Amit Sinha, Advisor, Akshamaala and Former COO, Paytm Mall

Amit Sinha, Advisor, Akshamaala and Former COO, Paytm Mall

Amit Sinha, Advisor, Akshamaala and Former COO, Paytm Mall

Ex-COO and Board Member: Paytm Mall
Ex-CFO and HR Head: Paytm
Ex-Business Head: Digital Content,
Insurance, Marketing Cloud
Co-Founder, Advisor and Board Member:
Akshamaala Solutions



“Today the biggest challenge a farmer faces is the lack of information”- Amit Sinha

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in an insightful conversation with Amit Sinha, Co-founder- Akshamaala, and Former COO- Paytm Mall. Amit is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta.

Amit reminisces about his early life and career. He talks about how his career evolved from consulting to agri-tech. He talks about his experiences working as the COO of Paytm Mall. He analyzes the history and evolution of the payment business.

Amit talks about the future of a cashless economy. He attempts to foresee the future of this technology. He discusses the influence of millennials in the payments business. He proceeds to talk about Akshamaala, an agri-tech company that aims to empower farmers. He addresses the objectives and challenges in reaching out to help the farmers.

He talks about the transition from financial tech to agri-tech. He lists the three main challenges faced by the agriculture industry. Before concluding, he shares insights about what goes into building a strong team.


Amit is a business leader with expertise in starting and scaling up digital businesses. He has
built businesses with large economics of scope and scale in commerce, payment, ticketing,
insurance, and content. Amit identifies opportunities and develops technology-led strategies to
make significant impact. He executes by building strong teams and inspiring them to achieve
clearly identified and measurable results.
He has been a visiting and guest faculty at IIMs Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Lucknow and Kashipur,
IMT Ghaziabad and Fore School of Management. He has lectured on Entrepreneurship,
Strategy, Marketing Analytics and Data Management. He is actively mentoring entrepreneurs
and startups. Amit holds PGDM from IIM Calcutta and B. Tech. from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.
Over a career spanning 18 years he has worked across wide spectrum of digital businesses and
has worn multiple hats:
– He co-founded and bootstrapped Akshamaala Solutions – an Agriculture technology
firm. He had implemented multi-modal technology solutions for both Government and
large agri-businesses focused on farmer education and engagement, advisory
dissemination and knowledge management
– Currently he is a board member and advisor to the firm. Akshamaala is today one of the
largest Agtech firm in terms of revenue and farmers served. It has worked with more
than 2 lac sugarcane farmers in the last 2 years
– At Paytm as a CFO he has helped raise around USD 2 Bn across payments, banking, e-
commerce and other digital businesses
– He has been instrumental in setting up multiple new businesses including Paytm Mall,
Gamepind and Paytm Payments Bank
– as a HR head he has scaled up the organization 10 times from 1000 to 10000
employees within a short span of 3 years
– as a COO he was responsible for building the fastest unicorn in India of its time – Paytm
Mall, growing the business more than 6x in a span of 2 years
– He has also built scaled up supply chain, business planning, internal review functions for
Paytm at various points of time
– Prior to becoming an entrepreneur he had worked with PricewaterhousCoopers and
Keane Consulting as a process and technology consultant, with Airtel in strategy and
business planning and with Infosys as a software developer

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