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  • When you hear the word Startups & Angel Investing, which cities do you most commonly think they are based out of? Bengaluru, Delhi / Gurugram, Mumbai, or Chennai.

    The guest of our today’s episode, Abhishek Rungta clearly breaks this stereotype.

    Back in 1997, when he was still in his graduation, he had two options post college -

    - Join his father’s family business in Jute Trading

    - Start something totally unexpected

    And that’s exactly what he did, he founded Indus Net Technologies from Kolkata, completely bootstrapped, which today has 200+ active clients across Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, Publishing, Media, Government, Healthcare and Entertainment sectors in five continents.

    Today his company has an ARR of $11Mn, and offers services in verticals such as:

    - Integrated Digital Marketing Services

    - Cloud Application Development (CMS, CRM, E-Commerce, ODC, OPD)

    - Enterprise Mobility

    In parallel to this, he also started as an Angel Investor and later as an LP.

    During the episode, Abhishek talks about the crux of his journey as an investor, his learnings along the way, what mindset he currently carries as an investor and much more.

    Notes -

    01:07 - Family Business Background - Jute Trading

    03:48 - Acquiring a global client base from Kolkata

    06:50 - His journey in Angel Investing

    12:13 - Value of despair in investing

    15:14 - Thesis: Investing in 2nd time founders

    22:05 - Diversifying your investments

    33:01 - Learnings to intake as an LP

    35:11 - Investors’ whose thesis he looks up to



  • Habits! Our habits make us who we are as a person. Since an early age we’ve been told by our parents and mentors, the distinction between a good and a bad habit.

    But how often do we skip to the good one’s?

    Specially as grown-ups, can you confidently say that you have the best habits in terms of -

    1. Managing your finance & expenses

    2. Managing your work life balance

    3. Having a fruitful & fulfilling day

    Something similar intrigued Rajan Singh, the guest of our today’s episode, to start HabitStrong in early 2020.

    Prior to HabitStrong, Rajan served as a IPS officer, as a McKinsey consultant, and as an investment professional with a private equity fund.​

    HabitStrong started with him inviting people to join him on YouTube sharp at 5 am, for a 30-day challenge. And the next morning, he was surprised to see several people already waiting. Over the next few months, through several bootcamps, thousands of applicants and several hundreds of volunteers, HabitStrong was on its journey to positively create an impact in everyone’s life.

    During the episode, Rajan talks about how people run after work, money and luxury lifestyle and how it can lead to a deterioration of mental peace over time, and much more.

    Notes -

    01:18 - Journey to starting HabitStrong

    05:02 - “Things that sound the simplest are often the most powerful and most overlooked.”

    11:15 - Why did he make the choices he made?

    19:48 - Current scale of HabitStrong

    29:15 - What does Financial Independence mean for him?

    33:33 - His definition of happiness - “Ability to step back from what is not making your life meaningful.”



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  • # 5M+ Shopping Moments Personalized

    #400M+ Monthly Active Users Engaged

    #30B+ Messages Sent Monthly

    #$10B+ Additional Revenue Delivered

    These are some of the metrics driven by WebEngage, which caters to 400+ global brands as a robust customer data platform, personalization engine, omnichannel campaign manager, and an analytics engine.

    In today’s episode we have Avlesh Singh, WebEngage’s, CEO & Co-founder, sharing insights on how they’ve built a seamless full-stack Retention OS.

    During the episode, Avlesh talks about how companies can reach out to their own users, reducing churn and increasing retention, instead of reaching out to third-party ad platforms, and much more.

    Notes -

    01:45 - Intro to Webengage

    05:06 - “Marketing will only put a certain amount of value to the software, only if we are able to bring more users back to the platform.”

    13:20 - Current scale in terms of revenue & customers

    36:51 - Learnings from his experience as a founder



  • "The world is going through one of the worst recessions, and you plan on starting a Travel venture. You must be out of your mind!"

    This was precisely the reaction of everyone around Prashant Pitti, the guest of today's episode, and his co-founders when they decided to launch EaseMyTrip during the 2008 Recession.

    In fact, when they approached a few VCs during their early days to pitch for an investment, they received multiple preset filters and nuances -

    # A B2B travel venture won't grow big enough

    # You're late; there are so many travel startups already

    However, proving everyone wrong, they've grown leaps and bounds since inception, so much so that they were one of the first internet companies to go public during Covid.

    During the episode, Prashant talks about how they are thankful for not being VC-funded, some of the tough calls they took during their journey, which propelled their growth, and much more.

    Notes -

    01:02 - Starting a travel venture during recession

    02:52 - Problem statement solved by EaseMyTrip for Travel Agents

    05:49 - Impact on growth because of not charging “Convenience Fees”

    07:44 - Being extremely efficient and disciplined as a company

    13:41 - Decision behind going public

    16:59 - How did EaseMyTrip remain profitable even during Covid?

    25:31 - Why does EaseMyTrip prefer hiring Non-IITians?



  • 4.03 billion people!

    That’s the most recent reported number of email users worldwide. No platform even comes close to the potential reach of email. The latest Facebook statistics give them over 2.8 billion monthly active users.

    As of today there are almost 1 billion and 700 thousand active users of Gmail, being of the most popular email service providers. But it was launched on 1 April 2004. Prior to Gmail, the tech trend of that era was Hotmail, and if you had a Hotmail account, that was something worth showing-off.

    Founded in 1996, by the guest of our today’s episode Sabeer Bhatia and his co-founder Jack Smith, Hotmail was the world's first web-based email when it launched.

    Back then, they sold it two years later to Microsoft for an estimated $400m. Since then Sabeer, became the face of tech entrepreneurship, and has been inspiring generations.

    Recently last year, in 2020, he’s back with an idea, which might lead to another tech revolution, named ShowReel. Consider this as a short-video version of Linkedin, where your profile, all your posts, and feed will have just videos.

    During the episode, Sabeer talks about his vision with Hotmail, what are his current plans with Showreel, what all founders can learn from his entrepreneurship journey and much more.

    Notes -

    01:02 - Right timing as an entrepreneur

    03:06 - What led to Hotmail’s acquisition?

    09:55 - His journey as an entrepreneur & investor post acquisition

    11:27 - Problem statements being solved by ShowReel

    17:21 - His opinion about Web 3.0

    23:47 - “Only crazy entrepreneurs change the world.”



  • A founder’s role is challenging, requiring expertise in multiple enterprises. From funding to hiring, it is entirely the onus of the founder to convert visions into reality.

    In today’s episode, we’ve brought Sameer Guglani, Founder of Supermorpheus, a Community-driven seed investing platform, to simplify the founder’s role and expand it beyond finance to foster the entire Startup team’s well being. Supermorpheus (the evolution of Morpheus) is a curated global community of founders and folks in the startup space focussing on consciousness-driven creation of Startups and wealth with 350+ founders and 40+ investments.

    During this episode, Sameer talks about how startups need to focus on integral growth, optimizing startups for the long run, and prioritizing excellence over the competition.

    Notes:

    3:12 Birth of Supermorpheus
    29:12 Fundamental Changes in the Indian Startup Ecosystem
    33:00 Role of Financial freedom in Sameer's Journey
    38:49 Time spent on self-development
    43:17 Similar Patterns observed among founders

  • A notion amongst most Indian SaaS entrepreneurs is to move to the US to expand or start from the US from Day 1 itself.

    However, in today's episode, we've brought Anand Jain, Co-founder of CleverTap, to debunk this myth and shed more light on what an early-stage SaaS founder's roadmap should be in terms of either staying in India or moving to any global market.

    CleverTap is a leading customer engagement and retention platform, trusted by over 10,000 apps, including Gojek, AirAsia, Sony, Vodafone, Carousell, and Cleartrip.

    During the episode, Anand talks about how a company needs to adopt new market plans to continue growing one milestone after another, his learnings early-stage SaaS entrepreneurs can consider in their journey, and much more.

    Notes -

    00:55 - Founding CleverTap

    06:57 - $45 Mn ARR and customer growth Y-o-Y

    10:43 - “What got you to 45 will not get you 100.”

    16:55 - Is moving to the US to expand as a SaaS company necessary?

    24:03 - 3 Key points in his $1 Mn to $10 Mn ARR Playbook

    27:10 - Mistakes in his journey building CleverTap

    40:10 - Game Plan to market your product in newer markets and different ARR levels



  • With so many Indian startups achieving unicorn status in 2021, the situation begs an answer to the question:

    # Is this growth sustainable or are we in a bubble?

    # What does this mean for foreign and Indian investors?

    #What does this mean for the next decade of VC and Startups?

    To understand this better, in today’s episode, we’ve brought Anjali Bansal, founder of Avaana Capital, that invests in innovation-led start-ups creating sustainability and impact at scale while delivering outsized returns.

    Previously, Anjali has been Global Partner and MD with TPG Growth PE and a strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co. in New York. She’s also the former non-executive Chairperson of Dena Bank, where she successfully led the resolution of the stressed bank.

    She has invested in and regularly mentors various successful start-ups including Delhivery, Nykaa, Alpha Vector, Lenskart, Urban Company, Darwinbox, Coverfox and FarMart.

    She is closely associated with NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform and Digital Solutions and is on the Expert Advisory Committee for the Start Up India Seed Fund Scheme.

    She has been appointed as President, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and serves as an independent director on several leading boards including Tata Power, Kotak AMC, and Piramal Enterprises.

    During the episode, Anjali talks about the volatility in the Indian startup ecosystem, the opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors; she also shares learnings from her portfolio and much more.


    Notes -

    00:40 - Intro and background

    02:55 - Working at ISRO and early career

    04:59 - Ideology behind Avaana Capital

    08:22 - Is the Indian startup ecosystem in a bubble?

    17:21 - Common patterns and learnings from the winners

    20:50 - Mistake: Investing in the idea and not the team

    22:44 - Ability to move quickly as a fund

    34:49 - Learnings from early-career at Mckinsey

    36:29 - Potential in Indian startups

    41:01 - What all she prefers to read on a daily basis

  • # What is Financial Independence?

    # Does everybody need precisely 10 crore to be happy?

    # Is the process of “Wealth Creation = Cutting out on all your wants & desires completely”?

    For the past 2 years, it seems like everyone around us is investing either in stocks or crypto and also making generous profits.

    And you too are probably thinking to jump in right? After all -

    # Markets are at an all-time high

    # Crypto is “The New Thing” and you don’t want to miss out

    Well, just wait for a moment, before you begin, in today’s episode we’ve brought Deepak Shenoy, Founder and CEO at Capitalmind (SEBI registered - Portfolio Manager).

    During the episode, Deepak will help you have the right mindset to begin your investment journey, what to and what not to expect off your investments, and how to evaluate an investment opportunity much more.

    Notes -

    01:40 - Beginning of his investing journey

    04:33 - Where would your 1st crore of wealth come from?

    07:17 - Behavioural changes in growing from 1 to 10 crore wealth

    10:29 - True definition of financial independence

    14:20 - Are emotional buying decisions hindrances in wealth creation?

    24:13 - Has investing become mainstream in 2021?

    33:30 - How to find under-valued investment opportunities?

    41:43 - His upcoming book “MONEY WISE: Timeless Lessons on Building Wealth”



  • Diwali just got over, and following the fatal trend of smog in the nation's capital for the past five years, it is here again.

    It is alarming to recognize that India is home to 7 of the top 10 cities globally, notorious for its air pollution levels.

    With increasing incomes, more and more people can afford cars, increasing the severity of the already worse air pollution scenario due to fossil fuels.

    All this emphasizes the need for greener transportation alternatives.

    Despite the bad news, we have several large companies and startups leading the way to clean modes of travel, be it the prominent players like Tata Motors, MG, and Hyundai or the startups like Ola Electric, Ather Energy, Yulu, and Blu Smart, among others.

    In today's episode, we've brought Arpit Agarwal, Director at Blume Ventures, to talk about the current scenario of EV startups in India.

    During the episode, Arpit talks about the various challenges and opportunities for EVs in India, some of Blume's portfolio companies, how they contribute to India's EVs revolution, and much more.

    Notes -

    02:40 - Future of EVs in general

    06:01 - Adoption by TCO positive segments

    07:25 - 5-year use case of an electric scooter

    10:13 - Key challenge in EV market

    17:22 - Challenge with charging stations

    24:30 - Opportunities for EV in India under various sub-segments

    32:53 - Large players engaging with the EV ecosystem

    34:12 - Funding & duration of developing an EV from scratch

    37:28 - Future of mobility C.A.S.E.



  • "Don't be afraid of failure. Always optimize for success, but be prepared for failure." - Ashish Singhal.

    In today's episode, we've brought Ashish Singhal, Founder & CEO of CoinSwitch, to talk about their journey globally and how they're shaping the narrative around crypto in India.

    Recently, CoinSwitch, caught people's attention when they used the entire front page of The Times of India to simply wish Happy Diwali, bringing back the pure festive joy, instead of bombarding users with bumper-sized Ads and unrealistic offers like 100% cashback and more.

    CoinSwitch currently has more than 13 million+ users, with more than 55% of their users coming from Tier 2 and 3 cities.

    Last month, they raised over $260 million in its Series C funding round from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Coinbase Ventures, and existing investors. With this, American venture capital firm a16z made its first investment in an Indian unicorn.

    During the episode, Ashish talks about the problem-statement CoinSwitch is after, how they are giving an initial flavor of crypto to first-time investors with referrals, and much more.

    Notes -

    01:40 - Background prior to CoinSwitch

    05:33 - Hackathons and starting CoinSwitch

    08:39 - Growing globally and launching in India

    12:17 - Choosing the right investors for their journey

    15:49 - Success of the pre-launch campaign in India

    17:19 - Simplifying the crypto-investing experience

    29:57 - Current scale on platform

    33:14 - “Users always come first, business comes second.”





  • As per a recent article by Economic Times - “Early stage investing is at an all-time high in post-pandemic India with the country averaging one seed round a day this year.”

    As of Sept, so far over 240+ companies have secured their first funding in 2021 v/s 302 companies in 2020, and 257 in 2019, and with a few more months remaining, this number is expected to cross last year’s benchmark.

    In today’s episode we’ve brought Kushal Bagia, CEO of FirstCheque, to talk about the current scenario of early-stage funding in India.

    So far with their first fund, they’ve done over 100+ deals, and some of the well know portfolio companies are Giva, Kaagaz, Able Jobs, and Mailmodo among others.

    During the episode, Kushal talks about the influx in pre-seed investing post the pandemic, how they’ve created a moat for themselves and much more.

    Notes -

    01:19 - Background prior to FirstCheque

    03:00 - Various domains where they’ve invested

    05:35 - Performance of the companies from Fund-I

    07:48 - Change in valuations in early-stage funding

    13:18 - Top performing portfolio companies

    16:50 - FirstCheque’s edge in early-stage investing

    25:49 - Value addition by FirstCheque to founders



  • During and post the pandemic, several sectors have seen a dramatic rise in customers & sales, specially the ones which were ready to embrace the new change and leverage the new opportunity of everything going online and remote.

    With 2021 being the most prominent year for Indian startups achieving unicorn status, Edtech isn’t left behind.

    In today’s episode we’ve brought Vamsi Krishna, CEO and Co-founder of Vedantu, India’s 5th and most recent Edtech startup to become a unicorn.

    Prior to starting Vedantu, Vamsi, and his team had prior experience in offline education with their venture - Lakshya Institute. This definitely helped them with a lot of learnings and the initial groundwork for building Vedantu.

    During the episode, Vamsi talks about the Vedantu’s role being an early entrant and being a category creator, how they’ve built and leveraged organic growth over the years and much more.

    Notes -

    02:29 - Co-founding and running Lakshya Institute for over 8 years

    05:28 - Pivoting from offline to online and starting Vedantu

    08:50 - Prior to scaling, first validate if the solution works

    14:47 - Revenue milestones

    18:49 - Conscious considerations while building new features

    22:41 - 3 Verticals at Vedantu

    24:10 - Focusing on Organic vs Paid Acquisition

    26:22 - Importance of referrals in Edtech

    30:19 - Advice to first time entrepreneurs



  • According to WHO, obesity has doubled since the turn of the century, and almost 40% of all adults globally, i.e. 2 billion people - are overweight or obese, resulting in 4 million deaths per year.

    HealthifyMe an AI driven health and fitness app startup, took up this problem statement 10 years back and has been building and solving for individuals to curate and track a healthier diet.

    The company crossed 25 million downloads recently and is on track to hit $50 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) in the next six months.

    In today’s episode we’ve brought Tushar Vashisht, CEO and Co-founder of HealthifyMe, to talk about the journey of creating a monetizable healthcare & fitness platform in India.

    They’ve recently raised $75M in Series C round led by LeapFrog and Khosla Ventures, with which it plans to further expand into India and South East Asia markets besides making inroads into North America. Currently, it generates around 25 percent of its revenues from overseas markets.

    During the episode, Tushar talks about the casual and unexpected moments when he got several breakthrough ideas, why they consider minor consistent pivots essential for thriving in the long-term and much more.

    Notes -

    02:29 - Roller coaster moments in HealthifyMe’s journey

    06:02 - Strengths as a founder

    08:21 - Essence of assembling a team for experienced mentors as board members

    13:11 - Experiencing living like an average Indian

    15:17 - Early concerns with HealthifyMe’s model during initial funding

    20:52 - Advice for entrepreneurs: When to pivot vs when to be persistent?

    26:19 - Myth: Indians don’t pay for digital healthcare services

    28:05 - Growth hacks like VaccinateMe

    29:25 - Getting the first 1000 customers



  • Personal branding is something that’s drawing a lot of attention from people across all domains.

    And the only proven way, to create a personal brand for yourself, is by becoming a consistent and quality content creator.

    With over 200+ speeches in 26+ countries on wealth & personal growth, the guest of our today’s episode, Raj Shamani describes his journey from 0 to a million+ followers and building a strong personal brand.

    Other than that, being -

    # One of the youngest Indians to represent India at the United Nations

    # Featured amongst Top 10 Young Entrepreneurs in India - Asian Age

    # Featured amongst Top 5 Young Influencers in India - YourStory

    # Featured amongst Top 10 Business Podcasts in India - Itunes

    Are just some of the feathers in his cap, during his personal brand building journey.

    During the episode, Raj talks about starting small with consistency, importance of building a team and much more.

    Notes -

    02:29 - Becoming a speaker at small scale

    04:43 - Strengths from 0 to 100k followers

    05:21 - Getting 900k+ followers organically in just over a year

    10:23 - Expanding team over time

    13:38 - Monetizing multiple channels over multiple platforms

    18:50 - Recommendation to first time content creators

    21:19 - Journey as an investor

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  • India is becoming the world's fastest-growing startup ecosystem with over 60+ Unicorn Startups, out of which 25+ have gained their Unicorn status in 2021 itself.

    One of the youngest amongst them is headed by the guest of our today’s episode, Amrit Acharya, Co-founder & CEO, Zetwerk.

    Zetwerk started in 2018, with the idea to help manufacturing managers with managing several suppliers with ease using a dashboard, as previously the role had been very “manual and prone to errors”.

    The product was great, but when they reached out to potential customers, they didn’t get a very optimistic response. Instead these customers wanted a marketplace solution where they could discover and connect with new suppliers. And that’s what led to Zetwerk's pivot within 6 months of starting up.

    Currently Zetwerk helps its customers reduce costs, optimize suppliers and execute production faster.

    Some stats relating to its current scale -

    # 15+ Countries - North American, Indo-Pacific & Middle Eastern regions

    # 25+ Industries - Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Mining & more

    # 100+ Retained happy customers

    # 1000+ projects

    During the episode, Amrit talks in-depth about the nitty-gritty of the manufacturing sector, what are some of the key focus points for customers and much more.

    Notes -

    01:29 - Revenue and scale at Zetwerk

    04:26 - Solving for market access & capital expenditures for small manufactures

    05:31 - Zetwerk’s revenue model

    10:15 - Time v/s Quality in manufacturing

    18:30 - Nature of retained customers

    20:47 - Order size from $1000 to $30 Mn

    24:32 - Creating a catalogue for the uncatalogued market

    36:15 - Approach as an entrepreneur during fundraising



  • Normally for the most of us our buying focus is around products like -

    # Which smartphone to buy?

    # Which laptop to buy?

    # Which car to buy? And so on.

    But have you ever thought for a bit about which mattress should I buy? Probably No, right.

    This is the reason why, in almost the last 10-15 years, prior to 2015-16, we’ve barely seen any innovation in mattresses or competitive pricing amongst brands?

    But a lot of that has changed in the last 3-4 years, with companies like Sleepyhead, The Sleep Company, Wakefit and a few other D2C mattress brands coming up.

    In today’s episode we’ve brought Ankit Garg, Director and Co-founder of Wakefit, to talk about the journey of the brand and how he and his Co-founder, Chaitanya Ramalingegowda, won the hearts of several customers in this segment.

    Founded in 2016, in current financial year, Wakefit recorded 2X growth, clocking Rs 410 crore revenue. The year earlier, it registered a turnover of Rs 197 crore.

    They manufacture all their products in-house across nine factories in Bengaluru, Jodhpur, and Delhi.

    While they only sell online and drive most of their sales from Amazon (i.e. mostly by new customers) and their own website (i.e. mostly by returning customers), they also have over 22 experience centres — six in metros and nine in smaller towns.

    During the episode, Ankit talks about focusing on making their customers happy, understanding simple yet viral strategies to continue driving up their revenue and much more.

    Notes -

    02:58 - Getting a taste of failure early-on

    09:05 - Working on your idea part-time during the early phase

    12:25 - Building a D2C vs B2B company

    15:17 - Initial pricing experiment of selling mattresses on Amazon

    18:16 - Core habit of talking to customers

    22:10 - Focus on NPS & customer happiness

    25:23 - Removing inefficiencies in the product to offer better prices

    26:17 - Revenue growth over the years

    32:09 - Approach while reaching out to investors

    36:13 - Wakefit’s 100 Nights Trial campaign

    48:01 - Wakefit’s sleep campaign

    50:30 - Advice for D2C founders



  • Have you heard about “Programmatic Advertising”?

    Well for those of you who haven’t, Programmatic Advertising, also known as programmatic display advertising, is an automatic process of planning, buying and selling ad inventory.

    Before advertising was programmatic, it was done manually, which included being in touch with a sales team, and included requesting for proposals, bidding, quotation, and human negotiation. And as you can imagine, this was a very time intensive task.

    With Programmatic Advertising the system automates all of this for this, and as a cherry on the cake, it provides actionable data in planning and determining what Ad content is relevant to a particular user.

    For instance, a user is scanning some blog related to “baby food”. The Ad tech system evaluates the user and displays an Ad related to “offers on baby food items” or “baby food pouches”.

    The guest of our today’s episode Kshitij Jain, with his company Joveo, enables recruiters with one of the most advanced Programmatic Job Advertising Platform.

    Their clients include - Wells Fargo, Barclays, Rolls-Royce, Sony, HCL and several other Fortune 500 companies.

    Their system claims to be driving up to 2X more relevant applicants, 40% higher click to apply conversions, at 20-50% lower Cost per Hire.

    Kshitij who has spent over 20+ years in the online recruitment and hiring industry, is a second time founder with Joveo. His first company, MoBolt was acquired by Indeed in 2014, just under 2 years of being operational.

    During the episode, he talks about his experience in the industry over the year, how did he and his team made MoBolt a big success within such a short-time, his learnings from his traditional-family background in India and much more.

    Notes -

    00:50 - What does Joveo stands for?

    02:17 - Insights related to online Jobs & Hiring industry

    09:47 - Motivation behind spending 20+ years in this industry

    13:03 - Difference between Sales & Selling

    17:16 - Magic recipe behind Mobolt

    19:35 - How to focus on what the customer needs and not what the customer wants?

    25:27 - “Everybody who wants to be an entrepreneur needs to know how to cold call.”

    27:58 - Key milestones in Joveo’s journey

    30:22 - Learnings coming from Marwari family background

    39:41 - “I’m the business of the unfinished business.”



  • How often and sincerely do you help someone for free?

    Moreover when it's related to building/growing their business?

    Only some of us can confidently say yes to the above questions. However today we have Manish Pandey, who heads Culture and Brand at Josh Talks.

    Coming from Silvassa (i.e. headquarters of the union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu), Manish had very humble beginnings.

    He’s been featured on Josh Talks series - #RagsToRiches and Ranveer Allahbadia’s #TheRanveerShow, Ranveer also referred to Manish as his mentor for career and spirituality and also credits him for helping to build and grow Beerbiceps and Monk entertainment.

    Similarly, Manish has selflessly helped several solopreneurs and founders in building and scaling their brands for free.

    During the episode, Manish shares with us what drives him to help other entrepreneurs grow, his recommendations for building a personal brand and more.

    Notes -

    02:50 - Helping Entrepreneurs and Content Creators

    07:49 - Introspecting life backwards to 5th standard

    16:04 - Meeting Ranveer Allahbadia

    21:12 - Advice to 100xEntrepreneur to build its Social Media Brand

    23:44 - Putting out one’s vulnerability

    26:08 - Manish on Spirituality





  • In whichever industry or ecosystem you are, there are some people you just can’t not know about, because they are the ones who have either -

    # had a major role in shaping the industry as it is today

    # or achieved something at such a massive scale that no one can miss to notice it

    The guest of our today’s episode Vani Kola, founder and managing director of Kalaari Capital, is one such person. She was listed as one of the most powerful women in Indian business by Fortune India in 2014.

    She started her career in the silicon valley, as a serial entrepreneur and spent close to 22 years. While in silicon valley, she founded an e-procurement company RightWorks, which was later sold for $657 million.

    After returning to India in 2006, she founded Indo-US Venture Partners (IUVP) in 2006, which was later rebranded as Kalaari Capital.

    Some stats around Kalaari Capital -

    # 188+ Investments; popular portfolio companies are Dream11, Myntra, Cure.fit, and Snapdeal
    # 23+ Exits; most notable exits include Workday, Milkbasket, and Simplilearn

    During the podcast, Vani shares with us how she approaches any new investment, how she suggests the founder to treat any failure, how yoga and meditation have positively impacted her life and more.



    Notes -

    02:50 - “What you can’t dream, you can’t achieve.”

    10:32 - “What didn’t work can give you an actionable insight.”

    18:09 - Assessing a founder’s potential vs pedigree

    23:12 - Having a depth of clarity rather than just being a good storyteller

    38:54 - Balance to life: Meditation & Yoga

    41:05 - CXXO Initiative: $10 million fund for women founders