Ramesh Somani, an MBA in Marketing & International Finance from Fore School of Management & Nottingham Trent University, UK, he started his career with job in Amet & Ladoue, an Indo-French Brand as a Brand Manager. There he was responsible for expanding the brand presence in Europe and America. Soon the entrepreneurial bug in him bit him and he decided to start on his own. In order to follow his passion for technology, he quit his job shortly after completing a year with the company and didn’t even join his 25+ year old family business, inspite of being the only son of the Marwari family. Instead Ramesh started an innovative yet simple concept of “Mobile charging stations”. He along with his college friend set up these stations across malls in Kolkata and Delhi for companies like Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance and sold the media space to Mobile companies like Nokia and Samsung. Out of no-where a business was created, which also fulfilled the emergency charging need of the consumers on the go. Over 10,000 Charging Stations were built and supplied to these companies with an AMC contract and finally the extremely profitable venture was sold off after the life cycle of the business had hit a plateau.
Soon he started “Exhibit technologies” a company under which he launched “Exhibit Magazine”, today India’s largest Tech and Lifestyle Magazine.
A technology buff himself, he was quick to recognize the importance of Online Media. One of the first movers in this segment, Ramesh launched his first portal under Exhibit technologies called “thetechy.com”, one of the most followed portal for reviews and news on technology, gear, cars and much more. He recently also launched “thewheelz.com”, which is an Auto Blog and shares updates on everything Automobile!
Understanding the demand of the industry, he launched “Exhibit OOH” which manages media buying and planning. Taking his love for technology and everything new further, he further started three event properties called “Tech Fashion Tour”, “Tech Awards”, “100 hottest Start-ups” and “Leaders In Tech Dinner”. Tech Fashion Tour is a one of its first kind fashion show which brings together technology and fashion on one platform, the Tech Awards felicitates the best in technology and the “100 hottest Start-ups” recognizes and felicitates the young start-ups with innovative ideas.
In his free time, he loves writing on technology, automobile, Start ups and Gadgets at large. While constantly thinking about ‘What next?’, when not in office, he likes spending most of his time outdoors playing squash, trekking, white water rafting and he is also an avid marathoner and has targeted to run all major marathons all over the world at least once.
Exhibit is also associated with Consumer Electronic Association Producer of International CES – Las Vegas the biggest Consumer Electronics show in the world, along with IFA – Berlin and Ramesh has been on various panels and forums worldwide on consumer technology. He has also had his share of failures and was one of the first to start an ecommerce in 2006 named valuestore.in along with rediff shopping and indiatimes.com which were all ahead of time and had shut shops giving way to the flip karts of the world.