Hatim Tyabji's life and career are embodied in the words of the playwright George Bernard Shaw:
Some men see things as they are, and say, "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and say, "Why not?"
After three heart attacks and open heart surgery, Tyabji was told by his cardiologist that he would never ski again. Less than three years later, mind triumphed over matter, as he returned to the slopes and renewed his passion for the sport. Living life to the fullest, both intellectually and physically, Tyabji has been relentless in his pursuit of excellence. He is committed to a system of values inculcated in at him at an early age. He has instilled these values at the core of several successful companies under his leadership. Tyabji's pioneering organizational practices are documented in two Harvard Business School cases.
Tyabji is executive chairman of Bytemobile, Inc., progenitor of the Fourth Wave of Computing --- the Mobile Internet. He currently server on the boards of Best Buy (NYSE), five privately held companies, and the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance. He is also ambassador-at-large for Benchmark Capital. As chairman and CEO of VeriFone, Inc. (NYSE), he created the world's first virtual company a decade before the advent of the Internet and two decades before the publication of Thomas L. Friedman's
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. Tyabji is recipient of the Academy of Management's Distinguished Executive of the Year Award, the Silicon India Lifetime Achievement award, and the Point of Sale (POS) Industry's Lifetime Achievement award.
In 2007, Tyabji published
Husband, Wife & Company: An Honest Perspective on Success in Life and Work, a book on the complex interrelationships between family and career. Rich in human anecdotes, historical and literary metaphors, and real-world examples of corporate leadership, the book captures the spirit of Tyabji's personal and professional life. This spirit combines an abiding courage to dream with discipline, decisiveness, unshakable ethics, and integrity.