Vijay Shekhar Sharma, who always wears a welcome 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 hide behind the chirpy self that he puts up in face of the world could not be hidden for long while recollect his journey. Interestingly, it was not discussion about his failures that brought tears in his eyes; it was his hard earned victory.
Life experienced him right from the beginning of his journey to become one of the most powerful people in the business world today. Though he passed his higher secondary when he was just 14 years old, a child genius of sorts, making it through college was the first tough challenge he faced while he left the cosy comfort of his small hometown outside Aligarh and ventured into the real world. The topper in his school, he was lost in transition in college-Delhi College of Engineering. Coming from a very modest background (his father was a highly principled, school teacher, who refuse to earn the extra buck through tuitions, because he understood in what was the right thing to do), Vijay did not know how to read & write English for he completed his school education completely in Hindi, in his small town. Still he realised soon enough that to make it through college he must start learning the language first and with the help of book second hand magazine and his friends, he mastered the language in a method which few can. His modus operandi was to read a Hindi description of the book simultaneously with the English-one, a practice that ensured that he soon learn to read two books at the same time! Except it wasn’t easy to say the least. The first-bencher in school little by little started gravitating towards the back seat, and in a short while, was so discouraged and disillusioned with his bad grades, mainly due to language constraints, that he totally stopped attending college.
Passion for entrepreneurship
Extremely inspired by Yahoo and his love for the internet made him aspire to go to Stanford for Yahoo was build there. However, the lack of finance and his bad English confidential him from getting in there. The boy with his college mates started building their own content management system which turned out to be the most important publications in The Indian Express. He connected his first job in an MNC too at this time and passed all his examinations.
This might echo really compelling, but circumstances did not rotate out to be so favourable as expected. His friends shattered his ideas to reach the Silicon Valley. They left him bankrupt while they had immediately initiated the business and had raised the first round of funding. It was a amount of 8 lakhs raised while he was conned for entire 40%. This was the turning point of his life. He did not give up.
He was just his hard work and prior experiences that make him so successful today. Things were improved when he launched One97, the parent company of Paytm. They experiments here were related to advertainment, commerce & content which led to the idea of payment ecosystem.
He did not grow any funding on this idea and invested $2 million himself in proving it to the people about his game.
The company grow when it gave value to its customers in terms and condition of internet wallet services, 24 x 7 customer care services which created trust surrounded by the people. The immediately response to the customer complaints made up build the company better. They idea required trust which Vijay finally won coming up on the market. Today’s the four, Vijay, Alibaba, Alipay & SAIF own million-dollar Company. The group work paid off.
The Success story of Vijay Shekhar Sharma proves how passion and hard work can bring you to nonstop opportunities in life. He remains to be a huge inspiration to the future aspirant entrepreneurs today.