Ambur Iyyappa was out of job when he approached Flipkart 12-years-ago for a job. He was then a delivery boy with a courier service and Flipkart was their customer. On a fine morning, he lost his job.
Within these 12 years, Ambur Iyyappa has climbed not only in official ranks but in his life too. He is now a multi-millionaire at Flipkart. His story is something quite fascinating and better inspiring too.
Iyyappa was born in Ambur, a town in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. He, after completing his pre-degree, went for a diploma that earned him one and a half years of apprenticeship with Ashok Leyland. Life has been in ache for money and Iyyappa took up a job as a delivery boy in courier company in Bengaluru. His hardwork made him a manager in-charge of logistics of all incoming mails for south Bengaluru.
Iyyappa thought of taking a course to improve his qualifications and took three months leave from the company. He lost the job after he returned completing the course. With no job at hand, darkness loomed large over Iyyappa's future. But he was in no mood to relent.
Few days after he went to Flipkart and met its founders, Sachin and Binny Bansal, in person. They have asked him mostly about handling the logistics. He was appointed as the first employee of Flipkart few days after.
Binny has described Iyyappa as Flipkart's "human ERP." "Iyyappa would know exactly which books were pending to be bought, which customers were waiting for delivery, etc. When a customer called, he would know exactly what was happening with his or her order without looking at the systems. He had also found an effective way of pasting all this order information into Gmail and using that as an ERP/servicing search engine for orders!" Binny wrote on the Flipkart blog. As orders picked up, Binny wrote on Flipkart Stories. Binny remembers that he even wrote code that automated a lot of Iyyappa's work.
His initial salary was Rs 8,000 and was given shares in the nascent venture. This has brought his lucky charm. Iyyappa sold his shares twice. First time in 2009-10 for his wedding expenses and again in 2013.
Currently he is an associate director managing customer experience and draws a salary upwards of Rs 6 lakh.