Harpreet is an active angel investor-some of his deals include Chaayos, ShopKirana and Avail Finance, among others. He has seen the journey of Ola Cabs closely from before the time it started. Beyond work, Harpreet is a mountaineer and ultra hill runner. Harpreet lives with his wife, Bhakti, and daughter, Diya, in Mumbai. He is passionate about figuring out how to help people pursue their interests and abilities.
Vibhore Goyal (Author)
Vibhore is a business-product guy who loves flying. Post selling CoCubes, he pursued that interest and received a private pilot's licence. Along side building CoCubes over the years, he found time to be co-founder at Babajobs and filing seven international patents during a thirteen-month stint at Microsoft R & D. He is now the founder & CEO of OneBanc, a fintech start-up. He lives with his wife, Jasjit, in Gurgaon. (Jasjit happened to be Harpreet's cousin so it is a complicated relationship now, but we are surviving!)
Harpreet Grover and Vibhore Goyal met in college and then spent the next decade of their lives building a company before exiting successfully.
One way to tell their story is this: they had a dream, they followed it and, then, through perseverance, they made it come true.
But that's not really the truth. Like everything in life-at least everything worth having-it wasn't that simple. There was blood, sweat and tears, there was loss of capital, loss of friendship and even a loss of faith along the way.
It started with a phone call from Harpreet's mother introducing him to an uncle who wanted some help. Or maybe it started when Vibhore and Harpreet met as roommates in Room 143 at IIT Bombay. What remains true is that soon both had quit their jobs and launched CoCubes. From no money in their bank accounts for eight years after graduating to becoming dollar millionaires two years later in 2016, this is a tale of grit-of a company built in India by two Indian-middle-class-twenty-somethings-turned-entrepreneurs-written in the hope that you can avoid the mistakes they made and learn from what they did right.
This is that story-the story that you don't always hear. But if you want to be an entrepreneur, and you prefer straight talk to sugar-coating, it's one you should read.
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