Ever since Shark Tank India was introduced to the Indian audience, everyone has been talking about the creative products and services that were displayed by the Entrepreneurs and innovators in the country. The platform has made it easy for small business owners in India to get exposure and big-time business deals.
In General, the show has created a new sphere of opportunity in the country, one that was not present when the panellists of Shark Tank India were as amateur as the people they review now.
Many of the judges have managed to achieve success in their founding companies at a time when such a show was not around. Most of the judges are self-made successes that had to struggle before they owned million-dollar businesses.
Let’s have a look at the previous professions of the Shark Tank panellists:
1. Peyush Bansal:
Peyush Bansal used to work as a program manager at Microsoft Corporation in the United States before he founded Lenskart, the leading e-commerce portal for eyewear in India. Peyush is also the Ceo of his company.
2. Namita Thapar:
Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd’s Executive Director Namita Thapar worked for about 6 years in the United States for Guidant Corporation, after which she joined Emcure.
3. Aman Gupta:
Aman Gupta has had quite a long run. Before Aman co-founded Boat, an Indian-based consumer electronic brand, he worked for several companies like Citi (assistant manager), KMPG ( senior management consultant), and Harman International (India sales director).
4. Anupam Mittal:
After completing his MBA in the USA, Anupam worked for a business intelligence software company, MicroStrategy, as their Product Manager. He worked there till he founded People Group, of which he is also the CEO.
5. Ghazal Alagh:
Ghazal worked as a Corporate Trainer at NIIT for two years, from 2008 to 2010. After this, she joined Being Artsy as an artist while trying to start several new ventures before co-founding MamaEarth, an Indian cosmetics company known for its chemical-free natural products.
6. Ashneer Grover:
Ashneer Grover is the co-founder/ managing director at BharatPe, an Indian-based electronic payment app. After completing his MBA, he worked as the vice president in Kotak Financing Bank till 2013, when he left to take up the position of the Director of Corporate Development at American Express. He left American Express in 2015 to work as the Chief
Financial Officer of Grofers till 2017 when he left to join PC Jeweller Limited. It was only after 2018 that he became a business owner.
7. Vineeta Singh:
Vineeta Singh is the co-founder of the Indian-based cosmetics company SUGAR cosmetics. Although there is not much information about where Vineeta specifically worked before co-founding SUGAR cosmetics, reports suggest that she turned down a ‘one crore per year’ placement offer to start her own company, which turned out to be a failure.