Meera Kaul started her entrepreneurial career at the age of 17 when she was still in school with a content curation start-up. She was able to exit this startup and put herself through law school on her own merit. Her desire to be entrepreneurial comes from the self-imposed quest for excellence, an ability to think out of the box and an inclination to take measured risks.
Meera has held herself to high standards of excellence even in the most a dverse business conditions. She has been a pioneer of being one of the only women who explored opportunities to develop markets in parts of Asia, Middle East and Africa for American technology companies. She incubated and set up businesses in these markets where it is not traditional for women to be working in male dominated industries and was able to make these businesses successful. With her determination to succeed she worked against all odds and obstacles in these global markets. Meera’s unique business acumen made her the only indigenous entrepreneur in the Top 50 women in Telecom, the only woman to be awarded Executive of the Year and the Woman Executive of the Year.
She is the Founder and Chairperson of Optimus Computers Trading LLC. Optimus is a market enablement company that helps leading technology and telecom vendors to develop and create business revenue streams in the Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Optimus provides their vendors and channel partners the most efficient presales, sales, marketing, channel acquisition, channel management, implementation services and support services along with operation of supply chain and inventory management of technology and telecommunication products. Founded in 2008, Optimus has expanded to having five local sales offices across Asia, Middle East and Africa. Optimus now has offices in Santa Clara, California, Dubai and Hong Kong. In the 7 years of its existence; Optimus has disrupted the technology sales and marketing business models effectively to bring quality into the technology channel globally. It has presence in over 28 countries the world over through 1200 business partners and continues to grow year by year.
Meera has taken Optimus from a limited portfolio and limited services offered to being the most credible partner to accelerate channel growth for products and services of its customers, vendors and partners wanting to explore in high growth markets. Under her leadership she has formed strong relationships with the top leading technology corporations such as Huawei, McAfee, NetGear, etc. Optimus’ strategy in the next few years is to be a global player and set up offices in Europe and London.
With her successes, Meera has become known as a role model for women around the world. She is a big advocate for gender equality. Her passion to empower women and help them grow in their careers has led her to forming her own foundation (www.meerakaul.com) in 2011. She devotes a substantial amount of her effort to support Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She educates and mentors young women through her own career experiences and lessons she learnt along the way. Not only does she share her knowledge with women, she also invests in women that make an impact to their communities through the use of technology and science. In fact, her initiative was first to host an All Women Hackathon in Dubai, where a group of women from Saudi Arabia won the two-day event seed fund. Talk about impressive! This woman has accomplished what others may find difficult and continue to set innovative paths for others to follow. She is the definition of a true leader indeed.
A leader is an individual who knows the ins and outs of the business empathizing others to follow behind their positive influences, Meera’s leadership has been praised by many of the professionals she has worked with and most especially for the employees that have worked under her. She knows and understands what it feels like to start your career and be undermined by those around you. She always encourages and motivates her employees to tap into their own skills and ideas and share their gifts and talents rather than just work. Many times she has been described as a ‘mentor’ by her employees, friends and family members, which is very true. She instills confidence in people; she makes you realize that whatever you put your mind through you will succeed. Meera Kaul is an ambitious woman with a tremendous drive to achieve, who is committed to excellence. She plays hard but plays fair and she expects nothing less from those around her.
“There will always exist a precedence of things not being done or an expert who tells you what works in a certain circumstance. I have learnt that there is always another way. There is always a possibility. And that till that last possibility is not exhausted; I will not give up or give in. I also realized as I grew older that possibilities are endless. The only thing that often makes people give up is impatience or failure to focus.”