Adi Godrej, chairman of Godrej Group, says India’s economy will pick up sooner than expected
India’s economy will pick up sooner than thought, according to Adi Godrej.
Business Mogul Godrej is chairman of the consumer goods conglomerate Godrej Group, and is one of the richest men in the country with a professed net worth of $2.8bn.
The Godrej family are number 6 on the recently published Forbes’ Indian Rich List and Godrej himself has a professed net worth of $2.8bn.
Godrej has said he thinks India’s GDP will pick up the July-September quarter and growth will be good in the second half of the year.
India’s economy slumped during the April-June quarter with GDP growth slowing to 5.7%, its lowest rate since 2014. However, this is likely one result of the new Goods and Sales Tax regime that was recently put in place, according to Godrej.
He stated that “Because many of the GST rates on manufactured products were lower than the earlier cumulative tax rates, there was destocking as well as lower manufacturing. People did not wish to clear goods prior to GST and end up paying a higher tax than they would have to [afterward].”
Godrej is said to be “quite optimistic about the future.” “I don’t believe there has been an economic slowdown,” he stated, saying companies “have fared will int eh July-September period.”
He strongly backs the GST reform saying “it will add a lot of growth to our economy going forward.”
However there remain issues around India’s bad loans and last year’s demonetisation of high-value bank notes which resulted in a cash crunch.
Timeline: India takes unicorn leap with six in five days
We chart an historic week in India’s tech industry, where in just five days, between 5-9 April 2021, the country achieved six new unicorns, bringing India’s total to 10 in 2021 to date, an immense unicorn leap from just seven in 2020 and six in 2019.
April 5: Meesho
India’s first social commerce unicorn, Meesho raised US$300m from SoftBank, Facebook and Shunwei Capital, giving the Bangalore-based startup a US$2.1bn valuation, a threefold jump from its previous funding round in 2019. Founded in 2015 by two IIT-Delhi graduates, Meesho connects producers and resellers, helping small businesses sell through social media. It has 45m customers and has enabled 13m entrepreneurs to start their online businesses with no investment.
April 6: CRED
Founded just over two years ago, Bangalore-based credit card repayment app CRED raised US$215m from Falcon Edge Capital and Coatue, nearly trebling its valuation to US$2.2bn from its January US$80m round. Allowing customers to pay off their credit card debt while earning CRED coins which they cash in for rewards, CRED has grown rapidly during COVID-19, doubling its customer base to nearly 6 million in a year.
April 7: API Holdings / Groww
The first epharmacy startup to gain unicorn status, PharmEasy (API Holdings), which has digitised 60,000 brick and mortar pharmacies and 400 doctors across India, raised US$350m in a round led by Prosus Ventures. Founded by four former Flipkart employees as a way of making investing simple, investment platform Groww became India’s second-youngest fintech unicorn, raising US$83m in Series D funding led by Tiger Global, quadrupling its previous round in September.
April 8: ShareChat
New Delhi-grown social media startup ShareChat, founded in 2016 by Mohalla Tech raised US$502m from Lightspeed Ventures, Tiger Global, Twitter and Snap taking its raised total over six rounds to US$766m and pushing its valuation to US$2.1bn. The funding will be used to grow its user base and short video platform Moj, which launched in 2020 following TikTok’s ban in India. The regional language startup claims 280m users.
April 9: Gupshup
AI-led conversational message startup joined the unicorn club after raising US$100m from Tiger Global giving it a ten-fold valuation of US$1.4bn. The smart messaging platform, which has seen accelerated growth during the pandemic, was founded in Bangalore in 2005 by serial entrepreneur Beerud Sheth, whose online freelancing platform Elance is now listed. Gupshup’s API enables 100,000+ businesses to build messaging and conversation experiences across 30+ communication channels.