aptitude testing, they realized his strengths were in business. And then he got his MBA. Another interesting story is that my mother never met my father before they got married... yup, it was an arranged marriage, my mother flew all way to America to get married! My parents were married in Washington D.C., but later went back to India to support my grand-mother and their extended family. I am lucky to have one of their wedding gifts from 1961! My parents worked really hard to save money, grow our family and provide us a solid foundation. We lived for most of my childhood in a modest flat in Ahmedabad, India. The best part: I made a lot of friends while growing up in the Gandhi Baug society, enjoyed playing Cricket and Badminton, and on many occasions climbing the society wall to go to my school GLS (which was literally next doors)
My grand-father (mom's father) and grand-mother were equally inspiring to me. Every full-moon (poonam), we will go to my grand-father's home in Ambawadi to celebrate, do the Satya Narayan Katha with friends and family, and have a huge feast (my favorite being the "sheero"). My grand-father was a self-made businessman who worked equally hard and became the general manager of New Commercial textile mill in Ahmedabad. He did quite well financially and had a huge bungalow, car and was highly respected in the local business community. He used to tell me stories about his business, how he helped grow the textile industry in Ahmedabad, and how he achieved the top position at his company, and then fell hard when it closed down (although he did well enough to build a great bungalow; he introduced me to the "foreign" concept of shares back then). He was also a religious and god-loving man, and used to pray to Lord Rama all the time, and go to Ramji mandir in the city (I went with him many times). He taught me the power of prayer early on, respecting my family members (especially my sisters, since we used to fight a lot!) and showing humility (I try hard, but it's easy to forget). My grand-mother was a very loving lady, always had the soft heart for me (they used to call me with a lot of affection "Sanjuram") and even came to USA and visited our home in Fremont, CA.
My parents taught us early on to study and work hard, have a strong determination to succeed, and give back to the community. My father is even now an active Rotarian, volunteers a lot of his time in helping the local community in Ahmedabad, and donates a lot of his hard-earned money (my parents live a modest lifestyle). After doing well at the University of Oklahoma during my Freshman year in 1987 (I was nominated for the President's award), I applied to the University of Texas at Austin for Electrical and Computer Engineering program for my sophomore year. When I was awarded the coveted Engineering scholarship (which also made me eligible for instate tuition), I transferred to my alma mater UT! I worked 20 hours weekly in the Macintosh computer laboratory later on to help students with their programming classes on the Mac, and help pay for my undergraduate education. I was later awarded the International Office scholarship in my senior year. My college was not uneventful... I caught a bout with Mumps in my Junior year, and had to drop out of a semester owing to a lot of weakness, and eventually took almost six months to recover. I learned early on the value of great American college education earned through hard work, and am quite grateful to my professors and advisers at both UT and OU. (both my sister and I started at University of Oklahoma; she transferred to University of California, Irvine).
I met my wife to be in Austin in summer of 1989 (she was in the Business School doing Accounting). We were both part of the Indian Orientation team and helped arriving students from India at UT Austin get settled. I also led as the Treasurer of India Student Association. I graduated from UT in May, 1992. My wife and I planned and got married on August 15, 1993, celebrating both our marriage and India's Independence Day in Orange County, California (yup, we lost our independence). I did my graduate school at Arizona State University - Phoenix and Tempe (Computer Science) while working at Bull (Honeywell) from 1992 through 1995. Then we moved to Austin for a year and a half (when I worked at IBM), and we were blessed with our son, who is now in Austin again and starting at UT as a freshman in Aerospace Engineering. An opportunity to work at a startup in Silicon Valley with my wife's brother-in-law drove us to California in 1997. Our daughter was born in Fremont in 2000 (she is a millennium baby!). After spending 10 years in Silicon Valley from 1997 to 2007 and working at various startups (and doing well), we moved to Irvine, Orange County to settle down for the next 10 years (at the very least). I became a U.S. Citizen in 2008 to vote for the first time, and enjoy the freedom of a U.S. citizen!
I believe that the U.S. economy that underwent through a deep recession in 2008-2009 will turn around slowly but surely, and grow during the next five years. As an entrepreneur, I look at glass as half-full, and have a positive spin and outlook on most things. I have realized that maintaining optimism, good health, passion, strong belief in one's self, and keeping faith in God are very important! I am inspired by my teams, friends, partners and co-workers (great teams, partners and co-workers are what make you successful in both family and business). I do make many professional and personal mistakes! I am always learning from these mistakes, and trying not to repeat them. I like to stay engaged and enjoy life's simple moments, and have fun time with family and friends.
I am driven to create amazing customer value and experience with my latest start-up oGoing, and am working hard to make it the best platform for small business social networking and social media marketing! oGoing is growing, albeit slowly... I have been "oGoing" since summer of 2009, and just finished four years. I don't have much to show for in terms of sales yet. Whether or not OGoing becomes a big success, I don't know. However, the journey of being an entrepreneur has sure been exhausting and exhilarating!" - Sanjay Bharat Dalal
You're the best. Thank you for the many hours that you put into the job of PTA Treasurer and I really appreciate it. I hope that you continue to be part of PTA in some role, because we need parents like you who ask questions and push for a solution or answer. I will still see you at SSC. Again, many thanks.
Have a great summer.
Turtle Rock Elementary School, IUSD
"I am happy to write this letter of recommendation at the request of Sanjay Dalal. He has made it known to me that he seeks to partner with you in some business. My name is Vanessa Lewis; I am the President of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Turtle Rock Elementary. I have been working closely with Sanjay, Treasurer for the Turtle Rock PTA, for one year now.
As Treasurer of the PTA, Sanjay has shown consistency and reliability in his work and in his commitment. As our organization has an annual operating budget of only $167,000.00, it is critical that the financials are tediously minded. Sanjay has been exemplary in his keeping of our books and records. Sanjay demonstrates his attention to detail as he reviews the Check Request forms and the attached receipts. On three occasions, Sanjay was the one who found mixed receipts- current receipts with one or two dated prior to our fiscal year and thus could not be honored. His careful review saved our organization hundreds of dollars as these extra receipts were not rightfully our expenses to incur, and he avoided our organization being fined during audit. Sanjay has additionally displayed his flexibility and open-mindedness as he has engaged in tasks that certainly are not part of his job description- such as selling t-shirts at the opening of our Fall Festival, and coordinating with the Women’s National Basketball Association to create an incentive program for our PTA membership. Sanjay is without limits in his ingenuity as can be seen in his personal professional life and during Board meeting discussions.
I have had a wonderful experience working with Sanjay Dalal over the last year. He maintains professionalism and integrity that I can only respect and admire in him. Additionally, Sanjay has a realistic perspective while remaining optimistic and solution-oriented as he seeks to expand the possibilities of any given situation. Based on my experience working with Sanjay, I would highly recommend him as a solid candidate for a business partner."
Turtle Rock Elementary
Sanjay Dalal has asked me to write a reference on his behalf. I have known Sanjay as a member of the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club since he joined a couple of years ago. Sanjay has shown great dedication in providing service to the community and to the members of the club. He is always ready to help on the various community events done by our club. Since July of 2009 he has been the fine master; an activity that requires recognizing the members for their anniversaries, birthdays, and noteworthy events. While simple, in principle, this activity requires getting to know the members (more than 60) and connecting with them during the meetings. Sanjay has done a fine job.
I have observed that Sanjay is always willing to learn new ways and shows commitment and character in his endeavors. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Yours in Rotary,
Newport-Irvine Rotary Club
I would be glad to provide you the reference for Sanjay. He has been a very active and dedicated ABAOC board member. My dealing with Sanjay has been very pleasant and he always add great deal of value to the various committees he supports. His recommendations are practical and always provides great benefits to our organization.
I highly recommend him as a potential partner for your venture. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Global Outsource Partners
February 9, 2009
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter of recommendation for Sanjay Dalal. Over the past year, I have had the pleasure of working with this very capable, dedicated parent volunteer.
Mr. Dalal is well organized and thoughtful. He volunteered for the role of secretary on our School Site Council. He took clear, concise notes, and was always well prepared for meetings. He added thoughtful questions and support to conversations. He assisted in defusing hot topics and refocusing the conversation on student learning. We are fortunate to have Sanjay Dalal on Turtle Rock Elementary School's Site Council.
I highly recommend Sanjay for any position for which he may apply. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me.
Woodbury Elementary School, IUSD
Top qualities: Expert, Good Value, Creative
“I attended Sanjay Dalal's Innovation Bootcamp in Dec '08. The training provided an excellent orientation on the topic of innovation and I learned several new techniques for generating and successfully implementing new ideas. Plentiful real world case studies was another aspect I liked about the program. I highly recommend the program to those who are starting their innovation journey.”
February 8, 2009
I want to take this opportunity to thank the coaches (Sanjay & Dennis) for a super season. Thank you.
Sebastian had a great time and us parents are also proud of what the boys have done. Too bad luck was just not on our side but it sure has been super exciting!
Again, thank you!
Thanks for spending time and coaching the Rancho team. Connor had fun and learn a lot. He really appreciated the opportunity to play for his school.
Hi Coach Sanjay and all:
On Behalf of Keyvan and myself, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone for your concern about Keyvan. Thanks God, he is recovering fast. In spite of getting 7 stitches, he had so much fun participating in Irvine Hoops Classic. Keyvan is happy and honored to receive the basketball signed by his teammates and thanks all the players and the coach indeed!
Coach Sanjay: You did a great job coaching our boys. They learned new skills while they had fun. It was a great experience and I can't express my appreciation with merely words, but profound thanks for your coaching with care and kindness.
“Sanjay is a passionate technologist, philanthropist, and savvy businessperson rolled into one. He and I were appointed members of the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) for the entire Fremont School District overseeing 40+ schools with an enrollment of 40,000+ students (2006-2007). Appointed by the Fremont Board of Education, the TAC consisted of members from the community, teachers, and executive and staff members from the Fremont Education Department. Sanjay was an active member of the TAC providing key ideas, opinions, analysis and technology thought leadership during his appointment tenure. Sanjay is a gifted consensus builder and articulates his ideas and opinions openly and does a great job. During the course of our appointment, TAC thoroughly analyzed the current state of technology at Fremont schools, interviewed members of the school staff, parents and students, researched various technology initiatives at similar school districts, brainstormed on technology methods and processes, and put together a detailed technology plan that was presented to the Board of Education. Sanjay is very articulate and I have seen him talk passionately about innovation even during our regular meetings. He has since then started a very successful blog on innovation and developed an excellent redership base. I really enjoyed working with him and look forward to future opportunities of collaboration.”
BI Competency Leader, IBM
February 6, 2009
“I worked for Sanjay on WebEx's Training Center product. With tremendous insight into the eLearning market, Sanjay also brought a great deal of vision and passion to his role in driving WebEx's eLearning business strategy. He was very customer-driven and also worked well with internal teams, leading and motivating people that worked with him.”
Senior Product Manager, Cisco WebEx
Santa Clara, CA
April 29, 2008
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Semdia - Innovative Social Media, Search and Internet Marketing
Sanjay is the chief marketer of Semdia. The mission of Semdia is to provide best-of-breed Social Media and Internet Marketing solutions to small business, business units, emerging business and departments of large business - across various industry verticals. Semdia is new, innovative and different. Semdia asks a simple question: "How effective is your e-marketing?" If your answer is anything less than "Great", Semdia will create a proven Social Media + Internet Marketing solution that will increase your website and online traffic, maximize the conversion from visitors to customers, and double your online business. Enroll in the Marketing Bootcamp to jump start your Social Media + Internet Marketing.
Sanjay introduced the Innovation Index in December 2006 at his blog - Creativity And Innovation Driving Business. The Innovation Index correlates innovation, business and stock performance. Sanjay has been publishing regular reports on The Innovation Index. These reports and the Innovation Index have obtained market coverage by finance and investment websites including: Google Finance Home Page, Google Search, Yahoo! Search, InnovationTools.com, Denver Post, Boston Herald, Houston Chronicle, News.com, About.com, Marketwatch, Kiplinger Finance, Financial Content, Business Innovation Insider and more. Sanjay had launched the innovative investment business, Innovation Index Group, to build awareness and implement the investment models of the Innovation Index.
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