India, June 19. — The journey of an enterprising dream begins with the dedication and self-confidence to thrive head-to-head with your idea that continues rolling out its lofty branches in heart , with consistent planning in the brain. This is a story of the success that you manifested but the struggles that were opaque to the worldly view, this is the story behind our every smooth travel and comfortable stay,the founder of MakeMyTrip.com, a leading Indian online travel company, Mr. Deep Kalra. He like any other Indian graduate took jobs in famous MNC’s and banks, but by that time the entrepreneur inside him had already started to sprout.
In 1995, Deep left his current job with the Bank and joined hands with an American bowling company. Where his dynamic and single-handed managing expertise boosted his confidence by multiple folds and he decided to put a foot in his own start-up. After resigning he set out for his own venture. The idea of booming his launch in the online industry and realizing the magnificent impact of Internet industry on people , he decided to pursue his start-up within this portal of business.
India was still growing as an internet friendly nation. Although people seemed to have been involved in it, but still there were line ups for physical booking for travel tickets. Looking at this mess up in travel industry he started his online travel booking system called as ‘India Ahoy’,in 2000, which later was renamed to “MakeMyTrip.com”. This venture initially focused the US-to-India travelling community. This baby-step added a value to their venture in the market.
Kalra had faced his biggest fallback two years after the launch of MakeMyTrip.com when the dotcom market crashed taking down each and every bit of information. This resulted in a drastic crash on all the company’s team. Deep, the head of the company was coerced to take some difficult decisions to save the company under these circumstances. The decision included reducing MMT’s staff to almost half and put a complete halt on his and some of his colleagues salary.
The crash of dotcom market taught Deep Kalra some life-changing lessons which he would implement in his company’s future. The coming years proved to be the Golden Period in his career. This was the time when railways and domestic and international flight companies were stepping into the online platform. Deep Kalra, without wasting any time, grabbed this opportunity and decided to broaden his business spectrum. MakeMyTrip was now an indian and an overseas travel booking platform. The company’s customer base and revenue was increasing at an unimaginable pace,entering the 1000 Crore club.
Launching MakeMyTrip was the biggest risk that Kalra took. But this risk and tough times is what made him a pioneer in the travel industry. The success of MakeMyTrip, has in turn, tremendously boosted the confidence of young entrepreneurs in India, creating a remarkable history.
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