Who would have thought that one day we could order groceries while sitting in the comfort of our homes? Online grocery shopping has been made very easy over the years, thanks to the plethora of online stores available.
Bigbasket is deemed to be India’s largest online food and grocery store. It has used methods that go against convention due to which they have been able to expand their customer base and deliver with quality.
Here are 8 things which you should know about its revolutionary CEO, Hari Menon.
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1 Bigbasket is not his first venture.
Before he started Bigbasket, he had co-founded Fabmart along with K Vaitheeswaran and his group of friends in 1999. Fabmart (also known as Fabmall and later known as Indiaplaza) is regarded as the pioneer of India's e-commerce industry. They had introduced India to the online shopping space where they sold music CDs, cameras, phones, apparel, food items, etc at a time when hardly anybody shopped online.
2 He has had the CEO experience before Bigbasket.
Before Fabmart and Bigbasket, he was the CEO of India Skills. This is a joint vocational training venture between Manipal Group and City and Guilds (UK). India Skills provides learners with industry-relevant certifications and job assistance. He has also served as the CEO for various companies including Tumri, Serus Corporation, and Timeli.
3 He is a BITS Pilani Alumnus.
He obtained his MSc (Tech) in Science & Technology Development from BITS Pilani in the year 1983. Since then, he started his career in ORG Systems. After that, he is worked in several reputed companies in India, including TVS Electronics, Wipro Infotech (Business Head), Planetasia.com (Country Head), and Integrated Data Systems.
4 He and his company have received several accolades.
He has been awarded for entrepreneurship by the Indira Group of Institutions; AUDI-RITZ ICON AWARDS from RITZ lifestyle magazine in the category of Entrepreneurship and “Champion of Tomorrow” by CEO INDIA Magazine.
5 He is a fond lover of music and cricket.
He loves to play the guitar and used to play for his rock band, 'The Thunk', at BITS Pilani.
He is also a member of the Karnataka Cricket Association.
6 Bigbasket: A Basket of Possibilities
In 2011, along with Fabmall founders VS Sudhakar, Hari Menon, Vipul Parekh, VS Ramesh, and Abhinay Choudhari, Hari cofounded Bigbasket, with an aim to make the hectic life of the metro-resident easier.
The following interview with Hari Menon sheds light on how Bigbasket rose to success in a short span and how it values convenience over giving repeated discounts to customers.
7 Despite the sheer number of achievements, he has always remain grounded.
He was born in 1996 in Bandra West, Mumbai into a middle-class family. He is modest, soft-spoken, and always tries to experiment with the new.
He is a regular speaker at most major retail and e-commerce forums/events in India.
8 He hates being disorganized.
He feels that the most important quality in life is to organize and plan things. He shared a funny anecdote from his time in Bits Pilani, where his friends would secretly come into his room and mess things up, just to annoy him, as they knew it would set him off.