Starting Up Gyan

Starting Up Gyan

16 Indian Men Who Ruled the Startup Ecosystem in 2016

Bala Nadar
January 16, 2017
Growth Gyan

The year 2016 has been a very important and matured year for Indian startup ecosystem. Lot has been set right in terms of funding, business models, unicorns, soonicorns, foodicorns, whinicorns etc. etc

However, when we look back these are the Indian men (women list is separate 😉 ) been in limelight for good and bad things in 2016. Here we go

Wait… Wait we also launched a Startup Anthem starting of 2016, do tell us if we missed any name in the Anthem and this list. Add the names in the comment box.


Ritesh Agarwal and CEO of OYO Rooms

#16 Ritesh Agarwal

CEO- OYO Rooms

For starting and converting oyorooms into a super cool brand at an age of 20 and show casing extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit. Youngest entrepreneur of Indian Startup league.


Bhavish Aggarwal , CEO of Ola Cabs

#15 Bhavish Aggarwal

CEO- Ola Cabs

For successfully implementing the cab aggregator model in India and giving a tough fight to mighty foreign market leaders.


 Kunal Shah, Founder of Freecharge

#14 Kunal Shah

Founder – Freecharge

For giving an interesting rags to riches story in recent times. Kudos Kunal.


Deepinder Goyal, CEO of Zomato

#13 Deepinder Goyal

CEO – Zomato

For converting an home grown food delivery startup into Google of food search.


Naveen Tewari, CEO of InMobi

#12 Naveen Tewari

CEO – InMobi

For making InMobi into the biggest mobile ad company on the planet and saying no to Facebook bid.


Phanindra Sama, Founder of Redbus

#11 Phanindra Sama

Founder – Redbus

For organizing one of the most unorganized sector in India and making it a cool one.


Ashish Hemrajani, Founder of Bookmyshow

#10 Ashish Hemrajani

Founder – Bookmyshow

For making our movie going experience a breeze and creating one of the most profitable startups of India.


Kunal Bahl, Founder of Snapdeal

#9 Kunal Bahl

Founder – Snapdeal

For unboxing the alternative shopping experience and going tough.


Dhiraj Rajaram, Founder of MU Sigma

#8 Dhiraj Rajaram

Founder – MU Sigma

For creating a unicorn and winning the data analytics world.


Deep Kalra, Founder of Makemytrip

#7 Deep Kalra

Founder – Makemytrip

For creating one of the world class Internet companies and making our travel experience predictable.


Murugavel Janakiraman, CEO of Bharathmatrimony

#6 Murugavel Janakiraman

CEO – Bharathmatrimony

For connecting hearts and helping millions to get married and being world's largest matrimony site.


Vijay Shekar Sharma, Founder of Paytm

#5 Vijay Shekar Sharma

Founder – Paytm

For making demonetization less painful for millions of Indians and making Paytm one of the most successful brands of 2016.


Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal, Co-Founders of Flipkart

#4 & #3 Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal

Co-Founders – Flipkart

For maintaining the No. 1 tag of ecommerce Industry and restraining the jolts from their mighty competitors.


Baba Ramdev, Brand Ambassador of Patanjali

#2 Baba Ramdev

Brand Ambassador- Patanjali

For converting ayurved into sellable products and bringing global FMCG empires on their knees.


Sridhar Vembu ,CEO of ZohoCorp

#1 Sridhar Vembu

CEO – ZohoCorp

For creating a global SAAS empire sitting in India without any funding and being an epitome of entrepreneurial spirit. One man who is equal to sum of all others in this list (except Baba Ramdev 🙂 ).


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