Aditya (Eddie) Inamdar immigrated to the United States in 1988. He got his BS in Computer Science from San Jose State and was a Dean's Scholar there. Upon graduation, he got a job at an IBM Business Partner and quickly rose up the ranks to become CEO. In 1997 he started his own business. Today he is happily married to his wife of 24 years Kavita and is the father of 4 handsome boys Nathan, Ethan, Zephan and Caden. He lives "off the grid*" in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Entrepreneur History: Eddie's 1st business (1988) "ASI Concierge Service" focused on providing hard to find event tixs to High End Corporate Buyers. His 2nd business (1989) "Computer Nerds Etc" provided QuickBooks Installation Services for Small Businesses. His 3rd business (1997) "Printers R Us LLC" provided Twinax Printing Solutions to AS400 Users. His 4th business (1999) "Recycle1234.com" provides E-waste recycling services for the SF Bay Area. In 2013 It was the largest e-waste collection organization in California. Almost 2 million pounds diverted from the Landfill per month. A brief history in Eddie's words... - "It was the summer of 1988. I was helping my Uncle move into his new home. My Uncle had a 1500lbs monster Mid-Range Computer. I used to dream about putting my Computer Science degree to good use and making all sorts of stuff with that device once I graduated. I was mortified when during the move, he dumped the whole unit in the local landfill. Is that what's going to happen to the millions of computers that the public was buying like candy as they welcomed the Digital Age??? Noooooo. There had to be a better solution. In 1999 I was running a startup called Printers R Us when I was offered a buyout deal. I was 28 years of age and Financially Free, I began to think of what to do with the rest of my life. Mr. Arnold the new California Governor was promoting recycling and I said, that's it! I am going to rescue computers that are no longer needed. I launched recycle1234.com in my garage. I then moved it to the Public Storage facility. We then moved to a 1000 sq ft place. Then 2500 sq ft. Then 6000 sq ft. And now 2 Centers - Union City 13,000 sq feet and Hayward 80,000 sq ft. We divert almost 2 Million pounds of e-waste from the Landfill every month.
I also decided to hire people that needed a 2nd chance. All our employees were "crisis" students, who just needed somebody to believe in them. We worked with the City of Union City and hired a lot of kids from Union City gangs and then sent them on their way after teaching them basic warehousing skills. We hired Disabled Veterans for our Management positions. Our Drivers were all Drug Rehab folks from a company in Fremont. Today we work very closely with Alameda County SSA.
I used to go to Home Depot and felt real bad for the 20-30 men who would run after my car for a day job. I decided to do something about it. I started a class where I would teach them how to make fliers and start their own small recycling pickup business. I would then pay them for the e-waste they brought me. Today over 87 families have their own business and they do not need to run after every truck that pulls into the Home Depot parking lot.
I have 4 boys. I pray that God give me the wisdom to make good decisions, so I can set the right example for them. United States is an amazing country. Lets keep it amazing by doing our part and recycling our electronics responsibly."
5th Business (2005) "ASI Realty LLC", Holding & Managing Real Estate Assets in Greater SF Bay Area.
Mentor-ship: In my early twenties, I was blessed to be introduced to a very successful couple who took me under their wings. They became my Mentors and coached me on how to manage my finances to develop assets and develop long term profitablity. Today we speak all over the world to folks about Personal Finances and Strong Home Teams. It is very very gratifying.
*Off the grid" : 7 years ago we bought 18 acres of land and dedicated it "Heavenly Vines Estates". We have our own water, electricity and Internet. We grow our own organic fruits and vegetables. Its a beautiful piece of land with 1400 trees and 2 streams. We have a helipad in case emergencies, a smoke house, a club house and a getaway cottage. Our own little world. So Blessed.