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Janta hai tera baap kaun hai?: Zomato CEO's dad when he began startup

At Vishesh Sampark, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal shared how his father doubted his startup idea due to their small-town Punjab background. Goyal founded Zomato in 2008.

By Rashaad Ather
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“'Janta hai tera baap kaun hai?”: said Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal’s dad when he pitched his startup idea to him. Goyal started his food delivery business Zomato 16 years ago in 2008. 

Goyal explained his father's point was, “You can't do a startup.' I come from a small town in Punjab, that's the background." 

Deepinder Goyal was talking at the Vishesh Sampark, an event hosted by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Urban Development for innovators and entrepreneurs to talk about the “country's digital transformation and future potential” under PM Narendra Modi.

The CEO discussed how the perception of startups has changed in recent years and shared his opinion on how the government has contributed to this change. 

The video was shared on X by the Union Minister under the hashtag: “Tech leaders with NaMo”. The caption read, “This government and its initiatives enabled a small-town boy like me to build something like Zomato, which now employs hundreds of thousands of people!”

Social Media Reaction:

Minister Puri’s post is getting mixed reactions from X users.

One user wrote: "started Zomato in 2008"  Not sure NDA govt was there then”.

Another user wrote: “Incredible how @deepigoyal transformed his humble beginnings into the success of @zomato, employing lakhs. This government's policies make such journeys possible.

Let's celebrate our tech leaders! 

#TechLeadersWithNamo #Visheshsampark

While one user wrote: “Thanks Mr. Puri for telling whole India that how Dr. Manmohan Singh govt formed policies which initiated startup culture”.