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Once a rikshaw puller in Bihar, man creates start-up worth crores & now hires IIT, IIM grads


There was a time when he used to work as a rickshaw puller and also sell vegetables to earn a living. Today he is a millionaire and hires IIT and IIM graduates to work for his start-up.

Meet Dilkhush Kumar, the founder, and CEO of RodBez, a company worth crores. Kumar, who hails from a remote village in Bihar, has rightly proved that working hard and not losing hope even in the worst of conditions will bring rewards someday.

Son of a bus driver, Kumar only studied till Class 12 due to lack of money. He learned to drive from his father and started driving an auto-rickshaw in New Delhi as he had to feed his family. He also sold vegetables for extra income.

When he went for an interview for the job of a guard, he was considered unpolished and uneducated. Dilkhush was also asked to identify the logo of an iPhone, which he couldn’t because he was seeing an iPhone for the first time. However, he never gave up as he had a family to feed.

While speaking to GNT Digital, Kumar said he always wanted to do something big and something of his own. So, he planned to start taxi services and started RodBez with a second-hand Tata Nano. After 6-7 months of struggles and knocking doors of investors, Kumar was able to raise funds worth Rs 4 crore.

There has been no looking back since then. RodBez is not like Uber or Ola. It is essentially a database company that connects customers with taxi drivers and provides vehicles for outstation travel of more than 50 km. Now, the company is providing service from Bihar’s capital Patna to every village in the state. It plans to connect from city to city and aims to expand its services outside Bihar very soon.

After the United States and the United Kingdom, India comes in third on the global list of nations with the biggest startup ecosystems, and it appears that this growth cannot be stopped. The number of startups in our nation increased by about 1300 in 2019, with the number of tech startups increasing from 8900 to 9300.

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