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An Interview with Ravi Bahethi, Entrepreneur and President of Terranet, Inc.

Originally published on medium.com

Tell me about yourself.

My name is Ravi Bahethi, and I’m the president of Terranet, Inc., which is a company that provides scientific and technical support services for various clients, including government clients. Before starting Terranet, I was fortunate to attend a good school, where I studied physics. I worked in IT and as a software engineer, but after a while, I thought that I could succeed starting my own business. The thought of “being my own boss” was appealing, and I knew many people in related fields who had similar professional starts and eventually became successful entrepreneurs.

Describe your company. What does it do?

Terranet has been serving clients since 1991 and offers programming services in Fortran 77, Fortran 90, C/C++ and SQL on various platforms including OpenVMS, Tru64 Unix, IRIX, Linux and Windows. The company focuses on providing customizable and cost-effective solutions without compromising the quality of the end product. It’s critical for the client to have some type of involvement in developing IT solutions, and I wanted to create a way for each client to customize the services they receive.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by my work and the relationships I’ve built. I want to help my employees succeed, and I have customers who rely on me to provide what I have promised and meet their needs. I want to be known as a problem-solver and don’t easily give up when things get difficult.

Outside of work, what do you like to do?

When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, hiking, playing tennis, walking, or reading.

Who are some of the people who have impacted you most in your career? How?

Many people have inspired and impacted me, but one person who stands out is an acquaintance who worked in the same field for fifteen years, then decided to purchase a company and run it himself. He didn’t allow criticism and negativity from others to get to him, and he stayed optimistic throughout the company’s development. He was successful very quickly and eventually made a significant profit from the sale of the company. This person was a hard worker and a strong communicator, not just someone who was in the right place at the right time. Even though he had an “adequate” position at his old job and was financially stable, he decided to take a risk and venture into the unknown and it paid off.

What do you look for in terms of company culture?

In terms of company culture, I think that it’s very important to have people who can work well together. In order to seamlessly complete tasks, team members must form positive relationships, and to form positive relationships, colleagues must engage personally with one another. Whether you’re a CEO or an entry-level employee, you’ll likely have to collaborate with people of various backgrounds, personalities, and skill sets. I think having a positive, talented, and motivated team is the key to success in almost any field.

How would you describe your work style?

I would call myself a results-driven individual and would say that I have a knack for working with others and managing teams. Finding suitable groupings of talented individuals to form a team to complete a given task is essential in this field. When I encounter a problem, I find myself looking to my team for assistance.

What is the best way to get in touch with you?

The best way to contact me is through my personal website, www.ravibahethi.com.

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