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Here’s Why ‘Exit Mentality’ Is Becoming Popular With Startup Founders

| Published on January 4, 2019

Indian startup ecosystem is experiencing an interesting scenario. At a time when foreign investors have started to show more money, founders are following the exit policy.

Abhijit Bose will join WhatsApp as its first India head, after an unexpected reversal from an entrepreneur to a professional. Bose had cofounded Ezetap, a payments solutions firm.

Ashish Kashyap is all set to start his next venture, INDWealth, a fintech venture that has already raised $30 million from Steadview Capital. Kashyap had sold travel booking firm Ibibo Group to MakeMyTrip (MMT) in 2017.


We all know what happened with Flipkart’s Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal after Walmart acquired Flipkart. Both are ready with new plans to conquer the startup industry. Kunal Shah is also back in the startup arena with financial service giver Cred three years after exiting from FreeCharge.

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Ola co-founder Bhavish Aggarwal has also left the company due to SoftBank domination. After reading so many examples, it makes us think why these big names are exiting from their own ventures?

Focusing on number of customers instead of profit

This is mainly because these founders are not looking to establish companies that work for profit generation models. These work to gain users or customers and when they have a good crowd, foreign investors pay them an amount that they can’t earn from their startups in the near future.

Exiting to do something bigger and new

This approach is understandable as every human wants to grow, no matter what position he/she is in. So, to pursue something new and build an empire larger than the previous one these entrepreneurs are choosing the way-out strategy.

Freedom of action

After the entrance of multiple investors, founders somehow lose the decision making power. Being passionate creatures, such people want to work in accordance of there freedom of thought and action which makes them exit their own companies.

Also, today’s generation is not thinking of building something for life, all they want is to create wealth and explore as much as they can in their limited time. This makes the transaction a lot easier and faster.

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