He is the founder and CEO of C-SAM, Inc, which has developed a suite of patented mobile transaction technology called OneWallet. The company has offices in London, Tokyo, and offshore development centres in India in Mumbai and Vadodara. He has served as an advisor to the United Nations and in 1992, his biography, 'Sam Pitroda: A Biography' was published, and became a bestseller on The Economic Times list for five weeks. Mr. Pitroda has lived mainly in Chicago, Illinois since 1964, with his wife and two children.
Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s he was involved in the cutting edge technology research work in telecommunications and handheld computing. He is particularly known for having introduced microprocessors in telephone switches leading to early digital switching. His invention of the Electronic Diary in 1975 is now regarded as one of the earliest examples of hand-held computing. With over 100 patents to his credit Pitroda has been a leading name in telecommunications and information technology for over three decades.
In 1983, he also designed his own computer-themed card game called Compucards which used binary numbers (1, 2, 4, 8...) instead of decimal and had a computer bug as the joker. The equivalent of a king in a regular deck of cards was the 'Programmer' that bore an uncanny resemblance to Mr. Pitroda himself.
During his four decades as an engineer Mr. Pitroda has been involved filing scores of patents in telecommunications. The latest set of patents relate to mobile phone based transaction technology [(http://www.c-sam.com)] [(http://www.sampitroda.com])] which cover the entire spectrum of transactions, both financial and non-financial, via mobile phones.
An unpleasant and public disagreement over the degree of autonomy he would be granted with K.P. Unnikrishnan, the Minister for Telecommunication in the V.P. Singh government that followed Rajiv Gandhi's, led to his exit from public service and return to Chicago.
For the subsequent decade, Pitroda continued his business interests in computer manufacturing and software. When the 2004 elections were declared, Rahul Gandhi asked for his help for a small committee that he was forming to advise him on policy issues. When the United Progressive Alliance government came to power following the 2004 General Elections, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh invited him to head the National Knowledge Commission.
Recently Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh honoured Sam Pitroda with Doctorate along four others.
ITU AWARD PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT TARJA HALONEN OF FINLAND, SAM PITRODA AND KRISTIN PETERSON WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SOCIETY DAY MARKS ITU'S 146TH ANNIVERSARY.
May 17, 2011; GENEVA -- The following information was released by the International Telecommunication Union: The 2011 World Telecommunication...
Mr. Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, to Speak at 2012 NYU-Poly Commencement.
May 30, 2012; By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Telecommunications Weekly -- Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly)...