In today’s internet age, top digital pioneers in India believe that digitization has become a necessity rather than a perk. With high smartphone penetration and the dream of a digital India, everyone from legacy business icons to new-age entrepreneurs is imbibing technologically advanced systems such as the internet of things, machine learning, enterprise mobility, artificial intelligence, automation, real-time visibility, and more, to streamline business operations, enhance customer experience and most importantly to stay relevant. We can proudly boast of some of the best digital pioneers in India such as Sanjiv Bajaj, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, and Nithin Kamath, amongst others who understand the criticality of digitization and are leveraging it to bring about a change.
One of the leading digital pioneers in India who made technological accomplishments to his NBFC is Sanjiv Bajaj. What started off as an NBFC is now more digitized than most Fintech players out there. With the pandemic acting as a catalyst to the changing consumer behavior, Sanjiv Bajaj believes that now, more than ever, digitization is what will differentiate a player from its competition.
Sanjiv Bajaj is the Chairman & Managing Director of Bajaj Finserv. He has received a lot of awards such as “Entrepreneur of the Year”, India Today’s 50 Most Powerful People, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, etc., and has been recognized by several esteemed bodies such as Bombay Management Association. A name to reckon with in India’s financial sector, Sanjiv Bajaj is of the strong belief that reinvention is the prime force that can fuel business growth, and to stay ahead of the game, the organization digitizes and innovates every 3 to 5 years. One of India’s top pioneers in finance, Sanjiv Bajaj under his able leadership, led Bajaj Allianz General Insurance to become the country’s second most profitable insurance company. This makes him one of the top financial business leaders in India.
Vijay Shekhar Sharma
An Indian billionaire businessman, Vijay Shekhar Sharma has made a mark in the Fintech industry as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Paytm. With a net worth of $1.3 billion, he was ranked the country’s youngest billionaire in 2017 by Forbes. He has also been highlighted in Time Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People list and has received the Yash Bharati honor from the U.P. government which is the highest civilian honor. A forerunner in the Indian Fintech space, the Paytm offering was so good, with over 400 million users making 25 million transactions per day that this digital pioneer in finance got Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway to invest $300 million in Paytm.
Born on October 05, 1979, Nithin Kamath is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Zerodha. Zerodha, based out of Bengaluru is one of India’s biggest stock brokerage firms. He was recognized by the Economic Times in 2016 as one of the Top 10 Businessmen to watch out for in discount broking. With a net worth of around $1.5 billion, Nithin Kamath is one of the youngest self-made Indian billionaires. A holistic trading platform, under the management of Nithin, Zerodha also runs community and educational initiatives online. Through its learning module, Varsity, they educate first-time investors & their Q&A forum is ideal for investors and traders to discuss stock ideas.
Uday Suresh Kotak is the Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank. This billionaire banker refused a lucrative offer from an MNC in the early 1980s to venture out on his own. In the coming years, he was responsible for the diversification of his business into various financial service segments and successfully making a mark in car finance, mutual funds, stockbroking, bill discounting, investment banking, and life insurance. Uday Kotak is of the strong belief that the real measure of a company’s performance is based on the value it creates. Over the past 3 decades, Uday directed the group across an array of financial services. He was responsible for the transformation of Kotak Mahindra Finance Limited into Kotak Bank in 2003 making it the first non-banking finance company to get a banking license from the RBI in India. Uday Kotak is the recipient of many prestigious awards for his accomplishments during his entrepreneurial journey such as Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur. Being featured in India Today’s 50 most powerful people in India list, and Forbes Magazine, U.S. honored him by featuring him as the only Indian Financier in Money Masters: The Most Powerful People in The Financial World.
Shikha Sharma is a renowned Indian economist and banker. She contributed significantly to ICICI under various roles which involved taking over consumer lending, kickstarting the investment banking arm, setting up the life insurance department and other service divisions. Under her leadership as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company, it became India’s number 1 private sector Life Insurance Company. She then moved on as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Axis Bank and was known for growing the bank’s stock by 90% and acquiring Enam Securities. The bank gave a stellar performance and received multiple awards under her guidance. Shikha Sharma has received multiple honors such as Banker of the year by Business Standard, India’s Best Woman CEO’ by Business Today, Forbes List of Asia’s 50 Powerful Business Women, and many more.