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AMA with Ankur Warikoo, CEO of Nearbuy

Besides being famous for being Ankur Warikoo, the founder of local commerce site, Nearbuy, he is also famous for another thing – his failure resume.

Ankur was inspired by Johannes HausHofer, a Princeton Psychology professor, who believes that keeping a visible record of your rejected applications can help others deal with setbacks. But more than the number of his failures in the resume are the multiple hats he wears.

Besides being a founder, Ankur is also an angel investor and a big proponent of a healthy lifestyle. He is also a photographer, a DJ, a hustler, and astrophysicist who wants to be the first person to step on Mars!

Ankur’s company Nearbuy, his third time being an entrepreneur, lives the culture that he endorses. We, at Inc42, had firsthand experience of this as we prepared for our Facebook Live AMA. The team was not only courteous and helpful, they were informative too. Right from setting up the Internet connection for the live chat, to inquiring about our needs – the Nearbuy team breathes a culture of ownership, respect, and performance.

This was all evident in Ankur’s belief that he would not want to change anything in his entrepreneurial journey. He believes that he is very blessed because he has taken crazy decisions in his life without an iota of an idea that how would they pan out. He says,

There is a trap that we fall into as to what possibilities in life could have emerged if I had done some things a certain way. But I think it’s always a wise approach to take life as it comes through and always optimising for the process that you follow rather than the goal you set out to be.

Read the key takeaways from Ankur Warikoo’s AMA here →