Ashish Hemrajani, Book My Show (IN)
Ashish Hemrajani is the CEO and co-founder of Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited, which operates BookMyShow, India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform, offering tickets for movies, plays, concerts, sports games and live events. Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in marketing at Sydenham University in 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Under Ashish’s leadership Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. survived through the dot-com bust in 2001 and managing to do so by selling the Vista ticketing software and providing back-end ticketing services to cinema theatres. In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit/debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow. Ashish strove to make the brand a quick success taking the market by storm, by bringing cinema biggies like PVR, INOX and Cinepolis into the portal.
He foresaw consumers in India favouring the mobile over computers and launched the BookMyShow mobile app, getting the early mover advantage. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought onboard investors like Stripes Group, Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners. Under Hemrajani’s leadership, BookMyShow has expanded its operations to New Zealand, UAE, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Hemrajani believes in balance and indulges in a couple of leisure activities that help him stay focussed including sailing. The BookMyShow captain considers the sea a great leveller. He sails every week and participates in sailing competitions regularly along with his crew. Apart from being out at sea, Ashish is also drawn to the philosophy of Vedanta. His entrepreneurial mind-set allows him to be a humble leader with a heart in all avenues of life.