Angad Kikla is the co-founder of CityMall, a social e-commerce startup that helps millions of new internet users to conceptualize internet and e-commerce. With CityMall’s co-founder Naisheel Verdhan, he established the company in 2019 through a network of neighborhood community leaders to help businesses realize the need for online commerce. Based in Delhi, India, CityMall is one of the first platforms allowing you to buy and sell your products and services online. Here are ten things you didn’t know about Angad Kikla.
1. He’s the co-founder of CityMall
In 2019, Angad Kikla joined Naisheel Verdhan to launch a social commerce startup. According to SugerMint, both founders are alumni of IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee with more than eight years of experience in entrepreneurship. Their company is based in Delhi, India, and is one of the mobile-first platforms, allowing buyers and sellers to interact online. The company is an e-commerce platform that purchases and sells essential commodities like groceries and fresh and packaged foods for the town and village dwellers.
2. His reason for starting CityMall was to change how small-town Indian dwellers bought groceries
Gone are the days when you had to go to the market to buy groceries regardless of where you lived in India. Today, getting your groceries and fresh and packaged food products is a phone call away. That is all thanks to Kikla’s CityMall app. According to Forbes India, most people using this app applauded Kikla’s effort to introduce an app allowing them to order groceries from the comfort of their homes. Thousands of merchandisers in India have signed up for this app to supplement their monthly income by supplying food to people in remote areas.
3. He co-founded BeatRoute Innovations before CityMall (Sept 2016- Jan 2019)
Before CityMall, Kikla was the co-founder of BeatRoute Innovations. With an in-depth background in engineering, he started his company to introduce technology to Indian startups. His other intentions were to promote intuitive design and streamline business processes, ensuring their easy-to-use platform delivers intelligent field execution. The company mainly targeted startups and growing companies that used their platform to drive their productivity and efficiency. It entered the limelight in September 2016 and closed in January 2019. That means it only operated for two years and five months.
4. He was the co-founder of HAWKR before BeatRoute Innovations (Aug 2015- Aug 2016)
Before BeatRoute Innovations, Kikla co-founded HAWKR in 2015 alongside Ameet Pal Sandy and Shirshir Jalwal. The company’s headquarters were in Gurgaon, India, just like BeatRoute Innovations. It was a community mobile-enabled hyperlocal B2B marketplace platform, helping merchandisers procure groceries and FMCG. Their main agenda was to award retailers a commission by charging delivery fees to their customers. It wasn’t a surprise that they have more than 500 retailers in Delhi. The company merged with BeatRoute Innovations in February 2017.
5. He was an independent consultant before HAWKR (Oct 2012- April 2014)
Kikla’s mastery of supply chain and logistics earned him an opportunity of becoming a consultant from May 2014 to August 2015. His primary clients were startups and growing businesses. He mainly offered a professional opinion on supply chain strategy, transportation, network optimization, supply planning, production planning, and transportation. He worked as a consultant for only one year and four months but still doesn’t hesitate to offer professional advice to any entrepreneur to date.
6. He was the vice president of ThinkLink (Oct 2012 to April 2014)
Kikla was the vice president of ThinkLink, a supply chain service, and a thought leader in the warehouse design 7 Automation domain. The company was set up in 2006. While there, Kikla helped businesses realize the value within the four walls of a warehouse and built technology solutions to drive speed, agility, flexibility, and productivity within their warehouses. The company headquarters is in Gurgaon, Haryana, with more than fifty employees. Kikla left the company in April 2014 to start his consultancy firm.
7. He was a senior associate at the Boston Consulting Group (April 2011- October 2012)
Before ThinkLink, Kikla was a senior Business Consulting Group (BSG) associate from April 2011 to October 2012. While there, he helped lead corporations to create and sustain competitive advantage. It’s also worth noting that Kikla credits his consultancy background to BSG because the leaders mentored him.
8. He’s an Indian Institute of Management alumni (2009-2011)
According to LinkedIn, Kikla earned his Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) at the Indian Institute of Management, Indore. He schooled there from 2009 to 2011. While there, he participated in most symposiums and business classes, mentoring his prowess in business management.
9. He earned his degree in Bachelor of Technology- Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (2002-2007)
Kikla has a chemical engineering background. He earned his Bachelor of Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology between 2002 and 2007. The institution required him to submit his application number, DOB, and phone number to study there. In the layperson’s language, chemical engineering involves studying the operation and design of chemical plants and improving production methods. Earning a degree in this field means Kikla can develop economic processes to convert raw materials into valuable products.
10. His CityMall company also relies on Whatsapp as a conduit between community leaders and their end customers
According to Forbes India, Kikla’s CityMall also relies on WhatsApp to streamline communication between business leaders and their customers. The company mostly sends links to daily deals through the platform, especially for customers who don’t have the CityMall app. Suppose you’re an Indian-based customer and don’t have their app. In that case, you might need to go to Google Playstore to download it from there. That way, you will say the day’s offers even on Whatsapp business API. Currently, his company is grocery-focused, but he’s gradually considering introducing fast-moving customer goods (FMCG) to his platform.
Kikla’s passion and dedication to starting an app linking sellers to buyers manifest how fast e-commerce is evolving. With brilliant minds like him, India is about to become one of the most industrialized countries in the world. We hope other budding minds can borrow a leaf from him to create sustainable solutions, making life easier.
Written by Allen Lee
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