Ankur Warikoo loves Batman, admires Elon Musk


Quick Bytes with Ankur Warikoo

Ankur Warikoo is the Co-founder and CEO of hyper-local commerce platform Nearbuy, which was acquired by Paytm recently. Now an angel investor, this 38-year-old serial entrepreneur is an ISB alumnus...


What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Being comfortable with who I am

What is your greatest fear? 

Losing my loved ones

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 

When it comes to work I forget everything else – even family

What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

Not respecting people below you

Which living person do you most admire? 

I admire a lot of people – Elon Musk, Brian Chesky, and Drew Houston among them

What is your greatest extravagance? 

Ink pens

What is your current state of mind? 


What do you consider the most overrated virtue? 


What do you most dislike about your appearance? 


Which living person do you most despise? 


What is the quality you most like in a man? 

Respect towards women

What is the quality you most like in a woman? 

Conducting herself in a way which does not seek to suggest that she is a woman

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 


What or who is the greatest love of your life? 

My son

When and where were you happiest? 

When we did the management buyout of Nearbuy

Which talent would you most like to have? 

I would love to sing

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

I wouldn’t change anything

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

Yet to come

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? 


Where would you most like to live? 

I really love Delhi

What is your most treasured possession? 

My family

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? 

Children losing parents

What is your favourite occupation? 

I have always wanted to be an astronaut

What is your most marked characteristic? 

I am always happy

What do you most value in your friends? 

The time they spend with me

Who are your favourite writers? 

I don’t have any

Who is your hero of fiction? 


Which historical figure do you most identify with? 

Somehow I always loved Akbar; but I don’t identify with him.

Who are your heroes in real life? 

My parents are my heroes as they have had to struggle a lot to make me and my sister reach where we are

What are your favourite names? 

My son’s name Vidur, which means intelligent, and Kabir.

What do you most dislike? 

People not respecting others

What is your greatest regret? 


How would you like to die? 

I want to die on Mars

What is your motto? 

Do epic s***.





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