Rahul Sharma: CEO & Co-founder at Micromax

Rahul Sharma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Gurugram based mobile manufacturing company, Micromax Informatics. He Co-founded the company along with Rohit Patel on 29 March, 2000. He is widely known as genius marketing architect. In the year 2014, Fortune magazine named Rahul among the 40 most influential people under the age of 40. He was named the Forbes Person of the Year (2010), and GQ Man of the Year (2013). He has a net worth of more than Rs.4070 crores.

Rahul Sharma- Biography

Name Rahul Sharma
Born 14 September, 1975
Birthplace Mehrauli, Delhi, India
Age 45 (2020)
Nationality Indian
Education Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University; University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Profession Entrepreneur
Position CEO & Co-founder, Micromax
Net worth Rs. 4070 crore (September, 2015)
Father School Principal
Mother Homemaker
Sisters 3
Marital Status Married ( 19 January, 2016)
Spouse Asin Thottumkal
Daughter Arin Sharma

Rahul Sharma- Personal Life
Rahul Sharma- Education
Rahul Sharma- Professional Life
Rahul Sharma- Startup
Rahul Sharma- Challenges
Rahul Sharma- CEO of Micromax
Rahul Sharma- YU Teleentures
Rahul Sharma- Honors & Awards


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Rahul Sharma- Personal Life

Rahul was born on 14 September, 1975 in Delhi, India. He had a simple childhood life, his father being a teacher and his mother, a home maker. He assiduously touched heights and starred his professional career. Today, he is successful and has a luxurious house at Mehrauli suburb and rides in a Rolls-Royce Ghost. He got married to a famous Bollywood celebrity, Asin Thottumkal on 19 January, 2016 and the couple bear a daughter as well.

Rahul Sharma- Education

Rahul had two undergraduate degrees. He pursued Mechanical Engineering from Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. He later did a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

He also participated in the program for Owner\President Management (OPM) from the renowned Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rahul Sharma- Professional Life

Rahul had a strong background in product goods and technology marketing. He holds an extensive knowledge of building brands and launching new products. He eventually led a range of successfully campaigns for global brands including, Microsoft Xbox, Procter & Gamble, Shaw Communication's television services, etc.

Moreover, he started working with Shaw Communications Inc as their Vice President for their On-Demand Television Services from February 2004. He led the Corporate Sales and Marketing , also examined marketing and development of Shaw's On Demand products such as Pay Per View, Video On Demand and Digital Pay Television.

Before joining Shaw, he worked on a range of Management-levels roles in Communications, Consumer Marketing and Brand Management. He founded an Indian mobile manufacturing company, Micromax Informatics along with some of his friends in 2000. He worked in a manufacturing company for one and a half year before deciding to establish his own venture.


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Rahul Sharma- Startup

It all started when Rahul was gifted a computer by his father during the late 90s. He was highly impressed by the technology and finally decided to launch Micromax software with three of his friends.

Rahul along with one of his neighbor, Rajesh Aggarwal and two of his friends, Vikas Jain and Sumeet Arora cordially founded Micromax Informatics in 2000. The company initially worked on low-end technology products. The venture boosted when Nokia shook hands with the company and became its partner in 2001.

Micromax eventually created a frequency-conversion tool for Bharti Airtel Limited, that allowed to set up a huge network of "payphones", a sector where BSNL and MTNL were enjoying a monopoly.


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Rahul Sharma- Challenges

When Micromax started expanding its business, the company discovered a cellphone that would run for a whole month on just a single charge. Thereafter, the company was forced to come up with some other ideas, since no distributor was willing to buy the phones.

The company swayed their interest towards dual-sim phones. Consequently, Micromax became the first company to launch dual-sim phones with a "single baseband" in India. As of January 2014, Micromax sold around 2 million handsets and 80,000 tablets every month. Hugh Jackman is one of Rahul's favorite actor, was once the brand ambassador of Micromax.

Rahul Sharma- CEO of Micromax

Micromax Logo

Rahul is currently designated as the CEO of Micromax. Under his leadership, the company grew from $10,000 to $36 million. He examines the Product Strategy and serve as the Channel Sales Executive Director of Micromax as well.

Micromax revenue hit $1.2 million in 2014 and the company got Hugh Jackman as their brand ambassador. The company skyrocketed due to the exclusive sale of their exceptionally low cost mobile handsets.

Eventually the company has also started manufacturing electronic devices and appliances such as LED TVs and tablets at their factory in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand. While Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna were among the first celebrities who endorsed Micromax phones.

Companies that invested on Micromax
Madison India Capital
Sandstone Capital
Sequoia Capital
TA Associates

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Rahul Sharma- YU Teleentures

The biggest gain that Rahul got from Micromax is YU Teleentures, which is a joint venture of Micromax Informatics and Cyanogen Inc. The OS was discontinued by the CyanogenMod developers as soon as YU officially took the Cyanogen Operating System in the country.

Rahul holds a 99% stake of the company, with the two co-founders of Micromax, Sumeet Arora and Vikas Jain holding the remaining 1%. Mobile phones like YU Yureka and YU Yuphoria took over the market during its release, since there was a rush to buy these mobile phones owing to its amazing features and low price.

Rahul Sharma- Honors & Awards

  • He was bestowed with the IT Person of the Year in 2016 by DataQuest.
  • He was named the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016 at the Hello Hall of Fame program.
  • He was conferred with the Hindustan Times Game Changer Award for excellence in his field and his contribution to society.
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