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Much before Flipkart tapped into the retail industry, a group of people (V.S. Sudhakar, Hari Menon, V.S. Ramesh, Vipul Parekh and Abhinay Choudhary,)  fuelled with passion and experience on failure post the dot com bubble founded Big Basket, the country’s first online shopping platform which revolutionised the way people bought groceries. Just like how this platform is unique in every way, the story of how Big Basket came to be is also quite a tale.

The beginning 

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When you hear of startups being created by people below the age of 30 and with no experience, your heart usually goes out to them. However, when you look at people on the other side of 50, with more experience in failing than succeeding, trying to start something new, you wonder what the future looks like for them. When the dot com bubble bust, a lot of people struggled hard to find their footing in an increasingly competitive world.

The founders of Big Basket, on the other hand, decided to use the experience they got post the failure and decided to create a website that hasn’t been done  before. The five founders of this platform had their first experience in the e commerce side when they created Fabmart.com (an online platform to sell books, toys and groceries) in the year 1999. Very quickly, however, they realised not just India, but the rest of the world wasn’t ready for the online world yet.

Very soon, Fabmart merged with a brick and mortar grocery chain and by 2006, the founders sold Fabmart for a lump sum. By 2011, the team thought of revaluating and trying their hand at something new again and despite all the criticism they received for this idea, the founders decided if they had to do anything, the time was now. It was a good thing they made this call because it was exactly at this time that the smartphone boom was happening and literally everything was available with the click of a button (except for groceries, of course!)

The journey to success

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Post securing the first round of investment ($ 10 million from Ascent Capital,) the Big Basket team decided the time had come to expand its reach. In a country as diverse as India, perhaps the biggest challenges an online delivery platform like this faces is to ensure they sustain the model despite all adversities. After putting in dedicated research for five years, the Big Basket team realised the best way to make their presence felt was by providing personalised service to people across all cities.

With shopping habits varying from city to city, one of the major reasons for the success rates of Big Basket is the amount of attention to detail the founders paid. From increasing the leafy greens numbers in Mumbai to supplying a special kind of rice (called Sona Masoori) in Bangalore to going so far as to provide eight different kinds of eggplants to picky customers, Big Basket ensured their quality was nothing short of perfection. To improve the customers experience, the team ensures near time perfect deliveries in most of its orders and if by chance the delivery has been delayed, customers get a discount depending on the delay.

The future 

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Despite growing as well as they had, Big Basket still had a lot of tough competition in the forms of other startups like LocalBanya, Sequoia backed PepperTap and SoftBank funded Grofers. The time had come for the team to up its game by securing more than double the amount of funding that it got during the initial rounds, Big Basket crushed all its competition.

The next few years saw Big Basket grow from just an idea to being present in 25 cities with a combination of 150 million and looking at the size of the growth, the founders decided the time had come to bring in a partner. By zeroing in on Alibaba (China based e commerce platform,) the team worked on mapping a growth chart for the next two years!

Big Basket is not just a dream but a well thought out plan that attracted and made its presence felt in the larger cities and went on to grow in the smaller cities by on boarding Shah Rukh Khan as a brand ambassador. By investing money into getting warehouses and increasing the delivery output, Big Basket plans on not only retaining its post as the largest grocery delivery platform in India but all over the world as well!

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The fourth richest man in the world, Warren Buffett is one of the greatest businessmen and investors of all time.  Known for succeeding in everything at which he tried his hands, Warren Buffett is an inspiration to many. Here are the 10 most inspiring quotes by the “Oracle of Omaha.”

 

Most inspiring quotes by Warren Buffett

1) About passion

2) About happiness

3) About expectations

4) About success

5) About spending

6) About the important rules of life

 

7) About reputation

 

8) About doing good

 

9) About investment

 

10) About greed and fear

 

From being a paper delivery boy, to becoming one of the richest men in the world, Warren Buffett is an absolutely inspirational figure.

 

Comment below and let us know which of these quotes by Warren Buffett inspired you the most. 

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The success stories of many billionaires around the world inspire many people of our generation and have, on several occasions, ignited a desire in many to start their own business.  However, many of these successful people began their career by working ordinary jobs. Let’s look at 5 such successful people, who started their career by working some very ordinary jobs.

 

First jobs of famous billionaires

1) Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and is often referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha.”  However, this American business magnate started his career by selling Coca-Cola bottles, chewing gum and magazines door-to-door.  At the age of 13, he became a newspaper delivery boy and made $ 175 a month, delivering The Washington Post.  He continued to look for other business ventures and accumulated savings of $ 9,800 by the time he finished college.  Now, with a net worth of $ 82 billion, he is the fourth richest person in the world.

2) Michael Bloomberg 

Michael Bloomberg, who founded the financial, software, data and media company Bloomberg L.P., worked as a parking lot attendant when he was young.  Born to middle class parents, Bloomberg worked in a parking lot to pay his tuition fees in college and went on to graduate from Harvard Business School.  Now a well known philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg is one of the richest people in America, with a net worth of $ 53.5 billion.

3) Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a well known media mogul and entrepreneur, who worked as a grocery store clerk in Nashville to support herself.  She then landed a job in radio at the age of 16 and worked her way to the top, eventually owning her own production company. Now, with a net worth of $ 2.6 billion, she is considered one of the most influential women in the world and is a source of inspiration to many.

4) Li Ka Shing

Li Ka Shing was the former chairperson of CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings and is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Asia.  Coming from a poor family, he started his career as an apprentice at a watch strap factory when he was 13 years old and at the age of 19, became the general manager of the factory.  He later started his own plastic manufacturing company and used the profits from the company to invest in real estate. Li slowly worked his way up the ladder of success and is now one of the richest people in Hong Kong, with a net worth of $ 27.1 billion. 

5) Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban is an American Shark Tank investor, co founder of Broadcast.com and owner of the American basketball team Dallas Mavericks.  Cuban began working at the age of 12 as a door to door garbage bag salesman. After graduating college, he worked as a bartender and then as a salesman for a software company.  He started his own company, Broadcast.com, after getting fired from his job and now has a net worth of $ 4.1 billion.

 

It is true, starting at the bottom does not guarantee success.  However, if you find your passion and work hard towards it, nothing is impossible, as the aforementioned individuals proved.

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Tata Group, which began in 1868, has had six chairmen until now.  Among the six men who served this renowned business group, there was one exceptional man who served as its chairman for 50 whole years and took the Company to great heights.  Yes, the man we are talking about is none other than Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, or JRD Tata.  

From starting India’s first ever international airline, to giving the Country one of its largest cosmetic brands (Lakmé,) this gentleman has done it all.  JRD Tata also strived his best to improve India’s economy on the whole. Here are some unknown facts about this exemplary industrialist. 

 

Unknown facts about JRD Tata

 

1) JRD Tata was born on 29th July, 1904 in Paris and had a French citizenship for a long time.  He even served as a part of the French Army for one year. 

2) In 1925, he entered the Tata Group as an unpaid apprentice. 

3) JRD Tata was always keen on flying and became India’s first licensed pilot in 1929.  

4) In 1929, JRD Tata also renounced his French citizenship and took up Indian citizenship. 

5) In 1934, JRD Tata was elected as the Chairman of the Tata Group.  He was only 30 years when he was elected for this position, making him the youngest person to head the Group. 

6) When he was appointed as the Chairman, the Tata Group had 14 companies under it.  JRD Tata expanded it to an empire of 95 companies in a span of 50 years. Some of the most renowned companies established by JRD Tata during his tenure as the Chairman include Tata Motors (1945,) Lakmé (1952,) Tata Tea Limited (1964,) Tata Consultancy Services (1968) and Titan Industries Limited (1987.) 

7) JRD Tata was the person who launched Air India International, India’s first ever international airline.  For this reason, he is also known as the ‘father of Indian aviation.’ 

8) JRD Tata was the man who initiated the ‘employee welfare schemes’ in India.  He is responsible for the 8 hour work day, free medical aid and the employee provident fund.  These principles were later adopted by the Indian Government. 

9) It is no surprise this man received several awards during his lifetime.  His awards include the Padma Vibhushan (1957) and the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award (1992.)

10) When JRD Tata died in November 1993, the Indian Parliament was adjourned in his honour. 

Which of these facts about JRD Tata surprised you the most?  Comment below and let us know. 

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