May 22, 2022

Srikanth Bolla: His $60M+ Business Almost Fell Because He’s Blind

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Srikanth Bolla standing in front of a microphone

Srikanth Bolla is set to be the subject of a Bollywood movie about his life. This young CEO built a company worth over $60 million, but it almost didn’t happen. As a teenager, Srikanth was told it was illegal for him to study math and science at a graduate school because he is blind. So he sued an Indian state to make this possible, as Arundhati Nath explains.

Every day for two years, six-year-old Srikanth Bolla walked several miles to school in rural India, guided by his brother and following his classmates.

The ride was a muddy, shrub-lined path that flooded during the monsoon. It was not a happy time.

“No one spoke to me because I was a blind child,” he says.