Gita Ramanan, 35, Co-Founder & CEO Design Cafe
- Base Bangalore
- Initial capital Rs 1 crore
- Total funding $35mn
- 2018 order booking Rs 60 crore
- Employees 700
- Clients/Projects Over 5,000
When 22-year-old architect Gita Ramanan stepped into a meeting room one afternoon to make a presentation to 18 men seated around the table, she was asked: “When is your boss coming?” Having recently been selected from among 150 entrants for a competition to design a complex of 800 apartments, she gently broke it to them that she was in charge.
Thirteen years later, she still reigns—at Design Café, an interiors firm in Bangalore with over 700 employees and 5,000 clients that she founded with her partner Shezan Bojani. “At first, whenever I went to a site, there were men with 20...