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From Teen Trader to Billionaire CEO, Nithin Kamath's 20-Year Journey to Success Unveiled in Podcast

Zerodha's Spectacular Rise of Rs 2,500 Crore Profit Projection and a Legacy of Perseverance

7 September 2023

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Nithin Kamath, the CEO of India's largest stock brokerage firm Zerodha, shared his 20-year journey to success, starting as an 18-year-old trader in 1997.

  • In a podcast hosted by Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha, Nithin and other guests emphasized the significance of diligence and perseverance in achieving success.

  • Nikhil Kamath, Zerodha's CFO, highlighted that hard work is essential but should not be used as a consolation, emphasizing its role as a foundational element of success.

In a recent podcast hosted by Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha, Nithin Kamath, the billionaire CEO of India's largest stock brokerage firm, opened up about his journey to success and the role of hard work in achieving it. Nithin, who started trading at the age of 18 in 1997, revealed that it took him 20 years to achieve the level of success he enjoys today. Zerodha, founded in 2010, saw its breakthrough in 2016, marking two decades of dedication and hard work.


Nithin's perspective on hard work was echoed by other guests on the podcast, including Rajan Anandan, Managing Director of PeakXV Partners, and Karthik R. Prashanth P., emphasizing the significance of diligence and perseverance in one's journey towards success.


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Nikhil Kamath, co-founder and CFO of Zerodha, added his own unique perspective, stating, "Hard work is a pre-condition but not a main condition." He emphasized that while hard work is essential, it should not be used as a mere consolation or ego booster when things don't go as planned. Instead, it should be seen as a foundational element of success.


Zerodha, renowned for its discounted brokerage services in stock trading, as well as its offerings in currencies, commodities trading, mutual funds, and bonds, has achieved remarkable success since its inception in 2010. In the fiscal year 2022, the company reported an impressive revenue of Rs 4,963.7 crore, with a profit of Rs 2,094.4 crore. HDFC Securities predicts a 12% YoY increase in profit, projecting it to reach Rs 2,500 crore.


The insights shared in this podcast highlight the importance of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in the path to success. Nithin Kamath's journey from an 18-year-old trader to the CEO of a billion-dollar brokerage firm is a testament to the rewards of unwavering commitment and resilience. As Zerodha continues to thrive in India's financial landscape, it serves as an inspiring example of what can be achieved through years of hard work and determination.


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