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Meet Sidd Ahmed: A dropout who built a multi-crore digital consulting biz

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Sidd Ahmed founded V Dart in 2007 as an IT employment firm with operations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

Born from a modest family that used to live in a thatched hut in Trichy, a busy city located on the banks of river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu, Sidd Ahmed, the youngest of six siblings, authored his own success tale. Because of his backlogs, the engineering graduate took seven years to complete his engineering degree.

Yet, after beginning as a marketing executive for Rs 1,200 in Trichy, he swiftly ascended the professional ladder and ended up launching a firm in the United States with a turnover of $260 million (Rs 2114 crore) this year.

Sidd founded VDart in Alpharetta, Atlanta, with a $500 investment following a successful career as a headhunter at some of the country’s best firms. Currently, VDart has expanded into software and product development, employing 3700 people across 10 countries, with a core team of 750 centred in Trichy.

Sidd, 51, grew up in Trichy and graduated from Saint John’s Vestry Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in 1989. He had worked as a driver, farmer, scrap trader, and even tried his hand at producing cattle remedies.

Sidd wanted to be a doctor but didn’t obtain good enough grades in high school to get into medical school. He enrolled in B.Sc. Zoology but dropped out six months later when his elder brother returned from Bahrain and persuaded him to pursue engineering.

Sidd’s father died in 1992, while he was still in college. He graduated from college in 1993 with 20 backlogs to go through. But before he could finish his degree, he got a job as a marketing executive at a computer training centre in Trichy for Rs 1,200 per month. His first position provided the groundwork for his profession, teaching him the fundamentals of marketing and honing his communication abilities.

He began VDart with $500 in Alpharetta, Georgia (USA). He sold his house and car to save money and moved into an apartment where he launched his business. Accenture, Cap Gemini, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, Toyota, and General Electric are among VDart’s customers. VDart, like other companies, struggled during the Covid epidemic.

Sabina, a cosmetologist, is Sidd’s wife. Sara, 24, and Zayd, 16, are the couple’s children. Sidd is a motivational speaker, an athlete, and an ardent reader. He enjoys sharing life, career, and entrepreneurial advice with young people through different internet platforms.

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