Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, co-founders of cab-aggregator Ola, may be the proverbial poster boys of Indian e-commerce, but they are the lowest paid among all unicorn—a business valued at more than a billion dollars—founders in the country.
Mid-way through the year, something unexpected happened with Uber – the largest startup in terms of valuation. It gave up in the world’s most populous country. In an apparent move to stop a bloodbath in terms of losses, US-based Uber Technologies Inc, co- founded by Travis Kalanick, agreed to sell its China business to home grown rival Didi Chuxing. That made India, the second biggest market for Uber after the US the focal point. It was the biggest highlight for Uber in India in year 2016.
Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. has written down as much as 58.1 billion yen ($555 million) in two of its biggest investments in India, cab-hailing firm Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd) and e-commerce marketplace Snapdeal (Jasper Infotech Pvt. Ltd), the company said.