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Aakaanksh Pothukutchi ’13

Aakaanksh Pothukutchi ’13

CEO and Lead Producer, Sedition Film, Pty. Ltd.

“The Babson community inspired—and continues to inspire—me to dream.”
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What Piece of Advice Changed Your Life?

My father told me to spend my 20s chasing my dreams, regardless of how ludicrous or unattainable they seemed. Childhood is short, he said, maturity is forever (I’m reasonably certain he took that from the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes”). The purpose of life is to be happy, to live a life without any what ifs. Yes, you will fall, perhaps many times, but when given the opportunity to pursue your dreams, it is far better to try and fail then to spend an eternity wondering what if.” He’d worked, and continues to work, his entire life to ensure that my family and I wanted for nothing. He gave my brother and I the stability and the ability to be unconventional. Money is meant to be spent on experiences, and that is all that you will take from life: experience and memory.

How Has Being a Member of the Babson Community Impacted Your Career?

The Babson community inspired—and continues to inspire—me to dream. Opportunity exists across the world and the Babson community is always open to helping one of its own. Every venture I have participated in has benefited from utilizing the Babson network to the fullest.

Why Does the World Need More Leaders with an Entrepreneurial Mindset?

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. The world is filled with problems. Each problem is an opportunity waiting to be solved. Leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset can work toward alleviating the problems that exist in the world. An entrepreneurial mindset means that the leader is not afraid of going against the grain, of thinking outside the box.

What Do Others Need to Know about Babson?

That the sheer drive, tenacity, and creativity that Babson students and alumni exude rarely exists outside of Babson. Babson attracts and instills in its students a problem-solving mindset wherein nothing seems impossible. As long as you’ve got your health, you can achieve whatever it is you set your mind to.