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India-born Sachdev on Time’s list of those changing the world

business Updated: Jun 10, 2016 06:51 IST

NEW YORK: Thirty- year- old Umesh Sachdev, co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Uniphore Software Systems Pvt Ltd, has featured in Time magazine’s 2016 list of “10 millennials who are changing the world” for “building a phone that can understand almost any language.”

Sachdev, along with college friend Ravi Saraogi, founded Uniphore Software Systems in 2007. The company produces software, which allows people to interact with their phones and access services such as online banking by communicating in their native languages, Time said in its profile on Sachdev.

Uniphore’s products, including a virtual assistant that processes more than 25 global languages and 150 dialects, are currently used by over five million people, mostly in India. Uniphore has been working with microfinance institutions, banks and primary healthcare centres, among others. Uniphore has been working with microfinance institutions, banks and primary healthcare centres, among others.

“Phones can help increase financial inclusion, or help a farmer get weather information,” Sachdev was quoted by Time .“But you need away for people to interact with the technology out there .”

The Time list also includes Simone Biles, an Olympic gymnast who overcame a drug-addicted mother, and Syrian refugee Firas Alshater, 25, who is helping Germans accept refugees, “one smile at a time” with his viral videos on YouTube, which invite Germans to take a closer look before passing judgment on the new arrivals.