Himanshu Wardhan, Managing Director, India Etsy

Himanshu Wardhan

Himanshu Wardhan, Managing Director, India Etsy

On another motivational episode of The Brand Called You, we have with us a businessman and a professional of not one but three fields, Mr. Himanshu Wardhan. Mr. Wardhan is a CFA. He is an MBA from Darden and has worked for renowned companies like McKinsey, Hewlett Packard, Craftsvilla and ETSY. 

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Overview

On another motivational episode of The Brand Called You, we have with us a businessman and a professional of not one but three fields, Mr. Himanshu Wardhan. Mr. Wardhan is a CFA. He is an MBA from Darden and has worked for renowned companies like McKinsey, Hewlett Packard, Craftsvilla and ETSY. 

He has worked as a Consultant, Entrepreneur as well as a Professional Manager. Mr. Wardhan believes that after graduating, his job with McKinsey gave him the needed exposure and a very good experience in the consulting field. Having worked with a diverse set of people and cultures, Mr. Wardhan felt confident enough to get into the business field. On facing a problem of connecting to a mentor himself, Mr. Wardhan started his venture called Mentmore. Mentmore was a platform that helped individuals reach out to experienced people and mentors for professional help. 

Talking about working with ETSY, Mr. Wardhan explained for the viewers that it is an online platform for selling unique handmade products. It has over 2.3 million creative entrepreneurs selling their unique items and over 87% of these are women. While 97% of the settlers are home based sellers and businesses. Etsy has a product listing of 60 million products! 

His transition through the three fields has taught him several things on wide capacities. He believes that time is the most important resource when it comes to startup businesses. He advised young entrepreneurs to use time extremely well and have a disciplined routine to succeed. 

“Following the herd is the biggest mistake people make”

Mr. Wardhan believes in being open to opportunities and always following dreams and goals!

Profile

Himanshu is a technology executive and entrepreneur with experience of building and leading businesses in India and the US. Currently Himanshu is the Managing Director for Etsy in India where he is heading the India business. His key focus is mobilising and empowering the creative community in India and connecting micro-entrepreneurs from different parts of the country to the world through the Etsy platform. 

Himanshu has also been an entrepreneur based in Mountain View where he founded MentMo – a peer to peer mentorship and admission consulting platform. In his previous roles Himanshu was head of operations at Craftsvilla in Mumbai, sales strategy and operations lead at HP based in Palo Alto and a consultant with McKinsey in their US and India offices. At McKinsey, Himanshu advised Private Equity, Technology and Financial services clients on wide range of topics. 

Himanshu earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia where he was awarded the International Business Society Scholarship. He was also the President of the Darden South Asia Society. 

Himanshu holds the CFA charter from the International CFA Institute. 

Based in New Delhi, Himanshu is a foodie and loves trying new cuisines. He is also an avid reader (especially current affairs) and likes to unwind with jazz and some wine. 

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