Today, the third Tuesday of November is popularly known as #EntrepreneursDay. A day that deserves to be recognized for those individuals who believed in themselves and their dreams. This day is especially for those who built something out of nothing, so we bring you a list of 10 entrepreneurs who dared to live their dreams.
1. Mahesh Gupta, Kent RO
Started as a mechanical engineer, Mahesh worked with IOCL and had a tiny income, his first innovation was related to petroleum conservation which got him fame and a few patents to his name. Later in the year 1998, his son got jaundice infection which is a water-borne disease, Mahesh started looking for good purifiers but wasn’t satisfied with what the market had to offer, and he ended up creating one of his own. Kent RO today has a turnover of over Rs 580 crores and 2,500 employees.
2. Karsanbhai Patel, Nirma Group
In the year 1969, Dr. Karsanbhai started Nirma and went on to create something that didn’t exist in the Indian market. He started from the bottom selling as low as Rs 3/kg for a detergent, which its competitors were selling for Rs13/kg. He produced it at his house and went out selling the product door to door, today his company holds a turnover of more than $500million dollars.
3.Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance Industries
The founder of currently the richest company in India, the man Dhirubhai Ambani himself started from scratch and had to struggle a lot. His father was a school teacher, and Dhirubhai started his entrepreneurial career selling ‘bhajias’. Later he moved abroad to learn more and came back in the year 1958 with some capital to start something of his own, a textile trading company. In the year 1992, Reliance became the first Indian company to raise money in the global markets, it also became the first Indian company to feature in Forbes 500 list.
4. Narayana Murthy, Infosys
We all know the man behind Infosys. Narayana Murthy wasn’t born with a silver spoon and had to work extremely hard to reach the top. He had always been a bright student and aspired to have a business of his own someday, he began a company as a chief system programmer but didn’t gain much success and the company failed in 1.5 years after its inception. He later joined hands with six another programmers and started Infosys.
Today, Narayana Murthy is listed as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. He has also been awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.
5. Varun Agarwal and Rohan Malhotra, Alma Mater
Alma Mater, the company provides clothing apparel and memorable products to various alumni students from different school and colleges across India. The company designs and ships various products and is consistently pushing its numbers. They have a large collection of vector arts and fonts and have worked with over 2000 school and colleges, both nationally and internationally.
6. Sabina Chopra, Yatra.com
The co-founder of the Indian travel portal Yatra.com, Sabina was the head of India operation of e-Bookers, a European online travel company. Since she had some experience and online travel commerce was just in the initial stages in India, her startup soon became one of the leading portals and was later declared as a winner in Travel and Tourism group in 2010.
7. Sunil Mittal, Bharti Airtel
Sunil Mittal got into the corporate business at the age of 18, making surgical steel sheets, and then later got involved in making portable generators. Soon, with other companies doing well in the market his business came crashing down, looking for more and more opportunities he found the telecom market interesting as he discovered phone with buttons while at that time the phones still came with a rotary dial, he tied up a contract with some Taiwanese supplier and started assembling the phones separately in India. Later he created a brand called ‘Beetel’ in the 1990s, which further expanded onto becoming the fourth largest telecom company in the world known as Bharti Airtel.
8. Sachin and Binny Bansal, Flipkart
Sachin and Binny, both of them are IIT alumni and have previously worked with Amazon. They began selling books online and knew that an e-commerce startup in India could face several difficulties. After expanding their market with many new products, they introduced the Cash On Delivery feature. They were one of the fewer companies in India who came up with this idea and took it on a large scale, which has now been adopted widely on several other websites. They also acquired smaller companies like Myntra and Letsbuy.
Their company held a worth of over $11billion in 2016.
9. V G Siddhartha, Cafe Coffee Day
Belonging to a family that grew coffee beans, Siddhartha had some plans of his own. After working for a couple of years in a stock marketing company and having inherited a lot of coffee plantations. He also used his interest in technology and it was the perfect idea of combining the two together and forming a store called Cafe Coffee Day which opened in the year 1996 in Bangalore. The brand now has over 1400 stores all over India. Siddhartha was also awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year 2003 by Economic Times.
10. Richa Kar, Zivame
Richa, the CEO, and co-founder of the online store specializing in lingerie products, Zivame.com.
Zivame has gained rapid success over the last few years, however, the company was established in 2011. Before this, Richa worked in several companies which involved branding, retail marketing, and operations. She discovered that women weren’t actually comfortable in shopping lingerie products in outlets, so she developed an online platform which has over two thousand styles to choose from. Zivame takes care of its delivery as it is discreet and packed without and branding and product description which does not lead to any embarrassment for any of their consumers. The company is an ongoing success and has become women’s first choice for shopping.