Ashneer Grover, co-founder and managing director of fintech BharatPe, valued at least $3 billion, has taken voluntary leave of absence till March. BharatPe’s work culture has often been the talk of the town but the immediate provocation for Grover going on leave is the storm in the media created by his not-so-polite conversation with an employee of a merchant bank, fuming for being denied allocation at a recent initial public offering.
“After much deliberation, I plan to take a temporary leave of absence from BharatPe till March end. I will return on or before April 1, 2022,” Grover said in a statement. He will utilise this time to “rejuvenate” and “refresh” himself. “I expect to spend the time thinking more deeply