Suchi Mukherjee is an Indian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of LimeRoad, a women's online shopping site. She was born in Haryana in 1973 and attended the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics to study economics. She began her career in corporate finance, working for companies such as Lehman Brothers, Virgin Media, eBay, Skype, and Gumtree. LimeRoad was founded in 2012 with the goal of becoming South East Asia's largest women-only marketplace. She has received numerous awards and honors for her accomplishments in business and technology.
Suchi Mukherjee was born into a middle-class family in Haryana in 1973. She was a bright student who was interested in economics and mathematics. She attended St. Stephen's College in Delhi before receiving a scholarship to the University of Cambridge. She was raised as a tomboy who loved sports and games. She also developed a love of reading and travel.
In 1996, Suchi Mukherjee earned a B.A. Honors in Economics with Math from the University of Cambridge. She was the first Indian woman to be awarded a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship and a Chadburn Scholar. In addition, she has a University record in Development Economics. In 1998, she earned her M.Sc. in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She attended LSE as a British Chevening Scholar.
In 1998, Suchi Mukherjee joined Lehman Brothers Incorporation as Senior Associate, Corporate Finance after finishing her education. She worked there for two years before moving to Virgin Media in 2003 as Director of Change & Business Development. She was in charge of overseeing strategic projects across the organization. She joined eBay Inc in 2005 as the director of Business Seller Programs and Customer Service. She was in charge of eBay UK's business development and customer service teams. She joined Skype as a Director and Member of the Executive Management Team in 2006. She was in charge of Skype's global product strategy and user experience design. She was appointed Managing Director and General Manager of GumTree, a British-based online classified advertisement and community website, in 2009. She was in charge of GumTree's expansion and profitability in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
LimeRoad was founded in 2012 by Suchi Mukherjee, Ankush Mehra, and Prashant Malik. Prashant sold his shares in the company, but Ankush remains the Co-Founder and Director of A.M Marketplaces Pvt. Ltd., LimeRoad's parent company. LimeRoad's Founder and CEO is Suchi. She had the idea for LimeRoad while on maternity leave after having her second child. She wished to establish a platform that would connect women and local vendors while also providing a diverse range of products such as clothing, accessories, home decor, beauty products, and so on. She also wanted to encourage women to use LimeRoad's scrapbook feature to create their own looks and styles. LimeRoad was one of the first social shopping sites for women in India and has since grown to become one of the most popular online fashion destinations for women.
Honors and Awards:
Suchi Mukherjee has received numerous honors and awards for her contributions to the e-commerce industry and women's empowerment. Among them are:
- 2015 INFOCOM Women of the Year Award
- Sanmarg 'You Inspire' Special Award for Pride of Bengal at the Sanmarg Aparajita Awards (2017)
- Women Super Achiever Award
- Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 NDTV Unicorn Start-up Awards
- 2018 ASSOCHAM Women Entrepreneur of the Year
- Ranked first among 15 Global Women's Forum "Rising Talent- Global Leaders Under 40" (2011).
"True leadership is about enabling voice of the youngest team member." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
"My approach is fairly straightforward - get the right people for the right job and focus on the ‘say-do ratio’." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
"Speed matters, as does capability and cultural fit. We are believers that people joining startups should come in for the thrill of creating something magical and such people seldom need external motivation; only support and guidance." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
"Everything has a greater potential." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
"We operate like a family. We’re a 300-strong team, and pride ourselves on lack of hierarchy." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
"I don’t sit in a cabin separate from everyone else, but sit with different teams every day. While this helps work get done faster, it’s also a great opportunity to really connect with employees on a personal level." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
"I wanted to create a platform that could connect women and local vendors and offer them a wide range of products such as clothing, accessories, home decor, beauty products, etc. I also wanted to empower women to create their own looks and styles using LimeRoad's scrapbook feature." ~ Suchi Mukherjee
Suchi Mukherjee is an exemplary example of a woman who has achieved success in both the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. She has used her education, skills, experience, passion, and vision to build LimeRoad, a platform that serves the needs and aspirations of millions of women in India and around the world. She has also served as an inspiration to other female entrepreneurs who want to pursue their dreams while also making a difference in society.
"Give people wings to fly and they will carve out their own journey."~ Suchi Mukherjee
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