CEO & Co-Founder, Bigtree Entertainment
Ashish Hemrajani is the CEO and co-founder of Bigtree Entertainment Private Limited, which operates BookMyShow, India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform, offering tickets for movies, plays, concerts, sports games and live events. Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in Marketing at Sydenham University in 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Under Ashish’s leadership Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. survived through the dot-com bust in 2001 and managing to do so, by selling the Vista ticketing software and providing back-end ticketing services to cinema theatres. In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit/debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow. Ashish strove to make the brand a quick success taking the market by storm, by bringing Cinema biggies like PVR, INOX and Cinepolis on the portal. He foresaw consumers in India favouring the mobile over computers and hence, launched the BookMyShow mobile App getting the early mover advantage. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought on board believing investors like Stripes Group, Network 18, Accel Partners and SAIF Partners. Under Mr. Hemarajani’s leadership, BookMyShow has expanded its operations to New Zealand, UAE, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.