The stories of people starting businesses in India are many. And they are diverse. This is a list of ten such people. These people are special, because not only did they have a vision, but they acted on it. They saw the need for a service, and decided to provide it in their own way. Look where they are today. There are many such companies in India who have done this, but these people, in fact, stand out.
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Here are the Top 10 Best Startups in India
10. Practo–Shashank ND
What do you do when your dad is complaining of troubling symptoms? You take him to one doctor in town, who says it’s cancer which is curable, but the surgery is going to be life-changing, but also expensive. You want him checked out by another person–a second opinion, if you will. That is precisely what happened in the case of the founder of Practo. Now his app that he founded has over 200, 000 doctors who have decided to joined. He has also bought 4 other rivals who were smaller companies than his.
Ambareesh Murty didn’t let the fact that there are similar online enterprises deter him from founding Pepper Fry while still working for Ebay in India. He teamed up with Ashish Shah, the former head of Ebay Motors in the Philippines and India. Their startup has made US $100, 000, 000 in 2015 alone with benefactors such as Goldman and Sachs, and Zodius Technology Fund, according to the Techinasia website.
Phanindra Sama wanted to go on a simple holiday back in 2005. He became frustrated because all the bus seats became filled up. He solved this problem by co-founding Redbus, which has become one of the largest, if not the largest such Internet portal in all of India. He later sold his business, for about 100 million. But he has earned his place in the annals of Indian business history because of his big idea.
Kanal Shah was one of those startup newsmakers of 2015 when he sold his startup, Free Charge, to Snapdeal for $400 million. It was founded in India back in 2010.
Since most of us use prepaid credit cards for phones, he started bundling cashbacks and coupons to each phone topup.
Initially retailers looked at Shah like he was crazy, because they believed that it was just another far-fetched business idea. However, he proved them wrong because his business idea became the nation’s Number One topup idea.
6. Richa Kar, Zivame
It was on a consulting assignment with a worldwide lingerie retaier that Richa Kar found her calling. She saw a need for a specialist online lingerie seller in India. So in June of 2011, she created the Zwame website. It is now the one of the largest such outlets in the country, if not the biggest. This website caters to women who are uncomfortable buying lingerie in person, especially from stores owned by men. She also owns and operates a blog that gives Indian women advice for choosing lingerie.
Yashish Dahiya He is know as one of the most fit CEO’s often seen practicing for the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, according to the Techinasia website.
But he also is known for his brains. He has graduated from two of India’s top colleges, Indian Institute for Technology, and Indian Institute of Management. Policybazaar is, according to the Techinasia website, a market leader in India’s online insurance.
Meet Suchi Mukherjee, the founder of Limeroad, India’s boutique fashion marketplace for women. She is the former UK Senior Executive for E Bay, she has managed to raise about 50 million dollars.
Since its inception in about April 2013, Linked In reports that it has become “India’s leading discovery platform for its lifestyle products with vendors and users, posting 200,000-plus products and looks for months, 80 percent of which is completely unique to the platform.”
Vijay Sharma became the first in his immediate family to graduate college and travel overseas for a job. He launched One97 as a telecom software company, changing the name to Paytm by the early 2000s, and turned the company into an online marketplace back in 2009. Now it’s mainly used for payments and top-ups. The company has raised about 700 million dollars. Expect to hear more about this company and others like it as payment becomes more mobile.
This company was cofounded by Bhavish Aggarwal back in 2010. It is a huge cab company, and has been compared by Techinasia to Uber. Begun in Mumbai, the firm has about 250,000 cabs, autos and rickshaws out on the road in about 85 cities across India. The company’s worth? Now about 5 billion dollars, the Techinasia website estimates.
Ritesh Aggarwal’s vision began as he was kicked out of his room for not being able to come up with the rent there. He started a bed and breakfast chain called Oravel Stays, now known as OyoRooms. He is 21 years old, but is already a millionaire entrepreneur, and that is why he is honored here as the #1 Indian entrepreneur, heading up the #1 startup in this countdown.
Each person whose business has been mentioned here has their own inspiring story. Most of these people, indeed, have this in common: An incident happened, which gave birth to a business idea. Like the story of this last entrepreneur who was evicted from his home because he wasn’t able to make his rent. Or the person who was not able to book himself a spot on a bus. Whether it’s because he waited until the last minute, or whatever, is totally irrelevant at this point. The point is that he didn’t continue to whine about his failure, he used it as a steppingstone to get ahead and make money. The most amazing thing about this is that it all happened at a very young age, too. Take the case of Richa Kar, who envisioned women having greater privacy as they were purchasing bras, and didn’t want to think of herself–or any other woman–having to try on women’s intimate apparel around men.