Meesho is India’s largest social commerce platform, on a mission to enable anyone to start their businesses with zero investment. Their entrepreneurs largely comprise housewives (between 25-45) from middle income households and / or tier 2+ India. Their marketplace provides entrepreneurs with the right supply across 100+ categories, logistics, & payment capabilities to successfully run their business. Meesho’s social sharing integrations with WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram enable their entrepreneurs to monetize their large social network. During an interaction with TheTechPod, Chetan says – “There is mismatch in what colleges teach & what industry expectations are.”
The Vision of the company is to enable small businesses and individuals to start a business online without any investment. Small businesses are the backbone of India’s economy with 90% of all GDP contribution. But they are still offline and have struggled to become successful online. Meesho believes that India’s economy will truly be digitized when small businesses become successful online. Also, it wants to enable that revolution. Today, Meesho has helped 7M entrepreneurs start their business.
About the speaker
Mr. Chetan Kalyan is the Vice President – Engineering at Meesho. He is a Techpreneur with more than a decade of experience in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering solutions. Chetan Kalyan now heads a team of 75 people at Meesho.
As VP engineering of Meesho, he builds highly scalable systems catering to 50 million users across India and Indonesia. Prior to joining Meesho, Chetan was the Co founder and CEO of Klassifai, an applied AI solutions provider for different businesses for demand prediction and fraud detection. Later, Klassifai was acquired by Circles.Life in 2018 Chetan worked with Flipkart, FireEye and Qualcomm before starting Klassifai in 2017. He is an alumni from Stanford University and his expertise lies in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and large scale distributed systems.
In an interaction with Mr. Daya Prakash, Chetan speaks about the future of social ecommerce in India. Also, Daya Prakash is the Associate Editor at TheTechPod and Founder, TalentOnLease. Let’s hear the complete podcast and understand – “There is a mismatch in what our colleges teach and what the industry expectations are – Chetan Kalyan.”