Here’s What Shark Tank India Judges Were Doing Back In 2010


After a tremendously successful run of more than a month, the business reality television programme Shark Tank India ended on February 4, 2022. It’s nearly become a craze among the Indian audience. It’s a spinoff of the original American programme, which has been on the air since 2009 spanning 13 seasons.

The show has been a huge hit, both in terms of audience and in terms of inspiring the startup ecosystem. In the first season, which lasted 30 episodes, 67 businesses received investment totalling Rs 41.98 crore.

It is a reality programme where fresh entrepreneurs and people with startup ideas try to impress the “Sharks” in order to receive funding or investment for their company. This programme has taken off because of the creative usage of phrases like “pitches” and “Sharks,” which have piqued the interest of the viewers.

On the last day of the show, Lenskart co-founder and CEO Peyush Bansal pitched for, and took the audience back to 2010 to retell the presentation he delivered to investors for his eyeglasses retail network twelve years ago. He requested Rs. 1 crore in exchange for a 1% interest in the firm. This made us curious as to what the other judges were up to in 2010. Let’s find out:

1. Peyush Bansal – Working on Flyrr

Peyush Bansal is both Lenskart’s co-founder and CEO. He also serves as a judge on the Indian version of Shark Tank. He was working on his startup Flyrr before establishing Lenskart in 2010. In June of 2009, he launched Flyrr. It had a similar concept to Lenskart, but he was focused on the American market. In November 2010, Peyush Bansal founded Lenskart in India, based on the same concept as Flyrr, and the rest we know what happened.

peyush bansal non IIT wo made big

2. Ashneer Grover – Vice President at Kotak Investment Banking

Ashneer Grover, a Shark Tank India judge, is the MD and co-founder of BharatPe. But, prior to co-founding BharatPe with Shashvat Nakrani in 2018, he held a variety of positions. Ashneer Grover was a Vice President of Kotak Investment Banking in 2010.

Ashneer Grover Kotak Investment Banking

3. Anupam Mittal – Movie producer

Anupam Mittal is the only judge on Shark Tank India who launched his company prior to 2010. He is the founder and CEO of People’s Group, which owns and, among other companies. He is also a film producer, having worked on the films called Flavors and 99 in 2009.

Anupam Mittal Movie producer

4. Vineeta Singh – Director at Quetzal

Vineeta Singh, a judge on Shark Tank India, was a director of Quetzal Verify Private Limited in 2010. She began working at the firm in 2007 and remained there till 2012. She began her own business, Fab Bag, in 2012, then Sugar Cosmetics in 2015, after working at Quetzal for 5 years.


5. Anupam Mittal

Anupam Mittal is the founder and CEO of People Group, the parent company of Mittal is also one of the country’s most active angel investors, having invested in over 40 companies like ElectricPe, CashBook, and Lyst. He has also made a one-crore investment in OLA. His has a net worth of Rs. 185 crores.

6. Ashneer Grover

Ashneer Grover is co-founder and MD ofBharatPe. IndiaGold, The Whole Truth, OTO Capital, and Front Row are among the Indian enterprises in which he has invested. He is one of the show’s wealthiest sharks, with an estimated net worth of Rs. 700 crores.


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