Sanjeev Sidhu - the creative entrepreneur

Sanjeev Sidhu started his company from his Dallas apartment with his pregnant wife doubling up as technical writer. Today, their company helps giants like 3M, Caterpillar and Bethlehem Steel.
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The 43-year-old Sanjeev Sidhu has learned from the uncertainties of life. Hailing from Hyderabad and son of a chemical engineer, Sidhu has been at the helm of i2 Technologies Inc ever since he gave up a promising career in Texas Instruments and co-founded i2.

The 5,900-employee company is a global provider of intelligent e-business solutions that help enterprises optimize business processes both internally and among trading partners. Born in 1957 in Hyderabad, India, Sidhu completed his B.S. in chemical engineering from Osmania University in 1979 and M.S. in chemical engineering from Oklahoma State University during 1982.

It was back in 1998, when Sidhu was with Texas Instruments (TI), that he quit a promising career to form i2 with his ex-colleague Ken Sharma. He started the company from his Dallas apartment. His wife, who was pregnant at the time, doubled up as the technical writer of the team.

Today, their company helps giants like 3M, Caterpillar, and Bethlehem Steel in tracking raw material purchases, customer deliveries, and handling work in progress through multiple sites. i2 has been doubling its revenues each year since Sidhu found the company without any outside investment.

The Ernst & Young High Tech Entrepreneur has been helping his company build electronic marketplaces that have provided more than $16 billion in revenue growth and cost savings for about 900 companies spread over sectors like defence, automobiles, drugs, computers, chips, and textile.

And Sidhu’s plans for the future are very simple: to create more than $75 billion in value for i2’s customers by 2005.

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