118. Entrepreneurial Podcast Breaks the Borders, Builds Community
Rohit Gandrakota is a supply chain professional and part time podcaster. He moved to the US from India in 2008 to earn his Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. An avid podcast listener, he channeled his passion for podcasting into his own podcast, Breaking the Borders, which features immigrant entrepreneurs.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
A teacher in Rohit’s home town, Kurnool, India, steered him to math and science, which earned him admission to the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, and eventually into Penn State. Like many Indian immigrants, he is an engineer, but he also shares a passion for entrepreneurship, which shines forth in his podcast.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
Learning from podcasts, Rohit “was blown away by how much you can learn from others’ experiences.” A light bulb went on when a comment on one of his favorite shows said, “When you interview a guest from my part of the world, I feel more connected.” His Breaking the Borders podcast was born.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
I never did much networking. Asking people to go for coffee was not in my comfort zone. But I figured out you can’t do much by yourself. You need people and a network. Now I use my podcast as a way to reach out and invite people to participate.
On His Bookshelf
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Steven Covey
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen
Never Eat Alone, And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz
Connecting With Rohit Gandrakota
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