It is known to almost everyone that big names like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg has build global ventures but have not completed their college degrees. These entrepreneurs have made a huge name but are not graduates in life. Most of us are under the impression of getting a college degree before starting our own journey, despite that there are some of them who preferred to do something out of the box and opted for the road less travelled.
There are several startups beaming in the Indian startup ecosystem. Out of which there are some very unique and innovative startups run by Indian entrepreneurs who decided to drop college to start their own venture.
Check out top 10 Indian entrepreneurs who are a college dropout and even then made their ventures successful
- Ritesh Agarwal, OYO
Indian hotel chain OYO which is based out of Gurugram was founded by Ritesh Agarwal in 2013. It has become India’s leading budget hotel provider in the last five years and has spread its reach into the international market thereby strengthening its global presence. OYO raised Rs 7,285 crores led by Softbank and other investors into its elite club with a valuation of $ 5 billion.
The hotel investors include Sequoia Capital India, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Greenoaks Capital.
- Kunal Shah, FreeCharge
The digital payment startup FreeCharge is based in Mumbai and was founded by Kunal Shah and Sandeep Tandon in 2010. The platform provides the users to perform mobile, DTH, and metro recharge also the bill payments. Freecharge raised Rs 22 crore funds from Snapdeal in May 2017. Its investors include Sequoia Capital India, Valiant Capital Partners, Tybourne, Sofina, and RTP Global. Freecharge was acquired by Axis bank for Rs 385 crore in July 2017. Kunal Shah presented his new venture ‘Cred’ earlier this month to mark his comeback in the Indian startup ecosystem.
- Kailash Katkar, Quick Heal Technologies
Quick Heal Technologies is a Pune based IT security Solution Company that was founded by Kailash Katkar in 1995. The company deals in security solution for individual and businesses thereby simplifying IT security management for the customers. NSE-listed Quick Heal Technologies raised $13 million funds from Sequoia Capital India.
- Deepak Ravichandran, Innoz Technologies
Mobile technology start-up Innoz Technologies is based in Bengaluru and was founded by Deepak Ravichandran and Abhinav Sree in 2008. It provides solutions for mobile search applications and wireless market. Also, it connects individuals and communities to the Internet using SMS to access wide information at an affordable range. Innoz Technologies raised an unknown amount of funds from 500 startups in May 2014. Also in 2012, an undisclosed amount of fund from Seedfund was raised in 2012.
- Rahul Yadav, Housing.com
Real estate search portal Housing.com in Mumbai was founded by Rahul Yadav along with his friends from IIT Bombay in 2012. It offers a platform to help its customers find a house of their choice with their desired parameters including cost range, location, rooms and others. Housing.com was acquired by Elara Technologies real estate company PropTiger in Jan 2017. The inventor of the startup includes SoftBank, Helion Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners.
- Azhar Iqubal, InShorts
Content discovery startup InShorts is based in Noida and was founded by Azhar Iquabal, Anunay Pandey and Deepit Purkayastha in 2013. The startup offers short 60-word fact-based news stories for busy and uninspired readers. InShort raised Rs 32 crore in a round from Tiger Global Management in December 2017. According to a report, InShorts has raised $29 million in funds.
Its investor includes Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, and Rebright Partners.
- Varun Shoor, Kayako
Customer service start-up of London Kayako was founded by Varun Shoor in 2001. It provides a complete suite of customer service software including live chat software, shared inbox, internal help desk and e-commerce support. Kayako was acquired by EWS capital in March 2018.
- Bhavin Turakhia, Directi
Directi was founded in 1998 and is based in Mumbai. It comprises of a group of tech business owned, operated or invested in by Bhavin Turakhia and Divyank Turakhia.
Tech business under Directi is Radix, Ringo, Flock, Zeta and Codechef. It also has a web presence across domain including online advertising, web hosting, infrastructure, and communication. Directi have 1600 employs across 8 offices including India and with over millions of customers and group enterprise value of over $1.4 Billion.
- Pallav Nadhani, FusionCharts
- Ankit Oberoi & Atul Agarwal, AdPushup
AdPushup is a New Delhi based revenue optimization startup that was founded by Ankit Oberoi and Atul Agarwal in 2013. It provides a revenue optimization platform that helps publishers increase their ad revenues using ad layout optimization, header bidding, innovative ad formats, ad mediation, adblock recovery and accelerated mobiles pages.
It raised an unknown amount of funds from Geniee and Purvi Capital. The investors of AdPushup includes Microsoft, Zishaan Hayath, Founder and CEO of Topper, Sunil Kalra, Vikram Kapur of McKinsey & Company, Shubham Gupta, Co-Founder of iFlyLabs, Sameer Parwani, Co-Founder and CEO of TopHire, and Sachin Gupta, Co-Founder of Chqbook.com