Diving into Entrepreneurship

Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Electric on diving in the deep waters.

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Naveen Munjal, MD, Hero Electric introduced the first Electric Bicycle way back in 2001 and an Electric Scooter in 2007. Today, Hero Electric is India’s largest Electric Two-wheeler company. Photography, scuba diving, and making India sustainable, is what drives Munjal.

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Whether it is entrepreneurship or scuba diving, he knows how to stay absolutely calm and composed at all times. Looking at the ‘bigger’ picture a lot of times, he has built a strong business or so to say dived in the deep open waters even when things were not going his way. He has had way too many such experiences doing both – building a business in a new uncharted world and diving in the deep waters with sharks around you! Here’s Munjal talking about the therapy and thrill in diving.

First scuba dive plunge:

At the Palawan Islands, Philippines, 1998

Numerous experiences of scuba dives across the world:

I have dived in various parts of the world – Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Maldives, Greece, Hawaii, Oman, Turks, and Caicos. I got my first PADI scuba certification in Bali, Indonesia.

Favourite Scuba diving destination:

Maldives – It is one of the most beautiful places to dive – crystal clear waters with abundant marine life and if you’re lucky you would have Manta Rays and Whale Sharks swim by you! I saw quite a few reef sharks but not the Whale Sharks. I did a lot of wreck diving in Maldives, quite a few sunken boats and ships not too far out in the ocean and a lot of them are easily accessible at 15-20 metres. However, we went down to one which was at 44 meters and even at that depth there was light filtering through, the waters were that clear! I would absolutely love to go back diving in Maldives very soon.

Favourite Sports:

I enjoy watching Formula 1 and am ‘forced’ to watch football and cricket by my son who absolutely loves watching sports! Another sport I love watching is Snooker, but that unfortunately is not that widely telecast any longer!

Fitness regime:

I’m an early riser and seldomly will sleep beyond 7 am or so even on a holiday. Generally, I am up by 6 am or so and then either exercise (pre-covid days) or these days am just walking outside and enjoying the peacocks dancing on our roof and their loud calls to each other!

Wheels I own:

A BMW X7 SUV. I’ve always been fond of SUVs and prefer them to be the wheels of my choice.\

Wheels I am eyeing on:

Waiting for the Tesla! My choice would be the Tesla X. My other vehicle that I’ve been eyeing since quite a while is either the BMW R1250GS or now the Harley Davidson Pan America motorcycles.

Favourite Food:

Spicy Chinese – Sichuan food! Also, Japanese Ramen, however being a vegetarian it’s very hard to find good Ramen without fish in it!

Favourite movie

The Last Samurai

Life Hack

The ability to ‘zoom’ in and out of situations.