'I Got Bored': Why This Tech Executive At Microsoft Left A Job Which Paid ₹1 Cr A Year

Ruchit Garg, in a move that left many startled, walked away from his high-flying career at Microsoft, citing boredom as the catalyst for his dramatic career pivot, Moneycontrol reported.

What Happened: Earning about ₹1 crore per annum as a technical program manager at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters, Garg chose to return to India after six years with the tech giant, driven by a desire to embrace entrepreneurship and reconnect with his agricultural roots.

Garg’s quest for fulfilment led him to establish Harvesting — a startup aimed at transforming the lives of farmers by providing them with better deals and direct access to markets, eliminating the need for intermediaries.

His decision was influenced by personal ties to agriculture, tracing back to his grandfather’s farming background in Uttar Pradesh. Harvesting has since positively impacted over 3.7 million farmers across India, emerging as a next-generation solution for agricultural prosperity.

See also: Digital Giants Google, Apple, Paytm, X Divided Over India’s Competition Law Proposal: Here’s Why

Garg’s early experiences with entrepreneurship and a deep-seated wish to engage in work that held more personal significance underpinned the shift from tech to agriculture. His journey from a high-paying job to making a meaningful difference in the agricultural sector took a willingness to chase passion over profit — a sentiment that first took root during his days reading the Harvard Business Review in a library in Lucknow, where his family faced financial challenges.

This background story culminates in his 2018 invitation to speak at Harvard University, marking a full-circle moment from consuming knowledge in a library to sharing insights on an international stage.

Read next: Zepto Adds Platform Fees To Cart In Push For Profits

Market News and Data brought to you by Benzinga APIs

Don't miss a beat on the share market. Get real-time updates on top stock movers and trading ideas on Benzinga India Telegram channel.

Posted In: Social MediaTechGeneralMicrosoft