August, 2004 – Divan (Divyang) Da’ve, Software consulting (Member at Yonkers, New York)
Many People come to a new country for material gain, to improve their lives through the acquisition of things they could not obtain at home.
For Divan Da’ve, the motivation to come to the United States in 1984 was rooted in something much deeper.
“I did not come to America to get a new car or a house.” says Da’ve, founder of integrated Systems Management Inc. (www’ismnet.com), a highly successful 150 employee software consulting firm in New York. ”I had these things in India. I had a very good life.”
Da’ve left that good life-two master’s degrees, a successful job, important family and political connections-to come to the U.S., where the 21-Years-old had nothing, Knew no one and found that his education and abilities were questioned at every turn. So, why did he immigrate? What advantage did he see? What was the potential?
“I saw in America a renaissance: a renaissance in terms of culture, art, politics, science, mathematics and technology, That was the main attraction for me, I wanted to make sure I was part of that,” says Da’ve who found it necessary to obtain a third master’s degree once he was in the U.S. essentially a duplicate of the computer science degree he earned in india-in order to convince employers of the adequacy of his education.
“When I was growing up, I remember learning about the gold rush.” continues Da’ve , now a married father of three. “ I wondered, How would that be, to travel so many miles, to take a journey into these uncharted, unknown areas? I wanted to experience what that felt like.”
Da’ve’s journey to America ha allowed him to build a firm with a prestigious list of clients (“in 15 years I have never lost a client.” he says), including computer manufacturers such as gateway, Food giant Ralston Purina and financial institutions such as Citibank and T. Rowe Price.
“I always felt that America had no boundaries.” Says Da’ve, who worked as a programmer for five years before starting his business in 1989. “I felt that I would be very successful.”-T Foster Jones
Thought he was very motivated to emigrate to the U.S., Da’ve faced family pressure to stay in india-especially from his grandfather. Who had been a freedom fighter with Mahatma Gandhi.