There is a certain defiance, something almost resembling bravado, to Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma. It is hard to fault him though – the company’s valuation has jumped to $12 billion and its enviable list of marquee investors includes Alibaba, SoftBank and more recently, Berkshire Hathaway.
One of the things Sharma has in common with his investor SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son seems to be a penchant for grand numbers. More specifically, the magic figure of $100 billion. For that is how big Sharma believes Paytm can be – ultimately, a digital payments and financial services hectocorn.