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    15 years ago, history was made, the first item on flipkart was paid a good man from mahbubnagar entered his name in the books as the first customer on flipkart. what did he buy?

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    Flipping back the pages with the first Flipkart customer

    On a rainy day in October 2007, a man bought a book online. We caught up with VVK Chandra, the first Flipkart customer, to hear his story.

    Flipping back pages with the first Flipkart customer

    By Bijoy Venugopal / October 15, 2015

    On a rainy day in October 2007, a man bought a book online. We caught up with the first Flipkart customer to hear his story.

    Great beginnings are dramatic. The story of the first-ever sale on Flipkart is a page-turner in itself, packing in a fair share of crisis and climax, nail-biting tension and hot-wheels action, inclement weather, borrowed money, a race against time, and a victorious finale. We caught up with the first Flipkart customer to relive the memory of the sale that changed the future of e-commerce in India.

    It was late October 2007. V V K Chandra lived in Mahabubnagar, a town in undivided Andhra Pradesh that is now the headquarters of the largest district in the new state of Telangana. Chandra used to run a freelance web consultancy at the time. His voracious appetite for books brought him frequently to Hyderabad, 90 km away, where he combed the city’s famous bookstores for inspiration. But even Hyderabad’s best didn’t stock the one book he craved – John Wood’s memoir Leaving Microsoft to Change The World.

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    Chandra used to blog about technology and the internet. Beneath one of his posts, a user who identified himself as Sachin had left a comment with the link: www.flipkart.com.

    “In hindsight, I guess he was really marketing his site!” laughs Chandra, who now works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Intrigued by the unfamiliar link, he clicked, and found himself on a site that purported to sell books and ship them anywhere in India. He hadn’t seen anything like it before.

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    “The website looked decent. I won’t say it was amazing,” recalls Chandra, who was then keenly following the startup scene in India. “As a developer dreaming of launching a startup, I know what used to make good websites those days. Most of the e-commerce websites weren’t user-friendly.”

    More importantly, the site stocked the book he wanted. He decided to luck it out.

    “It was not an expensive book, just about ₹500. I could afford to risk losing that money,” Chandra recollects, chuckling.

    He ordered. And waited.

    A whoop of cheer went up in a small two-bedroom apartment in Koramangala, Bangalore, where Flipkart had just taken its baby steps. Nobody had yet made a purchase on the freshly unboxed website. Co-founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, unrelated despite the common surname, spent their interminable waking hours promoting their new startup and feverishly scanning their inboxes for emails. Chandra’s order was the very first.

    Jubilation turned quickly to confusion, with a hint of panic. Leaving Microsoft seemed to be unavailable.

    “We looked for the book for two days across 50 bookstores in Bangalore and even called up a few in Delhi and Mumbai,” remembers Binny. He dashed off an email to Chandra.

    Was Flipkart’s first sale going to be a damp squib? Tensions ran high.

    “I finally spotted the book at Sapna Book Store in Indiranagar,” Binny recalls. It was the last copy and it wasn’t exactly in mint condition. “The pages were yellowish but thankfully they were not torn,” he says.

    Binny phoned Chandra to buy time. He couldn’t get through.

    When Chandra received Binny’s email he felt reassured. “I thought, at least this is a real company,” he mused, recalling the episode. “I felt like I could trust them.”

    Chandra wanted the book so badly that he didn’t care if it wasn’t bookstore-fresh. The man who was about to be the first Flipkart customer wrote:

    History was one step away.

    But there was more drama in store. October in Bangalore is known for torrential rains, waterlogged streets and traffic woes. All of which makes riding a bike a reasonably heroic pursuit as many Bangaloreans on two wheels will attest. At about five in the evening, soaking wet, Binny arrived at the bookstore in Indiranagar. And realized that he had forgotten his wallet. He went right back into the rain.

    “I borrowed money from one of my roommates to pay for the book,” says Binny who returned to the bookstore to purchase the book.

    On October 31, 2007, Chandra’s order was shipped. Since November 1 was a state holiday in Karnataka on account of Kannada Rajyothsava, the book reached him in Mahabubnagar the following day.

    Not just the first Flipkart customer but a satisfied one, too!

    “Not only did they deliver the book, they offered me a 10% discount for my troubles,” says Chandra. The first Flipkart customer who left a glowing customer testimonial that was featured on the Flipkart home page for months to come:

    The best Indian online book store I have ever seen. Fast and free shipping, discounts and a large number of titles. I could not have expected more. You guys really rock. Good luck.

    Heartfelt praise from a young bookworm in Mahabubnagar who was spared the ordeal of a 90-km commute to Hyderabad. Who took a chance and went down in history as the first Flipkart customer!

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    What was the first book ever ordered on Flipkart?

    Answer (1 of 5): It was VVK Chandra from Andhra Pradesh. The book that he bought was "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World". More details here: People That Make Us - V. V. K. Chandra. This post also has a comment by him below.

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    In the month of October 2007, V V K Chandra, a man from Mahububnagar, decided to order a book from Flipkart to add to his love for reading. He wanted to purchase John Wood’s ‘Leaving Microsoft To Change The World’, but no bookstore in Hyderabad had it at that time. This is when he stumbled upon the e-commerce platform and decided to make a purchase.

    Chandra had a blog of his own and had posted his concern. This is when Sachin, the Co-Founder, commented on his post and asked him to navigate to their website to find the book.

    While he was definitely trying to market Flipkart, both founders had no idea how hard it would be to find the book. The site was fairly known and contained the book Chandra longed for. He decided to try his luck and pay Rs. 500 for it, since it was the only website that had his book stocked. At the same time, Flipkart’s Bangalore office heard its first cheer to finally get a customer. But soon the excitement turned into despair when they realized that the book was unfulfillable, and around 50 bookstores in Bangalore did not have it!

    Instantly, the founders emailed Chandra to buy time. They finally found the book in a store in Indiranagar, even though the pages were a little yellowish. They communicated the same to him via email and had gained his trust. Hence, Chandra decided to offer them the time they need and waited patiently.

    With all the panic and chaos, they were able to find the book, get it delivered, and finally make their first customer out of Chandra. Rightfully so, they received their first satisfying customer testimonial as they offered Chandra a 10% off as well. Chandra had no idea he was their first, but the rest is history! Since then, Flipkart has come a long way in selling products across various niches.

    Do you now know how and why Flipkart fulfills all your wishes?

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