Kranthi Vistakula - I Invented And Patented Climacon At MIT And Founded Dhama Innovations (Founder & CEO Dhama USA Inc)

We created several subsidiaries for Dharma. Our Women's Healthcare Subsidiary, Dhama Eve just launched our flagship product KÜLKUF for hot flashes, We hope to touch people's lives in a big way.

1. Tell us about your upbringing and early career days.

I was an extremely wild child. Not a model student or an obedient one. But I loved to learn, curious to a fault, not afraid in the least to try new things. All this meant I almost caused an explosion when I tried an experiment when my parents were away. My thirst for knowledge and need to experiment were encouraged and guided at MIT and amply rewarded with an opportunity to create my technology and company.

2. How did you rise to the highest echelons in your company?

I invented and patented Climacon at MIT and founded Dhama Innovations immediately after. I then incubated the company with very talented, key teammates who helped the company become what it is today.

3. Which is one mistake you wish you did not make?

I always look back at some of the wrong investor choices we made along the way.

4. What does your typical day look like?

I love sport and my typical day starts at 6 AM with an hour or two of badminton. Then home for breakfast, and off to work. I'm usually one of the last people leaving the office. Once home I unwind with fun time with my family. My kids are my stressbusters. Then dinner and a walk with my wife or my friends and some TV before bed.

5. What kind of a leader are you and what tips would you have for other leaders?

I like to get my hands dirty and I like being involved with all the nitty-gritty details in every process that my team engages in. I believe that to lead any operation you need to know what makes it tick. Then it becomes easier to troubleshoot and optimise HR, Operations, Finance, fundraising, and all the rest. Your team also gains confidence and trust in you because you know what's what. You're their leader, not just their boss.

6. How do you see the company changing in 5 to 10 years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?

We have had a rough, difficult journey, falling, dusting ourselves off and getting up again. But I think it's paying off very well. We've made all the mistakes along the learning curve quite early so now we're poised at the precipice of a market that's ready for us and most importantly, we're ready for it. 

We created several subsidiaries for Dharma. Our Women's Healthcare Subsidiary, Dhama Eve just launched our flagship product KÜLKUF for hot flashes, We hope to touch people's lives in a big way.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

Lord of the Rings. Epic fantasy, Impossible quest, Hodgepodge, talented team, Unshakeable persistence, Success that changes the world. What's not to like.

Kranthi Vistakula (Founder & CEO)

Kranthi Kiran Vistakula is the principal innovator of the breakthrough patented ClimaCon® technology and the founder and CEO of Dhama Innovations Pvt. Ltd. An MIT alumnus, his professional trajectory includes many distinct merits like leading a NASA sponsored research project to create a mechanism to generate electricity using proteins for space applications (as the Co-principal Investigator). Kranthi has won several laurels for his remarkable contributions to the field of innovation, science and technology

As the CEO of Dhama Innovations, Kranthi spearheads Strategy Formulation, Venture Capital Management, Business Development and New Product Development. The company has won many international awards and accolades under his leadership. 

- Interviewed By Pratibha Sahani 

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