Ankur Warikoo is an Indian businessman, angel investor, public speaker and mentor. He is the founder of the e-commerce platform nearbuy.com.
Wiki / Bio
Ankur Warikoo was born on Monday, August 25, 1980 (41 years old; from 2021) in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
He grew up in New Delhi. He studied at Don Bosco School, New Delhi, from 1986 to 1998. He received a BA in Physics from Hindu College, Delhi, from 1998 to 2001. Ankur did a Masters in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan . from 2002 to 2004, and dropped out of the university’s doctoral program. In 2005, he obtained an MBA in Finance from India School of Business and Finance, New Delhi from 2005 to 2006.
Height (approx.): 5’8 ″
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Brown
Fathers and brothers
His father, Ashok Warikoo, used to work in a medical company. His mother’s name is Neerja Warikoo. He has a younger sister who is six years younger than him.
Wife and sons
At the age of 19, Ankur met Ruchi Budhiraja for the first time on a bus on his way to his university. Soon, they became friends and fell in love with each other. In 2007, after dating for a long time, the couple got married.
They have a son named Vidur Warikoo and a daughter named Uzma Warikoo.
In 2004, he started working as a consultant at a corporate training consultancy NIS Sparta, New Delhi and worked there for a year. In May 2006, he joined the management consulting firm Kearney in Chicago. After working there for more than three years, he joined an Internet company Accentium Web, Gurgaon as one of the co-founders. In December 2010, he started working as a Venture Partner at Berlin-based Rocket Internet. He worked there for over a year and in March 2011 he started the real-time e-commerce platform Groupon, where he served as a director, Groupon APAC Emerging Markets (India, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines). In July 2014, he was appointed as one of the board members of the India School of Business, New Delhi from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure, he served on the Next Generation Leaders Board (NGLB) of the ISB. In July 2014, he started working as an individual angel investor in various technology and internet companies. He started an e-commerce platform company nearbuy.com in Gurgaon, Haryana in August 2015. He served as CEO there from 2015 to 2019. As of January 2022, he is one of the board members of the company. He is also a digital educator and has served as an educator and content creator since 2019. He has taken various courses on entrepreneurship, career management, and personal growth. Ankur is also an author and in 2021 he released his first book “Do Epic Shit” which is considered one of the best selling books in India in 2021.
He is also a public and influential speaker on social media. He has around 1.28 million subscribers to his self-titled YouTube channel where he uploads videos related to tips and tricks related to finances. During an interview, he spoke about his blogging journey. He said,
I had several debuts on social media. My blog, which was my first debut on social media, was in 2005 and I have been blogging for over 16 years. My first video came out in 2016 on LinkedIn, not YouTube. My YouTube debut happened in August 2017 and Instagram in 2018. A lot of what you see seems like an overnight hit. But it has actually been in the works for several years. This year we completed over 50 million views on YouTube and 49 million of that happened in the last year, even though we’ve been running that YouTube channel for four and a half years. That’s the power of consistency. Eventually the curve will take over and the next thing you know is history. “
Awards and Achievements
- He was awarded the Young Leader Award from the Indian School of Business (Class of 2006).
- He was included in Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40 list in India in 2014.
- India’s Most Promising Entrepreneur Award Presented by TEDx NIT Srinagar (2018)
- For the three consecutive years i.e 2018, 2019 and 2020, he was listed in LinkedIn India’s Top Voices.
- Holiday destination: New York
Facts / Trivia
- In one of his tweets, he shared that his birth name was Ashneer. He tweeted,
My parents loved their firstborn son ASHNEER (shit!). One day I came back from school (1st grade) and said “I want my name to be Ankur” Rest is history! “
- On his blog, he shared that while in school he made his career plan. He wrote,
I was one of those weird kids at school who always knew what I wanted to do in life. And it was a 3-step plan: go to the US to do my PhD, join NASA as a rocket scientist and become the first man on Mars. “
- During his childhood, he faced various financial difficulties. On his blog, while talking about the same thing, he wrote:
I come from extremely humble origins. We never had enough. Existence from hand to mouth. Always without money. My parents, regardless of our financial situation, always made sure that my sister and I received a good education. His dreams were linked to us. We were the ones who changed the orbit of our family. I worked hard for it and made it to one of the best universities in the US to get a PhD. program in Physics, with a full scholarship (the only way we could have allowed it). I remember my dad taking a loan of Rs. 55,000 to pay for the one-way ticket to the USA. “
- While giving an interview, he talked about facing rejection in his career. He said,
My résumé was a failed résumé, it was not an easy journey. Tried JEE twice. I didn’t clear it up, and I even tried IIT to get a master’s degree (masters degree in the field of science) but didn’t clear it up. “
- In her tweets, she spoke about her financial difficulties after marriage. He tweeted,
I had to keep my parents’ house as collateral to raise money for my sister’s wedding. To give Vidur a bicycle for his birthday, something he had been asking for for a year, we had to sell Ruchi’s gold bracelets. We surprised him when he got home from school. Collapsed. We also. “
- In 2020, in her tweet, she talked about her weight loss. He tweeted,
From 89kg and 26% body fat, I went to 69kg and 8% body fat in 5 months. 80% of the reason was food. “
- In an interview, he was asked who has influenced him on his journey. Answered,
I love Naval Ravikant for his views on work, mind, and how to live life. I love Gary Vaynerchuk for his persistence, boldness, and consistency. I love Jay Shetty for the simplicity with which he approaches things. I am quite inspired by Buddha’s thoughts, even though I am an atheist. I also admire Ryan Holiday for his ideas on Stoicism. “
- Drink alcohol at parties and events.
- Ankur actively participates in various marathons.
- During an interview, he talked about the challenges he faced as he began working as a content creator in his 40s. He said,
Answering the question, ‘What the heck are you doing creating content in your 40s ?!’ Why do you think someone needs a gray-haired person to tell them how to live life? I stopped answering this question; I let the quality of my work take over. But that was the hardest thing to answer. “
- Ankur was featured on the cover of HT Brunch magazine in the January 2022 issue.