Sanjay Shah, a hedge fund manager, wanted to do help contribute of autism research. His son has autism and this was a motivating factor in his decision. He met with a popular rapper and entertainer Snoop Dogg and came up with the idea for an enterprise that entertains around the world to raise money for autism research. It is called Autism Rocks.
It began in 2014 with a performance in London by Prince. This organization has had entertainment with Elvis Costello and Joss Stone. He has a site on Go Fund Me a site that helps individuals and non-profits raise money for different causes. All funds raised from Autism Rocks goes to autism research.
Autism Rocks has funded over 15 autism research projects. These projects try to find ways to identify autism early and intervene. Sanjay Shah says that when he learned his son had autism he felt he had been hit by a train. He wanted to immediately fix the problem and it not that easy. He had to learn to live with it and that was hard for him.
He entertained Snoop Dogg and his 12 member group at his home. From this visit he was motivated to set up the organization Autism Rocks and get back to music. Sanjay Shah decided to stage concerts by superstars as a way to raise money. Most money goes to the Autism Research Center in Cambridge, MA.
Sanjay Shah has worked as an investment banker for over 20 years. He worked at Morgan Stanley, Credit Susse, and Rabobank. In 2008, when he became unemployed he decided to set up his own investment management brokerage firm, and trading business. It is called solo capital.
Solo Capital started as a small company and now employs over 100 financial experts. The experts are located in London and Dubai. The business made Sanjay a multi millionaire. He bought two mini buses for the Dubai Autism Center in 2011 for transportation due to his successful business. He contributes to the UK based organization ART regularly. Although, semi retired his business is so successful it practically runs itself.