Aug 31, 2018

Ashish Hemrajani

BookMyShow journey from 1999 to 2018

Podcast Summary

Podcast Summary

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In this final episode on fundraising, we hear from a master story-teller — Ashish Hemrajani, co-founder and CEO of BookMyShow, India’s leader in entertainment ticketing.

Ashish recaps his journey from founding the company in 1999 all the way to 2018 and the various phases of the business ups and downs he has seen over this time period.

In particular, we discuss the following topics in great details:

  • Early days of BookMyShow including launching India’s first cash on delivery (COD) service
  • The tough years post the 2001 dotcom bust and how they survived those tough years
  • How to pick your investment partner — and the importance of that in the battle called entrepreneurship
  • How to think through valuation while fundraising
  • Hiring bankers or not while fundraising
  • How to become a good story teller as a founder
  • Difference between building a good company vs a great company
  • Having an empty chair that represents your consumer in every meeting
  • Why Ashish appreciates being known as a mongrel more than being a Unicorn
  • And most importantly how to run this marathon called a startup while still enjoying your life and coming back every Monday energised to build your startup!

Hope this podcast was helpful as you figure out your startup journey . In the next set of podcast episodes, we are going to focus on something Ashish touched upon — the importance of execution and how to get that right as a startup founder. If there is any feedback on this podcast or questions for the next set of episodes, please do share as a comment below or tweet us at @Accel_India

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Anand Daniel
Partner, Accel

Anand is one of the partners at Accel India. He has lead investments in companies like swiggy, bounce, blackbuck and more. Investing since 2006, Anand focuses on investments in consumer technology, online marketplaces, and healthcare technology at Accel.


Ashish Hemrajani
Co-Founder & CEO, Bigtree

Ashish Hemrajani is the CEO and Co-founder of Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited, which operates BookMyShow. After completing his MBA from Sydenham University in 1997, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship, and founded Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd in 1999.

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