Raj Technologies CEO Raj Mehta: The Problem Solver

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When he came to the United States from India in 1978, Raj Mehta knew he had to make money, so he took a minimum-wage job in the Washington, D.C. suburbs before earning a computer science degree from the University of Maryland. He would soon start his own company, Infosys International in Plainview, now Raj Technologies, with just a single computer and a determination to succeed.Your company was known as Infosys International for some 30 years. Now it’s Raj Technologies Inc. What happened? We had to reach a settlement with a big company, Infosystems of India. We had to change our name. There was no way we could fight a $12 billion company.Was the name change difficult for you? It was definitely a lot of work. People know who we are. We have contracts with federal and state governments. I have worked hard for over 30 years and I’ve been using this name all of that time. It’s going to take some people time to adjust. All of our contracts had to be renamed, with the new name. But I also like Raj Technologies.Why did this big company do this now? We asked this question. They said, “So what? We came after you when we did.”What does Raj Technologies actually do? We are an information-technology company and we work primarily in the public sector and for Fortune 500 companies. What we do all depends on what the client wants. They may want to change their finance systems, or their HR systems. This means they have to change their software. So we go out and do an analysis. We implement the solutions they want. Is the company profitable? We are a privately held company so we don’t disclose those figures. But we are a healthy company with an excellent reputation.When did you come to this country? In 1978, from India. I first went to Maryland. I knew I had to make money so I got a job as an accounting clerk in Maryland. I was making minimum wage, about $5 an hour.What happened next? I went to the University of Maryland and studied computer science. I already had two bachelor’s degrees in India. After I graduated Maryland, I joined Sperry Corp. in Virginia, working on NASA programs. I worked on a lot of different government programs, including for the U.S. Air Force. I went out and made the customer happy.How was the business started? I started the business in 1986. I had four years of savings. If I didn’t make money for four years, it wouldn’t have mattered.How much were start-up costs? I just had to buy a computer for myself. I spent my time going out getting clients. At that time, if somebody offered me $500 I would do their job. You need to grow. You want to establish yourself. Money isn’t important. I would just say, “Give me the work.”When did the company start to grow? I would say in the early 1990s. Until then, I had only one or two people. [Business reports say the company now has 65 employees.] But we remain basically a small, minority-owned company.Are you finding it hard to hire qualified people in this strong economy? It is always hard to find the right people to match your culture. We are very family oriented here. We don’t have set things for people to do. Nobody says, “That’s not my job.” When we hire people, we don’t expect them to know everything. But we do expect them to find the answer to things.You operate a television production studio that broadcasts your own show. Why? I started this six years ago. It’s a public service from me. I help a lot of people. I was thinking, “How can I help more people?” By having my own show I can give people knowledge. I interview government officials, political figures. I once interviewed a cardiac surgeon. He described the operating room. That was important for people to know.What keeps you up at night? I think of whatever happened that day. I say, “Okay, this or that happened. Let’s move on.” Then I sleep well.last_img read more

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KCCA hope to maintain fine home run against URA

first_img Tags: KCCA FCMike MutebiSam SsimbwaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FC KCCA defeated URA 7-2 in the reverse fixture last season (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League KCCA FC vs URA FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 26-02-2019 @4:30pmLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be out to continue a fine run of form whenever they host URA in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.The two sides face off on Tuesday afternoon with the Tax Collectors winless away to the Kasasiros since 2011.With that record in mind, Sam Simbwa’s side have all to worry about especially with their opponents eyeing a third League crown in four years.The Lugogo based side currently top the log on 45 points, four ahead of second placed Vipers and with the Venoms facing a potential banana-skin away to Onduparaka on the same day, Mike Mutebi’s side will see the game as a chance to pull further clear.Despite the good home history in this fixture, Mutebi will not be looking at it.“We will not base on history, we just need to concentrate on the game before us and try to get all three points because the competition is intense at the top, said Mutebi.“We have prepared well for URA and i am sure the boys would love to bounce back immediately after dropping two unnecessary points in our last game against Police.“They are a very organized team especially when they lose the ball and after regaining possession, they have very good players who can take them forward. We expect them to play more on the break.KCCA have seen the return to full fitness of several key players. Their major absentee for the game will be Filbert Obenchan who is still recovering from a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Mutebi is expected to recall top scorer Patrick Kaddu to the starting lineup after the striker started on the bench against Police.For URA, they snapped a three game winless run in all competitions when they defeated Kirinya JSS 2-0 last time out. It is the sort of game they will be hoping to pick inspiration from.“The players are motivated especially after the win against Kirinya and we hope that can spur us on. Said Simba.“It is going to be a tough game and despite them being at home, me i don’t regard us being away from home.Allan Mugalu and Allan Munaba have been ruled out with injury. Goalkeeper Naftan Aliozi has returned to training this week but not likely to feature. Siraji Ssentamu who suffered a bad head injury against Kirinya will also not feature.URA who have been fairly impressive this season will hope they can win at Lugogo and close in on third placed Mbarara City who play on Wednesday.Match Facts:This will be the 18th meeting between the two sides since December 2010.In the other 17 meeting in that period, either side has won six and drawn the other 5.KCCA are unbeaten against URA in any of their last four meetings, winning two and drawing one. The Tax Collectors last defeated Mutebi’s side in December 2016 (1-0).The reverse fixture last season saw KCCA win 7-2 in what proved to be former URA FC coach, Paul Nkata’s last game. In the first meeting this season, KCCA edged the Tax Collectors 1-0 at Namboole.KCCA go into Tuesday’s game unbeaten in their last 9 League fixtures (W6 D3). Their last loss was in the 3-2 defeated to Express back on 11-12-2018.At Lugogo, Mutebi’s side has gone 28 games minus tasting defeat (W23 D5). The last team to come into their back yard and defeat them was Vipers (2-1), back in April 2016.For URA, they have lost only two of their last 24 League games (W8 D14). The only two teams to defeat them in that period are KCCA FC and Maroons FC, both 1-0.Away from home, the Tax Collectors remain the only side yet to test defeat this season having won two and drawn the other 7 of their 9 road trips.The other games on Tuesday:-Onduparaka vs Vipers SC @4pm-Ndejje University vs Express FC @4:30pm-Maroons FC vs Paidha Black Angels @4:30pm-Kirinya Jinja SS vs Mbarara City @4:30pmComments last_img read more

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