Google rejected me twice, says Flipkart co-founder Binny Bansal


Flipkart co-founder has revealed how he had applied for a job in Google twice and on both occasions, the tech giant had rejected his job applications. Binny then went on to set up India’s most successful e-commerce company, Flipkart, with Sachin Bansal.

Speaking at an event Binny said that between 2005 and 2006, he applied twice to Google for technology roles and was rejected both times.

“I was always interested in technology and had a wonderful run in Sarnoff. I thought Google might be a great fit,” he was quoted by Times of India. Binny recalled how it was Sachin, who had got him into Amazon as a software engineer in 2006. But his stint with Amazon did not last long and soon he quit the company.

Binny’s revelation has left social media users both awestruck and in splits with many sarcastically promising to apply for a role in Google. One user wrote, “I think I should apply at @google. I am sure I will be rejected and then only history will speak.” Another user wrote, “Other such stories as well – Brian Action was rejected by Facebook ..then he went on to start WhatsApp as a co-founder.”

In May it was revealed that Binny was believed to have earned between $800 million (Rs5,381 crore) and $850 million (Rs5,717 crore) from the Walmart acquisition. He served as the Flipkart’s CEO for nine years and held 5.5% stake in the company.

In April 2016, the Bansal duo had become the first Indian e-commerce entrepreneurs to be named among the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.