Dubai-based Sanjay Shah, founder of the charity Autism Rocks and investment firm Solo Capital, recently shared a few thoughts on successful entrepreneurialship. In an interview with Eric Dye, host of Dubai’s Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio he doled out all manner of useful entrepreneurial advice, information, motivation, and inspiration. He also discussed his own motivation for starting the charity, Autism. He is so proud of his organization which helps fund autism research. He was first motivated to start it after his son was diagnosed with the neurological disorder. He made his fortune by founding the London-based Solo Capital. After starting businesses around the world, Sanjay quickly learned that 1) you need a lot of money in order for a new business to get off the ground and 2) you need to realize you can’t do all the work by yourself.
Sanjay founded Solo Capital Markets in September 2011. The firm specializes in trading, consulting, and professional sports investments. Since its found, Sanjay has remained its CEO. Sanjay definitely knows what he is doing, owning and controlling several other businesses around the world. This has all really paid off for him. He is currently “retired” and is worth about $280 million. Sanjay didn’t expect to end up like this. In early adulthood, he studied medicine with the full intention of becoming a doctor. He soon decided, however, that the medical life wasn’t for him and promptly changed careers.
He became an accountant and worked for three different investment banks. In 2009, he ventured out to start his own brokerage company. This company would become Solo Capital. After his son was diagnosed with autism in 2011, he had a meeting with Snoop Dogg to start a charity for autism research. This was Autism Rocks. The first of its rock concerts was held in 2014 and featured Prince. Even then, Sanjay was not new to charity. He had previously been sponsoring children in India for over a decade.