From Engineers to Entrepreneurs: The Success Stories of India’s Top Tech Leaders

India has been producing some of the world’s most successful tech entrepreneurs, many of whom have a strong engineering background from top engineering colleges. In this article, we highlight the top Indian engineers turned tech entrepreneurs and who are set to make a significant impact in the global tech landscape in 2023.

Naveen Tewari – InMobi
Naveen Tewari is the founder of InMobi, a mobile advertising company that has become one of the largest ad networks in the world. Tewari has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. With InMobi, Tewari aims to build a platform that connects advertisers with consumers in a more personalized and relevant way.

Sachin Bansal – Flipkart & Navi Technologies
Sachin Bansal co-founded Navi Technologies, a fintech firm that provides a variety of financial products and services. Bansal graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. He is also a co-founder of Flipkart, one of India’s largest e-commerce companies, which Walmart purchased in 2018. Bansal’s goal with Navi is to create a more inclusive financial system in India.

Bhavish Aggarwal – Ola
Bhavish Aggarwal is the co-founder of Ola, a ride-hailing company that has become a dominant player in the Indian market. Aggarwal has a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. With Ola, Aggarwal aims to provide safe, reliable, and affordable transportation to millions of people in India and beyond.

Kavin Bharti Mittal – Hike
Kavin Bharti Mittal is the founder of Hike, a messaging app that has gained popularity in India. Mittal has a degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London. With Hike, Mittal aims to create a messaging platform that is tailored to the needs of Indian users, with features such as stickers, regional languages, and more.

Sridhar Vembu – Zoho
Sridhar Vembu is the founder of Zoho, a software company that offers a range of business applications. Vembu has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. With Zoho, Vembu aims to provide affordable and accessible software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses around the world.

Byju Raveendran- BYJU’S
Byju Raveendran is the founder and CEO of BYJU’S, one of India’s largest edtech companies. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started BYJU’S in 2011, and it has since grown to become one of the most successful edtech startups in India.

These Indian tech entrepreneurs have been highly successful in implementing their engineering knowledge to solve real-world problems and break barriers to drive innovation and growth in their respective industries. They are shaping the future of India’s tech landscape and inspiring the next generation of engineering students who aspire to become entrepreneurs through their leadership and expertise.

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