The journey of Rahul Chari: From opting out of IIT to building PhonePe (and other top stories of the day)

In this week’s Techie Tuesday, we tell you the story of Rahul Chari, the man who built the stack for eKart logistics at Flipkart before he went on to build PhonePe, India’s first non-banking payment platform.

18th Dec 2019
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A typical startup hustle culture encourages one to build something as early as they can, iterate and fine-tune it, run towards hitting hockey-stick growth and then figure out how to rebuild the product for scale.


However, PhonePe CTO Rahul Chari believes otherwise. 


He says, “Hustle is overrated when it comes to technology. Don’t try taking the shortest path; think at least two years ahead and anchor yourself to something that you can build continuously.” 


A three-time entrepreneur, Rahul opted out of IIT-Bombay and pursued computer science engineering from the University of Mumbai. Today, he has over 18 years of experience in storage visualisation, content management, and supply chain technology.


In this week’s Techie Tuesday, we tell you the story of Rahul Chari, the man who built the stack for eKart logistics at Flipkart before he went on to build PhonePe, India’s first non-banking payment platform.


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