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Oct 28, 2019

Raj Sharma is the Founder and CEO of Public Spend Forum, a market intelligence and best practices platform for public sector buyers and suppliers. Raj leads the overall strategy, guides the execution of the plan, and engages with leaders in public sector markets throughout the world. Raj talks about his childhood in India, moving to the United States, and founding a company that has been recognized as one of the top firms in the United States.


Episode Highlights: 


  • Emily reminds Onward Podcast listeners that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Emily Harman introduces Raj Sharma.
  • Raj talks about waking up at his Uncle’s house in India when he was six years old  to discover that his parents and two younger siblings has left for the United States in the middle of the night.
  • Why did Raj’s family move to the United States from India?
  • How did Raj feel about life in the 8th grade and making friends in the United States?  
  • What was college life like for Raj?    
  • How did Raj start his business?  
  • What are Raj’s core business principles? 
  • Raj discusses the success of the first business he founded.  
  • Raj built a successful company but not always feel comfortable in his own skin.
  • Raj believes It is everyone’s responsibility to take care of others. 
  • Raj’s discusses his plans for the future. 


3 Key Points:

  1. Raj’s childhood shaped him. It resulted in insecurities but it also taught him perseverance and gave him strong morals.  
  2. There is always a personal story that makes an entrepreneur who they are and shapes everything they do. Raj shares his story. 
  3. It is our responsibility to help others, to give back. 



Tweetable Quotes:

  • “I built a company that has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, recognized as one of the top firms in the country and I did all of that while still I think feeling in many ways that I was still alone.”
    Raj Sharma
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  • I felt like I was always taught right and wrong. No matter what you are going through, it doesn’t give you any excuse to do something wrong.’
    Raj Sharma
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  • “When you hire an individual, it shouldn’t just be about what that person is going to do for you. You, also as a company, as an have a responsibility to do right by those people.”
    Raj Sharma 
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