13 magical years passed with a blink of an eye. Time for me to step down as CTO of Goibibo, it feels bad to add ex… https://t.co/4zl7Ndlf4q
— vikalp sahni (@vikalpsahni) 1595336188000
Sahni recalled his entire journey with Goibibo, right from the beginning in 2007 when Sahni was a software engineer and built a search platform for a social networking firm OneFamily. This is when he first reached out to Ashish Kashyap, the CEO and founder of Goibibo, showcasing the ‘vernacular vertical search engine’ he built.
Soon after this, Sahni got a chance to build a flight booking engine for Goibibo in two weeks with his colleague, which they finished in three weeks.
We found “The HR” @asha, she did everything possible for org & people, except git commit ;). yes, she project & rel… https://t.co/h9xo0B1lVm
— vikalp sahni (@vikalpsahni) 1595336192000
Thereafter, Sahni shared the hypergrowth of Goibibo, from shifting to a larger office, working with PayU, to building a flight booking and post-sales engine and witnessing a 110% year-on-year growth.
@avinash011 builds the fastest & most agile flight booking & post-sales engine. while @gnufy & @pranjal5215 wrote b… https://t.co/ZU7odtjWJO
— vikalp sahni (@vikalpsahni) 1595336195000
110% YOY growth, big focus on post-sales best turn around time 4 refunds & launch of international flights. NeerajK… https://t.co/805BpqM9YF
— vikalp sahni (@vikalpsahni) 1595336196000
By the end of 2014, Sahni said that Goibibo had its ‘biggest growth hack’ and built GoCash, the travel booking currency of the company, which led to a massive surge in traffic. This was followed by the company’s virtual interlining project, where airlines use interlines to sell itineraries of passengers and formation of the hotel review ratings engine. Further, in 2015, in a research conducted by leading investment banking firm Morgan Stanley, Goibibo was dubbed as the largest hotel booking company in India.
@PariSpeaks sets out to build a big moat of on-ground supply team for hotels. Morgan Stanly calls out Goibibo the l… https://t.co/Gj0qLQdYWF
— vikalp sahni (@vikalpsahni) 1595336202000
In 2016, in a mega deal valued at $1.8-2 billion, Makemytrip acquired Goibibo bringing together top travel brands- MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, and redBus under one umbrella. Sahni mentions how this was another great learning experience for him under Deep Kalra and Rajesh Magow. Soon after this, the company started booking IPL tickets and Sahni proudly pointed out a surge of 40x with no issues during the period.
As @saujanyas masterminds, @Divyangbhardwaj @abhyrama @phanichand @bhaskar @thedosaboy & team hits ball out of the… https://t.co/UY0zLcmB2p
— vikalp sahni (@vikalpsahni) 1595336207000
The journey included building the platform to book train tickets, which became very popular.
Fast forward to 2020, MMT’s earnings showed $200 million in the quarter. Sahni said that when Covid-19 hit the country, hitting the travel industry hit, Go-MMT helped in building Aarogya Setu app.