Deep Kalra Success Story

"There is an entrepreneur in everyone. Most people would like to work for themselves given a situation where you earn the same amount of money" - Deep Kalra


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MakeMyTrip is currently one of the biggest travel booking portal of India, and it’s triumphant success in the travel industry is a powerful testimony to Deep Karla’s success story.

EDUCATION

He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in 1990 and his MBA from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad in 1992. 

Kalra joined ABN AMRO Bank as his first job after graduation from IIM Ahmedabad. However after spending 3 years in this job, he realised that banking was not something he passionately wanted to pursue. This resulted in him resigning from ABN AMRO Bank and take an year-long break to plan his future.

THE BEGINNING OF MAKE MY TRIP

During his break after leaving the ABN Amro Bank, he worked with AMF Bowling to set up bowling alleys in India. However, the business was unable to stand against giant chains like McDonalds and had to shut down after 4 years of operation. It was a great entrepreneurial experience but a financial disaster for Deep. 

With a view to start something his own, he thought that he still needs some more time and knowledge so he decided to join GE Capital to head Business Development. He helped GE grow a lot via the internet and get to know almost all the top players of Indian Internet space. 

He started MakeMyTrip in the year 2000 after realising the possibilities of the internet while trying to sell his wife’s car online. While booking a holiday to Thailand, he realized that the internet could offer more competitive prices by cutting out the middleman. 

Deep has put remarkable efforts to make MakeMyTrip a biggie in the much valued Travel Industry. It has been awarded the Best Travel Portal India from Prestigious World Travel India in 2013 and 2014.

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