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From Panic Attack to Shark Tank: Anupam Mittal’s Inspiring Journey

Shark Tank India's Anupam Mittal wasn't always a ruthless investor. 25 years ago, crippling anxiety and debt threatened his dreams. But from the ashes of struggle, he built a billion-dollar company. Dive into his inspiring story of overcoming adversity.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 20, 2024 15:42 IST
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Anupam Mittal, the sharp investor we see in Shark Tank India, didn’t see the rising sun in the success since ever. 25 years ago, he was confronting himself with a different kind of storm- debt, job loss, and crippling anxiety, and so on.

Fresh out of college in the US, Mittal dreamed big. He landed a job in a US company, but the American dream soon turned sour and he found himself drowning in debt, his credit card maxed out. The pressure culminated in a terrifying experience – a debilitating panic attack. The feeling of helplessness and isolation was overwhelming.

“There were times I couldn’t even eat, start questioning on everything- self-worth, future, and so on ” Mittal revealed in an interview.

But Mittal, amidst the panic, refused to stay down. He returned to India, the land of his roots. It wasn’t easy. The familiar comfort of home was laced with the sting of failures. Yet, with unwavering determination, he started small. Mittal, along with his brother, took on odd jobs, anything to stay afloat.

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The turning point came with a simple observation – the rise of the internet. Mittal, with just Rs. 20,000, launched Shaadi.com, a revolutionary online matchmaking platform in a country where arranged marriages reigned supreme.

The initial days were a battle. Building trust, and convincing a skeptical audience – was a constant uphill climb. But Mittal persevered, fueled by his past struggles. He understood the anxieties and aspirations of his target audience, having once grappled with similar challenges himself.

Slowly but surely, Shaadi.com took off and became a trusted platform for millions who were seeking love. Mittal’s success story wasn’t just about creating a billion-dollar company; it was about overcoming his limitations.

Today, when he sits on the panel of Shark Tank India, his sharp questions and insightful advice come not just from a seasoned investor, but from someone who has tasted the bitter pill of failure and emerged stronger. He isn’t afraid to talk about his struggles, his vulnerability making him all the more relatable to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Anupam Mittal’s journey is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience. It’s a message that resonates – even amidst panic attacks and crippling debt, the power to rise and build something extraordinary lies within us all.

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First published on: May 20, 2024 03:42 PM IST

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