Sachin Bansal (born August 5, 1981) is an Indian entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder of Flipkart, that was acquired by Walmart (77 per cent stake) at $16 billion in 2018. During his over 11 year career at Flipkart, Bansal was CEO and chairman. In 2018, Bansal exited Flipkart following the Walmart deal.
In 2007, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (not related) founded Flipkart whose valuation in 2018 was $20.8 billion. In 2018, Bansal held a 5.5 percent stake in Flipkart, which he sold to Walmart and his net worth then was a little over $1 billion. In May 2018, Bansal announced that after stepping down as the executive chairman of Flipkart, he would be focusing on pending personal projects, gaming and brushing up his coding skills. Sachin Bansal is currently the Managing Director of Navi Technologies, his entrepreneurial venture in the field of financial services.
Bansal was born in Chandigarh, India, on August 5, 1981. His father is a business man and mother, a homemaker. Bansal attended Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and completed a degree in Computer Engineering in 2005. After graduation, Bansal worked at Techspan for a few months and later in 2006 he joined Amazon Web Services as a Senior Software Engineer. In 2007, Bansal quit Amazon to start his own venture.
In October 2007, Bansal and his co-founder, Binny Bansal, started an online bookstore, Flipkart, with an initial capital of ₹400,000 (US$5,600). They first started operating out of an apartment in Koramangala, in Bangalore, India. In the first few months, according to Bansal’s own claims, he oversaw all business details, from building the first version of their website to sourcing book to packing and delivering them. From inception until 2016, Bansal held the position of Chief Executive Officer and from 2016 until 2018, he held the position of Executive Chairman. In 2018, Bansal signed a non-compete clause with Walmart and exited Flipkart. The non-compete clause restricted Bansal from starting any business that directly or indirectly competed with Flipkart for 18 months and in making any investments in businesses competing with Flipkart for 36 months from his departure.
In December 2018, Bansal founded BAC Acquisitions Private Limited, a venture that focused on building and acquiring technology-driven businesses in diverse industry verticals. Since 2014, Bansal has made 18 investments in local, early-stage startups where the deal size was $1–2 million. In 2019, Bansal invested $100 million in Ola Cabs and received a stake holding of 0.37 per cent. In February 2019, he had investments in Ola, Grey Orange, Ather Energy, SigTuple, Inshorts, Unacademy and TeamIndus.
Sachin acquired the general insurance brand COCO, previously owned by the housing finance company Deewan housing finance limited, through his company Navi technology in 2020.In April 2020, Navi Technologies announced Sachin Bansal as its Managing Director, at the same time when the company disclosed raising 204 crore from Gaja Capital.
- In 2013, Bansal received an award from India’s The Economic Timesfor “Entrepreneur of the year”.
- In 2015, Bansal was named as the 86th richest person in India by Forbes India.
- In 2016, Time Magazine included Bansal and his co-founder in the 100 most influential people in the world list.
- In 2017, India Today included Bansal and his co-founder in India’s 50 most powerful people list.