Snapdeal’s Kunal Bahl talks of overcoming obstacles
Kunal Bahl, the Co-founder and CEO of, is counted among the pioneers of ecommerce in India. The 37-year-old’s journey has been an inspirational one, yet filled with many obstacles.
Growing up, Kunal was inspired by his grandfather, a military man, and may have learnt a thing or two about tiding over obstacles from him.
Despite failing to secure an IIT rank in 2001 — “I remember I just went and played cricket for two-three hours that day,” he recalls — Kunal managed to find his entrepreneurial streak, and went on to build Snapdeal as one of the earliest successes in India’s startup ecosystem.
In a freewheeling chat with Tarun Davda of Matrix Partners, Kunal talks about his education in the US, moving on from failures, and finally launching Snapdeal — a platform with 200 million listings across 600 product categories. And the rest, as they say, is history. Read more.
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‘See us. Hear us.’ is a powerful movement enabled by WhatsApp that champions for women’s visibility and voices by providing them tools to go past whatever stands in their way of success and growth.
As part of this initiative,YourStory Media recently held an insightful panel discussion featuring Neha Bagaria, Founder and CEO, ; Shweta Rajpal Kohli of Sequoia Capital, and Deepthi Ravula, CEO of WE Hub, to discuss the need for women to champion each other, the shifting paradigm of workplaces, and the role of tech in enabling women entrepreneurs. Watch the video.
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In this episode of the Prime Ventures Podcast, Vivek Sunder, Chief Operating Officer at, shares valuable insights on startup hiring and understanding evolving customer behaviour.
In a conversation with Sanjay Swami, Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners, he says that the combination of both right and left brain is vital even though the current approach is more focussed on the left-brain. Read more.
In 2018, Bastin Gerald constantly heard friends, who worked in large tech companies, struggling to simplify Objectives and Key Results (OKR) practices — a collaborative goal-setting protocol for companies, teams, and individuals. A practitioner himself, he began working on Profit.co — a SaaS platform that helps enterprises adopt the OKR methodology and measure outcomes. The startup has since built a base of over 1,100 customers, up from 900 in 2019. It clocks 10 users per customer, on average. Read more.
News & Updates
- to expand its business in the UAE and the Middle East. The funding comes ahead of PB Fintech Pvt Ltd’s — the parent company of Policybazaar and Paisabazaar — IPO plans this year through a Rs 4,000-crore share sale. UAE arm raised $75 million led by Falcon Edge Capital
- Overseas education platform Leap, which runs Leap Finance and Leap Scholar, raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Jungle Ventures, along with Sequoia Capital India and Owl Ventures. It will use the funds to expand its product portfolio, strengthen its team across business and technological functions, and more.
- Plant-based nutrition brand , with participation from F-Prime Capital and existing investor Matrix Partners India. The funding will be used to enter new product categories, build its team and technology platform to provide more value-added services. raised $12 million Series B funding led by Eight Roads Ventures
- Chennai startup YAP, which provides an API platform focused on the financial services sector, raised $10 million in a Series B round co-led by Flourish Ventures and Omidyar Network India. It will use the funds to strengthen its technology teams, build new capabilities, and explore new markets across Asia.
- Spacetech startup Pixxel raised $7.3 million in a seed funding round from Omnivore and Techstars, with participation from Lightspeed Ventures, Blume Ventures, growX, Ryan Johnson, and others. It plans to build the world’s highest resolution hyperspectral satellite constellation, to be launched within the next few months.
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Postman Founder & CEO Abhinav Asthana
"Be as close as possible to customers if you are an entrepreneur and be ready for successive stages of growth by having many solutions for your ecosystem."