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Bijoy Venugopal

Bijoy Venugopal
Bijoy Venugopal is Editor, Flipkart Stories. A former journalist and widely published travel writer, he was the Travel Editor at Yahoo India. He has worked with Rediff.com and Infosys, besides moonlighting as a biographer for the rock band Thermal And A Quarter.
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This gang of Wasseypur gets its thrills from shopping online

In quest of big tales from small-town India, Flipkart Stories ventures nervously to Wasseypur. In this coal town made darker by Anurag Kashyap’s films, we found Digital Indians hungry for more than just Bollywood and bullets. Shoppers in this crowded little town in Jharkhand are savvier than you think. They have refined tastes, and they 'gang up' at cybercafes to make collaborative buying decisions. In Wasseypur, Digital India has arrived!
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FlipTales – Stefaan Van Hooydonk and the Tao of Unlearning

Did you know that the ability to unlearn might be what got you to where you are today? And that it may be the very thing that will help you grow in life, business and your career? No, we aren’t talking about forgetting. Unlearning is connected to understanding. The American author Isaac Asimov said it best: “I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.” Chief Learning Officer Stefaan Van Hooydonk is one Flipster who lives by these words. Schooled in Latin and Greek, and proficient in Dutch, English, Mandarin, German and French, Belgium-born Stefaan pursued his passion for Eastern and Western schools of thought, and attempts to apply both in his line of work. Unlearning, he swears, has stood him in good stead and guided him as he built from the ground up Flipkart’s exemplary internal knowledge management engine.
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In Asansol, Flipkart customers innovate to beat delivery woes

The map of Digital India is ever expanding to accommodate the spread of e-commerce, but not without its share of growth pangs. In Asansol, West Bengal’s second-largest city, suburban customers find unique solutions to overcome last-mile delivery hurdles
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In Makhu, Punjab, Flipkart steps into a new customer’s shoes

During Big Billion Days 2016, a young man in Makhu, Punjab shopped online for the first time and ordered a pair of sneakers. Flipkart Chairman Sachin visited the village of Joge Wala to meet this new Flipkart customer and deliver the shoes in person. Read this extraordinary story
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Ranchi youngsters enjoy a love affair with online shopping on Flipkart

Ranchi, one of 100 cities under the Smart Cities Mission, is not new to online shopping. Flipkart customers here seek more than just deals and discounts. What will it take to win their hearts, to turn their flirtation with online shopping into an evergreen romance?
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At IIT Delhi, Flipkart founders relive a tryst with destiny

Ten years after graduating from IIT Delhi, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal are seen as role models for giving entrepreneurship a good name. This is the story of how they met
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Ankit Nagori, startup superhero, flies on a new mission

Entrepreneurial failure fueled Ankit Nagori's quest for glory. Six years later, the poster-boy of meritocracy at India's largest e-commerce marketplace is poised to scale new heights on his own steam
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Ambur Iyyappa – the man who saw tomorrow

Flipkart's first order management system was inspired by the ingenious methods of one man. Meet Ambur Iyyappa, Flipkart's first employee and a veritable Human ERP
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Finding Digital India in Jhumri Telaiya

Despite a history specked with music and mica, Jhumri Telaiya is best known as India's Timbuktu – a metaphor for its remoteness. Yet, e-commerce has helped this little town drop a pin on the map of Digital India
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Flipping back pages with the first Flipkart customer

On a rainy day in October 2007, a man bought a book online. We caught up with the first Flipkart customer to hear his story.