Soota’s startup story is as unique as it has shaped out to be. Being something of a serial entrepreneur, Soota started Mindtree in 1999 at the age of 58 and is now at it again, this time with a new start up called Happiest Minds, a next-generation IT company. After some three decades already in the IT sector, Soota believes that a late-stage entrepreneur like himself has several advantages. “If you have a good track record, it becomes easier to get funding at good valuations. I had a good plan to scale the company and I have a better network. Mindtree works in a crowded space. There are people out there who are doing similar things. So my biggest apprehension was always why a customer would come to us. But after the first four or five customers, I overcame that as well,” says Soota.