Binny Bansal - the bookseller who became a billionaire

Binny Bansal co-founded Flipkart in 2007 and played a pivotal role in scaling it to a market-leading giant that was bought by Walmart in 2018, for a whopping $16 billion.

Kanishk Singh

Suman Singh

Binny Bansal - the bookseller who became a billionaire

Tuesday April 13, 2021,

4 min Read

Good morning!

In 2007, when Binny Bansal co-founded Flipkart, not many could have predicted its monumental acquisition by Walmart in 2018 for a whopping $16 billion. 

Binny himself has been through several periods of rapid growth and equal amounts of challenges throughout his Flipkart journey. 

Needless to say, his illustrious journey inspired many across India to take up entrepreneurship as a career. And today, Binny lends his expertise and insights to scores of startups looking to embark on a similar startup journey.

Binny Bansal

Binny Bansal 

He says, “During my time at Flipkart, I realised that many founders were going through similar challenges. We came from different verticals but we still encountered the same issues. At the time, there weren’t many helplines. And I realised my own limitations — I can probably only help 10 or 15 founders at any given time.”

This led him to start xto10x Technologies, which helps companies and founders after they reach a particular milestone, advising entrepreneurs in strategy, design, and architecture, and more.

In a conversation with Hans Tung, Managing Partner, GGV Capital, the prolific angel investor and mentor ruminates on the past, the present, and the future. Read more

Tune in to the podcast here.

The Interview

While the world continues to reel with the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a payment solution that is contactless, secure, and cost-effective is the perfect combination for carrying out retail transactions in the current environment, and the Soft POS app does just that.

In a conversation with YourStory, Mastercard's Rajeev Kumar, Worldline's Deepak Chandani, and Axis Bank's Sanjeev Moghe talk about Soft POS — an app that enables merchants to accept contactless payments by turning their smartphones into POS devices.

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Startup Spotlight

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News & Updates

  • As per media reports, DCGI's Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has recommended Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V for emergency use. The vaccine will now need approval from DCGI for its emergency use in India.

Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Binny Bansal, CEO and Cofounder of Flipkart
“Thankfully, in a startup, there’s always a point when things don’t work. At that point, you need to pause and reflect. I have made that into a habit now.”

Binny Bansal, Co-founder, Flipkart; Co-founder and Executive Chairman, xto10x Technologies

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