Head of HR, Bigbasket

Popularly known as the start-up HR guy, Hari is the head of HR at Big Basket. After graduating from IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta, he spent close to fifteen years in Tata Steel where he worked in various functions starting from procurement to corporate planning to design. Also a successful author, Hari has co-authored three books — Back to Basics in Management - A critique of the fabled management mantras; Cut the crap and jargon: Learnings from the start-up trenches and Cutting the Gordian Knot-India’s quest for Prosperity. Hari took a non-conventional point of view to HR owing to his analytics background. His journey with startups began with Daksh in 2002 where he was pivotal in growing the employee count from 2,000 to 25,000, which was later acquired by IBM. Before joining BigBasket, he had worked with multiple start-ups/scale-ups like Virtusa, Amba Research and Taxi4Sure and has been through four successful exits in different industries. Hari’s passion is building organizations for scale through clear thinking and relentless execution. His writings reflect insights he has gained in this area.