Sexy & Successful 2011 - Sunjay Guleria
Sunjay Guleria is the brains behind the exciting new venture Exclusively.In. He launched the website in June 2010, in the hopes of creating a convenient portal to all things Indian. In its first five months, the website pulled in 50,000 new members, offering them luxury fashion, lifestyle and travel products from India. Big-name designers have partnered with Exclusively.In—Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Ranna Gill and Payal Singhal—as well as a list of up-and-coming designers, making this website the hottest place to shop.
Guleria got his feet wet with an undergraduate degree from New York University's Stern School and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Guleria started his career with Procter & Gamble, spending six years in Italy as a senior brand manager. He joined the startup company and digital music pioneer Liquid Audio in 1999. Two years later, he co-founded MusiKube, and as the CEO, steered the multi-million dollar business towards new heights of success.
Guleria has also worked as the vice president of marketing for the travel events website Going.com, and was instrumental in the site reaching one million members in over 30 cities. Eventually, he helped facilitate the sale of Going.com to AOL in June 2009.
With his jet-setting ways, it's probably a good thing that Guleria can rattle off Italian and Hindi like a pro, and that he knows some Spanish and French as well. This year, Guleria's priorities include the expansion of his business and the launch of Exclusively.In in Canada and the U.K.
Q&AZodiac sign: Leo.
Relationship status: Sexy and single (at least at the time this went to print!)
Best way to unwind: Long dinners, a few glasses of wine and dancing the night away with friends.
Fave Bollywood movie: Qurbani. Respect for the classics.
Favourite book: Currently, it's The White Tiger by Aravind Adgia.
Guilty pleasure: Turning off my BlackBerry.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be and why: Flying sounds great, so I could shuttle between New Delhi, New York and Rome without having to go through security.
What is on your iPod? Everything from Bollywood, bhangra, Gotan Project, Gorillaz, Jay-Z, Jay Sean, Sinatra, Santana, Thievery Corporation and Thelonious Monk.
Something quirky about you no one would know: I'm a really great dancer, but I think lots of people know that.
Best personal feature and why: My style. Many years in Italia paid off, I guess.
Best feature on the opposite sex: Her eyes.
Celebrity crush: Alicia Keys.
If you had to choose, would it be romance or hot Sex? This information is only disclosed on a need-to-know-basis.
Three things you can't live without: Family, friends and building a great company!
Most memorable professional moment: The first email from one of our customers about how much they loved shopping on Exclusively.in. It made all the hard work feel worthwhile.
Most valuable life lesson: Chance is a gift, so take it.
Motto you live by: Respect everyone.
BY: TAMARA BALUJA / PUBLISHED: 8TH ANNIVERSARY SEXY & SUCCESSFUL ISSUE/JANUARY 2011