After the long wait, Flipkart is now officially owned by Walmart after the $16 billion deal for 77 percent of stakes. This deal is seen as historical in many ways and Indian startup ecosystem is curious to know how Flipkart will operate after this acquisition. With its huge achievements, it is interesting to see the moments that Flipkart created during the last decade. We have collected 10 such images that show the beautiful journey of Flipkart in the most accurate way. Have a look:
1. Days at IIT Delhi
It all started in IIT Delhi when Sachin and Binny met. Both did their schooling in Chandigarh but never knew about each other. This image is from their college life.
2. When Flipkart went live for the first time
Early days are most difficult and interesting for any entrepreneur. This image shows the chat both founders had when they saw Flipkart live for the first time. We can imagine their excitement from this.
3. Flipkart’s first design
Both Sachin and Binny were fond of coding and they designed Flipkart themselves. We can see the simple design of Flipkart’s website in this.
4. The first customer of Flipkart
V V K Chandra from Mahbubnagar in Andhra Pradesh was the first ever customer of Flipkart. He got the link of Flipkart on his blog which was commented for promotion by Sachin Bansal. Chandra clicked the link just to have a look at the website but ended up in buying a book. Binny personally messaged him for the delay and the customer was completely satisfied with the delivery.
5. The first office of Flipkart
Sachin and Binny saw the need for a proper office. For this, they chose a bungalow at 447-C, 12th Main, Koramangala, Bengaluru. Flipkart now has some amazing offices but this place has been retained by the founders.
6. It all started with books
Flipkart used to get books from other vendors and sell to customers after getting orders on their website.
7. The fame
Soon, Flipkart’s owners started to enjoy the stardom and famous media companies started inviting them for interviews. This image is taken from Business Today’s story that was published years ago.
8. Entrepreneur of the year
Founder Sachin Bansal received the Entrepreneur of the year award in 2012-13 by P. Chidambaram for his contribution to Indian startup ecosystem.
9. Entertaining advertisements
Flipkart became successful not only because of its quality products and quick service, but the ads featuring kids also became a popular part of Flipkart’s marketing strategy.
10. Walmart’s acquistion
The recent tag to Flipkart’s success has been added by Walmart after buying its 77 percent stakes at a whopping price of $16 billion. This deal is expected to change the e-commerce industry in India.