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A Weekly Podcast Show About Indian Startups
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Hosted by Neil Patel & Friends
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Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to  over the past 5 years. You will hear from Vineet Rajan.  Co-founder of Scout My Trip  - India's premier do-it-yourself platform for road trips .talks about pivoting, new insights on the India travel market , growing 5x , expanding into S.E Asia, using virtual scouts & life changing road trips! Next we have Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith. (45m.46sec)  India’s first tech-driven footwear brand, offering customisation of shoes at an affordable price. Next up Vikas Jha CEO & founder of Alore CRM (1h 19m)   - On building one of India's fastest growing sales platform. And last but not least I speak to The Startup Guy aka Vijay Anand , Founder of the Startup Centre (1h 54m)  he talks about the Indian Startup Ecosystem - what's going right, what needs to be tweaked and where to next? So sit back  & enjoy some of the best moments  Vineet Rajan.  Co-founder of Scout My TripThis is an exciting new feature called Where Are They Now ? I catch up with previous guests who came on the show. I catch up With Vineet Rajan the co-founder of Scout My Trip India’s first subscription-based travel planner powered by local travel experts. He gives us an update on what’s been happening since I last spoke to him over 2 years ago including being recognised as being of the top 50 startups to watch in india. Talks about expanding into SouthEast Asia. He explains why they pivoted and now use virtual scouts, talks about raising $500k, talks about content marketing strategies , talks about hot new destinations in india you should visit , talks about a life changing trip to Ladakh and finally he talks about eating ghost chillies in North East India and his second wife latitia(his bike!)In this conversation we also talk about:Growing 5x since 2018A phenomenal 2019 winning 6+ awardsOffline marketing strategiesBusiness Travel marketWorking with HondaClimate change & sustainable travelGreat story how he met his co-founder on the highwayGreat road tripsBeing a startup guy and his co-founder being a corporate guyConsumer mindset in indiaIncome Tax Exemption granted under Startup India ProgrammeHow they use virtual scoutsUsing AI in the futureBeing trapped in the snow for 20hrs!Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith. (45m.46sec)'It was his birthday & I thought of customising a shoe and gifting it to him on his birthday' And so Toesmith was born! and they haven't looked back . I speak to Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith , India’s first tech-driven footwear brand, offering customisation of shoes . In this episode he talks how the 3d customisation works. Talks about customer research , pitching his parents the prototype , how they target customers via Facebook and Instagram, how many orders that get a day, quitting the corporate life, how they plan to scale the operation and finally he gives advice on building an e-commerce business & brand in India.In this conversation we also talk about:Pricing strategies that don't pinch!Getting great feedback & design from a tattoo artistWalking away from nice job at BainHow they deal with copyright issuesThoughts on the offline / retail market.Is it pressure off or pressure on?Launching internationally & scalingExperiencing failure on his previous start-upGetting advice from parents who work in the shoe manufacturing business.Vikas Jha CEO & founder of Alore CRM (1h 19m)  India is emerging as one of the fastest-growing markets for SaaS (software as a service)-based customer relationship management (CRM) firms. So today i speak to Vikas Jha founder & CEO of Alore. Alore offers everything needed to run a sales team at scale - from finding business email addresses to running automated drip campaigns to monitoring the performance of sales teams. So he talks about it all got started , how the product works. How they acquire customers around the world organically without spending money on marketing. Talks about nearly going bankrupt , talks about what makes a great salesperson, being an ex-merchant navy officer turned venture capitalist turned entrepreneur. Gives great book recommendations , talks about burnout , mental health. He talks about bootstrapping strategies what worked and what didn't work and finally he talks about how he transitioned from corporate life to startup life.in this conversation we also talk about:Sales so farEarly bootstrap strategies using Facebook groupsProduct design processUnique pricing models2 business modelsIs email still a good way to sell?The 'land & expand' strategyBook recommendation - Atomic Habits by James Clear & OKR by John DorrSeeing 800 business plans in a year as a VC and what to put in a pitch deck.Great hiring advice and processes.How he dealt with mental health & burnoutAdvice on pivotingDealing with rejectionThe Startup Guy aka Vijay Anand , Founder of the Startup Centre (1h 54m) India is the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, what’s going right, and what needs to be tweaked? I speak to Vijay Anand, AKA The Startup Guy, founder of The Startup Centre in Chennai. He is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring startups in India for the past 10 years. So In this episode we talk about the state of the Indian startup ecosystem. Talk about finding India's identity - China has processes & innovation, Germany does precision machinery, US and Israel drive innovation, Japan has quality. What is India's story?The involvement of India's government - the good & bad. Talks about If someone wants to start a venture today, what areas should they focus on? talks about the 2 kinds of entrepreneur, overvaluation of startups, ethics, blockchain, dogs!, space travel, super human beings and what does he go for - the person or the idea? And much more , so please enjoy the show.in this conversation we also talk about:Differences in the Indian eco-system v Israel eco-systemBig observation about indian startupsIndian domestic market v global marketBill gates & Mark Zuckerberg chatHow do you unlearnLooking at a person as asset not a liabilityThe 3rd wave of startupsHow to find co-foundersWhat gets Vijay out of bed?P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice. Today my guest is Meet Singhal. Co-founder of Stamurai.  A Mobile app that helps you learn & practice speech therapy exercises for stuttering & stammering. So in this episode he talks about how stuttering controlled his life almost having a breakdown and how he turned it all around by developing this mobile app.  Talks about the initial prototype & acquiring his first customers. Which now has 40,000+ installs across 155 countries around the world. Talks about the science and psychology around stuttering. Never ordering food he liked only ones that were easy to say. Dealing with speech therapists. (30% sceptical , 70% encouraging) Talks about the best day so far. What you should and should not do when dealing with a person who stutters and telling his first ever joke! Talks about the subscription based business model . Does music work? - We talk about the headphone scene from the King's Speech! And finally gives great advice about raising finance & finding product market fit. Its an inspiring story and one that will inspire you!In this conversation we also talk about:Traditional speech therapy is expensiveGrowing 15% every month.His Initial assumptions - would people use a self-directed product?Honey is not the cure for stammering & other quacky myths! Speech therapy has not changed for the last 100 years.Being a 2x entrepreneurWhy do people stutter?Biggest learning from the initial MVPWhy his first startup failed  (Khan academy for india) Being Inspired by Charlie Munger. App design challenges.‘Getting rich is never easy in a well formed society’How they onboard users. Getting help from Prosus,  a global consumer internet group.Why do products fail? ‘It's a hard journey , but filled with meaning’Product roadmap - expanding into other speech disorders. linkshttps://stamurai.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Pampering your furry friends the right way! Today my guest is Anjali Kalachand, co-founder of  A Petter Life an e-commerce platform to understand your dog’s nutritional & lifestyle needs. In this episode she talks about why she quit corporate life to do this. Growing 150% after launching only 2 months ago. Talks about identifying gaps in the market and being a bootstrapped startup.   She talks about why the pet industry is similar to the children's industry. Mistakes made in the early days and lessons learned. The rise of dog ownership in India due to the pandemic. Thoughts on the offline competition. And finally she talks about dog friendly vegan ice-cream & why you should buy a dog!In this conversation we talk about:Helping new/existing pet parentsStarting this during the pandemicStray dogs in MumbaiWhat problem are they solving?Dealing with bureaucracy in corporate life.Do dogs have personalities similar to their owners?Is india a nation of dog lovers?and much morelinkshttps://www.apetterlife.in/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
Dropping out of education to do an EdTech startup! Today my guest is Mohammad Yousuf CEO of Edunify. Edunify assists schools in connecting with prospective parents online and helps parents find the right schools for their children. Think of it like a matchmaking service. So in this episode he talks about great traction so far, talks about how they went about validating the idea. Why is selling to schools is one of the toughest markets you can be in. Thoughts on the indian education system & what can be improved. Talks about being a successful 3 time entrepreneur at the age of 21. Talks about successful SEO strategies to get parents to the website. Getting zero marks on his exams including entrepreneurship! and how he turned it all around despite personal hurdles like significant leg disability. Why pretending to be 24 yr old helps! And finally he talks about time blocking techniques that help him focus and be more productive.  Which you can try as well. In this conversation we also talk about:The business modelThe startup scene in Lucknow & thoughts on moving to Bangalore.Advice for first time founders.Paying his own way through collegeThoughts on paid advertising.Being a big fan of ClubhouseWhat problem are they trying to solve?Customer discovery & feedbackWhat was he like at school?Recalling his first pitch!Thoughts on going globaland much moreLinkshttps://www.edunify.in/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
I catch up with Dr Geetha Manjunath, CEO & CTO of NIRAMAI, a deep-tech startup, offering a radiation-free, non-invasive, non-touch, breast cancer screening solution. I spoke to her back in Sept 2017 (Ep67) when they only had a handful of customers, now they are one of the top deep tech startups in India.  In this episode we talk about their core technology  called Thermalytix. How they have innovated during the pandemic. Talk about how they create AI/ML models and how they test them before production. Talk about scaling issues & being part of Google Launchpad and Phillips accelerators. How they have shortened the B2C sales life cycle from 6 months to 6 weeks. Thoughts on selling to hospitals. A deep dive on how do they train the machine when there is little data.  She also talks about developing (AI)-based computer-aided software for controlling the spread of River Blindness with the help from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. She takes a trip down memory lane and talks about  being a member of the C-DAC team which built the first commercial indian supercomputer. And finally she gives great advice for first time entrepreneurs.In this conversation we also talk about:Talk about patents & IP.Being a thought leaderSupervised v Unsupervised learningLaunching a new B2C home screening serviceWorking with data augmentationThermal imagingTaking it to the villagesScaling from 1 to 10 then 10 to 100Using microservicesGetting in the shoes of the usersAre they still a startup?Major milestones reachedHealthcare startups take time!and much more!Linkshttps://www.niramai.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
My first ever guest is back on the show! Harshdeep Singh  Hura founder of WrapItUp - a text summarizer. He appeared on show back in August 2015. We talk about how his app now has 3.5M users. Why he turned down $20 million acquisition for the app. How a anthropology course on apes was a breakthrough moment. Talks why he almost quit tech, what changed and gives us his new fresh perspective on life. He gives us great insights on mobile app design, development &marketing strategies. Talks about going from idea to MVP (starts at 25.19 take notes!) and why does not want a co-founder. Talks about becoming a pastry chef. Thoughts on Clubhouse being the next big thing. And finally we take a trip down memory lane and talk about the embarrassing first ever episode of the indian startup show. in this conversation we talk about:Starting out writing algorithms on paper & not using existing NLP algorithmsBeing the most successful solo iPhone app developer in India (in my opinion!)Taking risks in your 20’sReaction to friends and family on turning down $20millionSetting up Indoor Hydroponic farming space.Entering the News Summarization space with a new line of products built around the WrapItUp algorithm, L.A.S.T. 5 [Linguistically Advanced Summarization Technique]Is it still a good idea to build an iphone app in 2021Helping salesforce administration to learn to code and then getting angry feedback from Salesforce content creatorsBeing stressed &  receiving  a cold email that got his life back on trackGrowing an inch since we last spoke (6ft 9 inch)Building a remote first  E-commerce agencyWhy they don't do regular marketing to create brand awareness.Hiring only fans influencersHow he settles arguments with his dad.Why ‘luck can only take you so far!’Why you shouldn't change the world - but change one person’s worldStarting WrapitUp because he was too lazy to readAnd much more!Linkshttp://harshdeephura.com / @kinngh on Clubhouse and Twitter / http://admin2dev.com / http://wrapitupapp.com (both available on http://harshdeephura.com) P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
Building India’s first home-grown AR headset. Today my guest is Pankaj Raut the co-founder & ceo of AjnaLens. AjnaLens designs & manufactures AI-powered mixed-reality glasses for defence , education and enterprise customers. He talks about it all got started by being inspired watching James Bond movies. He talks about how the product helps the Indian armed forces & talks about design and development process.  He talks about VC funding, future trends & opportunities. He gives us his thoughts on the AR/VR startup community in india. Thoughts on Google glasses 10 years on and dealing with the competition.  And finally he talks about leaving India at the age 17 to go study in London.  Meeting his co-founders at Google startup weekend.  Seeing his first hologram and being inside a tank! In this conversation we also talk about:Building the first prototypeChallenges in the AR/VR marketWhat will VR/AR devices look like in the future.Getting a scholarship to go LondonWhere the names comes from.Common mistakes AR/VR startups make.Meeting people with the right synergies.How he resolves differences of opinion with his co-foundersAdvice for first time founders - take 2 steps back!and much more!Linkshttps://www.ajnalens.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV   
Building a digital bank to help small businesses in india.  My guest today is Anish Achuthan CEO & co-founder of Open - a new age digital banking platform. In this episode he talks about how they raised $37 million from prominent investors, and shares amazing growth statistics. He talks about how they use customer acquisition channels.  He shares UX strategies when developing the website & mobile app. Talks about being a 5x entrepreneur. Talks about the importance of branding and PR in getting your startup off the ground. Talks about how they evaluate talent. Going from 10 to 250 employees. Thoughts on demonetisation 4 years on. Hiring a sales guy when they couldn't afford one.  Pitching to investors with a live demo instead of a slide deck.And finally you will learn how to deal with corporate companies if you’re a startup.In this conversation we also talk about:User testingCreating a pilotBeing the first mover in the marketBuilding Culture & LeadershipBeing persistanceBeing married to the co-founderis 'Cash still king?'Reaching out to small villagesBanks having reservations in the early daysIntegrating legacy systemsand much morelinkshttps://open.money/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV    
Nothing is useless in this world. What can be a waste to you is someone's asset’ - The ‘Recycle man of India’ aka Dr Binish Desai, social entrepreneur & founder of Eco-Eclectic . I spoke to him back in February 2019 (Ep 106) and he is back again to talk about inventing a new type of brick made from recycled PPE material. He talks about creating a female empowerment centre for former sex workers. He then talks about building low cost homes using 3D technology, talks about trust issues after getting ripped off by a business partner. The pillars of success and what we can expect in 2021. And why you should start identifying waste as an asset.In this conversation we also talk about:Observe - fail - Learn - Solve  framework.Creating Eco BinsThe process of converting PPE into bricks..Brick 2.0!Creating affordable housing in the USA, Philippines & india, & Africa The Recycle man - the bookWhat did he learn about himself during the pandemicMaking jewellery & crockery out of coffee wasteCarrying 2 bricks around wherever he goesStop using single use coffee mugs!Expanding globallyTrying to create the world's first recyclable house. 3D printing of the entire home.Coming from a family of social entrepreneurs.and much morelinkshttps://www.binishdesai.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
100 million famers are expected to be online in the next 5 years. So today I speak to Siddharth Dialani, co-founder & CEO of BharatAgri a farming technology platform where they work with farmers directly. improving their productivity. Think of it as a digital farming assistant. So in this episode he talks about what inspired him to do this, building the first prototype. The problems farmers face. Time spent working on a farm for a year & being treated like an outsider . He then talks about how they create an algorithm that decreases the cost of production to farmers. Talks about how they use analytics to improve the customer journey. Talks about raising finance , how you should pitch investors. Why 'investors want you to do less not more' How they on-board farmers online.  And finally he talks about his time at housing.com. The current farmers strike and being awarded Forbes 30 under 30!In this conversation we also talk about:-Insights gained from talking to over 400 farmersWhy agriculture is a complicated business.Farmers  not understanding the share icon & notification icon. And how they changed itSoil/water/weather parameters that go into building an algorithm.Quickly pivoting to a digital strategy during the pandemicThoughts on product market fitWhat will farming look like in 20 years time?Pitching & getting $50k from Uber.Book recommendations.and  much moreLinks https://bharatagri.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
No 1 Best Business Podcast in india!  Big Thank You to CEO magazine India. I am humbled and honoured. Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to over the past years. You will hear from Shankar Prasad. Founder of Pureplay Skin Sciences. They are Building India's fastest growing new-age, values-driven vegan skin care & beauty brand. Next I speak to  Akriti Khatri The founder of the Venus Detective Agency - India’s leading female private detective agency And finally  I speak to  Naina Hiranandani, COO & Co-Founder of Sirf Coffee.  A Bespoke dating service revolutionising dating for global Indians. So please enjoy the show, and i wish you all the best for the new year!Pureplay‘One piece of advice I will give is this - listen to the consumer , listen to the consumer, listen to the consumer , everything flows from that, if that’s not part of you equation then your starting at the wrong place - Shankar Prasad. Today I speak to Shankar Prasad, Founder, Pureplay Skin Sciences.One of indian fastest growing vegan & grooming brands. He has over 20 years of creating and building consumer goods india. So in this podcast we talk about his iterative design process, his research , his pricing strategy , using social media influencers, the Skin care for men market, taking calculated risks, advice on building your own consumer goods brand and learn how to improve your communication skills. And finally some warren Buffett chat as well.In this conversation we also talk about:Starting out as a chemical engineer.Leaving corporate life and going it alone.Why vegan?Bring inspired by the goodness of nature, and & doing goodOnline & offline selling strategiesUnderstanding want goes on in the west ,will likely happen in IndiaSocial media advice - Earn your place at the table.Launching skin care products for men & size of market.Favourite brands and why.Thoughts & experiences on using Youtube video for marketing & advertising.Sirf CoffeeWhat do women want? & how do you deal with those annoying Aunties! Well today your going to find out. My guest is Naina Hiranandani, COO & Co-founder Sirf Coffee. Sirf Coffee is a bespoke dating service revolutionising dating for global Indians. In this exciting episode she talks about servicing clients around the world using an offline approach to dating and why they take this approach. She talks about the operational side of the business and why the business model has not changed over 10 years. She talks about why they don’t spend money on marketing or take investment and finally she shares some great dating advice you can try if your footloose and fancy free!In this episode we talk aboutHow many dates have they have setupWalking away from a lucrative career to do thisBuilding a prototypeWord of mouth marketingDo opposites attract?What it takes to be a COOThe future of datingBeing different to the rest of the competitionHaving courageBook recommendation Sapiens - Yuval Harari & Modern Romance - Aziz AnsariVenus Detective AgencyThe explosion of online dating & matchmaking apps in India has led to a huge rise in the number of private investigators tasked with exposing love cheats. Today my guest is Akriti Khatri , the founder of Venus Detective Agency . She is like the female Miss Marple, So in this exciting episode she talks about how she got started and turned this into a very successful business with offices around india. She gives great advice for first time founders and she will also talk about going undercover to check up brides and grooms before they get married , she talks dating, using high technology gadgets, conflicts, emotions. Why business is booming due to soap operas and why spending 30 days in the office doing nothing set her up for big success!In this conversation we talk about:Business modelBlackmail , honey traps & love affairsWhy females make the best detectivesWhats in her spy kit?The Long hoursWould she recommend this as a career?P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.SBig News I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. Please get in touch music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to  over the past 5 years. You will hear from The Tech Witches - A group of 5  Indian high school girls. They have built  an app that connects children at orphanages to senior citizens in nursing homes, allowing them to spend time together. Next up  Dr Siddhant Bhargava co-founder & nutritionist at Food Darzee.He is tackling India's growing obesity problem.by creating a health & nutrition company offering fresh, healthy food delivered daily to your doorstep. And last but not least I speak to  Tanul Mishra CEO of Afthonia labs. Afthonia labs  focuses on early stage startups in Fintech and provides them with a trusted ecosystem to grow and succeed.Finally  I would like to pay tribute to everyone listening and subscribing to the show for the past five  years. Without you, this podcast would not have been possible! So I’m very grateful TechWitchesAfter losing both grandparents Ananya Grover & her fellow classmates decided to build something in the social sector space. So she and her fellow classmates aka 'The Tech Witches' decided to build an app called Maitri. An app that connects children at orphanages to senior citizens in nursing homes, allowing them to spend time together. In this episode I will talk to two of the ladies. CEO Ananya Grover & CTO Arefa Muzaffar. They talk about how it all works. Flying out to San Francisco and pitching the app to Google Ventures. They talk about how this app can fight depression in two groups. Being the only indian team in the Technovation Girls competition - A global competition featuring 19,000 kids and 170 teams from across 38 countries . They talk about what makes a great entrepreneur, how they work together and finally some Michelle Obama & Malala Yousafzai chat.in this conversation we talk about:Sleepless nights!How they dealt with skeptical adultsImproving everyone's social and mental well-being.The rise of loneliness in a connected world.Research/design/coding challengesTargeting two sets of usersWhy they call themselves the TechWitchesGetting feedback from Google Ventures.Food DarzeeIndia has a growing obesity problem! Today I speak with Dr Siddhant Bhargava co-founder and nutritionist at Food Darzee. Food Darzee is a health and nutrition company offering fresh, healthy food delivered daily to your doorstep. So in this episode he talks about his rollercoaster startup journey so far. Overcoming challenges, shares great advice for first time founders. Why obesity is a growing problem in India to dealing with Bollywood celebrities. Helping comedian Tanmay bhatt lose weight. Learn about the practical diet changes for a fit body. Advice on losing weight, nutrition being body positive, and finally his love of butter chicken!In this conversation we also talk about:Statistics so far.How does this workHaving sleepless nights.Being the Keto expert in India.Educating Indian Mothers!Protein v carbsWhat keeps him going?the next milestonesSiddhant's idea of food heaven & food hellHow much protein do you need?Digital marketing advice.Siddhant's advice on what I am eating!Afthonia labsWith over $1.85 Billion invested in the Indian FinTech space so far, I speak with Tanul Mishra CEO of Afthonia labs. Afthonia labs focuses on early stage startups in Fintech and provides them with a trusted ecosystem to grow and succeed. She talks about what startups should be focussing on and what they are looking for . She also reflects on her time as the co-founder of Eatelish, a successful food service that is a bridge between artisan foodmakers from across India and consumers. She talks about surviving the early days, breakthrough moments, having a successful exit and an interesting story about pickles and sorting things out over a cup of hot chocolate!In this episode we also talk about:Funding is not the ultimate benchmark of success.Advice on launching startups.What should go in your pitch deckBeing excited & emotional after a successful exit.Having an epiphany when trekkingGreat thoughts on when the right time to sell your startup.Examples of Fintech startupsBook recommendation - Calvin and hobbsPartnering with VC'sand much more!P.SSkillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel 
Charanjeev Singh aka CJ aka The Flying Sikh is back on the show! I spoke to CJ on the show 5 years ago  and he is still going strong.  In fact they are now launching in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.  He talks about acquiring 10% Sikh grooming market just through word of mouth. Talks about Product development life cycle and why the weather plays a big role. He talks about building a community centric brand. Talks about product failures Talks about the importance of Sikh culture in 2020. Why the indian hipster phase has died. Launching a streetwear brand. Shopping card abandon rates.  And finally he talks about creating the world's first beard deodorant and much more.in this conversation we also talk about:Not burning money on marketingThe good & bad of CovidWhy it takes 8/9 months to launch a product.Demonetization & implementing GST issuesNew thoughts on entrepreneurshipBeing patientGoing offlineWould  he change anythingBeing the 'GQ' for SikhsWhy beard textures are different around the world.and much morehttps://www.singhstyled.com/
Making space explorable & economical for the future generation. Today i speak to Dr Srimathy Kesan CEO of SpaceKidz India - SpaceKidz india helps  students to pursue their space dreams regardless of their field of education, social status, and geographic location.   in this episode she talks about how it got started. How under her guidance, students designed Kalamsat - the world’s lightest satellite ever to be placed in orbit!  Her team of students are currently building the world's lightest rover for the moon. She also talks about how they use ‘ the make or break approach.  Using 3D technology.  Being mocked in the early days and people refusing to turn up to the first launch .She talks suborbital launches and trusting yourself. She talks about winning 20+ awards , Great advice for first time founders.  She talks about being a former paratrooper, why she called herself Indira Gandhi as a 5 year to get into a top school. And is there life on other planets?In this conversation we also talk about:Taking a 16 year sabbaticalThe space community in IndiaVision & redefining space dreams for Indian kidsGoing to NasaHer initial dream of joining the army was rejected by her father,Designing & building a satellite from scratch in 6 daysBeing emotionally  attached to the moonPeople refusing to turn up to the first launchWhy her dad turned up at school  for 15 days in a row at 5am!Turning her kitchen into a  science labMarried at a young age, which put all her dreams and wishes on hold.and much morehttps://www.spacekidzindia.in/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
India's drone whizz kid Harshwardhan Zala is on the show today. He has built a drone that sniffs out landmines. So In this conversation we talk about how it all got started at the age of 9. Spending 6-8 hours in  a cyber cafe with his grandfather.  Being inspired  by a YouTube video where soldiers were trying to defuse a mine. Talks about the remarkable  journey from not being taken seriously to be mentioned in the speech by PM of Israel. Talks about working with the indian government and military. Talks about how they implement AI/Machine learning and GPS in the drone and how it all works. Talks about being invited to Silicon Valley, Talks about The early prototypes, accuracy rates, the successful demos and not so successful demos! Working with adults. Talks about the future of drones  . He then goes on to talk about burnout, and some insights on the drone community in India. And what makes a great developer. In this conversation we also talk about:Teaching engineering graduates at the age of 12 for extra pocket moneyThoughts on being called a child prodigy/geniusCompleting 40+ projects by the age of 12The hardware,  software and design challenges.Dropping out of schoolHow you can get started with hardware developmentPublic perception of dronesNot having enough drone parts in India.Great tips on staying focusThe problem - 110 active mines buried around the world.Developing code in-house v open sourceWhen will it go live?and much moreLinkshttps://www.aerobotics7.com/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWVand finally ...PLEASE STAY SAFE!!
Don’t be a Vanity SaaS. Be a value SaaS business. Today my guest is Shekar Nair - Partner & co-founder of Upekkha a business accelerator for early stage SaaS startups.  They help founders build value based startups not vanity based startups. So he talks about why they focus on SaaS startups only. We talk about pricing strategies. Launching strategies &  getting your first customers. We talk about co-founder issues, setting up in Delaware, USA. Why is there no Microsoft equivalent in India yet? and who could it eventually be and finally what  he learned most about himself during lockdown .in this conversation we also talk about:Developing the fundamentals of the SasS flywheelGrowing fastWhat does Upekkha mean?Biggest insights do farFuture of SAAS.Advice first time foundersWhat are they looking for?What is a vanity SaaS business?Being a thought leader for SaaS based businesses in India.and much morelinkshttps://www.upekkha.io/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWVand finally ...PLEASE STAY SAFE!!
 I speak to Yashika Shah the co-founder of Nandoo. Nandoo is India's only FUN health & wellness startup. Since launching they already have 200,000 members. So in this episode she talks about how it all works. You will learn how she manages a full time job working in investment banking, while working on this startup. Being married to the co-founder. She talks about building a community & targeting stressed out Indian millennials and find out how many minutes you need to walk to get an IPhone!In this episode we also talk about:4.30AM starts!Taking fun seriously! TodayHow they went from 0-200,000 in under 6 monthsFuture business modelsIndian marketing strategies - what worked, & what didn't workWork life balanceNext up I Rajiv Talreja India’s Leading Business Coach and is the author of the International Bestseller called – “Lead or Bleed” So in this episode You will learn how to stand out from the competition. Mistakes entrepreneurs make. Examples of core strategies that you can use in your business. And why the customer is not the king! in this conversation we also talk about:Having a strict fatherBeing in debt"If you don't lead in your business you will bleed!" Two failed businesses.Anyone who has scaled a business is not the most intelligent person on the team.Spirituality.Business heroesBeing a selfish cricketerBeing a freak of work life balance.Living an 'And' life not an 'Or' lifeTedX talkWhy self employment is a trap.Next up Akshaara Lalwani founder of Communicate India one of the fastest growing Marketing and PR companies in India. She started this business from her bedroom age 23 and now in the 10th year employs over 100 people has clients around the world and won a number of awards. So in this episode she talks about her amazing journey. Some of her favourite PR campaigns - including flying pizzas. You will learn about client relationships and how she measures success , and dealing with crisis management and finally some chat about Margaret Thatcher , sushi , Will Smith, Tequila, insects and eating pizza 14 days in row!In this conversation we also talk about:Challenging first yearGrowing 150% in the last year'You can't please everyone - Not even chocolate can!'Getting a pizza delivered by a drone!The dream company she would like to work with.Being careful of how you use social influencersEstablishing a 90:10 gender ratioLearning on the jobWhat she has learned as a female entrepreneurBeing called the Margaret Thatcher of the PR industryExpecting the worst not the bestAnd Finally Venk Potula. Venk is an award-winning Indian-American filmmaker and actor, producer & creator of the new Indian-American fiction podcast called Masala Jones. A subversive and daring new comedy about one man's journey to become the world's first Indian-American adult actor. Venk talks about his life in Hollywood as an Indian-American , how he come up with idea. his entrepreneurial spirit. An amazing story of how he got discovered. What fame is really like and what comes with it. His dream role. We go through his IMDB appearing in VEEP and finally a great story about playing a zombie (make sure your not eating anything!)in this conversation we also talk aboutHow much research did he do?Working with hall of fame AVN actress Aurora SnowVirtual Reality in the theaterAppearing on Veep was he star struck?Time spent at UCLAHollywood partiesStay out of L.A!Making money in the entertainment businessTaking acting classes - Running around staring at wallsBeing a hustlerP.SBig News I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts Then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. Please get in touch , P.P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWVand finally ...PLEASE STAY SAFE!!
Minakshi started with an Excel spreadsheet back in 2006. And this year has recently been awarded the best bar in  India , and in Asia’s  50 best bars list of 2020. Amazing achievement considering women working in bars is extremely uncommon. it's a bit  of a  taboo subject. So she talks about how she overcame those challenges. She talks about finding her passion, Working 14-15 hours a day. She  reveals how she got  people in India to drink an Old Fashioned & Whisky Sour’s! What she learned about herself during  lockdown. We talk about  indian’s complicated relationship with alcohol.  And finally she shares her secrets to making a great cocktail. It's truly an amazing story and one that will inspire you as well.in this conversation we also talk about:How she came up with concepts and themesBuilding a bar from scratch or buying an established business.Non alcoholic v alcoholic cocktailsFavorite cocktails.Dealing with the lockdown.Getting an adrenaline rush from bartending Why being a bartender is similar to giving a theatre performance .Not taking it too seriouslyDealing with bureaucracy Advice on building your own bar,Getting women into the industryLinkshttps://sidecarbarindia.com/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Vivek Bajaj is back on the show! He is co-founder of StockEdge & Elearnmarkets.com. He appeared back in August 2016 (EP39) and since then his app has gone from 50K downloads to 1.5million downloads. And has gone from employing 25 staff to over 140 staff. So in this episode he talks about how they have scaled the operation.  Talks about finding great business partners. Thoughts on the current stock market, Common mistakes first time investors make. Shares formulas for investing including the ‘10 10 10’ rule. Talks about his best investments and worst. Why Reliance stock is a ‘buy’. Why he doesn't invest in Bitcoin. Talks about raising finance. Gives great advice for entrepreneurs And finally the most important lesson about money he has learned so far! in this conversation we talk about:Revenue stats so farWhat problem are they solvingWhich product makes most revenue?Are they still a startup?Dealing with the big lossesNever comprising on sleepWhy you shouldn't just look at the price of a stockUsing you gut/intuition  picking stocksThe importance of interest rates on the stock marketWhat is going to happen  to the stock market in the next 6 monthsThoughts on robo advisorsWhy your tech product should always be in 'beta'And much more!Links https://twitter.com/vivbajajP.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
If sex sells, why is it so difficult to make money? Well today we are going to find out! I speak to Shakun Sethi  founder of Tickle.life - The world's first community based discovery platform for sexual wellbeing and sexuality.She talks about her desire to build this. She goes in depth about building not one but two MVP and spending a year visiting over 100 sex toy shops for research. She talks about getting user feedback, using the sprint model. What metrics they use and the design issues faced. She talks about what really matters when building a community from scratch. She talks about the Indian market. And finally she talks about how to improve your EQ.In this episode we talk about:What are the users needsgetting 5k people to download the app with marketing.Indian customers being ready but still having reservationsWhat she learned from her first startupHaving a therapistwhy she gets DM's but no RT's! Failure is ok!Building a discovery platform not a social networkHer leadership styleIdea V ExecutionWhat she googled before telling her parents!Linkshttps://www.tickle.life/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
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Krishna Rajput

Very Noisy!

Jun 24th
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Arpan Jain

She's passionate and emotional and empathetic which is really good but no stats no straight answer to the questions that are asked, makes this a bit boring

Sep 14th
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Saurav Thakkar

out of all the episodes this is the worst person you have chose

Aug 26th
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freefire Player

wow

Jul 29th
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Ximenes Young

Great to learn Indian Startups!

Jun 6th
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Raghu Meda

i like the details that Anirudh explained in the podcast. i am curious to read his book now

Apr 15th
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Rahil Hussain

Hi

Mar 25th
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Himanshu Agarwal

one of my favourite youtubers ..

Dec 24th
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Bhavya Singh

The 'thank you' at the end of the show sounds like a 'fuck you'. Wonder why you didn't edit that bit.

Apr 28th
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