Serial technology entrepreneur Aloke Guha graduated from St. Xavier’s high school in Calcutta, India. His class of 36 in the boys-only Jesuit school fostered his love of music and he began singing in the choir in 2nd grade. He has been singing with Cantabile since 1999, a faithful presence in the tenor section despite logging an average of 200,000 miles a year in business travel. An engineer by trade, he now works for a large multi-national company, responsible for building products in analytics and big data and maintains offices in both Colorado and California.
Aloke’s grandfather was a scientist and inventor in early 20th century. He was the pioneer in bringing electricity to his town in Bengal and had several inventions to his name. Aloke’s great-uncle was a freedom fighter in India who fought against the British during India’s independence, was jailed and tortured and subsequently died. In the same tradition of creativity and determination, Aloke has authored over 50 patents, and founded or co-founded four tech startups.
Aloke speaks English, Hindi and Bengali and a smattering of German picked up from his wife who is a native German speaker. His favorite choral pieces are Mozart’s Requiem, especially the Lacrymosa; most pieces by Morten Lauridsen; and Rabindrasangeet, songs by Nobel laureate Tagore.
When he’s not singing, flying or inventing, Aloke loves to cook crawfish étouffée and eat spicy food. If he had a break in his schedule, he would climb Mount Kilimanjaro.