Freshworks files for $100 million IPO
Mathrubootham, one of India's most successful software startup founders in recent times- is a huge Rajinikanth fan, and would book entire cinema halls in Chennai for his employees whenever there was a Rajinikanth movie release- be it Kochadaiiyaan, Lingaa or Kabali.
When this reporter interviewed him a few years ago after he won a Startup award, he said his dream was to give Rajinikanth a tour of the Freshdesk office in Chennai.
Girish may have moved from Chennai to the US to build out his business but the Rajinikanth fanboy in him is still intact. He devoted an entire paragraph in his S1 filing to outline what the Indian actor means to him.
"The code name for our IPO was Project SuperStar, named after the most successful movie star from Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth. I want to express my love and gratitude to him for being my maanaseega guru. There is no comparable English word to express what this means. It is a mentor; a role model that lives in your mind, from whom you learn a lot by watching from afar. SuperStar is a man who is loved and worshipped by millions of fans globally. He is immensely successful yet humble and down to earth. Thank you, Thalaivaa!