Farrhad Acidwalla is a 24 year old Indian entrepreneur, investor and TEDx speaker. He started off as one of the world’s youngest entrepreneurs and is best known as the founder of Rockstah Media and CYBERNETIV DIGITAL. He is on the Board of Directors of D.Y. Patil Edutech and on the Board of Advisors of AIESEC in NMIMS Shirpur.
His clientele includes Padma Shree recipients, National Award winners, corporates, media personalities and Public Sector Units. Farrhad has received several awards and recognition for his work, digital strategies and concepts.
He has been featured on CNN, CNN-IBN, LiveMint, MSN.com, Yahoo! Finance, The Economic Times and The Times of India to name a few.
In 2009, MidDay featured him 45th on the list of India's top Twitter users.
At the age of 17 he was featured on a live interview on CNN.
In 2011, CNN Money featured Farrhad 5th on the list of young entrepreneurs to watch.
In 2012, Farrhad was 4th on IndiaTV’s list of Most Promising Young Indian Entrepreneurs of the year.
In 2013, he was featured 6th on Yahoo! Lifestyle & MensXP as one of the ”Top 10 Best Dressed Male Entrepreneurs In India”. The list also featured Shahrukh Khan and Vijay Mallya.
In 2014, Farrhad was the youngest guest lecturer at IIT Kharagpur's annual entrepreneurship summit. Amongst other features in several publications, he was also featured in Silicon India's list of "10 Teenagers Who Built Million Dollar Companies".
On the event marking the Internet's 25th anniversary The Telegraph (UK) featured Farrhad second on the list of "25 internet success stories aged 25 and under".
In 2015, Farrhad was featured in VERVE's Fresh List of GenNext achievers.
Amongst being invited to several colleges and events across the country- In 2016, Farrhad was notably, invited for the second time by Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi (SRCC)- India's highest graded commerce college. The first time (2015) was to speak at their entreprenurship simmit and then to judge startups from all over Delhi.
In 2017, Farrhad was featured by VOGUE India as one of the "Country's smartest Gen Z-ers of the moment".
Even when he was an undergraduate - Farrhad was invited to speak at several colleges and conferences. Farrhad has taught digital marketing and entrepreneurship to undergraduate students as well as post-graduate students (IITs, NITs, BITS, Amity... to name a few). Farrhad has even had the opportunity to judge MBA students in various marketing competitions. Farrhad has also been featured in text books and a few books on entrepreneurship including one on the world’s top 25 young entrepreneurs under the age of 20.
Farrhad is an alumnus of the prestigous Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and graduated from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. He is currently pursuing Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) at K.C. Law College, Mumbai.
Besides being a TEDx speaker, Farrhad has spoken/judged events at several schools, colleges and conferences. To name a few:
H.R. College of Commerce and Economics
IIT Kharagpur's Global Entrepreneurship Summit
K.C. College of Arts, Commerce and Science
K.C. College of Arts, Commerce and Science
Nagindas Khandwal College of Commerce and Economics
Atharva College of Engineering
Lilavatibai Podar High School
B.D. Somani International School
IIT Jodhpur - Farrhad welcomed the freshers of the batch of 2015 with a guest lecture
IIT Patna's Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
NIT Durgapur's Aarohan and NIT Raipur's Aawartan. Farrhad was the youngest speaker at both the events.
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Symbiosis Arts and Commerce and Symbiosis College of Management, Pune
AIESEC in NMIMS Shirpur
The Young Entrepreneur: What Young Entrepreneurs Can Teach All People about Becoming Successful
The Young Entrepreneur features interviews with the world's brightest and most successful young entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs are from all over the world including Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa. Each young entrepreneur is profiled and answers questions about their life, business, and success, providing rare insight about the lessons and experiences from their journey. The advice these business moguls share is extremely empowering and priceless.
Better Than a Lemonade Stand: Small Business Ideas For Kids
Filled with delightfully simple business ideas, Better than a Lemonade Stand! is a fun guide packed with creative ideas that show how to start a business with little or no start-up costs, attract and retain customers, develop negotiating skills, and more.
What it Takes to Make More Money than Your Parents (Vol. 1)
The 25 amazing young people in this book don't just reveal the secrets to their success: they are living proof of the power that young people possess. All you need is an idea and an internet connection. The interviews speak for themselves. If you're holding this book, that means you've already taken the first step to realizing your full potential and making an impact in the world. Don't stop there.
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything
Based on new surveys of nearly 1,500 gifted teens, this book is the ultimate guide to thriving in a world that doesn't always support or understand high ability. Full of surprising facts, survey results, step-by-step strategies, inspiring teen quotes, and insightful expert essays, the guide gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and use it to make the most of who they are.