The family factor in Nykaa’s success

With 52.56 percent promoter shareholding, FSN E-Commerce Ventures, which runs Nykaa, stands out in the Indian startup ecosystem due to different steps that Falguni Nayar - the investment banker turned entrepreneur took in her journey.

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Nykaa stands out in the Indian startup ecosystem due to the different steps that Falguni Nayar, the investment banker turned entrepreneur, took in her journey while building the cosmetics-to-fashion giant.

The founder of FSN E-Commerce Ventures, which runs Nykaa, owns 52.56 percent of the company along with her family, a rare feat in the industry where startup founders usually see their stake dilute at every funding round. Case in point: Deepinder Goyal, Co-founder of foodtech unicorn Zomato, which went public in July, currently holds a 4.71 percent stake.

Nykaa’s shareholding pattern gives a strong sense of nostalgia of traditional family-owned businesses. And, indeed, Nykaa operates as a strong family-run business that has the involvement of family members in the business operations.

The family-run factor also helped Falguni, an investment banker for 18 years with Kotak Mahindra Group, to have a strong grip on the business and a stronger grip on shareholding. Read more.

The Interview

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