Outstanding Women

Modest All-rounder

Tracxn Technologies co-founder, Neha Singh, has combined her coding skills and business acumen to build an indispensable guide to India’s start-up ecosystem

Photograph by RA Chandroo

It takes a while for Neha Singh to open up. Finally when she does, she prefers to talk about her company, Tracxn Technologies, than her personal achievements. Don’t be fooled by the soft-spoken demeanour though, because behind the modesty, lies conviction and drive. At the helm of a successful analytics firm, Singh isn’t your average B-school student-turned entrepreneur. A Sequoia Capital alumnus, she has closely observed the birth of the start-up universe and assimilated significant insights along the way. This entrepreneur has not just picked up the language of business, but is also a master of the entire spectrum of coding languages, right from Python to JavaScript. And that gives this techie an envious advantage in her field.

 “Starting a business of my own was something I didn’t even consider during my growing-up years,” reveals Singh. Calling her family academic-oriented would be an understatement. Singh was surrounded by super-achievers at home, in her residential colony and even at school. Her father was a nuclear scientist at the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai and so were several others, whom Singh interacted daily with, at the Centre’s residential township, Anushakti Nagar. “All around us were families who had kids studying at the country’s premier educational institutes. Thus, from the very beginning I was a studious kid,” she recalls. Singh followed her father and brother, both IIT alumni, by enrolling for computer science at IIT-Bombay in 2003. That’s where Singh, who was attracted to the ever-evolving world of tech, narrowed down her specific area of interest.

Tech to business
Even as an undergraduate student, Singh kept up her academic record by topping her class. She went on to pursue her masters degree from the same institute and was a regular face at college tech competitions. That resulted in an offer from a company that millions would kill for — the search engine major, Goo

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