Meet this office boy who made lakhs from Slideshare (and other top stories of the day)

Startups creating success stories outside of them is not new. But the story of Ashok Kumar is slightly different. At 18, Ashok joined SlideShare's Delhi hub as an office boy.

26th Dec 2019
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Startups creating success stories outside of them is not new. But the story of Ashok Kumar is slightly different. At 18, Ashok joined SlideShare's Delhi hub as an office boy. He was a class 10 graduate from Hisar, Haryana, who had come to the city looking for employment.


In 2006, Ashok joined the company as an office boy for a salary of Rs 3,500 and rose through the ranks over the years. At SlideShare, despite starting out as a helper, he eventually took charge of all administrative work, including some accounting and human resources (HR) tasks. Ashok also dabbled in IT and learnt computer networking.


When SlideShare got acquired by LinkedIn in 2012, it changed Ashok’s life. Thanks to the company's ESOP (employee’s stock ownership plans) policy for all employees, Ashok made around Rs 12 lakh from liquidating it later.


This money helped him realise a long-cherished dream. “Coming from Haryana, I had this dream that I wanted a house in Delhi. So, with the ESOP money, I bought a flat in North Delhi, where I stay now,” he says.


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