T. N. Hari

Head HR, Bigbasket

Hari spent the first 14 years at Tata Steel. Of this the first 11 years were spent in engineering on the shop floor, procurement, and corporate planning. The next three years were in HR helping restructure the company to cope with post-liberalization challenges.

The next 18 odd years were with a string (5 of them) of high-growth start-ups. The first four saw successful exits (Daksh was acquired by IBM, Virtusa went public on NASDAQ, Amba Research was acquired by Moody’s and TaxiForSure was acquired by Ola). In each of these startups Hari played a key role in shaping their growth and exit.

In the last 5 years, Hari has been an advisor and sounding board to numerous young entrepreneurs and startups. He straddles the entire start-up ecosystem. He is a mentor at accelerators like Techstars, Silicon Road and NUMA. He is an advisor to Arkam Ventures (which is an early stage VC fund) and Fundamentum (which is growth stage VC fund set up by Nandan Nilekani and Sanjeev Aggarwal).

He is a prolific author and has authored 4 books so far and two are being published shortly. The last book is titled, “Saying No to Jugaad – The Making of Bigbasket”. The next two would be, “From Pony to Unicorn – Scaling a Startup Sustainably”, and “Sailing in a Storm – Making a Crisis Work for You”.

Hari has studied at IIT & IIM and worked at an executive level with multiple start-ups/scale-ups. LinkedIn had identified him as one of the Top Voices in India for three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018).