India is home to a number of successful entrepreneurs and businessmen. Every idea- be it big or small stems out of some creative and innovative minds who dared to dream big and turn it into reality. These people have set an example before others and have motivated them to follow their path. Their journey towards the sky is the result of their determination, hard work, dedication, and passion.
Today, we are sharing a list featuring the top 10 entrepreneurs in India who crawled their way to the top.
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Ritesh was never fond of studies so he dropped out of college. Since he was an avid traveler, he realized the need for budget accommodation while traveling. He started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 17 with Oravel stays in 2012. The idea gave birth to OYO rooms and voila! The rest is history. Ritesh is one of the youngest and most successful entrepreneurs in India.
Begun with only 11 rooms in a Gurgaon hotel, OYO now has a presence in 500+ cities with 18000+ hotels and 270,000+ rooms in India providing best in class amenities and affordable stay proposals.
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Azhar Iqbal dropped out in his 4th year of college and came into limelight by introducing InShorts. He along with his classmates decided to curate news keeping it short and crisp. Inshorts is a news app that cuts to the chase and gives most of the daily headlines in 60 words or less, making it easy for the readers to read and comprehend.
A smart app for all those lazy people who don’t have enough time to go through the 40 pages of the newspaper. Got a minute to spare? Keep up with the world with news in shorts. At present, Inshorts is one of the highest-rated news apps.
Shradha’s life has been full of ups and downs with the taste of failures and leaving a sweet taste of success. YourStory was founded to narrate the tales of thousands of entrepreneurs. Shradha realized there were thousands of entrepreneurs waiting to get heard but no one was ready to put their stories in front of the world. This ignited the spark inside her to cover the inspirational stories to inspire others.
Today, YourStory has told more than 20000 stories to the nation through their channel. One gets to read the unheard stories of entrepreneurs – their journey, obstacles, success, and failure. It is one of the most influential platforms for Startups in India today that has about 10 million engaged readers every month.
Sridhar Vembu is the founder of the Zoho Corporation. He started his journey with AdvetNet.inc which was previously a network equipment seller. The firm was not so popular but with time, it transformed into an online program and application provider, Zoho.
Zoho is now a household name for corporates. It is the software company behind three great brands: Zoho, ManageEngine and WebNMS. Zoho offers beautifully smart software such as a suite of business, collaboration and productivity applications to help you grow your business.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s incredible rise from a small-town boy from Aligarh to the founder of India’s one of the most trusted technology brands, PayTm, is no less than a classic Bollywood story.
Vijay finished class 12th at the age of 14, way ahead of the level, but had to wait for a year to get into an engineering college because of his age. After finishing college, Vijay started his first company ‘XS Communications’, a startup that created Content Management Systems, which was used by the topmost publications including The Indian Express.
Vijay has come a long way. Today, he is one the most successful billionaires of India with the most successful mobile wallet and net worth of 1.3 billion.
Sachin Bansal along with Binny Bansal gave birth to Flipkart as India’s first eCommerce website. Techies at heart, the Bansal duo started it off with the idea of changing the scene of online shopping in India. They worked day and night for the success of Flipkart, even gave away pamphlets of it outside bookstores.
Flipkart only sold books at the beginning but later expanded and began selling other things like electronic goods and lifestyle products. It went on to become the best shopping destination for the shopaholics in India. At present, Flipkart is India’s 2nd largest Indian eCommerce website.
Think food, think Swiggy.
A never-say-no attitude is what helps you cross the shores of highs and lows. Nandan Reddy, along with his mate Sriharsha Majety, alumni of Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani started with Bundle, a logistics aggregator, which connected SMEs to courier service providers.
A year later, they shifted their focus to the foodservice industry and that is when Swiggy rolled out into everyone’s pocket. Since then, Swiggy has grown to become a leading food delivery channel in India. Together, with Swiggy, Nandan and Sriharsha have changed the way India eats.
Behind every success story is a lot of stumbles and setbacks and the same has been the life of Mohit Bansal.
Born in 1990, in the middle-class family of Delhi, Mohit Bansal always aimed for the zenith. He never had an interest in academics and dropped out of school to find his calling. He began by devouring biographies and following the interviews of the top businessmen and entrepreneurs he admires. Heading undeterred towards his dream and passion, he laid the foundation of K2 Group India in 2015.
Success has come to him only after his willingness to fall and rise again and again. Further, he added more wings into his entrepreneurship by introducing Ads and Url, MBS Info Solution, K2 Agro, K2 Healthcarvy & Beauty Products, DearPet, Saarthi Foundation, Trippy Hippie Cafe among others to K2 Group India. Mohit Bansal is counted among the top 10 entrepreneurs in India who possess multiple facets of entrepreneurship such as creativity, effectual thinking, risk tolerance and flexibility.
Bhavish was working as an Assistant Researcher in Microsoft when the thoughts of becoming a successful entrepreneur started rendering in his head. The thought behind Ola popped up after he got stranded amidst the street on his way to Bangalore. His taxi driver stopped the vehicle in the middle and requested a renegotiation of what Bhavish was supposed to pay. After the refusal, he proceeded to abandon Bhavish en route his destination. This is when Bhavish realized how this is the plight of other customers as well. quality cab services.
He decided to offer quality cab services to everyone across the country in the form of OlaCabs. OLA has transformed the Indian cab rental industry. Ola has also ventured into auto and bike booking services. Even today, he doesn’t want to buy a car but travels in his cab facility.
Phanindra Sama’s redBus.in is revolutionizing the way people book bus tickets. It all started when Phanindra could not visit his family on Diwali. He couldn’t get a bus ticket to travel to his home town and got stuck due to Banglore traffic. That day Sama felt the system clumsy and decided to take the matter into his hand.
He decided to solve the matter via the Internet. He, with his two friends, launched Redbus. The startup makes booking bus tickets way easier. Redbus now has 8+ million customers, 2300+ bus operators and 100 million trips all around the world.
Success never comes in a silver spoon. One has to put consistent efforts, perseverance, learning, self-belief and patience to accomplish it.
Feeling inspired enough? If yes, then think, plan and go ahead with your ideas. Maybe you can be next on this list!