HashTalks with Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO & Co-founder, Ola Cabs

Welcome to HashTalks, a talk show with people who have made a significant impact on society through their contribution and efforts. Guests on HashTalks will include well-known entrepreneurs, scientists, creators, artists and young achievers. HashTalks made its debut from HashLearn studios on Aug. 03rd, 2018 with its first guest Mr. Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO & Co-founder of Ola Cabs. A JEE AIR 23, Co-founder of a billion dollar company, and one of the 2018 TIME 100, Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, Bhavish’s welcoming and down to earth conversation style made the pilot episode of HashTalks a big hit.


About Bhavish Aggarwal & Ola Cabs

Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO & Co-founder of Ola Cabs was like any other success-driven entrepreneur. He started his entrepreneurial journey at a very early age. Soon after he completed his Bachelors in Technology (Computer Science and Engineering) from IIT – B in 2008, he started his career with Microsoft Research India as an Assistant Researcher. After more than 2 years into the job, Bhavish took the biggest decision of his life entering into an entrepreneurial venture and the rest, as they say, is history.

For those who are not familiar with Ola Cabs, they are like any other marketplace online, but their focus is on providing Taxi services. Ola started as an online cab aggregator in Mumbai and their business now resides in Bangalore. At its current valuation of $4 billion, Ola is the third-most valuable start-up in the country.

On the show, Bhavish looked back at his exam preparation days for JEE which he aced with an AIR-23 and spoke of how he had a first-hand experience in finding a good quality cab service in our country which later translated into a billion-dollar business entity it is today – Ola Cabs.

Prior to the show, we urged students from all around the country to drop in their questions for Bhavish, and among the 100’s of questions we received, we picked out some of the most common and interesting ones for the show. Read on to find out what one of India’s most successful entrepreneurs had to say on the first episode of HashTalks. 


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HashTalks with Bhavish Aggarwal, CEO & Co-founder, Ola Cabs (S01E01)

Ola’s CEO & Co-founder Talks About Dropping a Year for JEE

A good number of our students wanted to know how Bhavish was like during his college days. His response was an interesting revelation. Looks like even a JEE AIR 23 had to take a year off to prepare for the highly competitive JEE entrance examination.

JEE AIR 23, Bhavish Aggarwal’s study strategy for JEE

Our guest was a JEE AIR 23, and as anticipated, a lot of our students wanted to know what his study strategy was. According to him, his strategy involved a lot of planning, first principles learning, a lot of self-learning and regular weekly practice tests. 


How Ola CEO & Co-founder came up with the idea of Ola Cabs

‘How did you come up with the idea in the first place’, easily the most common question asked to an entrepreneur. Nevertheless, we went ahead and asked him just that. In his response, he emphasized how transportation and commute were never a great experience in India. Acknowledging this as an important issue in our country gave birth to the idea of Ola Cabs.


Ola CEO & Co-founder explains how to convert an idea into a successful business startup

This was a follow-up response to a mature question asked by one of our passport usersBhavish spoke about the various processes involved in establishing a successful business startup. According to him, it all starts with an idea that is supported by a solid strategy, an execution plan, market feedback and a good team of employees who are as passionate as you about the business.


In a nutshell, the first episode of HashTalks with Bhavish Aggarwal CEO & Co-founder, Ola Cabs was an absolute hit. From dropping a year to prepare for the JEE & acing it with AIR 23 to how he founded Ola, Bhavish candidly answered questions from students across IndiaClick here to watch the full episode of HashTalks with Bhavish Aggarwal, and while you are at it, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more HashTalks.  

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