What is the 30under30?
30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians.
Each year, we invite our readers to nominate young Australian entrepreneurs deserving of recognition for their outstanding entrepreneurial endeavours. More.
Vishal Sood, 26 (NSW)
Name: Vishal Sood
To Vishal Sood, entrepreneurship is all about bringing old-line human qualities to bear. So business is about winning minds and influencing people, and his own conviction that he can read and shape minds. This approach has been key to his entrepreneurial journey – and some of his breakthroughs.
“I believe in the power of the individual and free enterprise. I have the ability to get stuff done!” says the entrepreneur of Indian origin.
Consider the Jillewarra Project, when he had to overcome old-school ‘cynical ‘geos.’ Through persistence and enthusiasm – calls, emails and an uninvited flight to Townsville – Vishal didn’t wear them down, as much as won over two of Australia’s leading geological authorities (Graeme Mackee and Doug Morrison). With a combination of “my hunch and their skills” Vishal secured government funding for the Jilewarra Project, alongside global giants such as AngloGold and Aditya Birla.
Vishal is currently the director of, or seed funder, of a number of businesses, among them sports education (Activated Group), online data exchanges (eyeota Ltd), mining (Jillewarra Project), education (Gradvantage) and manufacturing (Wrapall Packagings).
“I am passionate about this business because I believe we are contributing to the health, fitness and well-being of future generations!” he says.
Overall, across all ventures, Vishal employs 190 people and has won five awards for two companies! His goal for 2015: 100% coverage of Australian households by one or the other of his businesses which, by the way, he describes as “fun, quirky and moody.”
Anthill asks: Vishal Sood, what is your super-power and why?
I can read and influence human minds! Like Professor X from X-Men. But I cannot control them like he can. From days as a student politician at Sydney University I took a keen interest in reading body language. This has assisted immensely in my entrepreneurial journey so far. I hope to develop and enhance this skill over time!
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