10 Inspirational quotes by Ritesh Agarwal, the founder of OYO rooms

Start-ups in the Indian context typically start after the entrepreneur does an MBA (preferably from a ‘known’ institute). And in most cases, the entrepreneur is also an engineer.

Ritesh Agarwal of Oyo Rooms has neither. In fact, he doesn’t even have a college degree given that he dropped out at the age of 17 when the entrepreneurship itch got a bit too intense. Leaving everything aside, he scratched the surface of the tourism industry for that very important yet elusive of services.

Budget hotel rooms that’s value for money in ever sense, and which can be booked way in advance using an app instead of gate-crashing at the last moment, and in most cases either paying thru one’s nose or finding rooms that are far from good.

In time, the scratch bled the rest (ie those not in Oyo’s sphere!) of the industry to such an extent that there was a time just before the Covid-19 pandemic that everyone wanted to join the gravy-train! Had the vile pandemic not hit humanity the way it did, Oyo could be the clarion call of the entire hotel industry worldwide!

An Oriya by birth, Ritesh is the archetypal small-town boy who has made it big all by himself. From a small town in the outback of Orissa, he dreamt of making it big as an entrepreneur and started rather early at just 13 when he sold sim cards for a known mobile phone service provider!

He arrived in Delhi to complete his graduation but halfway through, the bug bit him hard. What he lost in education then, he made up with the prestigious ‘Thiel Fellowship’, a two-year program initiated by one of the Paypal founders, Peter Thiel. Here he had the chance of being ‘up close and personal’ with the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk!

With so much happening so soon, two things take place. One, it brings experience. And the other, the ability to quote from experience. Putting together these, what the world gets are quotable quotes that stay relevant for a long, long time. We mention a few below.


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