After 7 years of being chief human resources officer CHRO role at Bigbasket, T N Hari announced in a LinkedIn post that he has decided to move on to pursue something different.
"After 7 years at bigbasket.com and after it found a safe home in the Tata fold, I have decided to move on and do something different. Bigbasket had become family, and my second nature. I learned a lot in these 7 years and developed character," he said in his LinkedIn post.
Hari has spent 20 years in the start-up ecosystem and has worn several different hats in the last 7 years: author, angel investor, adviser to VC firms and a mentor at start-up Accelerators, sounding board to founders, and a columnist.
He has been a part of the management team at 5 startups, 3 of which were unicorns, as mentioned in his LinkedIn profile. Hari graduated as an engineer from IIT Madras and holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta.
He has authored six books, including "From Pony to Unicorn," "Sailing Through a Storm" and "Saying No to Jugaad". He is also a strategic adviser of the scale-up platform Fundamentum. LinkedIn identified him as one of India’s top voices for three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018). He has also been a part of many national and international lists of influencers.
“We are starting the Artha School of Entrepreneurship, The startup ecosystem in India has truly come of age. It’s not just the number of unicorns, but the enthusiasm with which people in the tier- II and III towns of India are embracing entrepreneurship and building products and services for the next 400 million Indians and that indicates coming of age," he said.
“Our mission at Artha is to accelerate journeys of entrepreneurs in scaling their ventures and contributing to economic and social prosperity of their communities. The vision is to be a leading institution that will help founders build large and sustainable businesses," he added.