Today we know the young and dynamic Raj Sahu as a hotelier, entrepreneur, advisor, and tech disruptor. His name is synonymous with his pathbreaking platform – sysotel.ai, yet, few know about the multi-faceted man behind the title.
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Raj’s story began in the small town of Rourkela in Odisha, India. Born in a loving family, he remained in his hometown till he completed his schooling. When he turned 18, he left home for the first time to pursue hotel management at Fakir Mohan University in the nearby town of Balasore in Odisha.
Destined for bigger things, Raj landed a job at the prestigious Taj hotel in Mumbai. With stars in his eyes and a determination to match, he landed in the commercial capital of India. Starting as an apprentice, he grew into a seasoned hospitality professional over two decades. During his tenure, he worked with the biggest brands, such as Royal Orchid, ISTA, Cambay, and others, with proven expertise in the areas of hotel operations, sales, and marketing, and data and marketing analysis.
At the same time, he rediscovered his passion for computer technology. He recalls: “Passionate about hotels and computers, I could pursue an education in only one. But my interest in computers never died. All hotels use software for their day-to-day operations. Whenever a new software launched, I was the one most excited to see how it worked.”
Innovative and focussed, Raj ha,d realized that he was better cut out for entrepreneurship, not service. “Since childhood, I knew I wanted to be my boss,” he says with a smile.
The thought of starting his venture consumed Raj’s days and nights. He actively started looking for an idea or a solution in his domain that resonated with him. This is how he came up with sysotel.ai, with friends and co-founders Ravish Patel and Kiran Suthar. “With more than 20 years in hospitality, we zeroed in on a common problem – no automated yield management software. This was our Eureka moment!” he says with pride.
Raj began dabbling in yield management manually. But the pandemic provided him the time and opportunity to work on his brand and enhance it. Come 2021, he officially registered sysotel.ai, a SaaS firm that provides end-to-end hospitality solutions. Speaking about its USP, Raj tells us, “Sysotel is an automated yield management system especially targeted at mid to small hotels. Such a system in the open marketplace is very expensive. Only the luxury segment hotels use it, and even theirs is often manual. The one we have built is highly automated.. It integrates Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning without hitting your pocket.. Thus, it is a highly advanced yet cost effective solution.”
Sysotel.ai may well be the pathbreaking platform the hospitality industry needs. In its first year itself, one of its module engines is out in the market and doing wonders. With a tech office in Bangalore, they have also collaborated with big brands and renowned companies. For instance, sysotel.ai recently became an official partner of Google Hotels by promoting visibility and website traffic for partner hotels free of charge.
Prior to sysotel, Raj had also co-founded Rev Matrix, GoXplore and stayplans.com. A self confessed workaholic, Raj says he unwinds by coming up with something new: “If something comes in my mind, I always scribble it, explore how it can help the company to grow, and figure how it can be a learning ground for my team. The bottomline is always the customer experience, and how we can ease it. This is what excites me a lot.” To know more about Raj, check www.passionvista.com or to nominate email, [email protected]
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