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A weekly podcast show about Indian startups , entrepreneurs and more ! Which regularly makes No1 on The Indian iTunes tech chart. (I’m still not sure how the hell this happened..?)

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Ep67:  Dr. Geetha Manjunath Co-founder &  CEO of NIRAMAI  – On creating A novel breast cancer screening solution using AI

Breast cancer is the largest killer for women today. So today I speak to Dr. Geetha Manjunath , co-founder & CEO of NIRAMAI a startup developing a novel breast cancer screening solution. Geetha has over 25 years in Global Research labs and has created many innovative prototypes, patents, publications and new products. Till end of 2016, she was a Lab Director and head of Xerox Data Analytics Research in India.

Before that, she was a Principal Research Scientist and Research Manager at Hewlett Packard Labs India for 17 years.

So in this episode we talk about what inspired her to do this, how it works, the business model , aims & objectives , accuracy rates. Reaction of the health industry. Geetha shares thoughts on what first time founders should be focusing on & dealing with sceptical doctors! and so much more so please enjoy the show!!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– What excites her most about this startup
– How are they trying to attract customers
– Her background – PHD in computer science & working at Xerox
– How the device works – The 5 step dance process!
– What would health care look like in 50 years time?
– How did she learn all this!
– Huge potential in making a difference to women in India
– Great advice for first time founders
– Getting your hands dirty!
– Life as a CEO
– How to get into machine learning (Go back to school and learn maths – but its not hard!)

Links

Home

 

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing. If you like the show please leaving a comment in ITUNES. Thank you for supporting the podcast since launching we have had over 200,000 Total Downloads

Ep66: Umesh Soni,  founder of Cowpathy – A startup looking to rule India’s cow economy with dung soap & urine toothpaste

Everyday I have some adventure, everyday there is something we can make something from cow dung and cow urine and Cowpathy gives me a platform to come out with my creativity  and come out with products –  Umesh Soni Founder of Cowpathy

Today i speak to Umesh Soni the founder of Cowpathy. It is a Mumbai-based company that makes consumer products said to have high medicinal value and completely based on the cow—it uses ingredients such as dung, urine, clarified butter or ghee, and others.

So in this podcast we talk about how he got started.  What products they sell. Umesh talks about scaling the business and  what will this business look like in 10 years time and much much more so please enjoy the show!

in this conversation we also talk about:

– Removing the smell
– What excites him most about Cowpathy
– Early days
– Qualities entrepreneur should have
– Working on new products
– Biggest challenges facing Umesh
– Cultural significant of cows in India

and much much more

links

www.cowpathycare.com

 

Ep65: Rohit Pateria, Co-founder & CEO of Placio – On disrupting the $50B  Indian Student housing market

Out of 34 million students in higher education in India, 26.6 million migrate to cities creating demand for accommodation . So Today i speak to Rohit Pateria (@rohitpateria)  Co-founder & CEO Placio  , Based In Delhi. Placio is a simple and easy to use digital platform for students looking for accommodation and they are doing really well!

We talk about how he got started, what problem are they trying to solve, attracting students to the platform, aims and objectives for the next 2 years ,how the business models works, how they plan to scale, and what first time founders should be focusing on and much much more so please enjoy the show!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Rohit’s background
– Where the name comes from?
– Why is he doing this?
– $50 Billion opportunity
– Business Model
– Stats for so far!
– Business heroes
– How they plan to scale
– Execution
– Being consistent
– Franklin & Stephen Covey
– Looking forward

and much much more

Links

http://www.placio.in/

 

 

Ep64: Anaka Narayanan – Founder of Brass Tacks. An economist’s journey to becoming a fashion designer & entrepreneur!

Today I speak to Anaka Narayanan  an economic analyst-turned- designer & founder of  Brass Tacks, a women’s fashion label that uses natural and hand-crafted textiles. In this podcast we talk about how she got started. Quitting her job and taking the plunge into the world of textiles and fashion.   She talks about where she gets her inspiration from. Attracting customers using social media, how she balances the management and creative side of the business. She talks about branding, &  her management style,  and what will fashion look like in 80 years time!

In this conversation she also talks about:

– Being a self taught designer
– Thoughts on fashion and tech
– Sustainability  & craftsmanship  in India
– The company’s vision
– her mother co-founded a textile and garment business,
– Life as an entrepreneur
– Fashion tips for men & creating a curvy Indian women size chart!
– Understanding customers
– Fashion disasters!

and much much more!

links

https://www.brasstacks.co.in/

Thanks to Anaka for coming on the show.   Thanks for listening and subscribing. If you like the show please leaving a comment in ITUNES.  Thank you for supporting the podcast since launching we have had over **200,000 Total Downloads**

 

Ep63: Rakesh Verma – Chairman & MD of Mapmyindia. On Making the world better through Maps & Location technologies & not having the Monday Morning Blues!

I speak to Mr Rakesh Verma, Chairman & MD of  MapmyIndia (@MapmyIndia)  India’s leader in premium quality digital map data , GPS navigation, tracking, and location apps. We talk about his inspiring entrepreneurial story. Thoughts on the startup scene in India. He shares Top leadership advice, he also talks about conviction , passion  , happiness  and not having the Monday Morning  blues!

In this conversation , we also talk about:

– Getting Coca-Cola as the first customer
– How it works
– is he having fun?
– Business Models
– Plans for the future
– Dealing with the ups & downs
– Working with his wife
– Are your building a startup or a business?   <—Important!

and much much more!

links

http://www.mapmyindia.com/

 

Ep62: Hitashi Garg Co-founder of Mr Needs – On creating an app that delivers all your daily essentials at your doorstep!

This week I chat to Hitashi Garg.  Co-founder of Mr Needs (@MrNeedsApp) MrNeeds, is a micro-delivery app-based subscription service that delivers milk, bread, eggs and other groceries on a daily basis to its customers. And in just eight months of its launch, they deliver approximately 1500 orders every day to 9000 customers. Which is great! So in this podcast we talk about . How he got the idea, how it works, what makes them different to the other food startups in India , his background and how they plan to scale!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Being called crazy! by his friends & family for  quitting his 9-5 job at Adobe
– Highlights so far
– Plans for the future
– interesting thoughts on raising finance
– Statistics so far
– Previous startups
– Unique business model
– Who are they targeting?

and so much more!

links

http://mrneeds.com

 

Ep61: Parag Agarwal – Co-founder of JanaJal – On a mission to deliver clean, safe drinking water through automated hybrid water ATMs to every Indian!

 

Building the worlds first water sharing economy ! . This week I chat to Parag Agarwal Co-founder of JanaJal (@JanaJalIndia)  JanaJal’s aim is to leverage technology and bring safe drinking water by innovating and promoting smart drinking water solutions.Founded 4 years ago they are doing really well.

So in this podcast , we talk about how they deliver safe drinking water in India. The water ATM concept, receiving a significant amount of funding. What its like working with the Indian government? . Parag talks about his  3 decades of entrepreneurial life. The massive potential of JanJal.  He shares top project management tips & we also talk about his time working in the jungles of Indonesia to selling email connections door to door in the 1990’s and so much more. So please enjoy the show!

In this conversation we talk about:

– Building a sustainable model
– How YOU can get started in social entrepreneurship
– The ONE quality entrepreneurs should have
– Looking back would he change anything?
– Working with the Indian railways
– What does this startup really mean to Parag?
– How big do they want to go with this
– Parag’s management style
– How to deliver projects on time and on budget

links

http://www.janajal.com/

Ep60: Nihal Kashinath, Founder & CEO of Applied Singularity – Peeking into the future of Internet of things (IoT)

Today I speak to Nihal Kashinath , founder & CEO of Applied Singularity. Applied Singularity is a platform for Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). They provide consultations to developers, students, startups, industry, investors and policy makers on the subjects of IoT and AI . Started 4 years ago  It is now the the largest IoT-focused Meetup platform in the world!

So in this podcast we talk about how it’s going so far, the IoT scene in India,  favorite IoT projects, connected cars , teleportation , cloning , robots in the kitchen and automatic Roti &  Dosa making machines …WOW and  so much more.  So please enjoy the show

in this podcast we also talk about:

– How you can get started in IoT
– Insulin pens
– Automating the curry making process!
– Uploading and downloading your mind!
– Having the largest IoT meetup in the world.
– Software controlled farming
– Will people be losing their jobs
– Benefits of automation
– Apple, Amazon, Google who’s leading the way?

and much much more!

Links

www.appliedsingularity.com

@A6Singularity

 

 

Ep59: Sudeepta Sanyal , Co-founder of The Blueberry Trails – On India’s booming travel industry!

Summer is just around the corner! which means that it’s time to start making plans for your epic summer vacation. So today I speak to Sudeepta Sanyal the co-founder of The Blueberry Trails. The Blueberry Trails specializes in personalized holidays to locations within India and around the world. She left her day job at 26 to commit to her travel bug and cater to group travelers to exotic destinations.

So in this podcast we talk about how the platform works,  favorite holiday destinations, the booming Indian travel industry , best flight/holiday websites to use. We talk about  female entrepreneurship and what she is like as a boss and much much more so please enjoy the show!!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– How she got started
– Hardest part about building this business
– New and upcoming destinations in India
– Traveling solo
– India’s billion dollar travel industry
– Tips for first time visitors to India
– Business heroes
– Plans for the future
– Advice for first time founders
– What will travel look like in the future
– Hobbies and interests
– Where does the name come from?

links

https://www.theblueberrytrails.com/

 

Ep58: Suresh Shanker, Co-founder of Crayon Data on simplying the worlds choices!

Today I chat to Suresh Shanker, co-founder of Crayon Data (@CrayonBigData). Crayton Data enables consumers to make more satisfying choices and helps traditional enterprises engage their customers. Currently, the three year old company’s clients span sectors such as hospitality, retail, banking, telecommunication and media and advertising sectors in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

In this podcast – We talk about how he got started, How the platform works. The roller coaster ride  as a entrepreneur, how big do they want to go with this.  What’s left for Suresh to achieve? What has surprised him during his long entrepreneurial journey? We also talk about climbing mountains, writing a book and an interesting story about a Chinese bamboo tree!

in this conversation we also talk about:

– Plans for the future
– Latest stats
– Suresh’s core skill set
– Being an “in-between spaces guy!”
– Suresh’s background
– How the choice engine works
– Life as a second time founder
– Finding time to help startups
– What he is working on right now
– What he learned for his first startup
– Hobbies and interests
– Business heroes
– What should first time founders should be focusing on?

and much much more!

Links

http://crayondata.com/

Ep57:  Joydeep Sen Sarma, Cofounder & CTO of Qubole on Big data &  why it matters!

90% of all data we have ever created has been generated in the last 2 years! So what do we do with it? Today my guest is Joydeep Sen Sarma, Cofounder, CTO of Qubole. Qubole is a $50 million Series C funded company helping enterprises take full advantage of the cloud to make processing more accessible in an enterprise setting while reducing complexity and cost. Joydeep is ex-Facebook data scientist and led the data infrastructure project at Facebook. So he is the right person to talk to on big data!

In this podcast – we talk about what inspired him to get started. , How the platform works, a deep dive into what big data is , life at Facebook ,  advice for first time founders and how you can get into the big data industry and some Mark Zuckerberg chat as well and much much more

in this conversation we also talk about:

– Early days
– What they are working right now
– With all the new technologies , how does Joydeep keep on top of things?
– What would Facebook look like in future?

and much much more!

Links

Qubole home page

 

Ep56: Yuvraj Krishan Sharma – Co-founder of Kompanions – On bringing back the joy of learning using Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

I chat to Yuvraj Krishan Sharma. Co-founder of Kompanions (@your_kompanions) Kompanions is an ed-tech company.  creating innovative educational products using augmented reality & virtual reality, exciting stuff.  So in this episode we talk about how he got started. How it’s going so far, how it works. Why they are doing this. targets for next year , how to get into the VR space. He also shares a great story about taking 800 students on a VR trip into space. and finally some Rahul Dravid chat as well.

in this conversation we also talk about,

– What Yuvraj looks for when hiring staff
– Plans for expansion
– Building an educational game box for kids
– Vision of the company
– What first time founder should be focusing on
– What’s like being a founder – (everyone’s problem is your problem!)
– Hobbies and interests – Google walking!
– Making a movie
– How to get into VR, AR industry
– Feedback from kids
– Yuvraj ‘s Background

Links

https://kompanions.com/

 

Ep55: Carlos Fernandes, Founder & CEO of Blaze – On building India’s biggest Bot!

We are talking about bots with My guest Carlos Fernandes.  founder & CEO  of Blaze. Blaze is an exciting chat bot that delivers trending information through your cellphone. In this podcast Carlos talks how he came up with the idea, we discuss Why bots? , Who its for,  how big do they want to go and qualities an entrepreneur must have if they are going to succeed. Some chat about Singapore , and finally very useful information on product market fit.

in this conversation we also talk about:

– Watch time v search time (v.interesting)
– Plans for the future
– How millennial’s get their news from – interesting stuff
– Hobbies and interests
– How to get started in the bots industry
– What problem are they solving?
– How do they make money
– Tech scene in Singapore
– the evolution of apps to bots
– Why are they focussed on bots
– What takes up most of his time

and much more!

links

https://blaze.im/

 

Ep54: Ravi Trivedi  – Top Angel Investor & founder of Push Engage & CouponRani

My guest today is Ravi Trivedi.  founder of Push Engage & CouponRani. He is also a successful angel investor. Push Engage is a push notification platform for browsers . And CouponRani is one of india’s top Coupon Site. So in this podcast Ravi talks about he got started ,  advice on how you can grow your user base. , pricing strategies, We also talk about his angel investing.  What he looks for when investing in companies, Favorite startups in India. What he likes and dislikes about startups. And Playing the piano and his ideal dinner guests.

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Time spent working and studying in America
–  The future of coupons in India
– What is the best selling coupon at the moment?
– State of the startup scene in India.
– What first time founders should be focusing on
–  Everest base camp!
– MBA.
– Whats left for Ravi to achieve!
– Hobbies / interests

and much much more!

Links

https://www.pushengage.com/

http://www.couponrani.com/

Ep53: Rahul Chovva – CEO of  LetzChange.org  – A non-profit organization helping people raise money for Indian NGO projects online.

My guest is Rahul Chovva. The CEO of LetzChange.org LetzChange is an online giving website helping you leverage your social network to raise funds for the causes you believe in. Since launching they are doing really well partnering with 200 nonprofits across India. In this episode we talk about how the platform works, examples of really interesting crowdfunding campaigns in rural India. How much Money they have raised. The State of the crowdfunding industry  in India. An exciting initiative called Giving Premier League

He talks about plans for the future . The hardest part about building this business. And Rahul share his tips on creating your own crowdfunding campaign. And we have some Meryl Streep,  painting &  food chat as well!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Teaching rural India the power of digital media
– Highlight so far at Letzchange (great story!)
– The effects of Demonetisation affecting  non profits
– How big they want to go with this.
– Fav charities.
– Growing the user base.
– Advice on getting into the crowdfunding scene
– Fund raising challenge called the Premier league! (India’s Biggest Fundraising Festival)
go support your state -> https://givingpremierleague.com/

here’s presenting the teams for this year!!

Bengaluru Bravehearts

Telugu Titans

Chennai Changemakers

Empathetic East

Northern Knights

Heartland Heroes

Magnanimous Maharashtra

links

https://letzchange.org/

Ep52: Mansi Zaveri  – Founder of Kidsstoppress , on creating India’s most trusted, award winning parenting website.

Today I chat to Mansi Zaveri founder of Kidsstoppress. Kidsstoppress is India’s leading parenting website  this is an amazing site that  has its pulse on everything today’s parents want to know. We talk about what inspired her  to do this, the early days. Mansi reflects on what she has learned on her roller-coaster journey so far! And discusses the top 3 priorities in their life – its very interesting!

Mansi shares her 15 experience in branding , content and all things digital marketing  she talks about her life as a solo founder and a full time mother , and some Oprah Winfrey and food chat as well

in this conversation we also talk about:

– Advice for mothers wanting to start a business
– Quitting her job
– Branding tips
– Hobbies and interests
– The moment she thought it would work
– Favorite  food and least favorite  food.
–  Favorite  Indian startups
– Recommended Books and blogs
– Tips on building a branding for startups
– Content strategy advice
– Advice on digital marketing
– Business heroes.
– What excites her most about the startup

and much much more!

links

Twitter @Kidsstoppress

 

 

Ep51: Satanik Roy : Co-founder & CPO of Yibeal -On creating India’s first Online 2 Offline Marketplace for pre-owned phones and tablets

In this week’s episode I chat to Satanik Roy. Co-founder and Chief product officer at Yibeal , Yibeal stands for Yes its’ a big deal and they are  an Online-2-Offline marketplace to buy/sell pre-owned smartphones with warranty and insurance based in Calcutta. Since launching The have gone through a tech accelerator and have a won a number of awards. So they are doing really well!

We talk about what inspired him to start this journey, How it works, plans for the future, and his day to day role , what he learned from his first startup ,plans for the next 2 years. We also talk about his interest in poetry and some Steve jobs chat … please enjoy the show!

in this conversation we also talk about:

– Revenue model
– Trying to get buyers and sellers.
– Cashless society.
– Startup scene in Calcutta
– Awards
– Hobbies and interests
– Books and blogs
– The Classic Retreat of Anarchy!
– Advice on building a startup.

links

http://www.yibeal.com/

Ep50: Deepak Srinivasan : Co-founder of Crofters , on tackling the water crisis in India with IOT based farming!

Today we talking about IOT (Internet of things)  based farming with my guest Deepak Srinivasan.(@thisis_ads) the co-founder of Crofters.  Crofters’s have created a flagship ecosystem which  is an integrated aqua gardening system which helps you with fresh food farmed in the convenience of your very living room. Amazing stuff.

So in this episode we talk about how he and  his co-fcunder got started. how it works. State of the IOT industry at the moment in Indian . Production plans , nice example of senior citizens using the product ,Partnering with Teach for India. And Deepak shares his advice on getting early adopters. And some Elon musk chat.

In this conversation we also talk about:

And much more more

– Vision of the company.
– Plans for the next 12-24 months
– How big do they want to go?
– Who is this for?
– What type of food can you grow.
– Hardest part about building this business.

Links

www.crofters.in

**50th Episode!! Thanks for listening and subscribing.** If you like the show please leaving a comment in ITUNES.  Thank you for supporting the podcast.

 

 

Ep49: Ishu Bansal – Co-founder of TruckSuvidha on building India’s leading portal for the transportation and trucking Industry

India has the 2nd largest road network in the world. The Indian trucking industry is currently valued at $130 Bn and there are approximately 5.6 Mn on road vehicles transporting 80% of the country’s freight. So Today i speak to  Ishu Bansal co-founder of TruckSuvidha . TruckSuvidha is a online Portal for transportation & trucking Industry.

Through this portal one can find the real-time availability of trucks and loads.  So in this episode we talk about how he got started, the early days,  plans for the future. His inspirational dad, coding for Ice cream & candy! and  convincing transporters to use the system. And some cooking and travel chat!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Life at Infosys
– What he learned from his first startup
– How it makes revenue
– What excites him most about the business
– Digital marketing

And much more!

**Links**

http://trucksuvidha.com/

https://twitter.com/trucksuvidha

https://www.facebook.com/trucksuvidha

 

**Announcement**

Capgemini the multinational information technology consulting  are turning 50, so they are creating a new competition called  InnovatorsRace50 – a global contest that seeks to reward promising early-stage start-ups.

If you have a startup in the following categories

– GovTech & Social Enterprises
– Data & Security
– Digital Processes & Transformation
– Consumers & Well-being
– FinTech & Mobility

Then please apply . 50 start-ups will be shortlisted and there will be  5 winners. A total of $250,000 worth equity-free funding is available.

InnovatorsRace50 is your chance to put your early-stage business on the global map.

Deadline is  28th Feb . For more details  please go to **innovatorsrace50.com** and if you get shortlisted then please come on the show an talk about it :)

Ep48:  Prashanto Das  – Co-founder of PING , on building the TV network of the future.

3.8 Billion videos are being consumed in India every month!  So my guest today is  Prashanto Das (@prashantodas) – Co-founder of Ping Networks. PING is India’s largest studio multi channel network creating original engaging video content across genres of food, music, entertainment, lifestyle, gaming.

In this episode we talk about how he got started , talk about his very own Jerry Maguire moment, life as a hard core creative . What first time founders should  be focusing on , the most surprising thing he has learned  about his crazy roller coaster journey so far.  Work life balance & challenges.

Prashanto talks about his leadership style, tips on negotiation. Advice on dealing with setbacks , Favorite TV shows. And  how you can start your own YouTube channel!  And much more..Please enjoy the show

In this conversation we also talk about:

– 6 months of applied state of nothingness
– How he met the his co-founder
– Early days of Ping.
– Raising finance
– Hardest part about building the business.
– Personal highlights
– What he looks for when hiring staff
– What should first time founders be focussing on
– Steve Jobs

and much  more!

Links

Ping Networks http://www.pingnetwork.in/

 

Ep47: Nitin Sood – Co-founder of Happy Shappy on creating an online platform to make Indian weddings a little bit easier!

 

Are you planning your Big Fat Indian Wedding this year! Well In this week’s episode I chat to Nitin Sood. Co-founder of Happy Shappy. Based in Delhi, Happy Shappy is a one stop shop for all things for Indian weddings. Since launching last year they are doing really well. As a first time founder Nitin shares his rollercoaster journey so far

We talk about what inspired him to start this journey, his previous life in Washington D.C. The vision of the company, plans for the future, and he also shares his top tips on how you can plan your wedding! Very important stuff and much more … please enjoy the show!

in this conversation we also talk about,

And much much more…!

Links

Website: https://happyshappy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyShappyOfficial

 

Ep46: kumar Srivatsan – Co-Founder of OptaCredit on creating an A.I – Powered, Data-Driven Online Lender providing credit to millions across India.

A majority of the Indian population find it difficult to get credit! So today I speak with Kumar Srivatsan who is on a mission to change this. he is the co-founder of OptaCredit an AI powered data driven online lender providing credit to people across India. .Since demonetization they have seen an 300% increase in application and were mention in Forbes. So they are doing really well!

So in this podcast we talk about how he got started, What is A.I? , demonetization in India , how it actually works, why formal credit is hard to get in India. The vision of the company , Kumar also tells me what first time founders should be focussing on.

So in this podcast we talk about how he got started, What is A.I? , demonetization in India , how it actually works, why formal credit is hard to get in India. The vision of the company. Kumar also tells me what first time founders should be focussing on.

In this conversation we also talk about:

An much much more!

Links

https://www.optacredit.com/

 

Ep45:  Divya Nambiar – Founder of Unniyarcha,  on building an international fashion jewelry label

Today I speak with Divya Nambiar  Founder of Unniyarcha a revolutionary fashion jewelry label based in Bangalore , the  brand offers a range of fusion jewelry, which is a unique mix of traditional and contemporary designs.

So in this podcast we talk about what inspired her to do this, how it’s going so far, what keeps her awake at night , social responsibility. Her management style, time spent at Columbia university, long term goals, she also shares her advice on how to build a  brand  and much much more . Please enjoy the show.

In this conversation we also talk about

– Persistence
– Bootstrapping
– Long term goals
– The meaning of  Unniyarcha, – An  immensely beautiful and legendary warrior of 17th century Malabar India
– Partnering with the Prajwala Foundation, which works towards the psychological and economic rehabilitation of rape survivors in India.
– Heroes
– How she gets inspired!
– And the return of the quick fire round!

Links

Website http://unniyarcha.com/

Twitter @UnniyarchaJewel

 

 

Ep44: Ashwin Damera – Co-Founder & Member of the Academic Board of EMERITUS . On making quality education accessible to the next generation of leaders across the world

Today I speak with Ashwin Damera  Co-Founder and Member of the Academic Board of EMERITUS  an edtech start-up.  They have developed an executive education model based on the leadership and management training needs of mid-management employees. They work with top tier business schools and bring their programs to markets like India, Middle East & Singapore.

So in this podcast we talk what inspired him to do this. , life as a startup founder. , online education, we also talk about his previous startup Travelguru a company that was later acquired by Travelocity in 2009. And his amazing two years spent at Harvard University and much much so please enjoy the show.

In this conversation we also talk about

– Dealing with competition
– Size of the market
– Sign ups so far & Stats
– The 5 year plan
– Leadership and Management
– His background
– Startup challenges
– The main trait an entrepreneurs should have (its a a great answer!)
– The early days of TravelGuru
– Life as a startup founder
– Examples of great business leaders.
– Favorite books
– What should first time founder’s be focussed on.

Links

Emeritus

Thanks to Ashwin for coming on the show today and if you want more information go to http://emeritus.org/
Thanks for listening and subscribing. Since launching we have had 130,000 listeners in total so thank you very much If you like the show please leaving a comment in ITUNES.  Thank you for supporting the podcast.and i shall be back next week. If you have any feedback on the show  Or want to come on please send me an email hello@neilpatel.co or  tweet @indianstartupsh or go to facebook.com/indianstartupshow would love to connect.

 

 

**Competition Time !**

MetLife Foundation is running MetLife Inclusion Plus Competition, an innovation competition which offers a unique opportunity to startups in the financial inclusion/ financial technology space. The idea of Inclusion Plus is to Identify, recognize and support promising social entrepreneurs and enterprises who can potentially make a positive impact on financial inclusion.

The competition  will be targeting entrepreneurs who are leading innovation in the financial services industry aimed at low-to-moderate income households. The applicants will compete for a share of $150,000 USD in awards.

Competitors will submit a product, service, program or innovative solution to improve financial health and well-being for low- and moderate-income people in India. The innovation should demonstrate that it will improve people’s access to and/or adoption and usage of financial products and services.

**Deadline for entries: 23rd November 2016**

For further details kindly visit http://india.inclusionplus.com/

Ep43:  Sanchit Malik- Co-founder of Townscript – On creating  India’s leading event registration & ticketing platform

This week I chat to the  Sanchit Malik (@maliksanchit) co-founder of Townscript. Townscript is  India’s leading self serve event registration and ticketing platform. launched in late 2013 they have served more than 9500+ events majorly in India and other countries like US, Singapore, Australia. We talk about how he got started. startup culture, what he has learned from being an entrepreneur to what excites him most about this startup.

We also talk about

– Stats so far
– Mistakes first founders make
– What it’s like being a co-founder
– Favorite books
– Growing the company
– Plans for the future
– The return of the quick fire round!
– Hobbies & Interests

And much more . Please enjoy the show!

Links

Website: http://www.townscript.com/

Twitter:@townscript

Thanks to Sanchit  for coming on the show and if you want more information go to http://www.townscript.com/  Thanks for listening and subscribing. If you like the show please leaving a comment in ITUNES.  Thank you for supporting the podcast.and i shall be back next week. Want to come om the show send me an email hello@neilpatel.co or  tweet @indianstartupsh or go to facebook.com/indianstartupshow would love to connect.

 

 

Ep42:  Shruti Gandhi- Managing Partner at Array Ventures on solving impactful problems using  technology

Today I chat to Shruti Gandhi, (@atShruti) . Shruti is the managing partner at Array Ventures. Array Ventures is a VC firm based in the U.S.  which focuses on solving impactful problems using revolutionary technology.   We talk about her operational & investment experience,  life in Silicon Valley , machine learning, what she looks for when investing in startups & what first time founders should be focusing on.

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Companies she has invested in
– Favorite startups
– The one thing she wants you to understand about building a startup
– Dealing with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
– Career highlights
– The importance of using your gut instinct

And much much more….

Links

Website : http://www.array.vc

Twitter : @atShruti

 

Ep41:  Lokendra Ranawat – Founder of Wooden Street –  On creating  india’s first e-commerce custom built online furniture company.

Based in the beautiful city of Udaipur. Wooden Street  is a startup that creates e-commerce custom built online furniture and they growing really fast 150% month on month.  According to Lokendra 90% of the furniture market is still unorganized and the market is potentially worth $20 billion.

**in this podcast we also talk about:**

– Statistics – website hits and sales.
– Obstacles and current challenges
– Going global.
– Best moments
– How he keeps on top of things.
– Hobbies & interests.
– Hiring Process
– Standing Computer desks

If you want to know more about Wooden Street. Please go to **woodenstreet.com** if you like the show please leave a rating and review of the show. Just search of the Indian Startup Show on ITunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Downcast, Instacast, Podkicker, And Apple TV .  If you want to come on the show, don’t be shy.

Please send me an email hello@neilpatel.co . Any feedback  go to **neilpatel.co/podcast** and fill in the google form takes 30 secs or  tweet @indianstartupsh or go to facebook.com/indianstartupshow would love to connect.

Links

Website : http://www.woodenstreet.com

 

Ep40:  Deepak Goel – Founder of  KarmaCircles  – On building a peer to peer social learning platform & mentoring over 1,000 people around the world!

Today I talk to Deepak Goel,  founder of KarmaCircles, (@KarmaCircles) a peer to peer social learning platform. They have developed a  really cool mobile-first platform in which you can send a request for a meeting, schedule, interact and thank other professionals for helping you through a KarmaNote

We talk about how he got started , how the app works and why he is REALLY passionate about KarmaCircles .We also talk about his amazing experiences from working in Silicon valley to mentoring over a thousand entrepreneurs around the world over the last six years. ***Special Offer***  If you want schedule some time with Deepak  go to KarmaCircles.com download the app  & mention The Indian Startup Show and Deepak will help you!. Please enjoy the show!

In this conversation we also talk about:

– Mentoring over 1,000 people.
– What excites Deepak most about this startup
– Deepak’s 3 main Passions
– **The ONE thing Deepak wants you to know about building a startup!** (ITS A GREAT ANSWER!)
– 4 questions  you need to answer before you raise finance!
– 6 things you need to put in your slide deck
– His favorite startups over the last 10 years.
– Stats so far.
– How the app works

and much more!

Links

Website : http://www.karmacircles.com
Twitter : @karmacircles

 

Ep39: Vivek Bajaj – Founder of Kredent Academy – On building India’s top financial engagement eco-system

The need for strong financial literacy and financial analytics is very important for complete engagement of citizen of any country ! And In this week’s episode I chat to Vivek Bajaj . Founder of Kredent Academy (@KredentAcademy) and StockEdge (@stockedge) . Kredent Academy is one of the foremost professional training institutes in India with focus on finance and capital markets. Anyone can become a financial market expert through practical oriented learning and strong hold on analytics.

We talk about how he got started. developing content across multiple languages , plans for expansion in South East Asia , vision of the company. Vivek has created an amazing analytics platform for the Indian stock market (stockedge) which already has 25,000 downloads in 2.5 months. With a background in accountancy and building a number of business over the years he gives us excellent financial & recruitment advice if you’re thinking about starting your own business.

 

In this conversation we also talk about:

and much more!

Links

Website: http://www.kredentacademy.com/ & http://www.stockedge.com

Twitter:@KredentAcademy , @mystockedge

 

Ep38: Prashant  Surana – Founder & CEO of Snapper Technologies  – On building a hyper-glocal marketplace in India.

In this week’s episode I chat to Prashant Surana  the Founder & CEO of Snapper Technologies (@snappertechnol1)  These  guys are building a cool platform that allows you to try goods  before you buy ranging from apparel to electronic gadgets. There ultimate aim is to revolutionize the retails sector in  India , very ambitious!  In this conversation we also talk about how the platform works. Plans for expansion . Prashant also shares great insights on life as an entrepreneur.

Links

Website: http://www.snappertech.com/

Twitter:@snappertechnol1

 

Ep37: Chamutal Afek-Eitam  – Founder & CEO of 3 Million Club – On Integrating Technology into the Humanitarian Sector

Today we are talking about how to integrate technology into the humanitarian sector with my special guest Chamutal Afek-Eitam, Founder & CEO of 3 Million Club (@3millionclub)  The 3 Million Club is the amazon.com for life saving products for the humanitarian sector. Since launching they have saved over 2,500 children.

Chamutal has over 17 years working in the humanitarian sector and in this show we talk about  ,
where the idea came from , how the product works,  working in  India , plans for the future  & how you can get involved.

Links

https://3millionclub.com/

@3MillionClub

info@3millionclub.com

Ep36: Neha Gupta,  Founder of Lipikaar.com –  On creating a simple &  intuitive typing tool for all Indian languages

In this week’s episode I chat to Neha Gupta. Founder of Lipikaar (@lipikaar) Lipikaar is a simple and intuitive typing tool for all Indian languages. So this tool works on common text editors like MS Office, website and browser plugins, as well as  keyboard app for Android phones as well. in this conversation we also talk about, ­ how she got started , time spent working at Amazon,  launching the Lipikaar app this year,  the app already has 100,000 downloads.  Neha also gives great advice on B2B sales, networking **(be persistent!)**  and creating a product from scratch

In this conversation we also talk about

– The hardest part about building the  business
– Critical milestones for the next year
– Building the mobile app.
– Digital marketing
– What excites her most about her startup.
– favorite books & blogs
– Business heroes
– 5 quick fire questions!

Links

Website: http://www.lipikaar.com/

Twitter: @lipikaar

 

Ep35: Vidya Vellala  – Founder & CEO of Evayadesk.com  on providing online customer support in a faster way!

In this week’s episode I chat to Vidya Vellala  . Founder & CEO of  Evayadesk (@EvayaDesk)
Evayadesk is a software as a service product  providing help desk software solutions  for businesses around the world.  Vidya built the software herself and now she has a team of 4. We talk about how she got started.  Her engineering background. The number of businesses signed up.  vision of the company ,  plans for the future to her inspirational mother and more!

Viday’s advice on learning to code  “There is nothing we cannot learn in this world!”

in this conversation we also talk about,

– What excites her most about this startup
– How she spends her Sundays
– Digital marketing
– Her views entrepreneurship
– Five quick fire questions. find out Vidya’s food heaven and hell!
– Favorite books
– Where the name Evaya comes from

Links

Website: http://www.evayadesk.com

Twitter: @EvayaDesk

 Ep34: Shuchi Pandya  – Founder & CEO of Pipa + Bella

This week I speak to Shuchi Pandya. Founder and CEO of Pipa + Bella, an online jewellery e-commerce platform offering fashion jewellery to women across India. Started 2 years ago they are growing really fast & have raised funding  So in this conversation we talk about how she got started, What’s it like being a founder , information on how to raise funding! , what to put in you slide deck and collaborating with social influencers & celebrities.

in this conversation we also talk about,

– Advice on growing & marketing your startup.
– Collaborating with social influencers & celebrities.
– Hardest part about building the business.
– Plans for the future
– Sales
– Dealing with VC’s
– Latest trends in Indian jewellery
– A summer spent travelling around S.America!
– 4 Quick fire questions!
And more!

Links

Website: http://www.pipabella.com/

Twitter: @pipabella

 

Ep32: Anirban Poddar  – Founder & CEO of ShopHop on building a marketplace for natural home-grown foods & wellness products

 

In this week’s episode I chat to Anirban Poddar. Founder & CEO of ShopHop (@ShophopIndia)
ShopHop is an e-commerce platform which serves as a curated marketplace for natural, artisanal ,home-grown foods and wellness products. Since launching in January they are growing 100% month on month!

We talk about how he got started. How many orders they get. Advice on how to pitch to investors because they won Pitch 2 Start competition.  We  talk about what first time founders should be focussing on ,  plans for the future. We also discuss  Bacon ice cream & what he does on a Sunday!

in this conversation we also talk about,

– The most surprising thing about his entrepreneurial journey so far
– The vision of the company
– Company stats
– What excites him most about this startup
– Business heroes
– Growing Shop Hop’s user base
– The hardest part about building this business.

And more!

Links

Website: http://www.shophop.co.in/

Twitter: @ShophopIndia

Thanks for listening and subscribing. If you like the show please leaving a comment in ITunes. We had a great last week. The Indian Startup Show had the top podcast episode and the was top podcast in ITunes tech category. **Thank you for supporting the podcast**.. If you have any feedback on the show  Or want to come on please send me an email hello@neilpatel.co or  tweet @indianstartupsh or go to facebook.com/indianstartupshow would love to connect

 

Ep31: Vishal Shah – Founder & CEO of Haute Chef

In this week’s episode I chat to Vishal Shah. Founder & CEO of Haute Chef  (@HauteChefIndia)
Haute Chef is a unique “meal kit” concept, They send a box of pre-measured, labeled ingredients along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions on putting together a truly gourmet dish in your home kitchen. And they are doing a couple of thousand orders month.

Prior to founding Haute Chef, Vishal was an investment banker based in New York and London working with a multinational bank for over a decade.

We talk about what inspired him to start this journey, his life on Wall Street. The vision of the company,  to mistakes he sees first time founders make & plans for the future and much more … please enjoy the show!

in this conversation we also talk about,

– What Vishal looks for when hiring staff
– Plans for expansion for the next 3 years
– The startup scene in Mumbai
– What Wall street is really like!
– Most surprising thing about his entrepreneurial journey so far
– What excites him most about this startup
– Mistakes first time founders make – (don’t get too attached to your product)
– Bootstrapped v funded startups in India
– Food tips for first time visitors to India!
– **New section** → 4 Quick fire questions!

And more!

Links

Website: http://hautechef.in/

Twitter: @HauteChefIndia

 

Ep30:  Anu Acharya Founder & CEO of Mapmygenome on promoting healthy living by understanding the role of genetics

Today I chat to Anu Acharya (@anuacharya)  , The founder & CEO of Mapmygenome.in   (@mapmygenome). Based in Hyderabad  –  Mapmygenome, is a startup

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