From AOL to Naspers, Business Development in the Internet Age

MBA alumnus Tej Kapoor

The internet has created a world without boundaries, as JWU alum Tej Kapoor's career shows.

A native of Bangalore, Tej's business development work for the Internet industry has taken him everywhere from AOL’s Virginia office to India.

His education spans the globe, too. Tej earned his BS in Bangalore, MBA at JWU in 2003, then studied at The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Global View of Business
No matter where he travels, Tek keeps a bird’s eye view of global internet trends. Especially now, as director Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisition for a division of Naspers, a leading multinational media group.

Tej admits the industry itself is becoming increasingly consolidated by fewer industry giants, as the market grows more vertically and sites continue to fragment.

“But," he adds, "the market will continue to reward people with innovative knowledge, who have a sense of entrepreneurial spirit.”

The Internet’s Impact
With information available in a split second, Tej says it’s making the world much faster and increasingly competitive in markets across the globe.

“The internet has accelerated the pace of work, creating a 24/7 cycle for many companies,” he says. This was certainly true when he was a senior development analyst at America Online.

“AOL has a team in India. We sent them work when we left for the day. That work was back on our desk when we returned in the morning.” 

Internet Industry Predictions
Tej predicts that within the next ten years, consumers will access the internet through handheld devices to remotely operate home appliances and electronics, even their sprinkler systems.

“Internet applications are becoming ever more user-driven,” he says. “Third generation mobile phones will play a big role in the next generation of internet use, as these phones are becoming increasingly like hand-held computers.”

He believes there's a profitable market for any technology that makes life easier, provides information faster, provides better forms of personalization or social networking or puts more control in the hands of consumers.

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