Pradeep Kar has founded a string of technology companies, most notably Microland, which manages the world's largest Exchange E-mail network. He has hobnobbed with Bill Gates and is one of the more public faces in the high-tech capital of Bangalore.

Aaron Ricadela, Contributor

February 4, 2006

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Pradeep Kar, Chairman of Microland -- Photograph by Mahesh Bhat/Getty Images
Photograph by Mahesh Bhat/Getty Images


Pradeep Kar
Chairman of Microland
Interview by Aaron Ricadela

1


Redmond Connection
While hosting Bill Gates during his first visit to India in 1997, Kar got his photo snapped with the big guy, landing him on the pages of India's newspapers.

2


Cashing Out
Microland has been through a few incarnations--computer distributor, dot-com incubator, and now network-management vendor. In 2001, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. bought portal site Indya.com, which Kar had spun out from Microland. Amid Bangalore's dirt roads and decaying infrastructure, Kar lives in a walled-off, Mediterranean-style mansion.

3


Home-Brew Computer Club?
Bangalore's nouveau riche like their expensive wines, but Kar prefers beer. He founded the Bangalore chapter of the Beer Drinkers Association of Information Technology, a group of Indian tech execs who meet every quarter for cold ones. The prerequisite to join: "You have to be VP level or above."

4


Legacy Of The Raj
Kar likes to talk business and play tennis at the Bangalore Club, a British colonial-era establishment founded in 1868, where Winston Churchill once belonged. Giving a tour, Kar points out Churchill's portrait on the wall, near the men-only bar tucked in a corner.

5


Timely Exit
Microland got its start selling Novell networks, and Kar helped Compaq bring its PCs to India as its exclusive distributor in 1992. By '98, he decided to get out of hardware and concentrate on the Web, and eventually outsourcing.

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