In 2011, I was a founding employee at what is now the country’s largest e-commerce startup and B2B seller of adult fashion & accessories (the keyword here being adult). In India, the laws governing this “industry” are outdated and painfully convoluted. Depending on which lawyer you ask, it is a legal grey area at best and Crime Report headliner at worst.
But the position on offer was worth the risk. Not only was my job profoundly fascinating and multifaceted, but I knew from the onset that this was a company to watch, a rare breed of cutting edge innovation and the sales figures to back it. All my responsibilities were carved from – and indeed, the job was a stepping stone to – the work-profile of a CEO.