IT Per­son of the Year


Bhav­ish Ag­gar­wal is a young dig­i­tal en­trepreneur who has blazed a trail in a hotly con­tested $12 B cab ser­vices mar­ket in In­dia. The journey of his com­pany had hum­ble be­gin­nings in 2011 from a 1 BHK of­fice in Powai, Mum­bai but it now boasts of mega head­quar­ters in Ben­galuru.

His com­pany continues to raise bil­lions in fund­ing, rais­ing its val­u­a­tion to many times over the $1B uni­corn mark. The com­pany continues to in­vest in ex­pan­sion and in­no­va­tion, but more im­por­tantly, it uses the funds to take on its fiercest global com­peti­tor, over whom it al­ready has the lead. The com­pany’s in­no­va­tion in cre­at­ing lo­cal­ized prod­ucts has forced its fiercest ri­val to fol­low suit and launch sim­i­lar prod­ucts.

The com­pany is chas­ing global dreams. In February this year, the com­pany launched op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia, in Perth and this month for­ayed into Syd­ney. The com­pany has also set up teams in Colombo and Dhaka, though it’s yet to start ser­vices there. It is said that he met Lon­don Mayor Sadiq Khan, dur­ing his In­dia visit in De­cem­ber. Start­ing a cab ser­vices busi­ness in Lon­don may be dif­fi­cult though, but if the com­pany is able to es­tab­lish its ser­vice there, it might be a big boost for the com­pany’s over­seas plans.

In terms of in­no­va­tion, his com­pany is all set to roll out elec­tric ve­hi­cles across key cities in In­dia and this move is aimed to­wards build­ing a more sus­tain­able trans­port so­lu­tion in the coun­try. The start-up, which is present in 110 cities across In­dia, plans to in­vest heav­ily in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy and pen­e­trate new ar­eas of the coun­try.

Born in 1985 in Ludhiana, he com­pleted a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in com­puter sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing at In­dian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Bom­bay in 2008. He be­gan his career with Mi­crosoft Re­search where he worked for two years, and dur­ing which time he filed two pa­tents and pub­lished three pa­pers in in­ter­na­tional jour­nals. He set up ANI Tech­nolo­gies in 2011 along with his friend, Ankit Bhati, and within the next four years, the duo was the youngest to be in­cluded in that year’s list of rich­est In­di­ans.

He’s the man who changed the land­scape of pub­lic trans­port in In­dia.

For his en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit in and the dar­ing dream, for his be­lief in us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to trans­form life for bil­lions of In­di­ans and for achiev­ing scale and mar­ket lead­er­ship, Dataquest pre­sented the IT Per­son of the Year 2017 award to Bhav­ish Ag­gar­wal, founder, Ola Cabs.

San­jay Kharb, VP-En­gi­neer­ing Ola Cabs re­ceiv­ing IT Per­son of the Year Award on be­half of Bhav­ish Agar­wal, founder, Ola Cabs

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