Personally Tech is our weekly look at the apps and gadgets that people from different walks of life love and depend on every day. This week, we talked to Pramod Saxena, the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Oxigen Services, an online payment service in India.
Saxena, a chemical engineer from IIT-Roorkee, has worked in the Indian Telecom industry for nearly 18 years, and seen it go through many changes. Today, he says that two mobile devices - an iPad and iPhone - cover all his technology needs, even though some people still believe that tablets are not good enough for productivity.
Describe your technology setup - what computer/ phone/ tablet/ camera/ gaming console/ other gadgets do you use?
Pramod Saxena: I use an iPad Air and iPhone 5s. Both the devices suffice my personal as well as professional requirements. When on business trips, they act as the perfect travel companion for engaging in interesting apps, connecting with my workplace as well as family and keeping myself updated with the happenings when I'm away.
What are three apps (mobile/ tablet or PC/ Mac) you couldn't live without?
Pramod Saxena: Oxigen wallet as it helps me make all my payments and recharge my loved ones phones and to remotely make any urgent transactions timely. NDTV, as it keeps me up to date across verticals of my interest. WhatsApp and Skype are important to communicate immediate instructions at the workplace and also to connect with my grandchildren. These apps are all a part of my daily routine.
What is one gadget (other than your phone) you never travel without?
Pramod Saxena: My iPad Air to keep connected with work and friends and iPod Touch to liven up my easy time.
What is your dream gadget/ technology setup?
Pramod Saxena: Is the one that I have at home, a surround sound AV system connected to a server, which links into not only all the TVs at home but to personal devices, from where I can manage all my music, and movies for leisure (as well as keeping engaged with my grandchildren) and for business, connect with presentations, Web conferences, video conferencing, Skype meeting etc.
How has technology changed the way in which you work?
Pramod Saxena: Technology has always been a passion for me. Becoming an entrepreneur and working in the space of financial inclusion that is where I feel technology will build the bridge between the unbanked India and make a large difference. Recently, I see large numbers of youth using social apps [such as] Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter etc. They are the new focus to my mind and for my company. Technology has revolutionised the way I stay connected with my work colleagues and my family. It has redefined entertainment for me and has become a necessity. The convenience level has been augmented significantly and it constantly keeps on evolving with new technologies being introduced.
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