India has transformed itself using locally grown professions to become a powerhouse not only in the manufacturing industry but also in the digital space. It is here that digital strategies and trends are redefined.
Talk of homegrown Warren Buffetts, Mark Zuckerbergs, and Steve Jobs India has it all. They have prominent positions, prolific voices and are endowed with new age thinking that makes them different from the rest.
Meet India’s top three people who have made a footprint in the digital world.
He is the managing director of Canaan Partners. His investment mindset and passion for startups drove him to establish the Indian Angel Network.
In 2004, one of his investments known as JobsAhead, an online-based recruitment business, was bought by Monster.com. In Canaan, he has played an invaluable role as the principal investment advisor into companies such as Equitas, iYogi, and BharatMatrimony.
In addition to his investment advisory role, Alok Mittal runs a blog known as Venturewoods which aims at uniting the various sections of the VC ecosystem such as potential targets, investors and incubators on a common platform.
Deep Kalra, the founder and CEO of MakeMyTrip is an astute digital entrepreneur who understands how to maneuver both in the bad and good times.
After starting MakeMyTrip in the 1990s, he encountered rough winds and had to close down and strategize on the way forward. Later in mid-2000, he sought the help of investors such as SAIF Partners who helped him revive his business. Earlier, Kalra worked with ABN Amro and later setup his bowling alley company.
Following his determination, he stuck to his online-based travel business plan which gave birth to MakeMyTrip as we know it today.
The company is one of the leading travel agencies in the country with such a dominant market share. Currently, Kalra is among the top Indian internet space entrepreneurs. He is also credited for successfully listing an Indian internet company at the NASDAQ.
He is the founder of Yatra.com. Previously, Shringi worked with ebookers in London after which he left the job and came back to India to follow on his dream. Despite the difficult start, Shringi soldiered on to bring Yatra.com to where it is today.
In the process, he had to let go three of his four co-founders and sought the help of a venture capitalist to keep his business afloat. As it is evident today, his tenacity has paid off and Yatra.com is one of the top three online travel agencies in India.
Three years after setting shop, the company was able to break even and sustain its operations fully. Looking at his past, Shringi is a resilient professional who would give up anything to see his dream come to pass.
The three people discussed above are just some of the top Indian professionals who have setup successful businesses online and have made a name for themselves on the digital space.