Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2009

Paresh Patel: Building a Life in the Context of Global Business - October 2007

by Howard H. Stevenson and Shirley Spence

Abstract

This case tells the story of Paresh Patel, born in Boston to an Indian immigrant family, as he develops an entrepreneurial career, participates in the Indian diaspora, and builds a family life. It provides background on Paresh's heritage, describes his youth and education (including HBS), his learning experience as the manager of a large family fund, his decision to launch a hedge fund in India, and the first years of the venture. It also profiles Nirva Patel and describes how they met, married, and managed the transition to a new life in Mumbai, including the impact on her career and personal aspirations. The case issue, set in October 2007, is whether to have their first child in Mumbai, or return to the U.S. for the delivery.

Keywords: Diasporas; Work-Life Balance; Personal Development and Career; Entrepreneurship; Boston; Mumbai;

Citation:

Stevenson, Howard H., and Shirley Spence. "Paresh Patel: Building a Life in the Context of Global Business - October 2007." Harvard Business School Case 809-045, February 2009.