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Get your popcorn ready! Today my guest is Shalibhadra Shah, CEO & Co-founder of ABC Talkies. An online movie platform for filmmakers to submit  their  films and for cinema lovers to watch independent cinema on a pay-per-view model. He talks about what motivated him to get this off the ground and  what problem they are solving . He talks about how they add value to the filmmaker and talks about the business model & revenue streams including variable ticket pricing.  He talks about being blessed with failure in the early days and keeping the faith.  Talks about the current state of the movie industry in India and the booming regional content in tier 2/3 cities.  And finally he talks about the time he spent working with PM Modi sharing some interesting tales and insights including the Modi masks  and much more .In this conversation we also talk about:Having an interesting background in digital medialeadershipDigital consumption trendsHow it works & who owns the copyright. Short film market is boomingThe team and hiring process.Huge amount of content not being monetized Wanting to be the Youtube of Movies.Being a stepping stone Favorite movies.and much morelinkshttps://abctalkies.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 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
Launching rockets into space! My guest is Srinath Ravichandran CEO & co-founder of Agnikul, a Chennai-based Indian aerospace manufacturer specialising in building launch vehicles capable of taking micro and nano-satellites to Low Earth Orbit, on-demand. He started as an outsider , working in finance but his heart was always in aerospace. In this episode he talks about the crazy amount of networking, cold calling professors and asking himself some existential questions to get this off the ground! He talks about going through the Airbus Incubator. Raising $11million in Series A funding. Talks about 3D technology, the business model. Great product milestones. Why India is the best place to build rockets. Talks about the Space Tech community in india. Thoughts on Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos endeavours. Talks about dealing with red tape & the government. He gives great advice on networking if you're a bit shy and finally he talks about why he thinks there is life on other planets and why it could be a good thing!In this conversation we also talk about:Making the experience of going into space , like booking an UberMeeting his co-founder playing cricket.Advice for first time founders.Personalising the building of the rocket.Advice on starting your own space tech startup.Educating investors using a 3 step processDealing with the doubters. Living close to SpaceX in the early days.Building the engine using 3D tech. Why building a rocket company is like running a transportation business. And much more https://agnikul.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 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
Transforming storytelling. Today my guest is Summit Nayak - Co-founder of Ekank. They are building a storytelling platform,   democratising non-fiction by bringing lost and forgotten history to the forefront. He talks about how they got this off the ground. Talks about ignoring the experts who told him not to build the product because it wasn't cool enough. But since launching  they have  13.8 million monthly active users, spending in total 74 million minutes on the app and have raised a cool $1million in funding. He talks about building the community, gives thoughts on product management. He talks about building a niche product. Why they are  different from other platforms. Talks about the creator economy and scaling too fast in the early days. Pitching & fundraising insights. Declining attention spans. Having a pool of creators & storytellers. And finally he shares his favourite stories (The Battle of Plassey)  and much more.In this conversation we also talk about:Building a culture companyWhat problem are they solving?Research & customer developmentHaving a proven track record in building startupsFirst impressions of his co-founder.Understanding what the market wantsIs it pressure off or on after raising $GamificationTalking to the experts - William DalrympleBusiness modelKey metrics they focus onWhy they invite creatorsHiring/interview processAnd much more https://www.ekank.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 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 
Disrupting the traditional fashion supply chain with digital intervention. Today my guest is Pawan Gupta.  Co-founder and CEO of Fashinza. They are digitising the supply chain to make it more efficient, transparent, fast, and sustainable. It all started with a trip to Jaipur the clothing manufacturing capital of India - not to talk about manufacturing but pain points. He will discuss what those pain points are! He talks about how they went from  building the MVP using WhatsApp, AirTable and Excel in 2020 to now being one of the biggest companies in the world in this sector. Amazing stuff!  He talks about how they use technology (new and old)  to digitise the supply chain. Thoughts on scaling. How they work with brands and how they onboard customers. Talks about building trust in the early days. Dealing with fast fashion and ethical issues. Gives great  advice for first time entrepreneurs, Being 2x entrepreneur. Talks about having a successful exit. Talks about his 2 part hiring process. And finally he talks about NFT's  his sporting hero Sourav Ganguly and why you should think BIG!In this conversation we talk about:How they connect customers, buyers and suppliers. Growing 20% each month. Digitising the shop floor.Personalised fashion being the next big thing.What motivates him?It's a data problem. Not tech or people problemWhat was his best day so far. What will this company look like in 10 years time?Being a technology first companyProviding real time data, to save costs and be more efficient. Reducing rejection rate  on an assembly line from 20% to 3%And much more!Linkshttps://fashinza.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 1 month. https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Make your startup investment ready! Today my guest is Priyanka Madnani, Founder & CEO of Easy to Pitch. Easy to Pitch is one of the fastest-growing one-stop pitching solutions for start-up founders &  entrepreneurs looking to raise capital for their unique ideas. Since starting she now helps over 500 startups and reviewed over 5000 decks. So in this episode she talks about how she spotted a gap in the market for pitching solutions. Talks about helping founders and what investors are looking for. She talks about what founders should include in the pitch deck & getting your first 3 slides right. She talks about whether you should demo the product and thoughts on Shark Tank pitches. She talks about what founders struggle with when pitching. She talks about the reality of funding and  a 10 second pitch which helped her get a client. She goes on to  talk about branding, building relationships, winning awards  and leadership. and much more!In this conversation we talk about:What inspired her to do this?Why her first ever pitch deck flopped and how she turned it all aroundNot everyone gets fundingAdvice on starting your own brand.Having no role models or mentors at the start.Starting a Facebook group and using Youtube, Instagram, Linkedin.Being a top entrepreneur in indiaGetting funded.Don't forget the financials!Being a solo player and turning into a team player.Advice on finding a co-founderMake sure you practice and be patientAnd much morelinkshttps://easytopitch.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
Your 24x7 singing buddy! Today my guest is Gopal Krishna Koduri  CEO & co-founder of Riyaz.   A  music learning app that  offers an easy and convenient way for aspiring singers to practise their music lessons anywhere, anytime make music learning accessible and affordable. He talks about his love of classical indian music which  inspired him to build this app.  How the app works. He talks about building a venture-funded, steadily growing music learning app that is used around the world (2million downloads, 4k paid users) Talks about UI & UX design challenges, talks about how they deal with feature requests. Talks about pricing and subscription models. Talks technology stacks , how they use data to improve the product. How they get users to download the app.   Dealing with positive and negative feedback. Talks about the EdTech scene in india. Building an MVP in 2017. Thoughts on building an edtech and finally he talks about his fav singers, pays tribute to Lata Mangeshkar, one of India's most beloved singers, who passed recently and he gives you some singing tips for the next time your in the shower! & much more!In this conversation we also talk about:organic growthWhat problem they are solving?4,000 paid users18-35 category not being served.Killing featuresKeeping track of OKRsBeing a hands on founderhow long does it take to be a great singer?And much morelinkshttps://riyazapp.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 
Make Memes Earn Money!  Today my guest is Kyle Fernandes CEO & Co-founder of MemeChat. Founded in 2019, it is a platform that allows users to create viral memes and get rewarded for them. So in this episode he talks about how he came up with the idea. Talks about being a hyper growth startup (25 million memes , 6 million downloads, 1.3 monthly active users). Talks about how he designed & developed the app from scratch. Talks about getting funding from 500 Startups. Next he talks about a new NFT marketplace he is creating called  - MemeClub, so anyone can buy and sell memes globally. He talks about  scaling, the business model, Meme marketing,  viral content, being confident and key metrics -( Daily active users) He talks about giving users a solid reason why they should download the app. Creating an acquisition and distribution channel. And finally he talks about his favourite memes and how to get your meme to go viral   and much much MORE!In this conversation we also talk about:Fundraising advice - be patient!Reaching millions of people on a daily basisThoughts on Shark TankBeing a entrepreneur at the age of 15Getting 50x rejections from VC and then turning down 50 x VC's!Getting approached by major brands to do meme marketingSetting up 600+ pages on FacebookNo other company was doing this!Bringing technology and memes together.Creating value for creatorsWhy memesCreating a memechat keyboardand much moreLinkshttps://memechat.app/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 
Adding fun to a ‘White’ industry. Today I speak to Sulay Lavsi, the founder of Bummer, whose mission is to disrupt the millennial-focused underwear market. In this episode he talks about his amazing journey from not being taken seriously in the early days to his dramatic appearance on  Shark Tank India. He shares brand building strategies and talks about marketing to GenZ &  millennials. He talks about pricing philosophies  -are you playing the brand game or the price game? & spotting a gap in the market . He talks about The mild negative reaction to Shark Tank india on social mediaHe talks about the business model and building partnerships. Why they use micro-influencers rather then the big social media influencers. Why he used paid marketing at the start to establish the brand. Talks about Falling in love with the business and brand. Hiring challenges in Tier 2 cities.  He talks about spending 2 years on R&D and finally he talks about his life changing trip to America. and much more so please enjoy the show.In this conversation we also talk about Why underwear?Assumptions made in the early daysDesign challengesGoing on Shark Tank & pitching in front of millions watching.Studying entrepreneurship  in California.His primary role as a founder.Pitching adviceWhats special about bummer underwear?The manufacturing processand much more!Linkshttps://bummer.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/track/4XfCbGXHPfStMMtghzjqfe?si=f79e5abeed7c480e  
Hello everyone, Thank you for downloading the last episode 2021. After 5 years of interviewing amazing Indian Entrepreneurs I am thinking about investing in a few Indian startups in 2022! if you are building something exciting and need some seed funding  to get your startup off the ground please contact me. Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to over the past 12 months. You will hear from Newslaundry co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri  (2.39m) on building an alternative news model & paying to keep the news free! Next up is Siddharth Manvati (Ph.D) Co-Founder of ClearMeat.  (35.06) He talks about building India’s first cell based meat company. Next is ​​Vivek Bajaj co-founder of StockEdge & Elearnmarkets (59.40) he talks about building the Bloomberg ecosystem for retail Investors in India. And last not least Minakshi Singh Co-founder & CEO of Sidecar & Speakeasy  (1hr34m)  She talks about building India’s best bar & being featured in the coveted Asia 50 best bars in 2020. So sit back  & enjoy some of the best moments of The Indian Startup show and I wish you all the very best for 2022!  Newslaundry co-founder Abhinandan Sekhri on building an alternative news model & paying to keep the news free!(2.39m)Indians don't pay for news! Well they do and today my guest is Abhinandan Sekhri, co-founder of Newslaundry, a news, current affairs & media analysis organisation. They are building an alternative news model , so in this episode he talks about building this high risk venture. Old media & new media business models. Not being dependent on eyeballs. Find out which newspaper is worth reading. Dealing with Twitter trolls. Govt interference in the news. Thoughts on PM Modi, Arnab Goswami and what kept him going in the early days. And why the 'self made man' is a myth. Finally we talk about his experience of directing/producing Highway On My plate , the award winning travel and food program.Where are they now? Dr Siddharth Manvati (Ph.D) Co-Founder of ClearMeat. On building India’s first cell based meat company. Chicken 2.0I catch up with Dr Siddharth Manvati, co-founder of Clear Meat. He came on the podcast last year (EP125) And a lot has changed since we last spoke. He finally talks about the magical moment he finally tasted the first product. He talks about the science behind evaluating taste and smell. The economics of making lab based chicken. Talks about raising finance. Talks about proof of concepts, having 14 sleepless nights , why they are moving from the Indian market to the global markets. When will this be available to the general public? And how they plan to scale the company.Vivek Bajaj co-founder of StockEdge & Elearnmarkets on building the Bloomberg ecosystem for retail Investors in IndiaVivek 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!Minakshi Singh Co-founder & CEO of Sidecar & Speakeasy on building India’s best bar & being featured in the coveted Asia 50 best bars in 2020Minakshi 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 india’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.THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE PODCAST & SEE YOU IN 2022!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/track/4XfCbGXHPfStMMtghzjqfe?si=f79e5abeed7c480e
Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to  over the past 12 months. You will hear from  Raghav Gupta, the co-founder of Nymble labs. (2.57)  His team has built a personal cooking assistant called Julia, so we talk about his appearance on TV. He talks about how they have developed the robot since we last spoke, talks about raising finance ,setting up offices in China and California. Next we have Nitesh Salvi Founder & CEO of Pocket52 (39.11)  on building India’s largest poker platform .He talks about how he went from playing poker in the late nights in his student dorm with friends to building India’s largest poker platform. And last but not least we have Yash Pariani  (1h.08m) co-founder of The Indian Gaming League (IGL) . On building India’s most popular e-sports league & the booming indian e-sport scene.Catching up with Raghav Gupta, the co-founder of Nymble labs.(2.57)  He came on the show back in November 2017 and he is back again with an update. His team has built a personal cooking assistant called Julia. We talk about his appearance on TV. How they have developed the robot since we last spoke, talks about raising finance ,setting up offices in China and California. Talks about why they are changing market focus from India to US. Gives great advice on customer development and how they qualify customers. Talks about becoming comfortable with uncertainty. He talks about how they demoed the robot at TechCrunch robotics conference without paying $$$$ for a booth. And finally we got some music at the end of the show.in this conversation we talk about:-Being VC backed & new business modelHow they came up with research goalsDeveloping a Customer Development process that helped gather more insights about consumers.How they separate feedback from noiseHow they capture the feedback.Taking the cooking robot to the houses of people who had signed up in SF, San Diego and LADealing with the coronavirusThoughts on the b2b and b2c marketsDealing with the competitionDon't fall in love with your product. Fall in live with the problem!Nitesh Salvi Founder & CEO of Pocket52 (39.11)You Got to Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them! Today I speak to Nitesh Salvi,  founder and CEO of Pocket52.   He talks about how he went from playing poker in the late nights in his student dorm with friends to building India’s largest poker platform. He talks about how they build trust and loyalty on the platform. Talks about getting rejected over 150 times despite already having a previously successful exit. He talks about creating a white label business as well as a B2C model. Talks about the psychological side of Poker. Dealing with fraud. And we talk about gambling responsibly  and finally he talks about his  biggest wins and losses on the poker table! and much more.in this conversation we also talk about Growing the user baseSpending 6/7 researching the marketCoin dumpingBuilding a scalable productThe importance of using Lava lamps!Pitch deck adviceCreating the right environment for customersAdvice for first time entrepreneursPlaying poker with his familyReading peopleYash Pariani  (1h.08m) co-founder of The Indian Gaming League (IGL) The Indian e-sport scene is booming. So today I speak to Yash Pariani co-founder of The Indian Gaming League. IGL is India’s most popular competitive gaming and esports league that hosts gaming tournaments online and they are growing fast!  IGL hosts daily online tournaments and battle royales across all your favourite game titles like Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite, Dota 2, Fifa 20, 8-Ball pool, Clash Royale, Pubg and many more. So in this episode he talks about how he is creating an infrastructure for Indian gamers. Talks about building trust within the community. How demonetisation helped the esports industry in India. Talks about esports as a respectable career.and finally he talks about Steve Jobs, dealing with concerned parents and dealing with cheats!In this conversation we also talk about:Stats so farKey learnings as an entrepreneurWhy Fortnite became a hit gameWhat you need to be a top esports player?Streaming gamesEsports v traditional sportsWill it become an Olympic eventOffline tournaments v online tournamentshow much can you win?Thoughts on starting your own Esports teamFemale E-gamersSeeking challengesif 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/track/4XfCbGXHPfStMMtghzjqfe?si=f79e5abeed7c480e  
India’s fintech adoption is booming. So today my guest is Ankur Joshi  CEO & Co-founder of Nuclei,a bootstrapped software enterprise startup that helps banks improve digital banking services by integrating its API platform to increase customer engagement through merchant marketplace and wealth management services. He talks about how he got this off the ground. Mistakes made in the early days. He talks about why they bootstrap and not raise any capital. He explains why the primary product is the team. He then talks about building partnerships, thoughts on B2C and B2B business models.  Talks about sharing equity with staff. Talks about why they think globally from day one & the tech hiring challenges in India. Talks about going fully remote and  building culture. And finally he talks about mental toughness and What he looks for in a co-founder.In this conversation we talk about:Having patienceBeing a serial entrepreneurDon't worry about the vanity metrics!Onboarding new employees. Choosing attitude over skill set.Management style - depends on the maturity of the other person. Building an integrated API platformProcessing 3 million transactions a month.Partnering with 18 banks in India and S.E Asia. And much moreLinkshttps://gonuclei.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
The wearable devices market in India is expected to reach a sales volume of 16.22 million units by 2024. So today I speak to Anmol Saxena, the CEO & founder of Ashva Weartech. They develop wearable solutions for chronic knee pain & spine. So in this episode she talks about her own battles with knee pain that inspired to build a prototype at a hackathon. And since then they not looked back! She talks about how the products work, quitting her job at Ford. Building a MVP. Talks product development. She talks about her research in the early days. She went to 50 clinics and spoke to over 110 knee pain patients. She talks about  dealing with feature requests and how they kill products. Getting paying customers and then having to refund them and then getting to pay again! Why they use an Excel spreadsheet when things go wrong. Partnering with one of India's leading physiotherapist.Talks about an offline marketing campaign that worked really well. Talks about sales forecasts for next year. How they onboard customers. And finally she talks about how the lean business model canvas can help you with your pitch.In this conversation we also talk about:-The wearables market in IndiaHaving a great teamMudra - a motion sensor worn on the upper back. It corrects your spine posture with sensory feedback.Sales forecasts for next yearCreating a reporting system for chronic knee painGetting support from Mum and Dad after quitting Ford.Book recommendation - The art of startup fund raising - Alejandro Cremades3 stages of building the first MVP.8/10 patients do not turn up to the clinic after the first session.The two business modelsStress!Going through an incubatorNot having access to high quality physio in the early daysand much morelinks https://www.ashvaweartech.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 bionic arms for people with disabilities! Today I speak to Rishi Krishan, the CEO & Co-Founder of Symbionic. Symbionic is an affordable, assistive technology startup that makes smart prosthetic devices. It all started due to a freak bus accident which led to him losing his arm.  So in this episode he talks about the huge challenges building a bionic arm. He talks about how he validated the idea by being a human guinea pig. Talks about how they build empathy into the product and the market size. Talks technology and the business model. Talks about the key takeaways in building the first prototype  , talks about user experiences and 3D printing. Talks about what makes this bionic arm so special. Why your users should be your first investors. Getting great advice from AssisTech Foundation (ATF). Talks about being able to ride a bike again! Predictions for 2022. And finally he talks about advice he would give to his younger self and what first time founders should be focusing on.In this conversation we also talk about:-Using 3D printing customisation and sensorsBreaking out of the biases.Having small breakthroughs 10 million amputees in India. How would he sum up his journey so far?Thoughts on recruiting & why you shouldn't always hire the most experienced person. Working with a great teamExisting solutions did not workBuilding something cooler, functional and cheaper.Using it in public and dealing with the reaction.FundingCreating crowdfunding campaignsWorking in a niche marketFeedback loops & dealing with the steep learning curves. and much more!Links http://thesymbionic.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
Ganesh Shankar is back! He came on the show in October 2017 (EP68) & he is celebrating 10 years as an entrepreneur! Ganesh is the co-founder & CEO of FluxGen FluxGen is on a mission to help industries become water positive, and aims to help save 1 billion litres of water everyday using his product AquaGen, a smart real-time water flow and level monitoring system. So in this episode he talks about improving the product using design thinking. He talks about time spent in the Cisco Launchpad Tech accelerator. Talks about dealing with the water crisis. He gives bootstrapping advice. Talks about digitising water structures and how they reduce water consumption by 30%. He talks about bringing water transparency and data to clients.‘Who will marry you now’ - his mom's reaction to him quitting General Electric to do this (he got married!) He talks about  India being the largest groundwater extractor in the world, bigger than China & USA. He talks about the original MVP back in 2017. Having big clients onboard. Questions you should ask yourself before quitting your 9-5 job to do a startup. and finally we reminisce about his epic bike journey from Bangalore to Goa and getting a proposal on Valentines Day, but not that type of proposal! and much more!In this conversation we talk about:10 years as an entrepreneur!Looking back would he change anything?A commencement speech that still motivates himNew projects in solar using dronesBootstrapping is good if you don't have a scalable plan Getting criticism in the early days The true cost of waterHow does he keep on top of things?The ongoing climate crisisA question you must ask → What is the primary driver for buying your solution? Transitioning from projects/consulting company to a product company. Not getting too worried about not getting sales in the early days. Start with the customer or start with the idea?How they de-risk industries and facilities from the water crisis. Dealing with the pandemicBuilding AI & IoT based end to end water management solutions.Being the founder and director of the non-profit The Sustainability Mafia (Susmafia.org). And much more!Links https://fluxgen.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
Nivedha is back on the show!  I spoke to her back in December 2017 (Ep 72). She is the Co-founder of TrashCon. They have created a machine that helps solve India's huge waste management problem by converting mixed waste into Biodegradable and Non-Biodegradable Waste. They started with one tiny machine doing 100kg/day to now doing 200,000 kgs/day!  Last year they did a million dollars revenue and have 3 million dollars in the pipeline this year. She talks about spending 2.5 years working in a dumpsites around India . She talks about working with big corporations and municipalities.  Nivedha then talks about how they launch & test MVP’s and product development. She talks about when to use experts &  when NOT to use experts. Going from 3 to 60 staff & what they look for in hiring, having a great co-founder  and finally she talks about how you shouldn't look for 100% perfection in building a startup..85% is ok! ,  Doing TedX talks  (Failure is when you decide to fail...) Winning awards, and why they have banned the word ‘impossible’ and looking back would she change anything? and much more! In this episode we talk about:Creating wow boardsHaving more downs then upsPatentsHas india's attitude to waste changed?Having no credibility at the start to now working with big corporations & municipalities.Having a co-founder who is a chartered accountant &  engineer helps. How they use the technology to separate the wasteBuilding a culture & not micromanaging everythingHaving a strong vision.Advice for first time founders - Have a clear problem statement.Don't look for perfection! The market is not looking for perfection. Going global.and much more Linkshttps://trashcon.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
Logistics is the hottest industry to be in right now , according to my guest Mudasar Mohamed, Co-Founder & COO of Ezyhaul. Ezyhaul is a logistics tech startup based in India and South East Asia. They are on a mission to transform transportation logistics by building an ecosystem around shippers, truckers, government agencies, and third party service providers. So in this episode he talks about how they validated the MVP by talking to experts & truck drivers. Talks about being very close to going bankrupt but are now growing fast!  300% in 2 years with $180 million in revenue.  Talks about how they digitize the trucking process. Talks about how they use data, dashboards and analytics to improve decision making.  Talks about the two reasons why startups fail. Why three is the magic number in founding a startup. What to look for in a co-founder and the qualities you need to be a COO. Talks about the golden rule in growing a 2 sided market. Why do they employ data scientists? Talks about not getting carried away with valuations & Why is the transport industry still 20 years behind? And finally he talks about whether you!.. YES YOU! should pursue entrepreneurship or stay in your 9-5  job and much more! So please enjoy the show. In this conversation we also talk about:Ecommerce is booming.How they matching supply & demandDealing with resistance to change.Beating the competition by entering Tier 2 cities.First impressions of his co-foundersHe shares what he looks for in hiring (do something entrepreneurial)Books/podcasts recommendationsCreating a blue ocean & staying away from the red oceansWhy the focussed initially on Delhi and BangaloreHow they improve the life of truckers.75K trucks on the platformand much more!Linkshttps://www.ezyhaul.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
If everything is going digital why not theatre? Today I speak to Shreyas Talpade, actor , director , producer and now he is entering the exciting world of entrepreneurship building India's first ever streaming platform dedicated to Theatre and Performing Arts called Nine Rasa. This platform  gives you access to several hours of plays, skits, story-telling, stand-Ups, chats and more across several languages. In this episode he talks about how the idea got conceptualised during the pandemic. Talks abut how the platform works, developing the ecosystem and being a first time entrepreneur. He talks about the decision making process on what goes on the platform and what doesn't. Shreyas then goes on to talk about his acting career including his big break,  learning the craft, getting recognised for the first time. Talks about dealing with directors & writers and finally he talks about why you should ignore the critics , stop overthinking and just go do it!In this conversation we also talk about:Streaming 100hrs of contentThe rise and fall and now the rise of theatre in india. Millennials liking the conceptWho are they targeting?Everyone's a critic!Could he have made it as a cricketer after staring in Iqbal?Dealing with the emotional side of acting. Getting out of the comfort zone & thinking outside the boxTheatre classics v  new content.Not spending any money on marketingAdvice for first time entrepreneursWhy he is not competing with  Netflix and other streaming services? And much more!Links https://www.ninerasa.com/portal/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
Making it easier and cheaper for e-rickshaw drivers to earn a livelihood. Today my guest is Varun Goenka, CEO & Co-Founder of ChargeUp. Charge-up offers the simple solution of Battery as a Service (BAAS)  to a growing community of 2.4 million E-Rickshaws. The company enables the e-rickshaw drivers to join the service without any upfront costs. By subscribing to a daily battery rental plan. Charge-up allows the drivers to visit the swapping station as many as 2-3 times a day to swap the discharged batteries with fully charged batteries. In this episode he talks about how he got started by talking to over 500 drivers, finding huge pain points on the way. He will explain what they are. Talks about working backwards to create product market fit , which they did in 12 months. Talks about traction, the business model  and how they use technology and data to grow the business. E.g driver behaviour, patterns, performance analytics and how they leverage the data.   Talks about missing out on the opportunity in solar and what he  learned. Talks about the positive impact they have on drivers earnings and the environment.  Talks about trying influencer marketing, partnerships with dealers. How fast they are growing. Thoughts on oil/fossil  companies. He talks why reading Bhagavad Gita helps and finally he talks about having a growth mindset and why being a backbencher at school helped!In this conversation we talk about:Battery technologyProduct researchHelping drivers overcome range anxiety & increase revenueOvercoming negative feedback from the battery dealers.How they stop the theft of batteriesHow they build trust with drivers and dealersHaving a co-founder with 'no attitude'Pay per use v buying the asset'Imagination is more important than knowledge' - Albert EinsteinLast mile connectivity/shared mobilityThoughts on the indian Government role in the clean tech space.Working on B2B deliveriesThe experience of driving an electric vehicle.Thoughts on bootstrappingand much moreLinkshttps://echargeup.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
Every year 300,000 wheelchairs are sold in india. 95% of all wheelchairs are one -size fits all. Imagine wearing shoes and everyone has to wear size 14 shoes! So today my guest is Swostik Dash, CEO & Co-Founder of Neomotion. This Chennai-based startup has developed a personalised wheelchair, and a battery-powered clip-on device that converts the wheelchair into a roadworthy electric vehicle. So they helping people with disabilities to live a more independent life with their products. So in this episode he talks about how the journey started by talking to 200 Wheelchair users in 40 locations around india. Talks about the initial stages product development. You will learn how  he makes decisions around feature requests.Talks about how they balance creating impactful products, social change while making money at the same time. Talks about the main 5 metrics he checks every morning. Why don't they go after fancy features.  Interesting thoughts on what Wheelchairs will look like in 100 years time . Talks about the donation drive business model, major milestones. And finally talks about the huge impact he is making on people's lives.In this conversation we also talk about:Why they don't want VC funding yet.Traction & sales so farCustomisations -No two wheelchairs are the same. Supply chain managementManufacturing / fulfilling orders/ quality controlProof of conceptsAdvice on product development Product iterationsWhat they are working on right now.What went wrong in the early days.Enabling wheelchair users to live life to the fullest. Advice for first time founders.Using a whiteboard to deal with negative and positive feedbackProduct design adviceWhy you shouldn't get stuck on your idea‘Startup is a systematic risk minimisation’ - Warren Buffet. Solving the problem of Indoor and outdoor mobilityand much moreLinkshttps://www.neomotion.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
Cryptocurrency is a trillion dollar industry & with a billion people in India the potential is huge! So today my guest Edul Patel CEO of Mudrex. A Y-Combinator startup building an algorithmic trading platform for cryptocurrency.  They help crypto traders create, test and deploy their trading rules into automated trading algorithms without writing code. Started back in 2011 reading the original white paper while still in college and now they are growing 40% month on month. They have 2.5k paying customers and $10 million of assets under management. So today you will find out how he got his first 1k customers. Insights into the crypto scene in india. Talks about the hype/greed/fear/excitement/ in crypto. Are crypto trading bots better than human traders? Talks about the best advice he received at YC(19)  & the intense 24 hr demo day. Edul shares his product strategies on how products should be built and should they how they should be killed. The 3 books he gives to all his employees. And finally I talk to Edul about my first week as a crypto trader! So we talk about portfolios & trading advice. Please note I am not a financial advisor. So please seek financial advice and if you're interested in buying crypto please see the link on the show notes.In this conversation we also talk aboutTractionThe Crypto lightbulb momentIndian regulationsWho are they targeting? Talks about why crypto is so volatile (or is it?) Dealing with user experiences issues in the early days..The challenge indian regulations dealing with crypto and what he would change.Happy to let his bots trade while sleeping.After 10 years finally breaking even and making profitDeal making advice (less is more)3 key skills to become a product manager (32.49)Whats can do wrong in cryptoAdvice for first time product managers with no experienceDealing with stress. Originally building a crypto exchange for India.Linkshttps://mudrex.com/P.SEarn $10 USD in bitcoingemini.com/share/qng4qpxceP.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
Comments (9)

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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