Pranay Chulet – Founder and CEO of Quikr
Born in the year 1973, Pranay Chulet is a popular Indian entrepreneur as well as business executive, who is the founder and CEO of Quikr, the largest online and mobile classifieds portal of India. Born in Rajasthan, Pranay did his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya in Dariba, Rajasthan. After that, he went on to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and later obtained his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta.
His professional journey began after his course at IIM Calcutta, when he started working for Proctor & Gamble, where he handled brand management. In the year 1997, he left this company and joined Mitchell Madison Group as their management consultant. Later on, he went on to work with several other renowned firms like, Walker Digital, PrincewaterhouseCoopers, as well as Booz Allen Hamilton.
It was in the year 2007 that Pranay started his first entrepreneurial venture ever, with Excellere, which is an e-learning online IT, Training, and Assessment platform in modern education. After this, the following year in 2008, Pranay started Kijiji India, and this was later rebranded as Quikr—the name we are all familiar with as on today, when it comes to online and mobile based classifieds in India. Coming to the funding of Quikr, the company has raised around $150 million worth of funding from private equity as well as investment firms, such as, Omidyar Network, Warburg Pincus, Matrix Partners, Investment AB Kinnevik, Norwest Venture Partners, alongside shareholders like eBay.
Currently, Quikr is headquartered in Bengaluru and has firms like Commonfloor and Blitzkrieg Technology Private Limited as its subsidiaries. At present, the portal hosts a diversified arena of online and mobile classifieds, starting from automobiles to mobile phones, services, appliances, homes, furniture, jobs, and many more. Jiby Thomas is the co-founder of the company alongside Pranay.