10 Indian Businessmen who started with nothing.
Taking up an enterprise, in an area where someone has never ventured before and then leading it to the path of success is not an easy task. One has to face many challenges and obstacles to reach a point. To come up with an idea and to execute the idea successfully is not everyone’s cup of tea. Here are the inspiring stories of 10 Indian Businessmen who started with nothing.
Sridhar Vembu is the founder of the Zoho Corp., leading CRM software used extensively by the businesses. Zoho today competes successfully with the core products of some of the leading companies like Google, Microsoft, Salesforce.com. The company provides a management platform and a suite of IT management software. It serves in the global market and has 7 offices spread globally with its headquarters in Chennai.
This out of the box idea of OYO Rooms by Ritesh Agarwal is one of the most successful entrepreneurial ventures in India. After dropping out of the college, he started a business, the Oravel Stays which was a budget hotel chain that provided B&B services. A venture which was started with just 11 rooms in a Gurgaon hotel has now spread to over 65000 rooms in over 5500 properties in India.
Kunal Shah is the founder of the revolutionary online recharge portal, Freecharge. This company changed the online recharge framework in India. With Freecharge, people can easily pay utility bills, landline bills, recharge their phones, DTH etc.
He is the name behind India’s largest online shopping portal, Flipkart. With Flipkart, he revolutionized the shopping experience of the people in India. Flipkart was India’s first e-commerce website and is scaling heights today as the reach of technology increases.
From buying second-hand tech magazines in one of India’s small town to being the founder of India’s second most trusted technology brands, Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s story of Paytm is worth sharing. While setting up Paytm, Vijay ended up with a loan of Rs. 8 Lakhs, and he got stuck in the vicious cycle of debt. When investing, his investors were not sure about the company, he himself had to put 2 million at stake to launch the company, and the rest is history!
Nandan Reddy is an alumnus of BITS- Pilani and had previously worked as a consultant. He founded Swiggy and has changed the way India eats. He first started with Bundle, which was a logistics aggregator which connected the small and medium enterprises to courier service providers. After a year, when the business gained momentum, he shifted his focus on the food industry, and started Swiggy. Today, Swiggy has rapidly grown to be a leader in the Indian food delivery sector.
Make My Trip was a brain child of Deep Kalra, who is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad. Since its foundation in 2000, Make My Trip has revolutionized the travel industry. It was originally launched in the American market, to cater to the needs of the NRIs there, to make their trip planning easier. It was later launched in India in 2005. Make My Trip has gotten worldwide recognition today and has received many rewards.
Just a few years ago, booking cabs was not that easier. But today, with Ola Cab services, booking a cab is much easier and is cheaper than the auto rickshaws. Bhavish Aggarwal is an IIT Bombay graduate who was working in MNCs before he started with this entrepreneurship. The idea came to him when he and his friends had gone for a weekend trip, and he realised that he wanted to make travelling more convenient, and bring more transparency to the consumers. Ola Cabs is one of the most valued start-ups in India.
He is the founder of Book My Show, one of India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platforms. It offers tickets to movies, concerts, sports events and live shows. Book My Show is the most frequently used platform to book tickets to movies and other shows. Ashish took the market by storm when he got the big entertainment companies like the PVR, INOX and Cinepolis to the portal.
Changing the way people look, and literally, Peyush Bansal with his venture of Lenskart has changed the traditional and typical ways of people buying their spectacles, and the way he has done it is just spectacular! The company has faced a lot of problems such as maintaining the warehouse, to manage the growth of the company without affecting customer satisfaction. But standing against all the odds, the company today is big e-commerce in selling the eyewear.