City girl gives USA Dataman!

Published on Jan 24, 2006 12:46 AM IST

THIS HOUSEWIFE drives her two kids to school and brings them back everyday. She does most of the household chores and takes care of her husband. She also owns and runs DatamanUSA, from home, currently a $ 3 million company, which was listed as the No 3 fastest growing small company by the Denver Business Journal 2005. Nidhi Saxena, the President of DatamanUSA, Denver, USA is from Lucknow. And she is coming to her maternal home in Ashiana colony next week.

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THIS HOUSEWIFE drives her two kids to school and brings them back everyday.
She does most of the household chores and takes care of her husband. She also owns and runs DatamanUSA, from home, currently a $ 3 million company, which was listed as the No 3 fastest growing small company by the Denver Business Journal 2005.

Nidhi Saxena, the President of DatamanUSA, Denver, USA is from Lucknow. And she is coming to her maternal home in Ashiana colony next week. She already is in Delhi where the NRI Welfare Society of India on its golden jubilee will award her along with her husband and 24 other NRIs. Rajasthan government too will take her and the other awardees to the State for investment opportunities.

But, it’s not that she has no business with Lucknow. On February 6, she will launch Offshore Centre of DatamanUSA, at the Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Lucknow.

Nidhi, a daughter of retired CGM of UP Power Corporation Ltd, KK Srivastava did her electrical engineering, years ago, from Madhave Institute of Technology and Science, Gwalior and also Information-systems training at NIIT. And after this she launched a successful career as a software consultant. She then got married to Kanpur boy Gyan Saxena a mechanical eingeer. Gyan while working with Tata Consultancy Services, was posted to England and she also worked in a company in England. “Then 1996 both moved to USA working for different companies. Nidhi then had two children one after the other and she decided to drop the career for children. But it was around the time when her second child was born that she launched the company,” said KK Srivastava.

Saxena lacked business mentors throughout her career, but she said she found a great source of inspiration in her husband. “He is the one who made me believe I could do this,” she said to US media that flocked to her soon after she won the Denver Business Journal Award.

Revenues at Nidhi’s IT consulting company grew from $138,000 in 2002 to $ 3 million in 2005.

DatamanUSA’s key clients have included Citigroup, UPS, Verizon and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Infact Dataman grew so much that in 2002 Gyan Saxena joined the operations in 2002 as Chief Operating Officer. Today, the firm employees nine people in Denver, 21 in Wyoming and seven in its new office in India (Lucknow that will shift to the STPI and expand to 50 employees gradually and she is going to hold interviews for hiring people during her visit to the city).

And this is how a US newspaper ended it’s interview: “Despite the company’s success, the 35-year old Saxena claims she has found the work-life balance that was lacking in the corporator world. Yet, she remains true to her values… “I try to achieve a balance between what my mother and father taught me.”

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