The 2001 AWIB Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Winner - Ranjini Poddar
Artech Information Systems L.L.C.
Ranjini Poddar, born in India, came to the US with her family when she was 8 years old. She had her first taste of business starting at age 10 when she worked for her entrepreneurial father and knew even then that she would one day start her own business. After graduating with a BA in Computer Science, she worked as a Management/Systems consultant for a short time before attending Yale Law School where she earned her J.D.
In 1992, while attending law school, Ranjini opened the doors of Artech. After graduating from law school in 1994, she practised corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell. In 1999, Ranjini decided to return to Artech and quit her secure legal job.
Today, Artech is a provider of project management and software consulting services. The firm maintains an in-house development center at its headquarters in Morristown, New Jersey, and has branch offices in Fremont, California and Mclean, Virginia. They also have an ISO 9001 certified offshore development facility in New Delhi, India. Artech, with year 2000 revenues of $10 million, has a team of 20 support staff and nearly 100 field consultants. Under Ranjini’s leadership, Artech received 8(a) certification from the SBA and preferred vendor status with Fortune 500 companies. Not dependent on one source, Artech has as major clients IBM, Prudential, AT&T, Intel, GE and various Federal Agencies.
Ranjini is in a male dominated field and frequently finds herself to be one of only a handful of women in mandatory pre-bid conferences or technology events. She has turned her being an Asian women into an advantage and has been able to successfully compete on her terms. She states that her “ultimate goal is to contribute to the women-owned business community in such ways as to allow each and every one of us to compete head to head on a gender neutral playing field".
Ranjini is a member of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Counsel, Asian Women In Business, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the DISA Mentor Protégé Program. Her Company was recognized in 2000 and 2001 by Deloitte & Touche as one of the “50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies” in the State of New Jersey.
Ranjini’s advice to women entrepreneurs is “keep a sense of humor at all times. Success involves taking a leap of faith and building a history of commitment and follow through. If you approach everything with the ‘end result’ in mind, you will never lose sight of your focus, or waste your time chasing after acceptance or approval.”
Ranjini and her husband, New Jersey residents, have a 9 year old son and a 4 year old daughter.