What Zomato CEO's Father Told Him When He Pitched Startup Idea

Deepinder Goyal, the CEO of Zomato, recently reminisced about a memory from nearly two decades ago, recalling his father's response when he initially pitched the idea of launching his food-delivery startup.

May 21, 2024 - 14:45
What Zomato CEO's Father Told Him When He Pitched Startup Idea

Deepinder Goyal, the CEO of Zomato, recently reminisced about a memory from nearly two decades ago, recalling his father's response when he initially pitched the idea of launching his food-delivery startup.

Mr Goyal recounted this story while attending Vishesh Sampark, an event hosted by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Urban development. The event saw many innovators, startup leaders, IT professionals etc from across the country coming together to talk about the “country's digital transformation and future potential” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr Goyal stated that he started Zomato 16 years ago in 2008. He said, “My dad at that time told me, 'Janta hai tera baap kaun hai?'” He explained that his father's point was, “‘You can't do a startup.' I come from a small town in Punjab, that's the background." 

The CEO then discussed how the perception around startups has changed in the last few years and shared his opinion on how the government has helped bring about that change. 

The video was shared on X by the Union Minister under the hashtag: “Tech leaders with NaMo”. The caption read, “This government and their initiatives enabled a small-town boy like me to build something like Zomato, which employs lakhs of people today!” 

A user commended the business owner, saying, “Incredible how @deepigoyal transformed his humble beginnings into the success of @zomato, employing lakhs. This government's policies make such journeys possible. Let's celebrate our tech leaders!”

Another comment read, “Grateful for the opportunities created by #ModiGovernment. Proving that a humble background can't stop you from achieving greatness. @zomato's success story is a testament to that!”

The event was also attended by figures like Rajan Anandan, the Managing Director of Peak XV Partners, Abhiraj Singh Bhal, the founder of Urban Company, Gaurav Chaudhary (Technical Guruji), a popular YouTuber, Pankaj Mohindroo, the chairman of the Indian Cellular Association, Rohan Verma, the CEO of Map My India, Varun Alagh, the co-founder of Honasa Consumer and others.

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