Swiggy elevates Phani Kishan to co-founder in "ode to a Swiggster" who helped enable the foodtech startup's journey

Swiggy founder Sriharsha Majety said Phani Kishan, who joined the foodtech startup in 2015, will now be elevated to a co-founder role. In an internal communication to employees, Sriharsha highlighted Phani's role in setting up a record number of multiple high leverage functions from ground up.
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Foodtech unicorn Swiggy elevated Phani Kishan, an early employee of the startup since 2015, to Co-founder role in a move that founder Sriharsha Majety termed "an ode to (a) Swiggster... who’s been one of my biggest sources of energy" and the outcome of some deep reflection over the last few months about the startup's seven-year-long journey, according to an internal memo seen by YourStory.

In an internal communication to the startup's employees on Monday, Sriharsha Majety wrote,

"While our journey has been nothing short of incredible, this reflection gave me a chance to take a step back and think about the people who went out of their way to believe in our mission and made sure we got here. This is an ode to one such Swiggster... Nandan and I are really excited to share with you that Phani Kishan will now be elevated to a co-founder role at Swiggy."

Phani, who was most recently Head of Strategy and Investments at Swiggy, has held multiple roles over the past six years, including as Chief of Staff to the CEO for almost a year in 2017.

Sriharsha writes that Phani has been "...my fixer and go-to guy for many important problems for as long as I can remember. Over these 6 years, he’s probably had the record for setting up multiple high leverage functions from the ground up."

With this Phani also joins Swiggy's core management team and will be "...even more closely involved in helping shape the company’s future on our dream to build India’s most loved customer brand and an enduring institution," adds Sriharsha.

Full announcement below:

Hello team

I’m writing today to share an exciting moment in Swiggy’s journey. It’s the outcome of some deep reflection over the last few months, about the 7 years that have passed for Swiggy. 

While our journey has been nothing short of incredible, this reflection gave me a chance to take a step back and think about the people who went out of their way to believe in our mission and made sure we got here.

This is an ode to one such Swiggster – someone who’s been one of my biggest sources of energy in this journey. Nandan and I are really excited to share with you that Phani Kishan will now be elevated to a co-founder role at Swiggy. 

Phani joined us very early on in 2015, and has been my fixer and go-to guy for many important problems for as long as I can remember. Over these 6 years, he’s probably had the record for setting up multiple high leverage functions from the ground up.

I’ve always been amazed by Phani’s ability to take on very new charters and operate from first principles, to go out and do a stellar job. His approach to building new and enduring organisational capabilities (read superpowers) has always been a force multiplier for us, and I can’t wait to see him go on and take new challenges to build even more superpowers in the years to come.

While I’ve talked about his roles and problem solving, the single biggest reason I feel very excited about this elevation is this: Phani role-models the Swiggy culture and values, and lives by them on a daily basis… as if he knows no other way to operate. He was a part of the core team that helped shape our values early on, and has leaned on them like religion to drive action and energize everyone he works with. His energy, can-do attitude and founder mentality are all goal-worthy for any Swiggster to succeed here and make a huge impact in the company’s future.

Phani will now also be joining the M-team and will be even more closely involved in helping shape the company’s future on our dream to build India’s most loved customer brand and an enduring institution. 

Here’s looking forward to more awesomeness in the years to come, Phani! 

Regards,

Harsha

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