MUMBAI Maharashtra, Nov 10, 2020.
Deep is one of those entrepreneur who choose to learn, educate themself and then start their journey. His success story behind Make my trip is known by many of us and that's how we come to know about his initial days back then when internet was just booming in Indian markets. It took Kalra almost 8 years to figure out what he really wanted to do. After completing his MBA from IIM-A at the age of 23 , Deep joined ABN Amro bank which was fairly obvious choice to go with the flow.
After working there for 3 years he felt a sense of incompleteness. He felt that banking was not something that he wanted to do so Kalra then took a year as a break to decide what to do next. But this period didn't go waste for him as he was offered numbers of marketing jobs amongst which he chose the most craziest one.
He wanted to start from the ground and so he decided to bring AMC Bowling Inc. to India. At that time investing in bowling alley was not even a thing because competiton was tough when it came to compete against giant chain like Mc Donald's where there were hardly any returns. He still decided to take that challenge and quit that in 4 years. Kalra still considers that as an great entrepreneurial experience.
After a huge experimentation he still thought that he needed more corporate experience and improve in self development. At that time he was offered Business Development from GE Capital. While working , the period was 1999 when internet was an obvious answer he met Top players of internet market and helped GE grow via internet.
The tables were going to turn for his life when during that period he went for a casual family vacation to Thailand for which the tickets were booked online. The trip went really well and after working with GE for more 1 year he decided to start in.
He knew getting into travel was not easy but for e-commerce to start of back then, and so Travel seemed to be the perfect way to get in. Deep Kalra used his years of experience and knowledge and combined travel and eCommerce to form Makemytrip in the year 2000.
He didn't initially start just because of his good experience but because he knew internet was slowly going to be on demand and easiest way to provide many services. Makemytrip is now at the stage of IPO and doing well as it took decades of hardwork and intelligence