Entrepreneur Sanjay Shah started the Autism Rocks which funds research on causes of the Autism and creates Autism awareness in the community by throwing concerts. Sanjay says that like many business people with goo money. Speaking to Eric Dye for Entrepreneurial Podcast Network’s Enterprise Radio, Sanjay says that he has sponsored children in India for over a decade but didn’t have an idea of what more he could do for charity. When his son was diagnosed with the neurodevelopment disorder in the year 2011 at age 4, Sanjay became more focused on how and where to spend his charitable contributions.
The idea of starting Autism Rocks and raise money through staging gigs was born as he had a cup of tea with snoop dog. He ended p holding the first of invite only Autism Rocks Concerts in 2014 with Prince. Since then, these concerts have featured Lenny Kravitz, Drake, Snoop Dog, Michael Buble and many well known DJs. This year’s concert was held in April and included performances from well-known artists like Tyga and Flo Rida.
Sanjay says that since starting Autism Rocks, he has combined his love for family, entrepreneurial skills and a passion for music has enabled to achieve his goal of research and awareness creation of the neurological disorder. To be able to spread even more awareness through Autism Rocks, Sanjay spent US$100, 000 in June 2015 in the creation of a domain name "Autism Rocks" and in setting up of a website for the organization. Sanjay is a trustee of Autism Research Trust that provides donations to the Autism Research Centre of Cambridge University. Together with his wife, Sanjay has as well made donations to the trust.
Sanjay Shah is a philanthropist and a businessman, especially in the financial and investment industry. He is well known and a successful businessman despite not starting out in the industry. Sanjay is the founder and CEO of Solo Capital Markets. Sanjay studied medicine but later decided that he did not want to become a doctor. He became an accountant like most medicine deserters do and worked for investment banks like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse.
During the 2009 financial crisis, Sanjay was rendered redundant and without any hopes of securing another job decided to start a brokerage firm. This is how he founded Solo Capital Markets. The international financial services firm is headquartered in London, England, and is regulated in the United Kingdom. Sanjay’s advice to business starters is not to underestimate the amount of money required to start and to seek help.
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