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CNBC’s Managing Asia @ Global Supertrends Conference with Binny Bansal
In a live interview for CNBC’s ‘Managing Asia’ program, CNBC anchor Christine Tan spoke with celebrated Indian entrepreneur Binny Bansal, Co-founder of Flipkart, which became India’s largest e-commerce group when Walmart bought a 77% stake for USD16 billion in what was the world’s biggest deal for an internet form, making Binny Bansal an instant billionaire.

Together with co-founder Sachin, Mr. Bansal started Flipkart as an online bookstore in 2007, helping to lay the foundation for the e-commerce market in India. In May 2018, Walmart Inc. acquired majority stake in Flipkart for US$20 billion. 

In a wide ranging interview, Mr. Bansal touched on the success of Flipkart as well as the future of online retail in India, one of the world’s fastest growing e-commerce markets. He attributed the success of Flipkart to three factors: Its initial focus on a single category (books); taking a technology first approach in all aspects of the company’s operations; and setting a high bar for talent. “You cannot scale if you don’t have the right people,” he said.

He advised other start-up entrepreneurs to keep their focus on their customers even during times of high growth when other challenges may emerge. Today, Mr. Bansal’s passion is to help other entrepreneurs and start-ups grow and succeed through his venture, xto10x Technologies. He said: “My vision is to help thousands of start-ups make less mistakes.”