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Entrepreneurial Duo: Aadit Palicha and Kaivalya Vohra’s Zepto Success Story

Mumbai’s entrepreneur, Aadit Palicha, began his computer engineering studies at Stanford University but chose to blaze his own trail by launching Zepto, along with prior ventures GoPool and PryvaSee. Joining him in this entrepreneurial journey was Zepto’s Chief Technology Officer, Kaivalya Vohra, who also departed from his Stanford studies. Both dynamic minds earned recognition on Hurun India’s Future Unicorn Index 2022.

Kaivalya Vohra’s entrepreneurial journey mirrors that of his partner, Aadit Palicha, as both left Stanford University to pursue their startup ambitions. Together, they founded Zepto in Mumbai, overcoming triumphs and challenges, including their previous venture, Kiranakart, which didn’t gain traction.

Operating across Delhi, Chennai, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, and Mumbai, Zepto has firmly established itself as a leading player in the online grocery delivery domain. Their remarkable achievements have earned them coveted spots on prestigious lists like the Hurun List and the 30 under 30 list, cementing their reputation as promising stars in the world of entrepreneurship.

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Their ventures paid off handsomely, with Aadit Palicha’s net worth reaching around Rs 1,200 crore and Kaivalya Vohra’s net worth standing at Rs 1,000 crore as of 2022, according to the prestigious 2022 IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List.

Aadit Palicha, defying conventional career paths, achieved remarkable success as the CEO of a company valued at over 900 million dollars in 2022. Remarkably, the company was founded just a year earlier, witnessing an astounding growth from zero to Rs 7,300 crore in a matter of months.

Starting early

Starting at 17 with GoPool, he left Stanford University to bring Zepto to life, and in 2022, its valuation crossed Rs 7,300 crore.

In April 2021, Aadit Palicha and Kaivalya Vohra launched Zepto, a web platform for rapid grocery delivery. Within a month, the startup’s valuation soared to $200 million, thanks to its successful concept of delivering groceries within 10 minutes during the pandemic. With 86 grocery businesses on board, Zepto handled 1 million orders in 2021 alone. Within just five months, the company’s valuation surged to $570 million. Both Palicha and Vohra, who also dropped out of Stanford, were recognized as top young entrepreneurs on the Hurun List Under 30.

Zepto’s Growth Strategy: Focus on Authentic Speed and Expansion

Zepto, confidently aiming to outperform competitors in the coming months, attributes its projected growth to a unique and sustainable approach. Unlike some players in the market, Zepto prioritizes genuine speed and efficiency over mere scale to impress investors.

The driving force behind Zepto’s expansion lies in rapidly expanding coverage to as many cities as possible, while also ensuring deep penetration into micro markets. With a decisive leadership position across all micro markets, the company strives to maintain its reputation as a trustworthy provider of 10-minute deliveries.

However, Zepto cautions against what they call “cheap scale” tactics employed by some competitors. These companies may artificially increase delivery radius to inflate their numbers, leading to longer delivery times that breach their core promise. Zepto firmly believes in an authentic and long-term approach, committed to preserving the perception of their swift and efficient 10-minute deliveries, setting them apart in the fiercely competitive quick-commerce industry.

Zepto’s Dark Store Strategy: Scaling for Success

With 100 dark stores currently in operation, Zepto has set itself apart with an impressive capacity of handling around 2,500 orders per day per store. This level of efficiency distinguishes Zepto from many global counterparts, ensuring a robust unit economics approach.

When it comes to expansion, Zepto prioritizes maximizing scale for each dark store rather than fixating on a specific number of new establishments. While competitors like Blinkit and Instamart boast crossing one million weekly order volumes, Zepto remains discreet about its internal numbers. However, fueled by its rapid growth rate, the company confidently anticipates surpassing most competitors and potentially becoming the market leader within the next four to five months.

While acknowledging the competition and their claimed numbers, Zepto emphasizes the importance of substance over mere volume figures. By delving into critical metrics like order sources, city presence, average order value, and fraud rates, Zepto aims to maintain an authentic and robust market position.

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Snigdha Basu
Snigdha Basu
A multifaceted writer, Snigdha Basu is a freelancer and a columnist at Entrepreneurs Today. She also spearheads Chic Life Edition - her own Digital Magazine with sustainable fashion, beauty, and culture at its core. Reach out to Snigdha at [email protected] for inquiries.
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