07 May, 2021

Revathi Roy: The Entrepreneur Delivering Packages And Empowerment

She did not have money to pay her husband’s medical bills and was sent to prison for defaulting on loans, but homemaker Revathi Roy wrestled against the setbacks to found three startups. Her latest, Hey Deedee, is an all-women delivery service.

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Revathi Roy: The Entrepreneur Delivering Packages And Empowerment

‘Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.' The JK Rowling quote, framed in a glossy poster next to accidental entrepreneur Revathy Roy's desk, pithily sums up her tumultuous journey.

She was living a comfortable life with her family and three children in an apartment on Breach Candy road, Mumbai, when her husband had a cardiac arrest. He remained in coma for the next 30 months, until his death in 2007. He did not have insurance and the bills mounted, but she could not even access their bank accounts as she required his signature to withdraw from the joint holdings. And then, things got even worse—Roy was imprisoned for three months after defaulting on loans she had taken for her husband’s treatment.

At rock bottom, she thought of monetising her passion—driving. A motor rally enthusiast, Roy has lost just five of the scores of races she participated in. She asked for a taxi slot at the Mumbai airport and started ferrying female commuters. But did she become a taxi driver with an entrepreneurial end-point in...

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