Murali Govindaswamy, Alumni
- ICT Solutions- Rural
2010 MBA Sloan, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program
“The next century will be defined by technology leveling the playing field and creating opportunities for those who never would have had opportunities before. MIT is making significant contributions to this future. I believe that my vision for creating an accessible broadband communications network in tandem with meaningful services in rural India will be an important step toward this future.”
Murali’s venture aims to provide rural villages in India with access to education, telemedicine, agriculture, rural cottage industry markets, and e-governance through increased Internet capabilities. Seeing first-hand the sacrifices that his parents made when migrating from rural to urban India in order that Murali have access to greater educational opportunities, Murali feels strongly that providing services to rural populations will help mitigate such large-scale migration within India. With a degree from the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, an MA in computer science earned in the US, and experience as an engineer with Samsung and Ericsson, Murali has gained deep exposure to wireless and network technologies. At Ericsson, Murali deployed wireless base stations in towns and villages in India, led the development of a platform product for WiMAX, and managed an Ericsson-wide global test and measurement equipment sourcing project. Murali is a current MBA candidate in the Sloan School of Management Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.