The man, who always wears a welcoming smile, stands true to
every word he wrote during the most difficult times of his life. Vijay Shekhar
Sharma owns a company whose current value is a little over $3 billion in the
market in 2016, a dream dreamt when he was struggling to make ends meet with Rs
10 in pocket. But he tasted victory the hard way. Nothing came easy for him.
The tears he hides behind the chirpy self that he puts up in
front of the world could not be hidden for long while recollecting his journey.
Interestingly, it was not talking about his failures that brought tears in his
eyes; it was his hard earned victory. Life tested him right from the
beginning of his journey to become one of the most influential people in the
business world today.
Things took to a better turn when he began One97, the parent
company of Paytm. They started experimenting with the three basics of internet-
content, advertising and commerce. While the pride he takes in his creation and
the people who help him implement his vision is obvious, he brushes this unique
quality off by saying, "When something's not working, I become the
customer," with a smile on his face, that is so true to himself.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.