True Grit: The phenomenal growth of the Indian entrepreneurial spirit

From JRD Tata to Dhirubhai Ambani and Sanjeev Bikhchandani, how entrepreneurs helped India through its transition from an agrarian economy to state-controlled industry and on to an era where unicorns have taken the centrestage
Published: Aug 21, 2021
Meesho cofounders

Image by : Courtesy Selvaprakash Lakshmanan / Meesho

  • True Grit: The phenomenal growth of the Indian entrepreneurial spirit
  • Amul
  • Tata Steel
  • JRD Tata
  • Hero Cycles
  • Dhirubhai Ambani
  • Lijjat
  • Har prasad nanda
  • MS Swaminathan
  • Azim Premji
  • Karsanbhai Patel
  • F C Kohli_
  • Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
  • Narayan and Sudha Murthy
  • Anji Reddy
  • Shiv Nadar
  • Sunil Mittal
  • GR Gopinath
  • Sanjeev Bikchandani
  • Flipkart cofounders
  • Meesho cofounders
  • Pharmeasy

IIT-ians Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal were in their mid-20s when they launched Meesho, a reseller platform in 2015. They had learnt from their previous failed startup that several small businesses were selling their wares online, but weren’t using their own websites to do so; nor were they listed on Amazon or Flipkart. Instead, they were leveraging the power of social media. Aatrey also stumbled on an interesting discovery: A lot of women were using the Meesho app to run shops on WhatsApp. Since its launch, Meesho now ranks as India’s most popular online marketplace for resellers. One of Meesho’s biggest achievements: Empowering women to run their own home-based businesses and create a new professional identity for themselves.