Gautam comes with an extensive background of entrepreneurship/ marketing/ academics and specializes in creating new industries.
An MBA from NMIMS, Mumbai, he started at Saatchi & Saatchi – on launches of top MNC & Indian brands. He was “the best performer” years in a row, and won awards from Procter & Gamble for “outstanding contribution”.
He turned entrepreneur as founder CEO of TheoryM – India’s earliest interactive marketing/ data analytics specialist. TheoryM (started with US$ 500 ) went on to become one of India’s largest Digital Media & Data Analytics players working with Unilever, ICICI Bank, Citibank, Shoppers’ Stop, Raymond, Lakme, Star TV.
In 2005, Gautam ventured into media, as Founder & MD of Palador – currently India’s largest player in “World Cinema”. When Palador started, the category was less than US$ 100k per annum. It now turns over more than US$ 20 million annually. For this pioneering contribution, CNN has recognized Gautam as one of the “Top 20 media professionals to Watch Out for”.
Gautam is active in academics as visiting faculty of NMIMS, Mumbai and Symbiosis, Pune. He has also lectured at numerous universities including SP Jain and the University of Leeds. He is on the mentorship panel of IIT Powai’s Entrepreneurship Cell and the National Entrepreneurs’ Network.
Gautam is also a published author of a critically acclaimed novel, plays the piano & guitar and painted 12 canvasses with oil.