THE UPS AND DOWNS

A timeline of Flipkart’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to acquisition by Walmart

The rise and rise.
The rise and rise.
Image: Reuters/Abhishek N. Chinnappa
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The biggest success story of Indian e-commerce started from a two-bedroom apartment in Bengaluru.

On Sept. 15, 2007, Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal (not related) started Flipkart as an online bookstore. The two had known each other since 2005 when they attended the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) together and were colleagues at Amazon briefly.

Eleven years later, the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has agreed to buy a controlling stake in the company, Softbank chief executive officer Masayoshi Son said today (May 09).

Flipkart’s journey has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. The company went from record-breaking investments and an acquisition spree to failed business experiments and devaluations—only to bounce back.

Here are the key milestones in the journey of the third-most-funded private company in the world.