Ola's Bhavish Aggarwal joins Padukone, Kohli, Nadella in TIME 100

Gogona Saikia


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20 Apr 2018: Ola's Bhavish Aggarwal joins Padukone, Kohli, Nadella in TIME 100

A Bollywood star, an Indian cricketer, and an Indian-origin tech giant CEO feature in this year's TIME 100 list- an "annual list of the world's most influential people...whose time, in our estimation, is now."

But impressively joining Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli and Satya Nadella is the 32-year-old co-founder of steeply growing Ola Cabs.

That's another feather in the cap for Bhavish Aggarwal.

Profile: Flipkart's Sachin Bansal writes Aggarwal's profile for TIME

In his profile of Aggarwal, Flipkart Chairman Sachin Bansal eulogized the "vision, passion and determination" of the Ludhiana boy with a "polite, soft-spoken demeanor (that) is impossible to forget."

"After all, he co-founded Ola, one of the world's largest ride-sharing companies, scaled it to more than 100 Indian cities, empowered millions of driver-partners and commuters, and is a flag-bearer for India's consumer-tech ecosystem."

Fact: Let's not forget his struggles too, Bansal writes

"In counting his laurels, it's easy to forget (Aggarwal's) struggles," writes Bansal, recounting how he bootstrapped Ola, braved regulatory hurdles and fought off foreign competitors. "This time, the wishes of a billion Indians, mine included, are riding in his cab."