I Want The World, I Want It Now: Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Vijay Shekhar Sharma had recently addressed a conference for entrepreneurs in Your Story's Tech Sparks event.

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In India, the smallest of towns have the brightest of minds. There have been several people who have redefined success for themselves even after coming from humble backgrounds. One such person is Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma who has redefined the way Indians transact. 


In a recent Tech Sparks event that was organised by Your Story, Vijay Shekhar Sharma was his candid and witty best with interesting anecdotes and his references ranging from Shastras (holy texts) to Jim Morrison’s quotes. 


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On talking about advice to beginners he suggested,

You should always start your career by gaining work experience from organisations. Go for a job and understand what brings people to an organisation. I too worked for 3 years before starting out my initiatives. Always keep your thinking caps on and gain as much experience as you can. After all, better to learn when someone else is giving you money to learn. 


Paytm has the biggest names across the globe as its investors, from Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathway to Softbank's Masayoshi Son. Vijay Shekhar Sharma has been a close associate with Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Softbank’s Masayoshi Son, therefore when it was the audience’s chance to ask questions, one of the people asked what would be the one thing that he learnt from these industry giants to which he replied, 

They are not tech guys, they are people’s guy and has given an immense amount of attention on the organisations' structure. At Paytm, we are too trying to do the same.  

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Paytm is not just confined as a digital payments platform but has further expanded its horizons in e-commerce, recharge, education etc. Talking about future plans about Paytm, he said, "I want the world, I want it now. My legacy is the work I do and I wish Paytm is a 'big company' one day which can impact billions of people". 


Lastly, after a thunderous round of applause from the audience and Your Story’s founder Shraddha Sharma asking him about his secret on his witty one-liners, he said,

What else in life, if you cannot laugh at yourself? 

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