The Indian Startup Show

Neil Patel

A Weekly Podcast Show About Indian Startups Entrepreneurs & More ! Hosted by Neil Patel & Friends

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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

Nov 30

48 min 35 sec

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

Nov 21

38 min 28 sec

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

Sep 3

46 min 40 sec

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

Jul 31

45 min 18 sec

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

Jun 18

46 min 22 sec

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

Jun 11

47 min 25 sec

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

Jun 4

33 min 39 sec

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

May 23

41 min 3 sec

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

Apr 21

44 min 35 sec

Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to  over the past 5 years. You will hear from Vineet Rajan.  Co-founder of Scout My Trip  - India's premier do-it-yourself platform for road trips .talks about pivoting, new insights on the India travel market , growing 5x , expanding into S.E Asia, using virtual scouts & life changing road trips! Next we have Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith. (45m.46sec)  India’s first tech-driven footwear brand, offering customisation of shoes at an affordable price. Next up Vikas Jha CEO & founder of Alore CRM (1h 19m)   - On building one of India's fastest growing sales platform. And last but not least I speak to The Startup Guy aka Vijay Anand , Founder of the Startup Centre (1h 54m)  he talks about the Indian Startup Ecosystem - what's going right, what needs to be tweaked and where to next? So sit back  & enjoy some of the best moments  Vineet Rajan.  Co-founder of Scout My TripThis is an exciting new feature called Where Are They Now ? I catch up with previous guests who came on the show. I catch up With Vineet Rajan the co-founder of Scout My Trip India’s first subscription-based travel planner powered by local travel experts. He gives us an update on what’s been happening since I last spoke to him over 2 years ago including being recognised as being of the top 50 startups to watch in india. Talks about expanding into SouthEast Asia. He explains why they pivoted and now use virtual scouts, talks about raising $500k, talks about content marketing strategies , talks about hot new destinations in india you should visit , talks about a life changing trip to Ladakh and finally he talks about eating ghost chillies in North East India and his second wife latitia(his bike!)In this conversation we also talk about:Growing 5x since 2018A phenomenal 2019 winning 6+ awardsOffline marketing strategiesBusiness Travel marketWorking with HondaClimate change & sustainable travelGreat story how he met his co-founder on the highwayGreat road tripsBeing a startup guy and his co-founder being a corporate guyConsumer mindset in indiaIncome Tax Exemption granted under Startup India ProgrammeHow they use virtual scoutsUsing AI in the futureBeing trapped in the snow for 20hrs!Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith. (45m.46sec)'It was his birthday & I thought of customising a shoe and gifting it to him on his birthday' And so Toesmith was born! and they haven't looked back . I speak to Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith , India’s first tech-driven footwear brand, offering customisation of shoes . In this episode he talks how the 3d customisation works. Talks about customer research , pitching his parents the prototype , how they target customers via Facebook and Instagram, how many orders that get a day, quitting the corporate life, how they plan to scale the operation and finally he gives advice on building an e-commerce business & brand in India.In this conversation we also talk about:Pricing strategies that don't pinch!Getting great feedback & design from a tattoo artistWalking away from nice job at BainHow they deal with copyright issuesThoughts on the offline / retail market.Is it pressure off or pressure on?Launching internationally & scalingExperiencing failure on his previous start-upGetting advice from parents who work in the shoe manufacturing business.Vikas Jha CEO & founder of Alore CRM (1h 19m)  India is emerging as one of the fastest-growing markets for SaaS (software as a service)-based customer relationship management (CRM) firms. So today i speak to Vikas Jha founder & CEO of Alore. Alore offers everything needed to run a sales team at scale - from finding business email addresses to running automated drip campaigns to monitoring the performance of sales teams. So he talks about it all got started , how the product works. How they acquire customers around the world organically without spending money on marketing. Talks about nearly going bankrupt , talks about what makes a great salesperson, being an ex-merchant navy officer turned venture capitalist turned entrepreneur. Gives great book recommendations , talks about burnout , mental health. He talks about bootstrapping strategies what worked and what didn't work and finally he talks about how he transitioned from corporate life to startup life.in this conversation we also talk about:Sales so farEarly bootstrap strategies using Facebook groupsProduct design processUnique pricing models2 business modelsIs email still a good way to sell?The 'land & expand' strategyBook recommendation - Atomic Habits by James Clear & OKR by John DorrSeeing 800 business plans in a year as a VC and what to put in a pitch deck.Great hiring advice and processes.How he dealt with mental health & burnoutAdvice on pivotingDealing with rejectionThe Startup Guy aka Vijay Anand , Founder of the Startup Centre (1h 54m) India is the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, what’s going right, and what needs to be tweaked? I speak to Vijay Anand, AKA The Startup Guy, founder of The Startup Centre in Chennai. He is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring startups in India for the past 10 years. So In this episode we talk about the state of the Indian startup ecosystem. Talk about finding India's identity - China has processes & innovation, Germany does precision machinery, US and Israel drive innovation, Japan has quality. What is India's story?The involvement of India's government - the good & bad. Talks about If someone wants to start a venture today, what areas should they focus on? talks about the 2 kinds of entrepreneur, overvaluation of startups, ethics, blockchain, dogs!, space travel, super human beings and what does he go for - the person or the idea? And much more , so please enjoy the show.in this conversation we also talk about:Differences in the Indian eco-system v Israel eco-systemBig observation about indian startupsIndian domestic market v global marketBill gates & Mark Zuckerberg chatHow do you unlearnLooking at a person as asset not a liabilityThe 3rd wave of startupsHow to find co-foundersWhat gets Vijay out of bed?P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Apr 11

2 hr 25 min

Giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice. Today my guest is Meet Singhal. Co-founder of Stamurai.  A Mobile app that helps you learn & practice speech therapy exercises for stuttering & stammering. So in this episode he talks about how stuttering controlled his life almost having a breakdown and how he turned it all around by developing this mobile app.  Talks about the initial prototype & acquiring his first customers. Which now has 40,000+ installs across 155 countries around the world. Talks about the science and psychology around stuttering. Never ordering food he liked only ones that were easy to say. Dealing with speech therapists. (30% sceptical , 70% encouraging) Talks about the best day so far. What you should and should not do when dealing with a person who stutters and telling his first ever joke! Talks about the subscription based business model . Does music work? - We talk about the headphone scene from the King's Speech! And finally gives great advice about raising finance & finding product market fit. Its an inspiring story and one that will inspire you!In this conversation we also talk about:Traditional speech therapy is expensiveGrowing 15% every month.His Initial assumptions - would people use a self-directed product?Honey is not the cure for stammering & other quacky myths! Speech therapy has not changed for the last 100 years.Being a 2x entrepreneurWhy do people stutter?Biggest learning from the initial MVPWhy his first startup failed  (Khan academy for india) Being Inspired by Charlie Munger. App design challenges.‘Getting rich is never easy in a well formed society’How they onboard users. Getting help from Prosus,  a global consumer internet group.Why do products fail? ‘It's a hard journey , but filled with meaning’Product roadmap - expanding into other speech disorders. linkshttps://stamurai.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Mar 31

36 min 47 sec

Pampering your furry friends the right way! Today my guest is Anjali Kalachand, co-founder of  A Petter Life an e-commerce platform to understand your dog’s nutritional & lifestyle needs. In this episode she talks about why she quit corporate life to do this. Growing 150% after launching only 2 months ago. Talks about identifying gaps in the market and being a bootstrapped startup.   She talks about why the pet industry is similar to the children's industry. Mistakes made in the early days and lessons learned. The rise of dog ownership in India due to the pandemic. Thoughts on the offline competition. And finally she talks about dog friendly vegan ice-cream & why you should buy a dog!In this conversation we talk about:Helping new/existing pet parentsStarting this during the pandemicStray dogs in MumbaiWhat problem are they solving?Dealing with bureaucracy in corporate life.Do dogs have personalities similar to their owners?Is india a nation of dog lovers?and much morelinkshttps://www.apetterlife.in/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 

Mar 21

32 min 35 sec

Dropping out of education to do an EdTech startup! Today my guest is Mohammad Yousuf CEO of Edunify. Edunify assists schools in connecting with prospective parents online and helps parents find the right schools for their children. Think of it like a matchmaking service. So in this episode he talks about great traction so far, talks about how they went about validating the idea. Why is selling to schools is one of the toughest markets you can be in. Thoughts on the indian education system & what can be improved. Talks about being a successful 3 time entrepreneur at the age of 21. Talks about successful SEO strategies to get parents to the website. Getting zero marks on his exams including entrepreneurship! and how he turned it all around despite personal hurdles like significant leg disability. Why pretending to be 24 yr old helps! And finally he talks about time blocking techniques that help him focus and be more productive.  Which you can try as well. In this conversation we also talk about:The business modelThe startup scene in Lucknow & thoughts on moving to Bangalore.Advice for first time founders.Paying his own way through collegeThoughts on paid advertising.Being a big fan of ClubhouseWhat problem are they trying to solve?Customer discovery & feedbackWhat was he like at school?Recalling his first pitch!Thoughts on going globaland much moreLinkshttps://www.edunify.in/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 

Mar 14

39 min 4 sec

I catch up with Dr Geetha Manjunath, CEO & CTO of NIRAMAI, a deep-tech startup, offering a radiation-free, non-invasive, non-touch, breast cancer screening solution. I spoke to her back in Sept 2017 (Ep67) when they only had a handful of customers, now they are one of the top deep tech startups in India.  In this episode we talk about their core technology  called Thermalytix. How they have innovated during the pandemic. Talk about how they create AI/ML models and how they test them before production. Talk about scaling issues & being part of Google Launchpad and Phillips accelerators. How they have shortened the B2C sales life cycle from 6 months to 6 weeks. Thoughts on selling to hospitals. A deep dive on how do they train the machine when there is little data.  She also talks about developing (AI)-based computer-aided software for controlling the spread of River Blindness with the help from Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. She takes a trip down memory lane and talks about  being a member of the C-DAC team which built the first commercial indian supercomputer. And finally she gives great advice for first time entrepreneurs.In this conversation we also talk about:Talk about patents & IP.Being a thought leaderSupervised v Unsupervised learningLaunching a new B2C home screening serviceWorking with data augmentationThermal imagingTaking it to the villagesScaling from 1 to 10 then 10 to 100Using microservicesGetting in the shoes of the usersAre they still a startup?Major milestones reachedHealthcare startups take time!and much more!Linkshttps://www.niramai.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 

Mar 4

56 min 49 sec

My first ever guest is back on the show! Harshdeep Singh  Hura founder of WrapItUp - a text summarizer. He appeared on show back in August 2015. We talk about how his app now has 3.5M users. Why he turned down $20 million acquisition for the app. How a anthropology course on apes was a breakthrough moment. Talks why he almost quit tech, what changed and gives us his new fresh perspective on life. He gives us great insights on mobile app design, development &marketing strategies. Talks about going from idea to MVP (starts at 25.19 take notes!) and why does not want a co-founder. Talks about becoming a pastry chef. Thoughts on Clubhouse being the next big thing. And finally we take a trip down memory lane and talk about the embarrassing first ever episode of the indian startup show. in this conversation we talk about:Starting out writing algorithms on paper & not using existing NLP algorithmsBeing the most successful solo iPhone app developer in India (in my opinion!)Taking risks in your 20’sReaction to friends and family on turning down $20millionSetting up Indoor Hydroponic farming space.Entering the News Summarization space with a new line of products built around the WrapItUp algorithm, L.A.S.T. 5 [Linguistically Advanced Summarization Technique]Is it still a good idea to build an iphone app in 2021Helping salesforce administration to learn to code and then getting angry feedback from Salesforce content creatorsBeing stressed &  receiving  a cold email that got his life back on trackGrowing an inch since we last spoke (6ft 9 inch)Building a remote first  E-commerce agencyWhy they don't do regular marketing to create brand awareness.Hiring only fans influencersHow he settles arguments with his dad.Why ‘luck can only take you so far!’Why you shouldn't change the world - but change one person’s worldStarting WrapitUp because he was too lazy to readAnd much more!Linkshttp://harshdeephura.com / @kinngh on Clubhouse and Twitter / http://admin2dev.com / http://wrapitupapp.com (both available on http://harshdeephura.com) P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 

Feb 23

1 hr 12 min

Building India’s first home-grown AR headset. Today my guest is Pankaj Raut the co-founder & ceo of AjnaLens. AjnaLens designs & manufactures AI-powered mixed-reality glasses for defence , education and enterprise customers. He talks about it all got started by being inspired watching James Bond movies. He talks about how the product helps the Indian armed forces & talks about design and development process.  He talks about VC funding, future trends & opportunities. He gives us his thoughts on the AR/VR startup community in india. Thoughts on Google glasses 10 years on and dealing with the competition.  And finally he talks about leaving India at the age 17 to go study in London.  Meeting his co-founders at Google startup weekend.  Seeing his first hologram and being inside a tank! In this conversation we also talk about:Building the first prototypeChallenges in the AR/VR marketWhat will VR/AR devices look like in the future.Getting a scholarship to go LondonWhere the names comes from.Common mistakes AR/VR startups make.Meeting people with the right synergies.How he resolves differences of opinion with his co-foundersAdvice for first time founders - take 2 steps back!and much more!Linkshttps://www.ajnalens.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV   

Feb 13

34 min 35 sec

Building a digital bank to help small businesses in india.  My guest today is Anish Achuthan CEO & co-founder of Open - a new age digital banking platform. In this episode he talks about how they raised $37 million from prominent investors, and shares amazing growth statistics. He talks about how they use customer acquisition channels.  He shares UX strategies when developing the website & mobile app. Talks about being a 5x entrepreneur. Talks about the importance of branding and PR in getting your startup off the ground. Talks about how they evaluate talent. Going from 10 to 250 employees. Thoughts on demonetisation 4 years on. Hiring a sales guy when they couldn't afford one.  Pitching to investors with a live demo instead of a slide deck.And finally you will learn how to deal with corporate companies if you’re a startup.In this conversation we also talk about:User testingCreating a pilotBeing the first mover in the marketBuilding Culture & LeadershipBeing persistanceBeing married to the co-founderis 'Cash still king?'Reaching out to small villagesBanks having reservations in the early daysIntegrating legacy systemsand much morelinkshttps://open.money/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV    

Jan 28

41 min 36 sec

Nothing is useless in this world. What can be a waste to you is someone's asset’ - The ‘Recycle man of India’ aka Dr Binish Desai, social entrepreneur & founder of Eco-Eclectic . I spoke to him back in February 2019 (Ep 106) and he is back again to talk about inventing a new type of brick made from recycled PPE material. He talks about creating a female empowerment centre for former sex workers. He then talks about building low cost homes using 3D technology, talks about trust issues after getting ripped off by a business partner. The pillars of success and what we can expect in 2021. And why you should start identifying waste as an asset.In this conversation we also talk about:Observe - fail - Learn - Solve  framework.Creating Eco BinsThe process of converting PPE into bricks..Brick 2.0!Creating affordable housing in the USA, Philippines & india, & Africa The Recycle man - the bookWhat did he learn about himself during the pandemicMaking jewellery & crockery out of coffee wasteCarrying 2 bricks around wherever he goesStop using single use coffee mugs!Expanding globallyTrying to create the world's first recyclable house. 3D printing of the entire home.Coming from a family of social entrepreneurs.and much morelinkshttps://www.binishdesai.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Jan 15

25 min 56 sec

100 million famers are expected to be online in the next 5 years. So today I speak to Siddharth Dialani, co-founder & CEO of BharatAgri a farming technology platform where they work with farmers directly. improving their productivity. Think of it as a digital farming assistant. So in this episode he talks about what inspired him to do this, building the first prototype. The problems farmers face. Time spent working on a farm for a year & being treated like an outsider . He then talks about how they create an algorithm that decreases the cost of production to farmers. Talks about how they use analytics to improve the customer journey. Talks about raising finance , how you should pitch investors. Why 'investors want you to do less not more' How they on-board farmers online.  And finally he talks about his time at housing.com. The current farmers strike and being awarded Forbes 30 under 30!In this conversation we also talk about:-Insights gained from talking to over 400 farmersWhy agriculture is a complicated business.Farmers  not understanding the share icon & notification icon. And how they changed itSoil/water/weather parameters that go into building an algorithm.Quickly pivoting to a digital strategy during the pandemicThoughts on product market fitWhat will farming look like in 20 years time?Pitching & getting $50k from Uber.Book recommendations.and  much moreLinks https://bharatagri.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Jan 7

36 min 22 sec

No 1 Best Business Podcast in india!  Big Thank You to CEO magazine India. I am humbled and honoured. Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to over the past years. You will hear from Shankar Prasad. Founder of Pureplay Skin Sciences. They are Building India's fastest growing new-age, values-driven vegan skin care & beauty brand. Next I speak to  Akriti Khatri The founder of the Venus Detective Agency - India’s leading female private detective agency And finally  I speak to  Naina Hiranandani, COO & Co-Founder of Sirf Coffee.  A Bespoke dating service revolutionising dating for global Indians. So please enjoy the show, and i wish you all the best for the new year!Pureplay‘One piece of advice I will give is this - listen to the consumer , listen to the consumer, listen to the consumer , everything flows from that, if that’s not part of you equation then your starting at the wrong place - Shankar Prasad. Today I speak to Shankar Prasad, Founder, Pureplay Skin Sciences.One of indian fastest growing vegan & grooming brands. He has over 20 years of creating and building consumer goods india. So in this podcast we talk about his iterative design process, his research , his pricing strategy , using social media influencers, the Skin care for men market, taking calculated risks, advice on building your own consumer goods brand and learn how to improve your communication skills. And finally some warren Buffett chat as well.In this conversation we also talk about:Starting out as a chemical engineer.Leaving corporate life and going it alone.Why vegan?Bring inspired by the goodness of nature, and & doing goodOnline & offline selling strategiesUnderstanding want goes on in the west ,will likely happen in IndiaSocial media advice - Earn your place at the table.Launching skin care products for men & size of market.Favourite brands and why.Thoughts & experiences on using Youtube video for marketing & advertising.Sirf CoffeeWhat do women want? & how do you deal with those annoying Aunties! Well today your going to find out. My guest is Naina Hiranandani, COO & Co-founder Sirf Coffee. Sirf Coffee is a bespoke dating service revolutionising dating for global Indians. In this exciting episode she talks about servicing clients around the world using an offline approach to dating and why they take this approach. She talks about the operational side of the business and why the business model has not changed over 10 years. She talks about why they don’t spend money on marketing or take investment and finally she shares some great dating advice you can try if your footloose and fancy free!In this episode we talk aboutHow many dates have they have setupWalking away from a lucrative career to do thisBuilding a prototypeWord of mouth marketingDo opposites attract?What it takes to be a COOThe future of datingBeing different to the rest of the competitionHaving courageBook recommendation Sapiens - Yuval Harari & Modern Romance - Aziz AnsariVenus Detective AgencyThe explosion of online dating & matchmaking apps in India has led to a huge rise in the number of private investigators tasked with exposing love cheats. Today my guest is Akriti Khatri , the founder of Venus Detective Agency . She is like the female Miss Marple, So in this exciting episode she talks about how she got started and turned this into a very successful business with offices around india. She gives great advice for first time founders and she will also talk about going undercover to check up brides and grooms before they get married , she talks dating, using high technology gadgets, conflicts, emotions. Why business is booming due to soap operas and why spending 30 days in the office doing nothing set her up for big success!In this conversation we talk about:Business modelBlackmail , honey traps & love affairsWhy females make the best detectivesWhats in her spy kit?The Long hoursWould she recommend this as a career?P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.SBig News I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. Please get in touch music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Dec 2020

1 hr 47 min

Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to  over the past 5 years. You will hear from The Tech Witches - A group of 5  Indian high school girls. They have built  an app that connects children at orphanages to senior citizens in nursing homes, allowing them to spend time together. Next up  Dr Siddhant Bhargava co-founder & nutritionist at Food Darzee.He is tackling India's growing obesity problem.by creating a health & nutrition company offering fresh, healthy food delivered daily to your doorstep. And last but not least I speak to  Tanul Mishra CEO of Afthonia labs. Afthonia labs  focuses on early stage startups in Fintech and provides them with a trusted ecosystem to grow and succeed.Finally  I would like to pay tribute to everyone listening and subscribing to the show for the past five  years. Without you, this podcast would not have been possible! So I’m very grateful TechWitchesAfter losing both grandparents Ananya Grover & her fellow classmates decided to build something in the social sector space. So she and her fellow classmates aka 'The Tech Witches' decided to build an app called Maitri. An app that connects children at orphanages to senior citizens in nursing homes, allowing them to spend time together. In this episode I will talk to two of the ladies. CEO Ananya Grover & CTO Arefa Muzaffar. They talk about how it all works. Flying out to San Francisco and pitching the app to Google Ventures. They talk about how this app can fight depression in two groups. Being the only indian team in the Technovation Girls competition - A global competition featuring 19,000 kids and 170 teams from across 38 countries . They talk about what makes a great entrepreneur, how they work together and finally some Michelle Obama & Malala Yousafzai chat.in this conversation we talk about:Sleepless nights!How they dealt with skeptical adultsImproving everyone's social and mental well-being.The rise of loneliness in a connected world.Research/design/coding challengesTargeting two sets of usersWhy they call themselves the TechWitchesGetting feedback from Google Ventures.Food DarzeeIndia has a growing obesity problem! Today I speak with Dr Siddhant Bhargava co-founder and nutritionist at Food Darzee. Food Darzee is a health and nutrition company offering fresh, healthy food delivered daily to your doorstep. So in this episode he talks about his rollercoaster startup journey so far. Overcoming challenges, shares great advice for first time founders. Why obesity is a growing problem in India to dealing with Bollywood celebrities. Helping comedian Tanmay bhatt lose weight. Learn about the practical diet changes for a fit body. Advice on losing weight, nutrition being body positive, and finally his love of butter chicken!In this conversation we also talk about:Statistics so far.How does this workHaving sleepless nights.Being the Keto expert in India.Educating Indian Mothers!Protein v carbsWhat keeps him going?the next milestonesSiddhant's idea of food heaven & food hellHow much protein do you need?Digital marketing advice.Siddhant's advice on what I am eating!Afthonia labsWith over $1.85 Billion invested in the Indian FinTech space so far, I speak with Tanul Mishra CEO of Afthonia labs. Afthonia labs focuses on early stage startups in Fintech and provides them with a trusted ecosystem to grow and succeed. She talks about what startups should be focussing on and what they are looking for . She also reflects on her time as the co-founder of Eatelish, a successful food service that is a bridge between artisan foodmakers from across India and consumers. She talks about surviving the early days, breakthrough moments, having a successful exit and an interesting story about pickles and sorting things out over a cup of hot chocolate!In this episode we also talk about:Funding is not the ultimate benchmark of success.Advice on launching startups.What should go in your pitch deckBeing excited & emotional after a successful exit.Having an epiphany when trekkingGreat thoughts on when the right time to sell your startup.Examples of Fintech startupsBook recommendation - Calvin and hobbsPartnering with VC'sand much more!P.SSkillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel 

Dec 2020

1 hr 27 min

Charanjeev Singh aka CJ aka The Flying Sikh is back on the show! I spoke to CJ on the show 5 years ago  and he is still going strong.  In fact they are now launching in Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and Singapore.  He talks about acquiring 10% Sikh grooming market just through word of mouth. Talks about Product development life cycle and why the weather plays a big role. He talks about building a community centric brand. Talks about product failures Talks about the importance of Sikh culture in 2020. Why the indian hipster phase has died. Launching a streetwear brand. Shopping card abandon rates.  And finally he talks about creating the world's first beard deodorant and much more.in this conversation we also talk about:Not burning money on marketingThe good & bad of CovidWhy it takes 8/9 months to launch a product.Demonetization & implementing GST issuesNew thoughts on entrepreneurshipBeing patientGoing offlineWould  he change anythingBeing the 'GQ' for SikhsWhy beard textures are different around the world.and much morehttps://www.singhstyled.com/

Dec 2020

38 min 40 sec

Making space explorable & economical for the future generation. Today i speak to Dr Srimathy Kesan CEO of SpaceKidz India - SpaceKidz india helps  students to pursue their space dreams regardless of their field of education, social status, and geographic location.   in this episode she talks about how it got started. How under her guidance, students designed Kalamsat - the world’s lightest satellite ever to be placed in orbit!  Her team of students are currently building the world's lightest rover for the moon. She also talks about how they use ‘ the make or break approach.  Using 3D technology.  Being mocked in the early days and people refusing to turn up to the first launch .She talks suborbital launches and trusting yourself. She talks about winning 20+ awards , Great advice for first time founders.  She talks about being a former paratrooper, why she called herself Indira Gandhi as a 5 year to get into a top school. And is there life on other planets?In this conversation we also talk about:Taking a 16 year sabbaticalThe space community in IndiaVision & redefining space dreams for Indian kidsGoing to NasaHer initial dream of joining the army was rejected by her father,Designing & building a satellite from scratch in 6 daysBeing emotionally  attached to the moonPeople refusing to turn up to the first launchWhy her dad turned up at school  for 15 days in a row at 5am!Turning her kitchen into a  science labMarried at a young age, which put all her dreams and wishes on hold.and much morehttps://www.spacekidzindia.in/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Nov 2020

45 min

India's drone whizz kid Harshwardhan Zala is on the show today. He has built a drone that sniffs out landmines. So In this conversation we talk about how it all got started at the age of 9. Spending 6-8 hours in  a cyber cafe with his grandfather.  Being inspired  by a YouTube video where soldiers were trying to defuse a mine. Talks about the remarkable  journey from not being taken seriously to be mentioned in the speech by PM of Israel. Talks about working with the indian government and military. Talks about how they implement AI/Machine learning and GPS in the drone and how it all works. Talks about being invited to Silicon Valley, Talks about The early prototypes, accuracy rates, the successful demos and not so successful demos! Working with adults. Talks about the future of drones  . He then goes on to talk about burnout, and some insights on the drone community in India. And what makes a great developer. In this conversation we also talk about:Teaching engineering graduates at the age of 12 for extra pocket moneyThoughts on being called a child prodigy/geniusCompleting 40+ projects by the age of 12The hardware,  software and design challenges.Dropping out of schoolHow you can get started with hardware developmentPublic perception of dronesNot having enough drone parts in India.Great tips on staying focusThe problem - 110 active mines buried around the world.Developing code in-house v open sourceWhen will it go live?and much moreLinkshttps://www.aerobotics7.com/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWVand finally ...PLEASE STAY SAFE!!

Nov 2020

47 min 34 sec

Don’t be a Vanity SaaS. Be a value SaaS business. Today my guest is Shekar Nair - Partner & co-founder of Upekkha a business accelerator for early stage SaaS startups.  They help founders build value based startups not vanity based startups. So he talks about why they focus on SaaS startups only. We talk about pricing strategies. Launching strategies &  getting your first customers. We talk about co-founder issues, setting up in Delaware, USA. Why is there no Microsoft equivalent in India yet? and who could it eventually be and finally what  he learned most about himself during lockdown .in this conversation we also talk about:Developing the fundamentals of the SasS flywheelGrowing fastWhat does Upekkha mean?Biggest insights do farFuture of SAAS.Advice first time foundersWhat are they looking for?What is a vanity SaaS business?Being a thought leader for SaaS based businesses in India.and much morelinkshttps://www.upekkha.io/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWVand finally ...PLEASE STAY SAFE!!

Oct 2020

51 min 9 sec

 I speak to Yashika Shah the co-founder of Nandoo. Nandoo is India's only FUN health & wellness startup. Since launching they already have 200,000 members. So in this episode she talks about how it all works. You will learn how she manages a full time job working in investment banking, while working on this startup. Being married to the co-founder. She talks about building a community & targeting stressed out Indian millennials and find out how many minutes you need to walk to get an IPhone!In this episode we also talk about:4.30AM starts!Taking fun seriously! TodayHow they went from 0-200,000 in under 6 monthsFuture business modelsIndian marketing strategies - what worked, & what didn't workWork life balanceNext up I Rajiv Talreja India’s Leading Business Coach and is the author of the International Bestseller called – “Lead or Bleed” So in this episode You will learn how to stand out from the competition. Mistakes entrepreneurs make. Examples of core strategies that you can use in your business. And why the customer is not the king! in this conversation we also talk about:Having a strict fatherBeing in debt"If you don't lead in your business you will bleed!" Two failed businesses.Anyone who has scaled a business is not the most intelligent person on the team.Spirituality.Business heroesBeing a selfish cricketerBeing a freak of work life balance.Living an 'And' life not an 'Or' lifeTedX talkWhy self employment is a trap.Next up Akshaara Lalwani founder of Communicate India one of the fastest growing Marketing and PR companies in India. She started this business from her bedroom age 23 and now in the 10th year employs over 100 people has clients around the world and won a number of awards. So in this episode she talks about her amazing journey. Some of her favourite PR campaigns - including flying pizzas. You will learn about client relationships and how she measures success , and dealing with crisis management and finally some chat about Margaret Thatcher , sushi , Will Smith, Tequila, insects and eating pizza 14 days in row!In this conversation we also talk about:Challenging first yearGrowing 150% in the last year'You can't please everyone - Not even chocolate can!'Getting a pizza delivered by a drone!The dream company she would like to work with.Being careful of how you use social influencersEstablishing a 90:10 gender ratioLearning on the jobWhat she has learned as a female entrepreneurBeing called the Margaret Thatcher of the PR industryExpecting the worst not the bestAnd Finally Venk Potula. Venk is an award-winning Indian-American filmmaker and actor, producer & creator of the new Indian-American fiction podcast called Masala Jones. A subversive and daring new comedy about one man's journey to become the world's first Indian-American adult actor. Venk talks about his life in Hollywood as an Indian-American , how he come up with idea. his entrepreneurial spirit. An amazing story of how he got discovered. What fame is really like and what comes with it. His dream role. We go through his IMDB appearing in VEEP and finally a great story about playing a zombie (make sure your not eating anything!)in this conversation we also talk aboutHow much research did he do?Working with hall of fame AVN actress Aurora SnowVirtual Reality in the theaterAppearing on Veep was he star struck?Time spent at UCLAHollywood partiesStay out of L.A!Making money in the entertainment businessTaking acting classes - Running around staring at wallsBeing a hustlerP.SBig News I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts Then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. Please get in touch , P.P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWVand finally ...PLEASE STAY SAFE!!

Oct 2020

1 hr 58 min

Minakshi started with an Excel spreadsheet back in 2006. And this year has recently been awarded the best bar in  India , and in Asia’s  50 best bars list of 2020. Amazing achievement considering women working in bars is extremely uncommon. it's a bit  of a  taboo subject. So she talks about how she overcame those challenges. She talks about finding her passion, Working 14-15 hours a day. She  reveals how she got  people in India to drink an Old Fashioned & Whisky Sour’s! What she learned about herself during  lockdown. We talk about  indian’s complicated relationship with alcohol.  And finally she shares her secrets to making a great cocktail. It's truly an amazing story and one that will inspire you as well.in this conversation we also talk about:How she came up with concepts and themesBuilding a bar from scratch or buying an established business.Non alcoholic v alcoholic cocktailsFavorite cocktails.Dealing with the lockdown.Getting an adrenaline rush from bartending Why being a bartender is similar to giving a theatre performance .Not taking it too seriouslyDealing with bureaucracy Advice on building your own bar,Getting women into the industryLinkshttps://sidecarbarindia.com/P.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Sep 2020

40 min 27 sec

Vivek Bajaj is back on the show! He is co-founder of StockEdge & Elearnmarkets.com. He appeared back in August 2016 (EP39) and since then his app has gone from 50K downloads to 1.5million downloads. And has gone from employing 25 staff to over 140 staff. So in this episode he talks about how they have scaled the operation.  Talks about finding great business partners. Thoughts on the current stock market, Common mistakes first time investors make. Shares formulas for investing including the ‘10 10 10’ rule. Talks about his best investments and worst. Why Reliance stock is a ‘buy’. Why he doesn't invest in Bitcoin. Talks about raising finance. Gives great advice for entrepreneurs And finally the most important lesson about money he has learned so far! in this conversation we talk about:Revenue stats so farWhat problem are they solvingWhich product makes most revenue?Are they still a startup?Dealing with the big lossesNever comprising on sleepWhy you shouldn't just look at the price of a stockUsing you gut/intuition  picking stocksThe importance of interest rates on the stock marketWhat is going to happen  to the stock market in the next 6 monthsThoughts on robo advisorsWhy your tech product should always be in 'beta'And much more!Links https://twitter.com/vivbajajP.SPodcast Hosting Special Offer for Indian Startup Show Listeners.50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecastsubscribe with the promo code ONSIMPLECAST  belowhttps://simplecast.com?fp_ref=neil34P.P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 

Sep 2020

37 min 11 sec

If sex sells, why is it so difficult to make money? Well today we are going to find out! I speak to Shakun Sethi  founder of Tickle.life - The world's first community based discovery platform for sexual wellbeing and sexuality.She talks about her desire to build this. She goes in depth about building not one but two MVP and spending a year visiting over 100 sex toy shops for research. She talks about getting user feedback, using the sprint model. What metrics they use and the design issues faced. She talks about what really matters when building a community from scratch. She talks about the Indian market. And finally she talks about how to improve your EQ.In this episode we talk about:What are the users needsgetting 5k people to download the app with marketing.Indian customers being ready but still having reservationsWhat she learned from her first startupHaving a therapistwhy she gets DM's but no RT's! Failure is ok!Building a discovery platform not a social networkHer leadership styleIdea V ExecutionWhat she googled before telling her parents!Linkshttps://www.tickle.life/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV 

Aug 2020

33 min 59 sec

I 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.In this conversation we talk about:-shifting from the lab to industry.Plant based v  cell based thoughtsWhat does it taste like?Why they not ready to start branding yetHow they hire scientistsNot being a salespersonThoughts on the China marketChicken nuggets chat. What does the law say?An update on what we will be eating  & drinking in 100 years time! and much Morelinkshttps://www.clearmeat.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   

Aug 2020

26 min 8 sec

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. In this conversation we also talk about:Subscription statsHow he got startedMistakes madeThe culture of paying for newsAdvice on building your own media companyWhat questions would he ask PM ModiWorking on a piece about the Delhi riotsGreat food experiences & not so great food experiences.Podcast recommendationsand much more linkshttps://www.newslaundry.com/P,SI am producing a brand new indian comedy drama called he 'The Great indian Startup' Check out the first episode now! Rajeev quits his boring corporate job to start his own venture on comic books with his two friends Veronica and Siddharth. The plot revolves around various issues the entrepreneur faces in starting up - conflicts with girlfriend, family, fundraising, hiring, scaling. Original Scripted Comedy Drama coming soon!https://soundcloud.com/indianstartupshow/new-updated-version-the-great-indian-startup-ep1 

Aug 2020

34 min 40 sec

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 challengeslinks https://www.iglnetwork.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

Jul 2020

22 min 27 sec

W.V. Raman’s vast experience as a player and coach at the top level will provide wonderful learnings on how to achieve one’s potential in all walks of life.  - Sachin Tendulkar.   Today  I speak with Mr W V  Raman - Former test match cricketer ,  and coach of the indian women's team. We talk about his book The Winning Sixer , leadership lessons to master. He talks about how anyone can be a leader. He talks about building credibility. Biggest mistakes leaders make. He talks about  life changing advice from a non-cricketer which led him to break all records in 88-89 season and  scoring one of the best knocks overseas by an indian batsman. Talks about dealing with the pressure of playing for India. Nasser Hussain's perceptions on the Indian touring sides in the 1990's and how S.Ganguly changed it. Thoughts on the winner takes all 'mentality' and finally we talk about his current coaching career .In this conversation we also talk about:Dealing with SledgingGetting bowled out for 66 in DurbanDo you have to be selfish to be a top cricketer?Going back to schoolListening to talking ratiosTalks about underrated Indian cricket playersHow he got his big break as a top order batsmanFacing a prime Allan Donald!Life in the dressing roomP.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

Jul 2020

36 min 17 sec

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 peopleand much more linkshttps://www.pocket52.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   

Jul 2020

31 min 4 sec

Having been stuck inside coronavirus lockdown since late March.   I decided to listen back through the archives and put together some of the best interviews. Today you will here from 'The Recycle Man of India' Dr Binish Desai Forbes 30 under 30 Asia social entrepreneur & founder of Eco-Eclectic.  We talk about:-Being inspired by Captain Planet!Building houses, toilets, lamps & other products out of waste - What's next?First brick looking like a rotiWorking in slumsDealing with negativity & proving people wrong.Why he takes 2 bricks with him everywhere he goes!Creating a micro social enterprise to help women3D printing houses in the futureDreaming of getting on the Forbes list & getting on the list.Being cheated by a partner & what kept him going Next up is Krishnan Nair -CEO of Geektrust he talks about on creating an online platform that connects talented developers with great opportunities. We talk about :Taking the plungeStats so farBeing a first generation entrepreneurBeing In it for the long haul.Figuring out your core valueIt's time to move on from the outsourcing industry and build kick-ass products for the world from India!Marketing strategies - Writing things from the heart! not clickbait.Don't drink your own Kool-Aid!Business modelBeing mentally prepared. Startup life is a lonely journey.Indian VC's, China VC's, American VC'sAnd finally  I speak to the amazing Pooja Dhingra Celebrity chef, entrepreneur & founder of Le15 Patisserie. We talk about:Starting with 3 people and now employing 140+Falling in love with Macaroons!Bringing a piece of Paris back to MumbaiStarting a business being young & femaleGoing to events in the early days and getting asked about her husband and fatherDropping out of law school after 2 weeks.Management stylesBuilding a brandEating dark chocolateBeing open to changeSetting crazy goals.Oprah Winfrey chatSpecial Offer!50% Off Your First Two Months on Simplecasthttps://simplecast.com#_r_neil34promo code ONSIMPLECAST 

Jun 2020

1 hr 16 min

Futurepreneur Grand Challenge winner Radhika Timbadia Owner of Champaca , Campaca is a unique cafe venture around books, food, curation and a strong community. She talks about how it got started. Talks about spotting the gap in the market . Thoughts on building a community. Talks about not being taken seriously by vendors and also challenges of retaining employees. She talks about dealing with Covid19. Advice for first time entrepreneurs. Great book recommendations, why she loves books, Bangalore traffic! Spotting snow leopards and online pub quizzes.In this conversation we also talk about:Creating online voucher system during the shutdown.Getting help from fellow cafe owners360 degree personality changeWas it a difficult concept to sell in the early daysWhat will the cafe shop look after Covid19?Book recommendations Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities by Harini Nagendra, Seema Mundoli and Exhalation - Ted ChangMaking tough decisionsExploring different niches.Bangalore weather.Motivating herself in the lockdown.and much more!Linkshttps://www.champaca.inGlobal Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) and Facebook India launched the FUTUREPRENEURS GRAND CHALLENGE for women mass entrepreneurs in the Food and Beverage Sector (F&B) in Bangalore to catalyse women entrepreneurs and recognize and reward the best among them. GAME is a non-profit platform for mission-aligned partners to learn, innovate and collaboratively build a self-sustaining mass entrepreneurship ecosystem. By identifying and scaling breakthroughs with partners, we want to build a movement for creating and sustaining 10 million job-creating ‘mass entrepreneurs’, half of whom will be women. For more information:https://massentrepreneurship.org/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

May 2020

21 min 26 sec

Catching up with Raghav Gupta, the co-founder of Nymble labs. He came on the show in November 2017 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 model How they came up with research goals Developing a Customer Development process that helped gather more insights about consumers. How they separate feedback from noise How they capture the feedback. Taking the cooking robot to the houses of people who had signed up in SF, San Diego and LA Dealing with the coronavirus Thoughts on the b2b and b2c markets Dealing with the competition Don't fall in love with your product. Fall in live with the problem! and much more P.S if you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare and Creative Live. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Apr 2020

38 min 46 sec

The Indian Startup Show Trailer - A weekly podcast Show about Indian startups, entrepreneurs & more ! Hosted by Neil Patel & friends.

Mar 2020

6 min 15 sec

India is the third largest startup ecosystem in the world, what’s going right, and what needs to be tweaked? I speak to Vijay Anand, AKA The Startup Guy, founder of The Startup Centre in Chennai. He is an entrepreneur and has been mentoring startups in India for the past 10 years. So In this episode we talk about the state of the Indian startup ecosystem. Talk about finding India's identity - China has processes & innovation, Germany does precision machinery, US and Israel drive innovation, Japan has quality. What is India's story?The involvement of India's government - the good & bad. Talks about If someone wants to start a venture today, what areas should they focus on? talks about the 2 kinds of entrepreneur, overvaluation of startups, ethics, blockchain, dogs!, space travel, super human beings and what does he go for - the person or the idea? And much more , so please enjoy the show. in this conversation we also talk about: Differences in the Indian eco-system v Israel eco-system Big observation about indian startups Indian domestic market v global market Bill gates & Mark Zuckerberg chat How do you unlearn Looking at a person as asset not a liability The 3rd wave of startups How to find co-founders What gets Vijay out of bed? links https://in.linkedin.com/in/vijayanands https://twitter.com/vijayanands P.S I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts Then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. P.P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Mar 2020

32 min 40 sec

'There was no alternative to buying expensive furniture for temporary needs' and so City Furnish was created. Today I speak to Neerav Jain, the co-founder of City Furnish a rental subscription service for furniture & appliances. So in this episode he talks about how he got this off the ground by talking to 200 people , going through Y-Combinator last year , and how they validated the market ,raising $5million and talks customer retention strategies , the 2 macro changes contributing to the rise in the renting economy in India. What did the first MVP look like. Learn how to talk to your potential customers. Why his parents thought it was a bad idea and why they want more competition not less! In this conversation we also talk about: Growing fast Playbook for launching new cities How they scale & deal with logistics Meeting Paul Graham Expanding to the Middle East Why they got rejected 400x For every assumption you need validation Book recommendation - The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win - Steve Blank Furniture rental market v furniture buying market Why has there not been a furniture rental unicorn yet? Hiring for culture fit rather than skill and much more Links https://cityfurnish.com/ P.S I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts Then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. P.P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Feb 2020

33 min 53 sec

Trapped indoors by the Storm Ciara & Storm Dennis. I decided to listen back through the archives and put together some of the best bits. So today you will hear from Govinda Upadhyay- Cofounder LEDsafari, Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur - On bringing solar-powered light to students in India., we talk about:- Going from one village to the next with a suitcase A great example of entrepreneurship in Uganda The one child one lamp initiative. Grandma & Grandpa thoughts! Dealing with the knockbacks Interesting story where the name comes from Growing up in an army family & changing friends every 3 years. Don't build product build solution - Former President of India - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Next up is Venkat Iyer - the author of Moong Over Microchips - Adventures of a techie turned farmer! We talk about: Unable to sleep Dealing with the silence and the darkness Depression Russels Viper Snake Not knowing anything about farming Getting ripped off the first time The 4 C’s and 2 P’s of success How being project manager helped! Taking risks Someone interested in buying the movie rights Realities of living on a rural farm in India (kids not interested!) Next the 'The Guru of Giggling' Dr Madan Kataria - Founder of Laughter Yoga Clubs- On why laughter really is the best medicine! Including exercises you can try at home helped me a trapped nerve in my shoulder! We talk about: The body not being able to differentiate between fake laughter or real laughter. His mother being embarrassed when she found out and how he turned it around. Milkshake laughter Dealing with shy and inhibited people The gibberish workshop! Skype laughter club. Being a social crusader Not having a business brain! but reaching 100 + countries. Depression is the No1 sickness in the world Acting like a happy person Last but by no means least - Rajeev Tamhankar founder of TBS Planet a comic & animation startup. He is building the next Indian Superhero Universe!. We talk about: Leaving the corporate life Attending Comic-Con Developing superheroes including Karma & Mother Nature Writing his first novel - Get corporate before you get fired! Joining an accelerator Creating an augmented treasure hunt at Comic-Con Dads feedback. Getting his first sale State of the Indian comic market. DC/Aquaman chat. Experiment - content development takes time! I would like to pay tribute to everyone listening and subscribing to the show for the past four years. Without you, this podcast would not have been possible! So I’m very grateful. Links : http://www.indianstartupshow.com/ P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Feb 2020

1 hr 53 min

'It was his birthday & I thought of customising a shoe and gifting it to him on his birthday' And so Toesmith was born! and they haven't looked back . I speak to Aayush Jindal Co-founder of Toesmith , India’s first tech-driven footwear brand, offering customisation of shoes . In this episode he talks how the 3d customisation works. Talks about customer research , pitching his parents the prototype , how they target customers via Facebook and Instagram, how many orders that get a day, quitting the corporate life, how they plan to scale the operation and finally he gives advice on building an e-commerce business & brand in India. In this conversation we also talk about: Pricing strategies that don't pinch! Getting great feedback & design from a tattoo artist Walking away from nice job at Bain How they deal with copyright issues Thoughts on the offline / retail market. Is it pressure off or pressure on? Launching internationally & scaling Experiencing failure on his previous start-up Getting advice from parents who work in the shoe manufacturing business. and much much more Links https://www.toesmith.com/ P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Feb 2020

35 min 48 sec

This is an exciting new feature called Where Are They Now ? I catch up with previous guests who came on the show. I catch up With Vineet Rajan the co-founder of Scout My Trip India’s first subscription-based travel planner powered by local travel experts. He gives us an update on what’s been happening since I last spoke to him over 2 years ago including being recognised as being of the top 50 startups to watch in india. Talks about expanding into SouthEast Asia. He explains why they pivoted and now use virtual scouts, talks about raising $500k, talks about content marketing strategies , talks about hot new destinations in india you should visit , talks about a life changing trip to Ladakh and finally he talks about eating ghost chillies in North East India and his second wife latitia(his bike!) In this conversation we also talk about: Growing 5x since 2018 A phenomenal 2019 winning 6+ awards Offline marketing strategies Business Travel market Working with Honda Climate change & sustainable travel Great story how he met his co-founder on the highway Great road trips Being a startup guy and his co-founder being a corporate guy Consumer mindset in india Income Tax Exemption granted under Startup India Programme How they use virtual scouts Using AI in the future Being trapped in the snow for 20hrs! and much much more! https://scoutmytrip.com/ P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Feb 2020

45 min 35 sec

Part 2 of my interview with Sanil Sacher co-founder of huddle a startup incubator based in Delhi. So in this episode he talks his entrepreneurial life. Talks about his moment of epiphany. Gives great advice on beating the Monday morning blues talks about how to scale consumer goods companies, some Richard Branson chat , key takeaway from working at Star Sports , and mental health chat. Finally a first for the indian startup show, Sanil reads out some of his wonderful some poetry. Links http://huddle.work/ P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Jan 2020

20 min 55 sec

Providing 360-degree support to multiple startups. Today I speak to Sanil Sachar co-founder of Huddle a startup incubator based in Delhi. He is also an entrepreneur, national best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, co-owner of global sports brand, Trusox, motivational speaker and leadership coach. I decided to split this into two parts . So in this episode we talk about the startup incubator he co-founded , what inspired him to do this, what they look for when it comes to investing, raising funds in india, exits, advice for first time investors ,he talks about what startups you should be investing in and what he likes & dislikes in the Indian startup ecosystem. In this conversation we also talk about: Mentoring startups The application process Being open to single founders & non technical founders How much do they invest & how much equity do they take. Investing in data over sound technology, blockchain & keto markets Startup scene in Delhi , compared to Mumbai & Bangalore. Motivations How much should you invest? and much more P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Jan 2020

23 min 29 sec

‘One piece of advice I will give is this - listen to the consumer , listen to the consumer, listen to the consumer , everything flows from that, if that’s not part of you equation then your starting at the wrong place - Shankar Prasad. Today I speak to Shankar Prasad, Founder, Pureplay Skin Sciences.One of indian fastest growing vegan & grooming brands. He has over 20 years of creating and building consumer goods india. So in this podcast we talk about his iterative design process, his research , his pricing strategy , using social media influencers, the Skin care for men market, taking calculated risks, advice on building your own consumer goods brand and learn how to improve your communication skills. And finally some warren Buffett chat as well so please enjoy the show. In this conversation we also talk about: Starting out as a chemical engineer. Leaving corporate life and going it alone. Why vegan? Bring inspired by the goodness of nature, and & doing good Online & offline selling strategies Understanding want goes on in the west ,will likely happen in India Social media advice - Earn your place at the table. Launching skin care products for men & size of market. Favourite brands and why. Thoughts & experiences on using Youtube video for marketing & advertising. and much more P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Jan 2020

28 min 12 sec

India is emerging as one of the fastest-growing markets for SaaS (software as a service)-based customer relationship management (CRM) firms. So today i speak to Vikas Jha founder & CEO of Alore. Alore offers everything needed to run a sales team at scale - from finding business email addresses to running automated drip campaigns to monitoring the performance of sales teams. So he talks about it all got started , how the product works. How they acquire customers around the world organically without spending money on marketing. Talks about nearly going bankrupt , talks about what makes a great salesperson, being an ex-merchant navy officer turned venture capitalist turned entrepreneur. Gives great book recommendations , talks about burnout , mental health. He talks about bootstrapping strategies what worked and what didn't work and finally he talks about how he transitioned from corporate life to startup life. in this conversation we also talk about: Sales so far Early bootstrap strategies using Facebook groups Product design process Unique pricing models 2 business models Is email still a good way to sell? The 'land & expand' strategy Book recommendation - Atomic Habits by James Clear & OKR by John Dorr Seeing 800 business plans in a year as a VC and what to put in a pitch deck. Great hiring advice and processes. How he dealt with mental health & burnout Advice on pivoting Dealing with rejection and much more links https://alore.io/ P..S I am looking for feedback on the show. So If you could fill out the audience survey. It takes 2mins https://forms.gle/iNkXMauT7azY81sK8 P.P.S Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel P.P.P.S You're going to love CreativeLive! Online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7. Use my link to take $15 off your first CreativeLive class of $25 or more! https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Neil108 music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV

Jan 2020

38 min 12 sec

Student living 2.0! Today I speak with Annu Talreja and Priyanka Gera they have co-founded OxfordCaps. OxfordCaps is Asia's first branded and tech-enabled student housing company they started in Singapore and now growing rapidly in India so in this episode they talk about how they went from quitting their corporate jobs to raising $10 million dollars in funding. They talk about how they are enhancing the student experience, female entrepreneurship , the hardest part about doing business in India , they talk about pitching to investors and knowing each other since childhood. And finally some Steve jobs, Jack Ma chat. In this conversation we also talk about: Going from 200 beds to 15000 beds Are they growing too fast? First impressions of each other How they divided the different roles & responsibilities at the start. Appreciating each other Getting customers Having supportive investors Lion mom culture & stress Technology and much more! links https://oxfordcaps.com/

Dec 2019

45 min 48 sec

What do women want? & how do you deal with those annoying Aunties! Well today your going to find out. My guest is Naina Hiranandani, COO & Co-founder Sirf Coffee. Sirf Coffee is a bespoke dating service revolutionising dating for global Indians. In this exciting episode she talks about servicing clients around the world using an offline approach to dating and why they take this approach. She talks about the operational side of the business and why the business model has not changed over 10 years. She talks about why they don’t spend money on marketing or take investment and finally she shares some great dating advice you can try if your footloose and fancy free! In this episode we talk about How many dates have they have setup Walking away from a lucrative career to do this Building a prototype Word of mouth marketing Do opposites attract? What it takes to be a COO The future of dating Being different to the rest of the competition Having courage Book recommendation Sapiens - Yuval Harari & Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari and much more links https://www.sirfcoffee.com/ P.S Follow me on @Skillshare Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel

Nov 2019

53 min 4 sec

Big News I am starting a production company creating Indian based dramas documentaries & animation shows package them up for multicultural audiences around the world. So if you are writer ,scriptwriter, producer animators or know someone who is or has an original and interesting story tell or want to pitch me your concepts Then get in touch and we can turn this into the next big Netflix / Amazon Prime show. Please get in touch , hello@neilpatel.co email title production. Thank you for downloading the Best of The Indian Startup Show Part 10. So Today you will hear from Ganesh Shankar, Co-Founder of FluxGen - On Solving India’s Water Shortage Crisis. "WHO WILL MARRY YOU!" - Ganesh's mother's reaction to him quitting General Electric & starting his own company! A start-up company based in Bangalore they has developed a low-cost and local Internet of Things (IoT) solution for energy and water management (EWM). So in this podcast we talk about - How he got the idea, how it works, the ups and downs of entrepreneurial life to bootstrapping the company. We also talk about management styles & why the 14th February is an important date! Nothing to do with Valentine's day! Future of Indian Startups. Stats. The cultural advantages of Indian startups. He also talks about an inspirational cycling adventure from Bangalore to Goa. Examples of troubles & challenges Stats so far Starting the business without a business plan Can anyone be an Entrepreneur? What problem are they solving? Aims and objectives in the next 2 years How does he keep on top of things His management styles "You focus on your work, I will focus on your career!" Life at General Electric Comparing management styles between Fluxgen & General Electric Cycling chat! Next up is Vineet Rajan , Co-Founder of Scout My Trip - On building India's premier do-it-yourself platform for road trips . When Vineet was 5 years old, his dad shoved him into a car and took him on his first ever road trip! Now he is the co-founder of Scout My Trip, a platform & planner for road trips anywhere in India, they are doing really well. Its a big market 90% of all travel today is by road. 60% of all vacations today are road trips. We talk about how he got 5,000 signups before launching, being part of a tech accelerator, mistakes he has made on the way, to being profitable. We also talk about amazing road trips you can try, His passion for riding his Royal Enfield bike around India and much more. In this conversation we also talk about: Stats for far Meeting his co-founder on the highway What he calls his Royal Enfield bike! A key takeaway from being in an accelerator Trying to be the Uber for travel agents. Getting people to the website Can anyone be an entrepreneur? Iconic road trips in India Road trips do's and don'ts What keeps him up a night? Having a supportive dad Taking risks Lessons learned The dream trip Bill Gates chat And finally Mathew Browne, CEO of Kolkata Yoga Club - On bringing Yoga to the masses! we talk about the difficult first 3 months in his startup journey, marketing tactics, pricing strategies, roadmaps, his management style, getting into the corporate wellness space we also discuss laughter yoga, super brain yoga, desk yoga and some Conor McGregor chat as well and much much more so please enjoy the show! in this conversation we also talk about: Stats Delivering yoga to your home How they got started Painting walls to attract customers No pushy sales! Who are they targeting? Popular classes Thoughts on online yoga apps Why Yoga? Dealing with Corporate companies How big do they want to go with this? I would like to pay tribute to everyone listening and subscribing to show for the past four years. Without you, this podcast would not have been possible! I’m very grateful.

Oct 2019

1 hr 21 min