Inspiring Personalities

Meet The Technology Mogul : Satya Nadella



Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

If you are one of our regular Winspired! Reader, you’d know that we previously brought before you several awe-inspiring stories of some corporate moguls. From Harsha Bhogle’s stream switch to Chanda Kochhar making mark in a man’s world, each story was unique. This time as we pondered over this month’s ‘Winspirational Personality’ are search lead us to Satya Nadella, appointed Indian-origin Microsoft CEO. Born in Hyderabad, Satya Nadella is much more than just successful business leader. But before we delve into his dynamic personality, take a quick look at his education-

Satya Nadella did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School

Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology (then under Mangalore University)

M.S in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MBA from Booth School of Business University of Chicago.

Satya Nadella  was appointed the CEO of 4th February 2014. He succeeds Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.


No matter how successful he is, Satya Nadella remains one of us. His dynamic personality includes


Like a lot of Indian boys, he has a great passion for cricket. In fact, he was also a part of his school’s cricket team back when he was studying in Hyderabad Public School. Cricket to him, especially Test cricket is like ‘reading a Russian Novel’ that has several sub-plots. Other than bowling, batting, fielding and wicket keeping, cricket taught the CEO a very important aspect of life- Team Work.

 ‘Satya’ Vachan #1

I think playing cricket taught me more about working in teams and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career.


The world is vast. We may have excelled in our fields, yet there will be a lot more for us to learn from. So many areas we stay clueless about. Or maybe a different way of doing something we already know. Learning is the key, from things, from people, the choice is all ours. You will be surprised to know that Satya Nadella often signs up for online courses. An idea strikes him one morning, he is motivated for say fifteen minutes (happens with a lot of us right?) and he uses this motivation. Imagine! The CEO of biggest IT Company in the world once took up an online Neuroscience class just out of curiosity. And it doesn’t end here; he does this often, a different subject each time!

‘Satya’ Vachan #2

 I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things … you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.


We wouldn’t really question his hard work as his success says it all. He completed his business degree simultaneously along with his new Microsoft job. To strike the balance, he had to take a flight to Chicago on Friday nights, attend classes on Saturdays and return to Redmond for the week’s work. This tiring schedule for two and a half years earned him his MBA. We too lay a great emphasis on hard work. But doesn’t all work no play makes Johnny a dull boy? Well, Satya Nadella sides with us on this. A coder’s mind that he has, he finds relaxation through reading poetry. “The best code is poetry”, he says. Instead of going on for pages, you take out the essence on a couple of lines and this is what appeals him the most.


“Every time I come to India…I go back energised”, is what he has to say for his country of origin. Microsoft has joined hands with the Government of India’s Digital India initiative and has some ground-breaking ideas to connect rural India with technology. He also has plans for empowering young entrepreneurs and start ups. Nadella believes that it is important to dream big and create big and he sees the creative potential in India and her people. This belief and his love for poetry is reflected in these lines by Mirza Ghalib that he quoted in an address to industrialist and entrepreneurs during his recent visit to India:

“ Hazaron khwahishein aisi ke har khwahish pe dum nikle. Bahut nikley mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikley!”

Satya Nadella, like we said, is not just another corporate mogul. He is a source of inspiration and a total modern-day role model who believes that it is our ability to dream that is worth dying for. And well, someone who loves cricket and asks us to relax along with dreaming big and working hard is surely the Role-Model we are looking forward to!


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