My research for information on the financial service market in Google, gave me more information than I ever imagined. Solo Capital Markets popped up, but I knew nothing about them. Furthermore, I knew nothing about Sanjay Shah, and his passion for the industry. Needless to say, I had finally stumbled upon a different aspect of the financial markets.
Solo Capital, based out of London, England, focuses on the areas of propriety trading, but it also focuses on investments in sports and consulting. In 2015, the firm reached millions in revenue, making 2015 a sweet success. This stems from the success of Solo Capital, as well as three dozen companies across the world that Shah owns.
I find Shah’s accomplishments amazing, considering that he wasn’t involved in the financial markets when he first started. When he first attempted a field in medicine Shah knew that it wasn’t for him, but working as an accountant gave him a fresh view of what working with finances would be like. This was his first glimpse at how profitable banking could be.
Once the economy began to collapse and his employment seemed to be in jeopardy, Shah decided to launch his own brokerage firm. What I love most about Shah isn’t just his determination that made him a success, but his founding of Autism Rocks. It is my opinion that those entrepreneurs that push for success are often the quickest to launch their efforts in philanthropy too.
I did learn that Shah had been making contributions to children in India for many years, but he wasn’t sure what else he could do to contribute. When Shah’s son was diagnosed with Autism, his desire to do more was founded in what he could do for his son. Autism Rocks finally got it’s own website in 2015 when Shah forked out six figures to buy the domain name for this website.
As a trustee for the Autism Research Trust, I’m sure that Shah will be able to help many families that have children with autism as well as researchers in the future.
They raised 200,000 pounds for Autism Research in their first month of operation. They had Prince perform at a private event to raise money for the Autism Research Trust. Autism Rocks has found a new way of generating a large amount of charitable donations.
The charity, formed by Sanjay Shah, is focused on raising money for autism research, rather than support services for those effected by autism. Shah felt that more money needs to be directed toward finding out more about the disease and, in turn, this would only improve the support services that could be provided.
Autism Rocks puts on small concerts by the most famous musicians and asks for large donations from the attendees. They have had concerts with both Prince and Lenny Kravitz in London. Each concert on had a few hundred people in attendance but they managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Shah has said he would like to try out different types of events and not just hold small concerts for the very wealthy. He wants to have contests where competition winners can attend concerts and he wants to create a compilation CD where the proceeds benefit the charity.
This is not the first time Sanjay Shah has seen success. From his time at King’s College, he has worked in the financial world for companies like Merrill Lynch and Rabobank and then he formed his own brokerage firm, which made him hundreds of millions of dollars. Due to the success of his firm, Shah is now semi-retired and looking for a hobby. So he decided to start a charity that was close to his heart.
Shah’s son was diagnosed with autism in 2011 and ever since he has been laser focused on helping institutes and charities that support the cause. Shah combined his passion for helping his son and other with autism with his interest in concert promotion and Autism Rocks was born. Shah is thrilled with the success it has seen thus far and is looking forward to projects in the future.
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