Varun Chandran, self made tech millionaire

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The journey of a self-made millionaire, Varun Chandran, originated from God's own country Kerela started in 2002. At present, he is the Founder and Chief Executive of Corporate360, the leader in B2B sales intelligence who is responsible for advancing C360’s vision to deliver best-in-class marketing data and world class sales & marketing analytic's software to global markets. The two-year-old company, which has operations in four continents today, recently crossed the million-dollar-mark and now has big plans ahead.


His learnings': “Be curious, persevere and everything becomes possible. It’s a constant process but we need to learn every day to be positive.”

Before 2002, he was just a person driven by an insatiable curiosity. Born into a poor farmer’s family in Kerala, Varun endeavored for better. In 2002, Varun decided to go to Bangalore, with the amount he received after selling his grandmother’s gold bangle.

“I come from a small village in Kerala called Padam which is bordering a jungle in Kollam district. My father was a farmer and since childhood I learnt to work hard, helping him with his daily work. We did not have proper food to eat and managed to survive on the basic minimum. The need to live and survive defined my childhood. It pushed me to do better and be better. I learnt the value of labour,” says Varun Chandran.


He further added, “I worked in Bangalore, learnt about the internet by spending time in cyber-cafes and taught myself to be a programmer. I believe nothing is impossible. In fact, today with so much information available on the net, you can learn so much. Everything is available if we just want to learn.”

Currently, his company introduces innovative sales intelligence software for the tech industry. Some of the worlds largest IT-companies and tech startups are C360 clients. “A lot of companies talk about Big Data and Predictive Analytics for marketing methods, but they are not designed to be industry specific. Their algorithms are designed to grind transactional data and web behavior hence providing generic data indicators,”says Varun. “We bring industry specific sales relevance to the customer, which enables them to create highly targeted sales campaigns to the right people at the right time with the right messaging.”

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Corporate 360 is the first company which introduced ‘Data-as-a-Service’ for technology marketers. “Companies have made huge investments in CRM and Marketing Automation tools. But these tools are best efficient when fed with the right data sets. We realized IT marketers are struggling to track constant changes happening in their target-base and a huge chunk of their marketing budget is spent on list purchases which have little ROI".

The flagship product, Tech SalesCloud is cloud software, designed for IT marketers to avail comprehensive marketing campaign data services powered by Big Data, Patterns, Predictive Analytics, Competitive Intelligence, Contacts Intelligence, Web Analysis and IT research. "Our SalesCloud data platform helps to power-up marketing tools with the most qualified sales intelligence data thereby complementing your existing investments to get maximum ROI," varun added.

The Company is currently aiming to hit 5 million in revenues by 2015 and grow the team size to 30, expand data sets and open new offices in the US and Europe. “We have been approached by a few big players in our industry to buy us over with lucrative offers. But we decided against it. We love what we are doing and we decided to live our dreams.”

"Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy" - Robert half

Varun has recently opened an agency in Kerala. “I want to create opportunities for people in my hometown. We do not lack talent but lack opportunities. There will be so many like me who have the drive to make things happen. I am going after them. We have built a proud and loyal team there,” he concluded.