Hari Menon is the Co-founder and CEO of Big Basket (India’s largest online grocery delivery service founded in December 2011 and its headquarters is in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India).
Hari Menon was born in 1964 in Bandra West, Mumbai, India in a Hindu family. He belongs to a very middle-class family.
From an early age, he was very interested in two things Cricket and Music as he was a member of the Karnataka Cricket Association.
He never disclosed so much information about his parents.
Hari gets married to Shanti Menon ( Founder of The Deen’s Academy). She is the daughter of E Sreedharan ( well known as Metro Man of India).
He did his schooling at Lawrence School, Lovedale. In 1983, B.Tech succeeded in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kerala. He then continued his studies at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, also known as Bits Pilani. Then he pursued an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, a private university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He also holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on operations research from Oklahoma State University, which he graduated from in 1988.
After graduating, he began his career as a software engineer at Consilium in 1990. He worked there for 3 years until 1993. He then left the job to become a manager at Accenture and spent the next 3 years of his career there. He then became CEO of product management at Aspect i2 Technologies and only worked there for one year. He then held the position of Chief Product Strategy and Marketing Officer at Aspect Development until 2002, the next two years of his career. From 2003 to 2004, he was Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Marketing at Bristlecone Inc., another company founded by King himself.
In 1999, he also launched one of India’s first e-commerce portals, Fabmart, which served as a kind of technical run for BigBasket. Today, BigBasket is the fifth largest messenger in the country after offline giants D-Mart, Reliance, Big Bazaar, and others.
Finally, in September 2004, he started his business and founded several companies called Tumri. He was a CEO at his company. But in 2012, this organization was first acquired by Collective Media and then became a part of Adobe.
Simultaneously, he co-founded BigBasket, now India’s biggest supermarket, back on 1st October 2011. He is also a GraphEffect Advisor and CEO of Serus Corporation. He was also a member of the board of Ace Learning Company from 2011 to 2015. He also worked for Timeli as the company’s CEO and is now the CEO of another of his companies called Symphony Industrial AI. He is currently a board member of the Sepsis Alliance, co-founder, and president of the Paanini Group and Jiffy.ai. As we can see, he has worked in many organizations throughout his career.
Hari Menon is an alumnus of BITS Pilani. He is CEO of India Skills, JV for Vocational Education of Manipal Group with City & Guilds, UK. He is also a co-founder of Fabmall, one of the pioneers of eCommerce and retail in India, and has worked with Wipro as Infotech’s Chief Commercial Officer.