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"Indian Startup Stories" is a podcast about entrepreneurs and startups. Hear out stories straight from the founders, co-founders & leaders of various startups in India. They talk about how they started with their idea?, the passion which drives them, challenges they’ve faced, their achievements, how they managed bringing in funding and all the insights they have gathered in their journey, making them long runners. And yes! don't miss-out the rapid fire questions, at the end of each episode.
 
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Today’s guest: Vasudevan Kidambi, MD, Data Storyteller, Business Transformation Coach (NavoInc) Website: https://navoinc.com/ You will learn: 01:58Background, studies & work - leadership; middle east focus; Data & AI 05:30AI adoption in business ecosystem & startup mindset 07:22Employee to entrepreneur transition phase & preparation 09:20Sales & Ma…
 
Today’s guest: Rithika Baruah, Founder, Brand Strategy Advisor (Freebirds) Website: https://www.freebirds.co/ You will learn: 02:09Background, studies & work - India & global leadership; and pursuit of entrepreneurship 06:05Freebirds - Community of explorers & it’s platform for experiential learning in closed group & schools 12:30It all started in …
 
Today’s guest: Kaushik Mahapatra, Founder, Chairman, Author (Indian Leadership Academy) Website: https://indianleadershipacademy.com/ You will learn: 01:47Personal Background & objective of the academy: individual, corporates & community leadership 07:16Reason for the start - meaning & mindfulness 10:09Formula for accomplishing aggressive growth & …
 
Today’s guest: Monica Kapadia Mehta, EVP, Advisor, Impact Investor (Wadhwani NEN) Website: https://nen.wfglobal.org/ You will learn: 01:55Background - India & abroad; learning & pursuit to give back 03:58Must know information about Wadhwani Foundation - Vision & mission to boost startups 10:36What qualities investors look for, from startup founders…
 
Today’s guest: Sasank Chilamkurthy, AI Scientist Founding member (Qure) Website: https://qure.ai/ You will learn: 01:40Background - College, specialization & focus on AI 04:05Qure - Mission to healthcare affordable, AI for radiology, and products for people 09:52Regulations in healthcare, challenges faced in establishing & core founding team 14:15C…
 
Today’s guest: Nitin Sisodia, Founder & CEO (Sohum Innovation labs) Website: https://sohumforall.com/ You will learn: 01:40Background - Childhood, Academics & career with Innovation focus 04:06Sohum Innovation lab - What it is, the team & focus on solving unmet clinical needs 05:51Ideation & Strength - Stanford India Bio-design, AIIMS, Impact in so…
 
Today’s guest: Aravind S & Rohit Reddy, Founders (Docupilot) Website: https://docupilot.app/ You will learn: 01:16Background - Academics & career days at Zoho 02:00Docupilot - What it is, Ideation, what problem it solves? & evolution 07:05Transition phase - Employees to Entrepreneurs 08:07Learning in finding customers, marketing, SEO tips 09:04Glob…
 
Today’s guest: Venkatesh Kothandaraman, CEO & Founder (Collective Minds) Website: https://thecollectiveminds.com/ You will learn: 01:43Background - Academics, career, early day intra-preneurships 13:17Collective minds creations - Robotics process automation 17:06The push to start own business 24:16Handling the challenges & the mindset 28:41Customer…
 
Today’s guest: Rajeev Ranjan , Co-Founder (Taomish & Xceler.ai) Websites: https://taomish.com/ ; https://xceler.ai/ You will learn: 01:26Background - Academics, career, Idea for technology company 04:57Curiosity & developer mindset - It all begins there 11:00Products addressing the need of developing nations in FinTech & Agri commodity 28:02Initial…
 
Today’s guest: Vinusha M K, Founder, CBO (Four Seasons Pastry) Website: https://fourseasonspastry.com/ You will learn: 02:37Background - Schooling and business passion at young age 04:16Four verticals under the brand “Four Seasons Pastry” 08:05Awards, recognitions and the list of leaders as Inspirations 12:58The actual start in baking, learning & i…
 
Today’s guest: Satish Medapati, CEO, Founder (Intentico) Website: http://intentico.ai/ You will learn: 02:12Background - academics & career 03:02Intentico: What is a “Cognitive AI” platform? and it’s products 05:32Impacts of AI products in - Small businesses & Big Organisations 11:48Does AI cut down jobs? Or brings more employment opportunities? 15…
 
Today’s guest: Divya Madhukar, Founder & Director (TBPS) School website: http://www.trained-brain.in/about.html You will learn: 02:15Background on studies & career 02:57Preschool, it’s uniqueness & the reason to start 08:48Transition & challenges: IT employee to entrepreneur 10:20Founding team, support & approaches to handle problem 16:54Challenges…
 
Today’s guest: Aquibur Rahman, CEO, Co-Founder (Mailmodo) Company website: https://www.mailmodo.com/ You will learn: 01:55Personal background, studies, early day career 03:55Products and customers 05:12Quitting job and idea evaluation with SaaS 07:56Statistics on E-mail marketing & adoption 11:36Challenges, helping hands and funding 17:02Looking fo…
 
Today’s guest: Vijendra Rao, CEO, Co-Founder (Techcanopy software labs) Company website: https://www.techcanopy.com/ You will learn: 02:00Personal background, studies, early day interest on Computers 03:41The urge and passion to start an own company, while working in IT 08:00Company formation, conflicts handling & responsibility sharing 14:49Managi…
 
Today’s guest: Rajendra Vaishampayan, Founder & MD (Sonic Octaves) Company website: https://www.sonicoctaves.com/; www.ipustak.com You will learn: 01:58Personal background, studies, music 04:54Why (Purpose in life) & How (Using IT experience) leads to formation of Sonic Octaves 12:45How it all started? The question to start Entrepreneurship & learn…
 
Today’s guest: Karthi Mariappan S, CEO, Co-Founder (Hippo Video) Company website: http://hippovideo.io/ You will learn: 01:30Personal background 02:07What is the product from Hippovideo? 03:03How it all started? Idea formation 04:59Challenges in team formation 05:52Funding (Bootstrapping strategy) & family support 07:43First demo experience to frie…
 
Today’s guest: Rohit Dangayach, CEO, Co-Founder (Wholesalebox) Company website: http://wholesalebox.in/ You will learn: 01:28 Background, education, career transition 10: 28 What they do in Wholesalebox, first customer, and business momentum 17:01 Customer adoption and challenges with offline stores 20:59 Employee to Entrepreneur transition, Intrap…
 
Today’s guest: Nitesh Kumar Jangir, Co-Founder (Coeolabs) Company website: https://innaccel.com/ (Coeolabs is now part of InnAccel) You will learn: 01:35What’s Coeolabs, what are they building? 02: 08How it all started? 03:16Products of Coeolabs (VapCare, Saans) & what are they? 07:09COVID impact - Do we have less or over supply of ventilators in I…
 
Today’s guest: Ravikiran Annaswamy, CEO, Co-Founder, Numocity Technologies Numocity website: https://numocity.com/ You will learn: 02:00 What’s Numocity, what are they building? 8:45 Achievements & recognitions of Numocity in IoT space. 12:00 How COVID has changed their engagement style with customers, and fueled more businesses. 16:00 Challenges w…
 
Trailer of “Indian Startup Stories", a podcast about entrepreneurs and startups. Social Media handles: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/…
 
“It’s not processes that are important, it is the individuals and the interactions…” “Do something that you love, you’ll not feel the pain!” “No product is good enough!” – Saifudeen Khan – founder of TechieJack during our discussion on “Delivering the Agile way” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that is relevant for all…
 
“We as individuals; we are sales people!” “You got to eat healthy and work hard” “We have to as founders, invest time in understanding the pain points of the client and…solve their other problems!” – Suddan Shanmugasundaram – founder of Mintly during our discussion on “Sales 101 for startups” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a…
 
“Only 5% of companies today are able to implement analytics!” “Identify your use-case first; AI is a tool…” “Be yourself and play to your strengths” – Ajay Kashyap – one of the founders of Boxx.AI – during our talk on “Personalizing customer touch using AI” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that is relevant for all star…
 
“Way in advance of (crowdfunding), you should be approaching potential investors already” “For us, it’s about being laser focused!” “Every business should have an aim, something it’s trying to achieve…” – Scott Woodley – founder of Tutora – during our talk on “Crowd based equity funding for startups” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing …
 
“For someone who has an idea, you want to turn it into a picture as soon as you can…” “The overall thing to keep in mind is always to make something that a lot of people want!” “Imagine big and take small steps” – Kobby Osei-Kusi – founder of ThePirl – during our talk on “Tips for hardware based startups” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be brin…
 
“We don’t want to wait, we want everything overnight!” “Startup is a very big buzzword just like big data” “Just prepare to be rejected. Because either you win or you learn; there is no failure!” – Saswat Kumar Panda – founder of Learnitude Technologies – some of the many tips during our conversation on “Sustainable Entrepreneurship” Firstly, I’m s…
 
“Any true growth hack is short lived!” “If you’re able to get traffic from search, that’s huge…” “In Growth Hacking, Always try contrarian thinking” – Ravi Trivedi – founder of CouponRani and PushEngage – some of the many tips during our conversation on “Growth Hacking in 2017 for startups” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a t…
 
“If I was to do it all over again, I would move this MVP in-house much faster” “Whatever you do, do it with love….it will show!” “Keep a very close eye on cash” – Dheeraj Sharma and AnanthaKrishnan G – founders of PlayAblo, during our discussion on “How to move technology in-house after an MVP” Our topic today is very relevant to almost all startup…
 
“Either struggle and come up or lose and die!” “How you control your brain is the most important thing!” “Every journey or a failure is just a learning” – Aditya Lalwani – founder and CEO of StartupWiz – during our chat about “Overcoming early entrepreneurial struggles!” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that is very re…
 
“Nobody can motivate you apart from yourselves!” “Going slow is better than stopping” “There are no rules in startups” – Kaushik H A – founder and CEO of BooksBeka – during our chat about “sourcing difficult items for your ecommerce venture” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that will be super useful to many startups. T…
 
“Gamification is more of an experience, technology is a tool!” “If you build a product over the course of 1 year within 4 walls…highly unrecommended!” “You have got to think as per your product/service” – Dheeraj Sharma and AnanthaKrishnan G – founders of PlayAblo – a gamification platform focused on education Firstly, I’m super excited today to be…
 
“How can you get traffic or customers organically?” “Don’t talk about building a brand, talk about building a (great) product!” “In marketing, there is nothing wrong, nothing right!” – Vineet Arya, founder and experienced marketer on our discussion about “Low Cost Marketing for Startups” Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topi…
 
“You don’t want to be de-focused!” “Make sure the key people in the project are sitting in your office” “Learn from your experience, implement in the present and plan for the future!” – Vineet Arya, founder and experienced marketer on our discussion about outsourcing non core functions (for startups) Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing …
 
“The key differentiator (in online video ads is engagement) is engagement” “We need more startups in media advertising!” “Keep building great teams!” – Selvam M, founder of Shortfundly in our discussion about video advertising for startups Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that is relevant to all startups. The topic for…
 
“A defective application takes customers away from your product…” “Forget about what people say, focus on what you’re good at…what you’re passionate about!” “Do what you like and don’t believe in anybody” – Sumukha Rao, founder of TA3S.com on the future of software test market Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that is k…
 
“You need to face brutal realities” “Always listen to advice, but do what you believe is right!” “Don’t be shallow in your approach, go deep!” – Mudit Jain and Rishabh Jain, founders of Qriyo.com during their discussion on scaling in non Tier-1 Cities Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that we believe is not often talked…
 
“One has to identify their specific audience…before even the pitch” “Always ensure that you’ve budgeted for your rewards + logistics cost” “Be perseverent!” – Satish Kataria, founder of Catapooolt – a platform that helps in crowdfunding for startups Firstly, I’m super excited today to be bringing to you a topic that we believe is super useful to al…
 
“Pay attention to the boring things!” “Dream big, strive really hard to get there and learn along the way!” “Listen to your gut!” – Various startup founders on 1st panel discussion on giving up a job and starting up! This week, we have a slightly different take on our show. We have a panel discussion with 4 different folks. They’re Dinesh Sen (left…
 
“The marketers who win are creative, they think outside the box!” “…if it doesn’t beneift your user and make their experience better, who cares? “ “Marketing is about testing” – Neil Patel, marketing guru and serial entrepreneur on advice regarding DIY marketing for startups! This week, we catch up with the one and only Neil Patel. Neil is a serial…
 
“If you value hiring, if you value people, you should engage!” “Nobody wants to create a resume!” “Too many startups check for (a candidate’s) weakness!” – Sneha Jain and Krishnan Nair, founders of GeekTrust (platform that uses coding challenges to do hiring for startups ) This week, we catch up with the founders of GeekTrust. They’re Krishnan Nair…
 
“Humans consume four things. Food, Air, Water and Content!” “Don’t just consider CPC; consider CPM too” “You need to have a really good growth team in your startup” – Vishnu Saran, founder and CEO of 23Yards (startup that provides growth hacking services for startups) This week, we catch up with the founder and CEO of 23Yards. We talk in-depth abou…
 
“We tend to focus so much on prevention that we forget about detection and correction” “Know where you stand (in terms of security)” “Functionality is important, but rejecting security at the cost of functionality can be fatal!” – Abhay Bhargav, founder and CEO of WE45 (Application Security experts) This week, we catch up with the founder and CEO o…
 
“We fell a lot, we made lots of mistakes, but now we’ve grown up a lot in confidence!” “Plan less, work more!” “One should always be ready to adopt and adapt!” – Pratik Rathod and Ramalingam Subramaniam, founders of BigMyGig.com (Making your gigs memorable!) This week, we catch up with the founders of BigMyGig.com. They’re Pratik Rathod and Ramalin…
 
“You have to identify your ideal client…” “Focus, focus, focus…” “Every business is unique” – Johnson Emmanuel, CEO of ClientsAttraction(website that gives you a blueprint to attract high-ticket clients everyday!) This week, we are starting off on a slightly different path. Hence, we’re featuring Johnson Emmanuel and his highly successful “7 step p…
 
“We started randomly going into temples and started pitching them (the priests) the idea” “Do not wait to learn something new to implement it…” “Follow your heart” – Nikhil Jois, Tejovanth (TJ) and Setu, founders of Eventosaur (platform that helps you with event logistics) In this week’s episode, we chat with the founder trio of Eventosaur. This is…
 
“…a pilot programme provides you the foundation for building a product” “Try to be as objective as possible (during market research)” “Mentorship in India is not that well developed” – Alekh Sanghera, co-founder of FarMart(platform that is literally the Uber for Farming Equipment!) In this week’s episode, we chat with Alekh Sanghera, one of the fou…
 
“You have to come up with different strategies…how to generate traffic…how to entice people” “It’s very important for startups to acknowledge their customers!” “Hang in there” – Trividha Gotewala, founder of DesignTheatre (startup that helps designers showcase fashion via a marketplace) In this week’s episode, we chat with Trividha Gotewala, the fo…
 
“If you have an idea, research it, but take it (the research) with a grain of salt…” “Who am I selling to? Who is actually the buyer?” “Technology has changed, but habits have not necessarily changed!” – Pramod Raheja, founder and CEO of MyStaffNow(startup that helps companies staff freelancers through algorithms) In this week’s episode, we chat wi…
 
“Establishing consistency is the key to success!” “The skills that I learnt will pay off 20 times down the road…” “Is this something I”m willing to sacrifice a lot for?” – Lavesh Pritmani, founder and CEO of LearnBhangra(an app that helps you learn bhangra quickly and easily!) In this week’s episode, we chat with Lavesh Pritmani, the founder and CE…
 
“People need affordability and convenience!” “Keep in mind how your user is behaving…and what market you want to target…” “This is my idea, this is my company and I’ll make this big!” – Purnank Prakash and Mayank Banka , founders of Tacnik (platform for your gaming needs) In this week’s episode, we chat with Purnank and Mayank, the founders of Tacn…
 
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