The 14 year old CEO


14 year old Sindhuja Rajaraman, a class 9 student of Chennai has become the youngest CEO in the world. She started animation five years back as a hobby and today manages three big animation projects.

Last year, Sindhuja made a Guinness Book record attempt for the fastest animation film. The project was for Exnora. She created a three-minute animation film in 10 hours.

Things started rolling right after that when Sindhuja was offered by First Planet to work as Seppan’s chief executive. With an investment of Rs 10 lakh, First Planet seeded the firm and the entire thing happened within a day. In a shirt span, she is handling three projects – Virtual Street, and First Planet.

The Virtual Street project is about Thyagaraj Nagar, the shopping hub of Chennai where Seppan plans to showcase the entire area through animation while is a job for a Chennai based NGO to promote waste segregation methods. The third project is for her parent company. It is a small animation film for freshers who want to join a new company. The film would speak about company etiquette and other things that a fresher should know.

 Seppan, is a team of 10 people. Her mentor Kumaran Mani, who helped her with the setting up of Seppan, says that thought initially she was a little uncomfortable being a CEO, now she has learnt the tricks of the trade.

Sindhuja is known for being very passionate and committed in what she is doing. Like every other professional, she wants to make a mark in this industry. She wants Seppan to have a turnover of at least Rs 1 crore by the time she is twenty. Her aim now is to study at the Vancouver Film School in Canada and specialize in animation.

 Sindhuja gives all the credit of her success to her father, a cartoonist, who instilled the passion to do animation and taught her the entire process. She did her first mini animation project when she was in sixth standard.

At an age when girls like playing with Barbies, Sindhuja chose to play with animation. The early training she received aroused the passion that has propelled her so far. Right guidance at the right time can indeed do wonders.




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