The other day I was thinking of making my list of entrepreneurs in India who has changed the face of how we do business today. To tell you frankly,  this list of top 5 entrepreneurs wasn’t an easy one to compile and is purely based on my limited exposure with the outside world. The solutions given by the listed entrepreneurs has touched my life in one or the other way. On the first go my opinion may seem biased, however, one thing is for sure, these people have definitely made our lives easy and convenient.

Don’t believe me, see it for yourself!!!

1) Deep KalraMake My Trip.com

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi (1990) & MBA (PGDM) from IIM-A (1992)

Company: MakeMyTrip.com

Year of Inception: Launched in the US in 2000. Launched in India in September 2005

Products & Services:

  • International and Domestic Air Tickets, Holiday Packages, Hotels
  • Domestic Bus and Rail Tickets
  • Private Car and Taxi Rentals: MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, & Exhibitions)
  • B2B and Affiliate Services

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ― Lao Tzu

Ticket booking was never an easy task for many of us. The past decade has witnessed a huge growth in the travel sector in India.

Instant online booking packed with an array of choices has helped MakeMyTrip.com empower the Indian traveler to make travel bookings a hassle free affair today. When it comes to travel booking, MakeMyTrip.com is one of the most preferred names in the industry with one out of every twelve domestic flights in India booked via it.

The heart of the business lies in providing the best deals to its customers both for ticketing and for hotel reservations. The kind of assistance provided by their executives while making reservations has helped build trust of the consumers while doing payments through the online mode. Nobody would have thought that one day travelling will be just a click away.

2) Shantanu PrakashEducomp Solutions

Qualifications: Bachelors Degree from SRCC, Delhi University and MBA from IIM- Ahemedabad

Company: Educomp Solutions Ltd.

Year of Inception: 1994-95

Product & Services:

  • Smartclass, QuEST, Mathguru, WiZiQ, Learning Hour, Educomp Leap, LearnHub, Singalore Learning, Magikeys, Educomp O3, Pave, EduLearn, Wizelearn, Aha! Math, EasyTech, Aha! Science, TechLiteracy Assessment.
  •  Professional Development, Edureach, Millennium Learning, System, EduSchools, Higher Education, IndiaCan

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ” - Nelson Mandela

The credit for revolutionizing the Indian Education system truly goes to Educomp. When I was in school I never thought that one day we will see our blackboards been replaced by white boards and followed by online content. Shantanu Prakash the man behind Educomp has played an instrumental role in changing the Indian education system.

3) Jagdish KhattarCarnation Auto India

Qualifications: B A Honours, St Stephens College, University of Delhi (1962), Bachelor of Law (LLB) University of Delhi (1964), Honarary Doctorate, London : Metropolitan University

Company: Carnation Auto India Pvt Ltd.

Year of Inception: 2008

Product & Services:

  • Independent Multi-brand Automobile Solutions Company

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.”  ― Colin Powell

With an aim to provide complete car solutions under one roof, Carnation Auto has become one of the most successful brands in the car retail segment. Jagdish Khattar was able to see a business opportunity as many customers were looking for an alternative for their car service from authorized dealers and neighborhood mechanic workshops. He was able to see a need and provided a solution that addressed that need.

4) Sanjeev NarulaLilliput Kidswear

Qualifications: B.Com (Hons.), Delhi University

Company: Lilliput Kidswear Ltd.

Year of Inception: 1991 (exports)

Product & Services:

  • Manufactures, retails & exports Kids’ apparels & accessories. Also retails other kids’ related items like toys, kids furniture, baby feeding range, baby care range, toy cars & bikes

“Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.” - Liam Neeson

Starting with a mere 25 sewing machines in a small workshop, Lilliput has come a long way in becoming a strong brand in both domestic and international kid’s apparel market. Nobody would have thought that kids segment will turn out to be such a profitable venture for them.

 5) Jay Gupta – The Loot India

Qualifications: Graduate from S.I.E.S College

Company: The Loot (India) Private Ltd.

Year of Inception: 2004

Product & Services:

  • Retail- multi brand discount stores selling garments, footwear and accessories for men, women & kids

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new”. - Steve Jobs

 100% customer satisfaction is the key motto of this entrepreneur in India. Jay Gupta was able to understand the need of the customers that they looked for variety. The thought behind The Loot was to give a delightful shopping experience to its customers with complete satisfaction.

So, this is what I thought are the most inspiring entrepreneurs in India.

Do you have your nominations?

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I’m waiting to hear from you.