‘Just Wanted to Motivate My Team’: Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar on Viral Speech

Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma is presently in Davos for the World Economic Forum, but in India, a video of the company’s New Year party went viral this week. In the video, you can see him dancing wildly, shouting himself hoarse, and cursing the competition.

'Just Wanted to Motivate My Team': Paytm's Vijay Shekhar on Viral SpeechIn an interview with NDTV’s Vikram Chandra, Sharma talks about the video for the first time, explaining that he was speaking to an internal audience and and that is was never meant to be public.

“In a moment of rush and adrenaline high, I wanted to motivate my team, and I ended up talking as if we were in a private conversation,” says Sharma. “I feel odd about it, a lot of people are judging it, but I request you to please don’t judge it. I acknowledge that we do have a responsibility, that we as a company, and I as an individual have, but it was intended to be an internal conversation. Things taken out of context can become anything.”

“It was a video related to an internal party, but it became a public conversation,” Sharma stresses.

Aakash Ghosh

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