Motivation to create lasting impact in the technology sector has propelled Muj Choudhury around the globe accumulating vast experience in sales and operating strategies. This University of Southampton graduate has directed ambitious start-ups and excelled in multinational corporations before he took his latest role at salesforce, a cloud computing company acclaimed as one of the most innovative software businesses in the world.
Muj says he loves being at the forefront of a technical revolution at salesforce and is forecasting a £4 billion rise in its revenue over the next two years. He wants to see UK businesses build on overseas successes, where innovation incubated at universities is regularly spun out into the private sector and monetised.
Muj is passing on his accumulated experience through Future Worlds as he coaches the next generation of start-ups towards a route to market. His technical background together with his negotiating and customer-focused expertise make him a valuable mentor to any aspiring entrepreneur. You can contact Muj through the form on this page.
Muj was born in Bangladesh and moved to the UK aged five, where his first experience of work was digging holes for £1 per hour with plant specialists Aaron Nurseries. He moved to Southampton to study computer science and started his career as a research scientist for IBM at the company’s esteemed Silicon Valley labs in California. “I’ve always felt you don’t want to be the smartest guy in the room,” he says, “because that’s when you stop learning.”
Next, he shifted to a customer-focussed role and moved to Computer Associates (CA inc), where he served for 18 months before getting involved in multi-million dollar software deals with Siebel (Oracle). He later specialised in telecoms billing, travelling to more than 40 countries within two years with Netonomy. Muj spent a year travelling in and out of Tel Aviv where he supported the transition of Netonomy from small company, to an integrated division within Comverse.
Muj later joined knowledge management company InQuira which he eventually helped sell to Oracle. His latest career move was to join salesforce, where he has served the past seven years overseeing pre-sales activity.
Muj advises aspiring students to plan ahead as they plot ambitious careers and is warning mentees to not lose their enthusiasm or vision when they become bogged down in the challenges of university life. As students finish their university journey, he encourages them to think back on what inspired them to come to university in the first place. “Don’t be afraid to pick that dream up again and pursue it”, he says.