“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.” – Drew Houston
Bhavish Aggarwal is the founder & CEO of India’s most popular Cab Aggregator Ola Cabs. He is a real-time example and an inspiration for the people who are working with their startups. He won multiple awards for his proud achievements.
Bhavish Aggarwal, the 29-year-old IIT Bombay graduate is the founder and CEO of the most popular cab aggregator Ola Cabs. The company which has a network of hundred cities and commands 60% of the market share. After achieving all this, he is still a down to earth person. He still doesn’t own a car, he deals with Ola cabs for transportation. This is the real example of his simplicity.
Born in Ludhiana, Bhavish Aggarwal just like any other successful entrepreneur began his journey at a very young age. After completing his B.Tech from IIT Bombay in 2008, he started his career with Microsoft Research of India as an intern. Later got reinstated as an assistant researcher. During his more than 2 years tenure in Microsoft, Bhavish managed to publish 3 papers in the international journals. While he was at Microsoft, he also turned into a blogger.
How Ola stared from roots:
Desitech was all about hosting content which was mainly based on technology. This content was a collection of startups in India, events and any other exclusive news. Well, it was exactly then, Bhavish Aggarwal took the biggest decision of his life and quit his job at Microsoft to stop his venture.
The real turn came when Bhavish had a bad experience while renting a car in Bangalore. When he hired a car to travel to Bandipur which was 6 km away from his place, Bhavish realized that cab driver was going in the wrong way to charge him more money. When Bhavish refused to pay money to the driver because he was cheating Bhavish, the driver refused to take him and abandoned him in the middle of the road.
How Bhavish faced the Odds to achieve success:
The entrepreneurial headed Bhavish, instead of grieving about this situation or rather the problem, decided to solve it and utilize. Hence, came with the idea of Ola Cabs. That was when for the first time he can vision the amount of potential a cab service could have. Ola was a collective product of Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Patel. And, was officially owned by ANI technologies private limited. Their solution was simply introducing a technology that bridges the gap and connects the cab driver to the customers through internet and mobiles.
However, like ever Indian startup story, Bhavish’s parents did not support his idea. At a stage, his father warned him saying, u look like a travel agent. But, that impression didn’t last long as the startup got funds from Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl and several others.
Ola cab has got this high traffic of customers because of their ethics towards the profession. Because their strategy was to keep no stone unturned. Be it a customer call to driving a passenger to Airport or while managing operations, they did everything.
“It’s okay to doubt yourself, it’s okay to feel down; just never give up.” – Aaron Patzer
Bhavish Aggarwal is a founder and CEO of Ola Cabs. He is a true inspiration for all of the youth in the present world. Proving all odds to be wrong and get over it. Winning every hard situation. The success he is tasting today is the result of his hard work put on initially. He is a Youth Icon of India.
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