Peyush Bansal is an Indian entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lenskart, an Indian optical prescription eyewear retail chain.
Peyush Bansal was born on Monday, 25 February 1985 (age 37 years; as of 2022) in New Delhi. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He attended Don Bosco School, Delhi, and went on to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering (2002-2006) from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Thereafter, he enrolled himself at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore, to pursue Management Programme for Entrepreneurs and Family Businesses (MPEFB) (2008-2009).
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Peyush’s father name is Bal Kishan Bansal. His mother’s name is Kiran Bansal. He has one elder brother. He also has a sister named Neha Bansal.
Peyush Bansal got married to Nidhi Mittal on 12 June 2011. The couple has a son.
Peyush started his career in 2007 as a Program Manager at Microsoft, Redmond, Washington. At Microsoft, his work involved coming up with ideas that could improve customer experience. The job didn’t interest him much and he decided to quit after working there for around a year. Subsequently, Peyush returned to India and started searching for start-up ideas. In 2007, he launched SearchMyCampus, a campus classifieds portal. The portal provided various services to college students including accommodation, internships, transportation, books, and part-time jobs. The project was fairly successful. Meanwhile, he pursued a management diploma in entrepreneurship from IIM Bangalore. He then launched a couple of startups that worked very well. In 2010, he founded Lenskart along with Amit Chaudhary and Sumeet Kapahi.
Initially, the firm sold only contact lenses and slowly, it expanded its operations and began dealing in eyeglasses and sunglasses as well.
Subsequently, he co-founded eyewear startups like John Jacobs (2015), Aqualens (2019), Lenskart Plus (2020), and Lenskart Vision Fund (2020). These all were funded by Lenskart. In 2019, Lenskart entered the unicorn club with a valuation of $1.5 billion; a unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion. Despite starting as an online company, Lenskart has around 600 retail stores and around 4000 employees spread across the country (as of 2022).
In 2021, Peyush appeared as a jury member in ‘Shark Tank India,’ the Indian adaptation of the American business reality TV show ‘Shark Tank.’
In January 2022, Peyush landed into controversy for his comments on the Chartered Accountant community during an episode of the Indian reality TV show ‘Shark Tank India.’ Reportedly, while finalising an investment deal with PNT robotics founders on the show Peyush made the remarks,
Ek advice hai, CA se durr raho.”
His comments offended the CA community following which ‘Say No To Lenskart’ became a popular trend on social media (especially among CAs). People also started a petition against Bansal on Change.Org, asking for his removal from Shark Tank India. The petition reads,
No one can make a mockery of professionals on National Television just for the sake of looking cool! Such people with loose talks should correct his generic comments for CAs / be banned from Shark Tank India.”
Later, Peyush issued an apology letter saying that he made the comments in a funny way. He wrote,
My choice of words and the way it came out was wrong. My intent was not what came out in the show. It was a light-hearted comment made in jest, that has been taken completely out of context.”
- Food: Bhindi
- Sport: Cricket
- Colour: Blue
- Peyush loves watching films and travelling in his leisure time.
- His role model is Bill Gates.
- He is often spotted drinking alcohol on various occasions.
- In 2017, the Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif was appointed as the brand ambassador of Peyush’s company Lenskart.
- In an interview, when asked about his idea of success, Peyush said,
It’s about breaking your own standards every time and bringing an element of joy in the lives of your customers and employees.”
- During an interview, Peyush was asked about the idea behind starting Lenskart. He said,
I wanted to do something on the Internet. My first venture (Searchmycampus), which was centred on college students, wasn’t purely about e-commerce. It was mainly about connecting college students to someone who can provide services to them – very similar to classifieds. The only thing we were not doing was making a transaction on the Internet. The ads on the website earned us revenues. We also built websites for colleges and those who owned hostels. But the model that primarily worked was selling leads to educational institutes and PGs. Classifieds, as a model, was not making money and was not scalable. We wanted to do something that would scale up fast. That is when we shifted gears and came up with the idea of LensKart. We launched LensKart.com with the help of some funding. This left us with huge targets. Gradually, we found that it was not possible to keep Searchmycampus.com live since we would not have been able to attend to customers. We then shut Searchmycampus.com in 2010 as we did not have time and energy to look for someone to sell it off.”
- In an interview, while talking about his Lenskart journey, Peyush said,
Lenskart.com is India’s largest online retailer of fashionable and stylish eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses. Started in 2010, Lenskart.com has today firmly established its position as the leading eye-wear portal in the country. In the last three years, the company has seen remarkable growth with a 300 per cent increase in its turnover and an employee strength that currently stands at 150. Lenskart.com offers over 5,000 stylish frames and glasses and more than 45 kinds of high quality, scratch-resistant and unbreakable branded contact lenses. It offers one of the biggest selections of prescribed and fashion eye-wear from all leading manufacturers of the world such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Tag Heuer, Fastrack, Sprint, Vintage, Johnson & Johnson, Ciba Vision, Bausch + Lomb, CooperVision, etc. As of now, it’s been funded by two venture capitalists, namely IDG Ventures and Ronnie Screwvala-led Unilazer Ventures.”
He further added,
Already delivering in more than 450 cities in India, the website offers unparalleled services such as help for eye-wear selection online, stringent quality checks, personalised services, prompt deliveries, one year product warranty, 14-days no-questions-asked return policy, convenient payment options and unbeatable prices. The fact that there is no middleman involved means the company can pass on the benefit of reduced costs to the customers in the form of almost 70% lower prices. The frames at Lenskart.com are crafted in some of the finest production lines in the world and are inspected thrice before being delivered.”