The Indian Startup Show

Neil Patel

A weekly podcast show about Indian startups, entrepreneurs, and more! Hosted by Neil Patel & Friends read less
TechnologyTechnology
BusinessBusiness
NewsNews
EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship
Tech NewsTech News

Episodes

Anushka Gupta co-founder of MyMuse on building India’s first bedroom essentials brand.
3d ago
Anushka Gupta co-founder of MyMuse on building India’s first bedroom essentials brand.
On a mission to make intimacy easy, approachable, and fun. Today my guest is Anushka Gupta, co-founder of MyMuse. MyMuse is India’s first bedroom essentials brand, dedicated to making intimacy easy, approachable, and fun for Indians everywhere. Anushka and her husband started in a small apartment and now operate a warehouse serving over 150,000 customers across 1000+ Indian cities. They've also built a massive community of over 100,000 followers on Instagram and other social media platforms. During our conversation, Anushka discusses smashing taboos and disrupting the industry, as well as the different and innovative products offered by MyMuse. She also talks about the pros and cons of being the first to market, funding rounds, and social media marketing including the 3 second rule.  Additionally, she shares valuable insights on building a brand from scratch, utilising email marketing for brand loyalty, conducting customer development and dealing with assumptions. Anushka reflects on her journey, from meeting her husband to overcoming conservative mindsets and the role of education in dismantling taboos. She also discusses the future of sexual wellness in India and what has surprised her the most in her entrepreneurial journey with India's leading luxury intimate wellness brand. Finally, we delve into the topic of which city in India is the most friskiest and much much more.Linkshttps://mymuse.in/  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Prince Thomas, CEO & Co-founder of MetaShot on building the world's first console-like cricket game
Jun 4 2024
Prince Thomas, CEO & Co-founder of MetaShot on building the world's first console-like cricket game
Experience real cricket at home! In this episode, I sit down with Prince Thomas, co-founder of MetaShot, a Bangalore-based gaming startup. MetaShot offers a unique and immersive cricket experience through a cutting-edge metaphysical smart bat.Prince shares how the idea for MetaShot emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss the early days of development, from the initial prototypes—a cricket bat with a sensor and a copy of EA Cricket 2007—to securing significant investments from prominent investors and eventually having a best selling product on Flipkart. Throughout our conversation, Prince delves into the intricacies of how MetaShot works, the major challenges faced, and why they chose to launch exclusively in Bangalore initially. He offers insights into their marketing funnel strategies, leveraging social media influencers, and handling both positive and negative feedback. We also explore the future of the gaming industry in India, pitching to investors, and using customer feedback to refine the game. Prince shares his experiences working with co-founders, the unwavering support from his wife, and overcoming scepticism from his father in the early years. Additionally, he reveals some fascinating hiring strategies. We talk about the T20 in America, being a cricket nut and finally an interesting tale on the origins of his name. Linkshttps://metashot.in/ Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Karan Singh, CEO & Founder of Aristobrat, on redefining fashion entrepreneurship.
May 14 2024
Karan Singh, CEO & Founder of Aristobrat, on redefining fashion entrepreneurship.
Step into the dynamic world of Indian menswear fashion with our latest episode! Join us as we sit down with Karan Singh, the creative force behind Aristobrat, a brand renowned for its premium men's clothing. In this insightful conversation, Karan takes us on a journey from his inspiration drawn from a transformative trip to Scandinavia to the inception of his own fashion brand. Delve into his innovative financial strategies, including the use of factoring, and gain a deeper understanding of India's burgeoning menswear scene. Discover Karan's pearls of wisdom as he discusses crafting a brand strategy, mastering social media marketing, how he came up with the name and his take on social media influencers. He unveils his secrets behind effective Google & Meta ads campaigns and his unique perspective on decision fatigue. Karan talks about his favorite brands, the importance of gut instincts in business, and learning how to navigate competition while staying true to your brand's narrative. But that's not all! Karan shares his fashion disasters, reveals the benefits of avoiding the news, discusses whether Indian men are fashionable compared to the rest of the world, and explains why focusing on the constant rather than the changing is key. For aspiring founders, Karan offers invaluable advice, and for fashion enthusiasts, he provides expert tips to elevate your wardrobe game.Linkshttps://www.aristobrat.in/  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Lalit Kalani, Founder of Rock Paper Rum, On building an innovative premium Indian Rum brand
May 2 2024
Lalit Kalani, Founder of Rock Paper Rum, On building an innovative premium Indian Rum brand
Drawing inspiration from the timeless game of Rock-Paper-Scissors, today's guest is Lalit Kalani, the Founder of Rock Paper Rum, an innovative Indian Rum brand prominently featured on Season 3 of Shark Tank India. In this episode, Lalit delves into the journey of launching his venture, shedding light on navigating the competitive Mumbai market, mastering branding, product development, and effective marketing strategies. He talks about India's complicated relationship with alcohol. He offers invaluable advice on pitching, discusses the transformative impact of Shark Tank, and reveals insights into the decision-making process behind delaying the launch.  And finally, Lalit shares enticing cocktail recipes for our enjoyment. Join us for an insightful discussion that not only explores entrepreneurship but also reflects on the significance of reestablishing family legacy as a third-generation entrepreneur, along with its accompanying pros and cons.In this episode we talk about:Thoughts on going globalWhy rum?What can go wrong?What should first time founders be focussing on?MentorshipInfluencer marketing.Dealing with regulationsBeing a 2nd time founder. Spending time in America.Linkshttps://www.rockpaperrum.com/  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Megha Gambhir co-founder & CEO of Stupa Sports Analytics on building a global sports analytics company and helping athletes improve sports performance.
Apr 8 2024
Megha Gambhir co-founder & CEO of Stupa Sports Analytics on building a global sports analytics company and helping athletes improve sports performance.
Driven by love for Table Tennis. Megha Gambhir, is the amazing co-founder and CEO of Stupa Sports Analytics. Her company is revolutionising the world of sports by providing athletes with cutting-edge analytics and insights to improve their performance. She talks about how she got started with a MVP - an Excel spreadsheet, to now working  the ITTF and  multiple international federations on her client list  and a number of global clients. She talks about leaving a well-paying job to figure it all out. Talks about working with her husband (pros & cons) She talks about pivoting. Building a B2B AI-based SaaS platform,  enabling end-to-end tournament management with live streaming and building an AI-based video analysis solution. She talks about funding. The two main questions VC’s asked about. Advice for building an MVP . What should a first time entrepreneur be focusing on? Manifesting things, and table tennis tips. So please enjoy the show. In this episode we talk about:Being in a data driven worldMatches analysed.What excites her most about building this startupDigitising sports events.Being motivated my money.Bring an IT professional turned entrepreneur,Video analysis.ImplementationReal time analytics and performances (KPIs)And much moreLinkshttps://stupaanalytics.com/#/home Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Surbhi Jain, Founder of Neend. On Building an app that aims to help people sleep better.
Mar 13 2024
Surbhi Jain, Founder of Neend. On Building an app that aims to help people sleep better.
Making India sleep better: More than 55% of Indian adults face trouble falling asleep at least three nights a week. Today, I speak with Surbhi Jain, the founder of Neend, a free app offering stories, soothing sleep sounds, meditation, and more to help users unwind and nod off. Launched in 2021, Surbhi shares how she started this journey after contracting Covid and struggling with sleep issues. She released the MVP on YouTube, experiencing significant organic growth. Surbhi discusses building a consumer app in the wellness space, addressing topics like traction, funding, her background, dealing with competition, and a referral scheme that didn't work out. She also shares insights into investing in startups, revealing what she looks for and her thoughts on the wellness space. Finally, Surbhi talks about handling criticism of her WhatsApp display picture by an unnamed investor and much more!In this conversation we also talk about:How it worksHer reluctance to seek feedback from friends and familyContacting customers first thing in the morningBusiness model.General sleep tipsThoughts on blue light glasses , do you they work.Dealing with biases. Scaling the business. Links https://neend.app/  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Gokul NA. Co-Founder of CynLr.  Revolutionising Robotics and making ‘universal factories’ the future.
Mar 7 2024
Gokul NA. Co-Founder of CynLr. Revolutionising Robotics and making ‘universal factories’ the future.
Universal factories of the future. Today my guest is Gokul NA, Co-Founder of CynLr.  a pioneering deep-tech startup dedicated to the radical reinvention of dynamic vision-enabled robots, unlocking the potential to create the 'universal factories' of tomorrow. In this enlightening discussion, Gokul takes us on a journey back over a decade, recounting the humble beginnings with his co-founder in a modest office that evolved into a sprawling 13,000 sq ft research space. This state-of-the-art facility boasts robot research cells, cutting-edge electronics, a sophisticated camera and vision laboratory, all meticulously managed by an expert team of engineers and researchers. He delves into topics ranging from design, product development, and entrepreneurship. Why does he seek more competition, not less? Gokul discusses the impact of robotics on jobs and elaborates on the intricacies of the design process. The conversation explores high barriers to entry ($30K to buy the robot arm, $250K to adopt the full solution, over 12-24 months) , The robotics scene in India, energy consumption considerations, and the evolution of early prototypes. Gokul sheds light on their business model, detailing the planned volume of robot sales, revenue figures, and the current status of funding.Gokul shares insights into motivation, the strategic onboarding of new team members, market validation, and adoption strategies. He imparts valuable advice tailored for first-time founders, Real-world applications. in the final stretch, Gokul provides an in-depth answer on the art of securing partnerships for startups.In this conversation we also talk about:Selling to engineers.Coconuts!Building the ecosystem before building your business.Onboarding new team membersMeeting his co-founderOpening an office in Switzerland.Dealing with initial feedbackLinks.https://www.cynlr.com/ Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Pratham Jindal, Founder & CEO of Praper Media. On building a  content agency helping creators create!
Feb 28 2024
Pratham Jindal, Founder & CEO of Praper Media. On building a content agency helping creators create!
From a 13-year-old dreaming of becoming a YouTuber to now leading a 6-figure video content agency, today I speak with Pratham Jindal, Founder and CEO of Praper Media—a content agency collaborating with some of the biggest creators on the planet. In this episode he shares insights into launching the agency, recounting the story of securing his first customer by spending 100 Rupees on a super chat. Pratham delves into his unique hiring philosophy and offers perspectives on AI, Chat GPT, and Sora. Additionally, he unveils his distinctive framework for hiring staff and discusses effective cold email strategies.Pratham provides valuable advice on transitioning from a solo freelancer to starting an agency, reflecting on some mistakes made, such as not trusting his gut. He shares insights for first-time founders and entrepreneurs, discussing his hands-off management style.  Why his first content channel failed and key takeaways and starting your own content channel. Content is not an easy game!Pratham highlights why Instagram is his most significant marketing channel and explains his reluctance to use freelancer websites. Talks about the startup scene in Chandigarh. Finally, he talks about his venture into creating a KPOP channel in India and much more.In this conversation we talk about:Starting in his parents bedroom. Not having issues with pricing Algorithms Meeting his Co-founder Being consistant.The booming creator scenePlans for the future.Starting young,  did he miss out on social life?A great story about using the wifi restaurant password to complete a job.Getting referrals. Growing quickly 1. to 45 team 1,000 sqft office Qualities entrepreneurs must have - Communication. And much more Linkshttps://www.linkedin.com/in/pratham-jindal/ Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Sarabjeet Sachar -  CEO of Aspiration Jobs. A seasoned career coach & mentor. Guiding busy professionals for a fast pace career growth & future-proof success.
Jan 25 2024
Sarabjeet Sachar - CEO of Aspiration Jobs. A seasoned career coach & mentor. Guiding busy professionals for a fast pace career growth & future-proof success.
It's a tough job market out there folks! , and on today's episode, we have an expert to guide us through it. I'm joined by Sarabjeet Sacher, the founder of Aspiration Jobs, with a profound passion for coaching professionals in areas such as career growth, career development, job search strategies, and interview techniques.He shares valuable insights on crafting a compelling CV—what to include and what to avoid. The episode explores the intricacies of salary negotiation, providing tips on answering pivotal questions like "Why should I hire you?", 'Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?’   And his thoughts on software billionaire NR Narayana Murthy 70 hrs commentIn this insightful conversation, Sarabjeet  delves into the question of whether working for a startup is a wise career move. Great advice for first time graduates with no work experience. And how to deal with those gaps in your C.V!We even touch on some wisdom inspired by Tony Robbins. Sarabjeet also offers practical advice on handling rejection gracefully.As we wrap up, he generously shares his top recommendations for achieving career growth. This episode is packed with invaluable information, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.In this conversation we also talk about:What is the purpose of your CV/ResumeWork life balanceThoughts on moonlightingDo people still want careers?What about the traditional 9-5 workdayWhich is more important: culture fit or technology fit.Don’t do a 13 page resume!Are CV’s are still relevant?The future of job interviews.The importance of soft skills.And much moreLinkshttps://www.facebook.com/sarabjeet.sachar/https://www.instagram.com/sarabjeetsachar/https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarabjeetsachar/https://aspirationjobs.com/ Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Aruna Chawla, founder of  Salad - A FemTech startup building wellness for women  & disrupting the face of a $100bn + global industry.
Mar 6 2023
Aruna Chawla, founder of Salad - A FemTech startup building wellness for women & disrupting the face of a $100bn + global industry.
Enabling the well-being of more than 355 million Indian women through products, experiences, and experts. Today my guest is Aruna Chawla, founder of Salad, a lifestyle planner mobile app that support women to better manage their health throughout the menstrual cycle by providing personalised nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle advice. She talks about her own personal journey of being in and out of hospital. She talks about building an MVP without  a CTO or developers. Aruna talks about why they don’t want to go viral and or build landing pages. She talks about the first version of Salad,  a condom company which sold 20,000 in only two months with no paid marketing. She talks about her time at the Antler India residency , where they raised a  pre-seed round and met her co-founder. She talks about being a FemTech founder in India and the size of the market.  Every month, nearly 1.8 billion people across the world menstruate, and nearly 85% of this group suffer from hormonal imbalances. She talks about hormones , period tracking and finally she talks about her super strength and advice on how to build healthier habits and goals  using behavioural  science and much more!In this conversation we talk about:Keeping it leanStats so farHaving a bias of actionNot wanting to be a founder or do a startup in the beginning. First impressions of her co-founderThe state of the sexual wellness and FemTech industry india. Conducting over 1000 interviews with women across Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities. 6 years of research Her motivations.Shaking up the healthcare industry.and much moreLinkshttps://www.grabsalad.com/music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Sourabh Kumar, co-founder of PotHoleRaja, a social venture that’s on a mission to make India & the world pothole-free.
Dec 16 2022
Sourabh Kumar, co-founder of PotHoleRaja, a social venture that’s on a mission to make India & the world pothole-free.
Bye Bye Potholes! Today I have the pleasure to talk to Sourabh Kumar, co-founder of PotHoleRaja, a social venture that 's on a mission to make India & the world pothole-free.  He got the idea After reading a tragic story about a woman who lost her life due to a pothole. He gave up his highly paid corporate job to fill in potholes around the streets of Bangalore at 5AM!  He didn't tell his parents but he started getting goosebumps when random strangers started to praise his work and efforts. Without any background in civil engineering he started doing crazy google searches and ended up creating a number of cool products including Gridmats. a revolutionary patented product that’s eco-friendly, durable and crafted entirely from 100% recycled plastic waste to construct pavements/roads. He talks about a life changing moment meeting his co-founder. Talks about key learnings in the early days. Thoughts on social entrepreneurship in India some do’s and don’ts  (You can make money!) Why waste is the new gold. Talks about why you must be a risk taker and good at sales. Talks about the uncomfortable question he asks people when hiring.  Talks about keeping the faith and business models including franchise models. He talks about growing rapidly (100% growth) He reflects on this past year (2022). Thoughts on building a culture of being open.  And finally he talks about the biggest pothole he has ever seen and explains how filling a pothole is as easy as making 3 min Maggi noodles and much more.In  this conversation we talk about:Why potholesGoing to Singapore and reflecting on it's infrastructure. The promise he made to himself when quittingBecoming a problem solverThoughts on why the government are not doing this despite everyone paying taxes.15000 km road trip checking out the potholes.Expanding into different countries.Civic tech  helping the governmentWhat does leadership mean to SourabhDealing with and the war with waste.Just him and his co-founder for the first two yearsAnd much more Linkshttps://www.potholeraja.com/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. Join for free for 1 month and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/en/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Gautam Madhavan, CEO & founder of Mad Influence, on building the largest creator economy in the world
Dec 4 2022
Gautam Madhavan, CEO & founder of Mad Influence, on building the largest creator economy in the world
Content is king! Today my guest is Gautam Madhavan CEO & founder of Mad Influence and influencer management agency. They do more than just connect creators and brands. They do digital marketing, social media management, content authoring, and providing consulting services to businesses. They are trying to create the biggest content companies in the world. In this episode he talks about how he got this off the ground by seeing the shift from Blogging to Vlogging 2017/18, realising the power of video and was laser focussed on tiktok in the early days before it was popular.  He explains why you shouldn't plan too much when starting up. Talks about dealing with uncertainty in the early days and hiring strategies. Advice for all you budding social media creators (Don’t do it for the $$). Building an AI platform for content creators and why you shouldn't worry about the algorithms. Thoughts on Twitter for content creators. Talks about who are the upcoming social media influencers in India.  His favourite content creators. Talks about research, conversation rates and analytics. Talks about how they Influence the influencers and why you cannot learn this at University, it’s all about building relationships. And he gives great advice on building relationships (be transparent) and why they don’t poach clients/creators/staff. He talks about what he looks for when choosing social media influencers (it's not just the numbers) And finally we talk about his favourite campaign promoting the movie Bachchhan Paandey  which got a billion organic views which involved kidnapping a bunch of influencers on a train. In this conversation we also talk about:Running India’s & Asia’s biggest content creator festival in Goa (2023)First mover advantage.Being down to earth and humble.Short video culture. What excites him most about building this company.Why he prefers content creators instead of social media influencers. Getting support from Mum and Dad. Bootstrappinghiring adviceAnd much more Links https://www.madinfluence.com/homeCheck 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. Join for free for 1 month and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/en/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Investing $100M+ in India over the next 4 years, Nitin Sharma, general partner & co-founder of Antler India.
Sep 18 2022
Investing $100M+ in India over the next 4 years, Nitin Sharma, general partner & co-founder of Antler India.
Building the next wave of technology. Today my guest is seasoned investor Nitin Sharma, general partner & co-founder of Antler India. A global early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the defining technology companies of tomorrow. They're one of the fastest growing VC firms in the world. In this episode he talks about his 15+ year investing experience. He talks about how they help early stage founders. He talks about the differences between American entrepreneurs and Indian entrepreneurs. Talks about the No1 mistake founders make after raising money and how he deals with startup failure. He talks about Web3, Metaverse, Fintech and ONDC.  Gives important advice if you want to become an investor.  And finally he talks about the importance of mentorship and gives great startup advice based on Aristotle's persuasion triangle (character,emotion, logic)In this conversation we also talk about:His first year (2008) as a VCHow many startups they invest in and how muchHow to help founders with the residency program.Values, vision and skills.Going global from day onePitching advice (why you & why now?)The importance of building a global network.Validating ideas.Dealing with new technologiesBeing passionate but not emotional.and much more!linkshttps://www.antler.co/indiaCheck 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. Join for free for 1 month and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/en/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Piyush Kumar founder & CEO of Rooter. On building India’s biggest gaming & E-sports community.
Jul 19 2022
Piyush Kumar founder & CEO of Rooter. On building India’s biggest gaming & E-sports community.
India is expected to be home to 700 million gamers by 2025. So Today my guest Piyush Kumar, he is the Founder and CEO of Rooter.  A game streaming and E-Sports platform. Rooter has emerged as the largest player in the Indian gaming category, with close to 50 million downloads, making it the No. 1 app in the ‘sports’ category on the Google Play Store since October 2020. Rooter is at the perfect intersection of Gaming and Content surge in India. So he talks about how it got this off the ground. He talks about what your MVP should look like. Talks about hiring strategies and philosophies. Mistakes made in the early days. Talks about why the future of social networking is gaming. Talks about the business model & raising $25+Million. Talks about finding his co-founder via Twitter and talks about the E-Sports landscape in India including dealing with the parents! Talks about how to build a consumer app and pivoting. Gives some great book recommendations and finally he talks about why everyone should try entrepreneurship at least once in their life and much much more so please enjoy the show.In this conversation we talk about:E-Sports in the Olympic games.Being an Esports player is becoming a respectable job.StatsInfluencer marketing Performance marketingResearch.Can anyone be an entrepreneur?Book recommendation - How to build a billion dollar app.Advice for first time founders.Esports tournament. Links.https://web.rooter.gg/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Amit Purohit CEO & founder of Fantasy Akhada, on building one of the fastest growing Fantasy Sports Platform in India.
Jun 25 2022
Amit Purohit CEO & founder of Fantasy Akhada, on building one of the fastest growing Fantasy Sports Platform in India.
Sports tech and driving sports engagement. Today my guest is  Amit Purohit  CEO & founder of Fantasy Akhada, a fantasy sports platform that provides you with an opportunity to play Fantasy Cricket, Fantasy Football and Fantasy Kabaddi by using your sports knowledge and skill. So today he talks about building a hyper growth sports tech startup, going from the 181st fantasy app to being in the top 5 , amazing stuff. He talks about the USP - focusing on customer delight. Talks about marketing and why they focus on quality not volume. A great story about getting  legendary cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle into becoming a brand ambassador and investor with a cold email. Gives advice for first time founders and his primary role as a founder. Nearly giving up , raising finance and finally some fantasy sports do’s and don'ts for first time players.In this conversation we talk about:Why didn't they go for a subpar cricketer to promote the brand.?Dealing with customer service calls  on New Year EveBeing an ex-Star Sports employee.Getting support from friends and familyBeing a very competitive market because of the Low barrier to entryKey learnings and customer feedback in the early days.What is the business model?Having all the skill sets to get this off the ground.Raising finance.Talks about the team.How fast are they growing?Stats and engagement so far.Linkshttps://www.fantasyakhada.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Shalibhadra Shah CEO & Co-founder of ABC Talkies - India’s first Film Tech company,  on building the world’s first cinema marketplace.
May 26 2022
Shalibhadra Shah CEO & Co-founder of ABC Talkies - India’s first Film Tech company, on building the world’s first cinema marketplace.
Get your popcorn ready! Today my guest is Shalibhadra Shah, CEO & Co-founder of ABC Talkies. An online movie platform for filmmakers to submit  their  films and for cinema lovers to watch independent cinema on a pay-per-view model. He talks about what motivated him to get this off the ground and  what problem they are solving . He talks about how they add value to the filmmaker and talks about the business model & revenue streams including variable ticket pricing.  He talks about being blessed with failure in the early days and keeping the faith.  Talks about the current state of the movie industry in India and the booming regional content in tier 2/3 cities.  And finally he talks about the time he spent working with PM Modi sharing some interesting tales and insights including the Modi masks  and much more .In this conversation we also talk about:Having an interesting background in digital medialeadershipDigital consumption trendsHow it works & who owns the copyright. Short film market is boomingThe team and hiring process.Huge amount of content not being monetized Wanting to be the Youtube of Movies.Being a stepping stone Favorite movies.and much morelinkshttps://abctalkies.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Srinath Ravichandran CEO & co-founder of Agnikul on building India's first private small satellite rocket, Agnibaan.
May 15 2022
Srinath Ravichandran CEO & co-founder of Agnikul on building India's first private small satellite rocket, Agnibaan.
Launching rockets into space! My guest is Srinath Ravichandran CEO & co-founder of Agnikul, a Chennai-based Indian aerospace manufacturer specialising in building launch vehicles capable of taking micro and nano-satellites to Low Earth Orbit, on-demand. He started as an outsider , working in finance but his heart was always in aerospace. In this episode he talks about the crazy amount of networking, cold calling professors and asking himself some existential questions to get this off the ground! He talks about going through the Airbus Incubator. Raising $11million in Series A funding. Talks about 3D technology, the business model. Great product milestones. Why India is the best place to build rockets. Talks about the Space Tech community in india. Thoughts on Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos endeavours. Talks about dealing with red tape & the government. He gives great advice on networking if you're a bit shy and finally he talks about why he thinks there is life on other planets and why it could be a good thing!In this conversation we also talk about:Making the experience of going into space , like booking an UberMeeting his co-founder playing cricket.Advice for first time founders.Personalising the building of the rocket.Advice on starting your own space tech startup.Educating investors using a 3 step processDealing with the doubters. Living close to SpaceX in the early days.Building the engine using 3D tech. Why building a rocket company is like running a transportation business. And much more https://agnikul.in/#/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Summit Nayak co-founder of Ekank - On building a story-telling platform that aims to promote art, culture, history & heritage.
Apr 17 2022
Summit Nayak co-founder of Ekank - On building a story-telling platform that aims to promote art, culture, history & heritage.
Transforming storytelling. Today my guest is Summit Nayak - Co-founder of Ekank. They are building a storytelling platform,   democratising non-fiction by bringing lost and forgotten history to the forefront. He talks about how they got this off the ground. Talks about ignoring the experts who told him not to build the product because it wasn't cool enough. But since launching  they have  13.8 million monthly active users, spending in total 74 million minutes on the app and have raised a cool $1million in funding. He talks about building the community, gives thoughts on product management. He talks about building a niche product. Why they are  different from other platforms. Talks about the creator economy and scaling too fast in the early days. Pitching & fundraising insights. Declining attention spans. Having a pool of creators & storytellers. And finally he shares his favourite stories (The Battle of Plassey)  and much more.In this conversation we also talk about:Building a culture companyWhat problem are they solving?Research & customer developmentHaving a proven track record in building startupsFirst impressions of his co-founder.Understanding what the market wantsIs it pressure off or on after raising $GamificationTalking to the experts - William DalrympleBusiness modelKey metrics they focus onWhy they invite creatorsHiring/interview processAnd much more https://www.ekank.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more.Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 1 month.https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV  Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Pawan Gupta CEO & co-founder of Fashinza on building one of the biggest global B2B manufacturing marketplaces, transforming the fashion supply chain.
Apr 10 2022
Pawan Gupta CEO & co-founder of Fashinza on building one of the biggest global B2B manufacturing marketplaces, transforming the fashion supply chain.
Disrupting the traditional fashion supply chain with digital intervention. Today my guest is Pawan Gupta.  Co-founder and CEO of Fashinza. They are digitising the supply chain to make it more efficient, transparent, fast, and sustainable. It all started with a trip to Jaipur the clothing manufacturing capital of India - not to talk about manufacturing but pain points. He will discuss what those pain points are! He talks about how they went from  building the MVP using WhatsApp, AirTable and Excel in 2020 to now being one of the biggest companies in the world in this sector. Amazing stuff!  He talks about how they use technology (new and old)  to digitise the supply chain. Thoughts on scaling. How they work with brands and how they onboard customers. Talks about building trust in the early days. Dealing with fast fashion and ethical issues. Gives great  advice for first time entrepreneurs, Being 2x entrepreneur. Talks about having a successful exit. Talks about his 2 part hiring process. And finally he talks about NFT's  his sporting hero Sourav Ganguly and why you should think BIG!In this conversation we talk about:How they connect customers, buyers and suppliers. Growing 20% each month. Digitising the shop floor.Personalised fashion being the next big thing.What motivates him?It's a data problem. Not tech or people problemWhat was his best day so far. What will this company look like in 10 years time?Being a technology first companyProviding real time data, to save costs and be more efficient. Reducing rejection rate  on an assembly line from 20% to 3%And much more!Linkshttps://fashinza.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 1 month. https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel?gr_tch_ref=on&gr_trp=onmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
Priyanka Madnani, founder & CEO of Easy to Pitch. ​​On building India's fastest-growing one-stop pitching platform for startup founders.
Mar 13 2022
Priyanka Madnani, founder & CEO of Easy to Pitch. ​​On building India's fastest-growing one-stop pitching platform for startup founders.
Make your startup investment ready! Today my guest is Priyanka Madnani, Founder & CEO of Easy to Pitch. Easy to Pitch is one of the fastest-growing one-stop pitching solutions for start-up founders &  entrepreneurs looking to raise capital for their unique ideas. Since starting she now helps over 500 startups and reviewed over 5000 decks. So in this episode she talks about how she spotted a gap in the market for pitching solutions. Talks about helping founders and what investors are looking for. She talks about what founders should include in the pitch deck & getting your first 3 slides right. She talks about whether you should demo the product and thoughts on Shark Tank pitches. She talks about what founders struggle with when pitching. She talks about the reality of funding and  a 10 second pitch which helped her get a client. She goes on to  talk about branding, building relationships, winning awards  and leadership. and much more!In this conversation we talk about:What inspired her to do this?Why her first ever pitch deck flopped and how she turned it all aroundNot everyone gets fundingAdvice on starting your own brand.Having no role models or mentors at the start.Starting a Facebook group and using Youtube, Instagram, Linkedin.Being a top entrepreneur in indiaGetting funded.Don't forget the financials!Being a solo player and turning into a team player.Advice on finding a co-founderMake sure you practice and be patientAnd much morelinkshttps://easytopitch.com/P.Sif you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities.Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes!https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatelmusic by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV Hosted And Produced by Neil Patel https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/neilpatel2 Listen and Subscribe to More Episodeshttps://www.indianstartupshow.com/ Music by Punch Deck.https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV