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The untold story of an office boy who made lakhs from a startup in his 20s

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  • In 2006, Ashok Kumar joined SlideShare, later acquired by LinkedIn, as an office boy for a salary of Rs 3,500 as a class 10 graduate from Haryana.

Source | yourstory.com | Ramarko Sengupta

Ashok Kumar was around 18-years-old when he joined SlideShare in Delhi as an office boy. He was a class 10 graduate from Hisar, Haryana, who had come to the city looking for employment.  His maternal uncle, who he was staying with, ran a tailoring shop and lived near SlideShare co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) Amit Ranjan’s residence. That’s how Ashok was introduced to Amit, who decided to hire him.  A San Francisco-based startup with an office in Delhi, Slideshare was launched in 2006 and ran the world’s largest slide sharing platform. The company was later acquired by LinkedIn for $119 million in 2012. Ashok Kumar joined SlideShare, which was later acquired by LinkedIn, as an office boy for a salary of Rs 3,500 as a class 10 graduate from Hisar

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