Story of the small-town boy who helped Nandan Nilekani build IndiaStack (and other top stories of the day)

A secret warrior at IndiaStack who helped make UPI a reality, the young engineer speaks of his work so far and the invaluable inputs Nandan Nilekani provided as a mentor.

11th Dec 2019
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Nikhil Kumar, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist of Setu, created a line of products that would eventually transform the way India interacted with the internet.


Over the years, Nikhil has come to be known not just for his expertise in code, but his knack for going after problems until they are resolved. He calls it the “art of creation” – the ability to find patterns to further define the problems clearly, and then find solutions for it.


"When you are a coder, you own a small part of the solution. I enjoy myself more while defining the problem, and owning the complete problem myself. I choose solving the full problem versus writing some code and solving a small part," he tells YourStory.


When in late 2016, India saw the demonetisation drive kicking in, Nikhil worked closely with fintech players like Paytm, Freecharge, Razorpay, PhonePe, and Google Pay, to build UPI and BHIM.


A secret warrior at IndiaStack who helped make UPI a reality, the young engineer speaks of his work so far and the invaluable inputs Nandan Nilekani provided as a mentor.


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Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka. Credit : wiki commons

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