The Solo Capital hedge fund founder and CEO, Sanjay Shah is the father of a young son diagnosed as autistic. He had already been contributing to charity by sponsoring many children in India, but his new concern was for finding a way to help his son. He was casting about to find the best way to address the issue when he heard that Snoop Dogg was visiting “The Palm”, where Sanjay and his family now live. His whole family were interested in meeting the recording superstar and so Sanjay made some inquires as to whether Snoop Dogg would come over for an unplanned visit. Snoop accepted!
The whole Shah family was ecstatic to have Snoop and his accompanying troop in their home having a great conversation. And it was Snoop who immediately proposed a viable plan for Sanjay to made a difference in autism research. He pointed out that if Sanjay got into the music concert business, he could privately produce concerts to fund autism research.
Of the astonishing visit, Sanjay Shah said, “What’s it like having a man who’s sold 30 million records sitting in your garden? Bizarre. But thrilling! I put some pictures on Facebook and no one believed it was him. Everyone thought I’d hired a lookalike… He was lovely. He was talking to the kids, asking about Dubai, telling us about his family. It was fun.”
From this epiphany Autism Rocks was born. Sanjay has produced private concerts with big-name artists, including Drake, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Prince, Joss Stone, and several others. Some in the UK and some in Dubai. The results are impressive, with over $15 million raised by Autism Rocks. All the profits are used to help fund the Autism Research Trust, which supports a Cambridge University study to find the causes of autism and to develop more effective treatments for the condition.
Sanjay Shah has founded and currently owns many companies, but he started with Solo Capital and more recently founded Vistex, Inc. Sanjay is the Chief Architect and CEO of the company. Utilizing new cloud computing technology, Vistex offers incentive management and solutions for marketing and service. They help many client companies control their overhead costs, improve profits, and generally implement new strategies for more effective marketing.