At Beyond Campus Podcast, we are building a platform to inspire students and young professionals to think beyond traditional career options that are typically imposed on them!
We talk to people that have taken the offbeat path and paved their way to success. This show is a collection of interviews with Startup Founders, Business Leaders HR leaders, Standup Comedians, Social Media Influencers, SME Entrepreneurs and more. We talk to them about their journey to success, and share actionable insights that listeners can take inspiration from!
With these conversations, we aim to spark curiosity, expose the listeners to a range of career options and encourage them to break the mold. And do the extraordinary! Come, join us for a ride.
I, Robot | Rajeev Karwal @ Milagrow Robots
Don’t we all want our everyday life affairs to be simpler? Don’t we want to eliminate that “procrastination ka keeda” from our lives? We all secretly desire to have a simpler life where our very own “jaadu” takes care of the routine tasks.
We all want to believe in magic and are certainly curious to find simpler ways of living.
Today, on Beyond campus, we have someone who has an intriguing story to tell. His fascination for all things AI is mind-bending. He is the founder of India’s number 1 domestic robots brand, Milagrow Robots. We are in conversation with Rajeev Karwal whose vivid imagination has made lives simpler.
In this episode, we are exploring the world of Robots with him!
A veteran, he shares the experience of working with big companies like LG, Reliance Digital, Philips, Onida, Electrolux, and Chellarams in the last 36 years. He was the president of the Consumer Electronics Association of India from 2000 to 2002 and has also served various National Industry bodies like CII, FICCI to name a few.
Redefining the conventional, the IMT Ghaziabad alumnus explored the wonders of his mind and launched India’s first Floor Robots, Pool Robots, Lawn Robots, Massaging Robots in the year 2007. He was the first one to have launched the world's first-ever Live Mapping Robots, Air Purification Robots, Home Safety Robots and Alexa enabled Robots.
Let’s get right to it and delve into the world of Robotics and All things fascinating!
What you can expect from the conversation:
Lessons in Selling through thick & thin
Owning your job role and taking strategic risks
Effective ways of Brand building
How to make a sustainable business in Robotics
Redefining the Gentleman | Hitesh Dhingra of The Man Company
“It pays to stay authentic and talk to millennials in the language they understand” - Hitesh Dhingra.
The Man Company (https://www.themancompany.com/) - an exclusive men’s only grooming brand. He is a 4x Entrepreneur who has been a pioneer across various industries. Right from starting an eCommerce site, a dating site & now The Man Company Hitesh has a proven track record of identifying unmet consumer needs and capturing the early adopters market.
In this episode of Beyond Campus, our hosts Akshay is in conversation with Hitesh to learn more about what it takes to capture the millennial market.
Key takeaways from the show:
How to bootstrap and save resources.
Generating VC Funding.
How to connect with the Millenial consumer
Turning Challenges to Opportunities | Geetansh Bamania of RentoMojo
This week on Beyond Campus we are in conversation with Geetansh Bamania - the Founder & CEO of RentoMojo. An IIT-M alumnus & a serial entrepreneur Geetansh is a problem solver. In fact, he is an entrepreneur with a track record of seeking business opportunities in challenges!
In our candid conversation with Geetansh, we speak to him about his childhood, studying at IIT-M, his journey towards entrepreneurship & starting a cost heavy business & then scaling it to 150x within a span of just 6 years. (Yep, we are referring to RentoMojo)
Tune in to know all about Geetansh’s journey from being a founder to a CEO. Here are our key takeaways from this episode:
How to solve capital problems.
Why & how to approach VC funding.
The importance of having a shared vision.
Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The Unstoppable Entrepreneur | Krishna Jonnakadla of Maharajas of Scale
“Normal is Boring.”
As a 16-year old boy, he was fascinated by business stories and forging a different path. Fueled by his curious mind, our guest today, Krishna Jonnakadla went on to explore a variety of sectors from accountancy to technology to media and fashion. He is now the Founder of Maharajas of Scale, a not-for-profit podcast focused on Indian Entrepreneurs and co-founder of FLIT, the Fashion Locator In Town which he set up to scale independent and designer brands in Fashion and Lifestyle in India. He also happened to venture into a successful online media company and was the Co-Founder and Member of the Board at Mango Mobile TV.
His maternal family being of a business background, as a kid, he would enjoy his summers at his mother’s native place in Tirupati, city in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. From a very young age, Krishna was negotiating with high-end people and had a strong conviction to become an entrepreneur as he grew up. Interestingly, he also possesses skills like editing, dubbing, distribution and on the economics of the film-making world.
In our conversation with him, Krishna shares with us his not so linear rather a tortuous journey. Having undergone a few messy situations in life, he has bounced back from them courageously. Listen to our candid conversation with the unbeatable guy.
Here are our insightful takeaways from the episode:
How to scale your startup BIG.
Being unstoppable and experimenting with new ventures.
Changing between streams and handling transitions in your career.
Tips on content delivery, monetizing and setting up a subscriber base.
Birthing a business model that disrupts.
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Brewing the 'Ragest Coffee' in India | Bharat Sethi of Rage Coffee
Starting his first venture at the age of 16, selling art online on Ebay, our guest this week is someone who has always aspired to be an entrepreneur. Now a serial entrepreneur with 2 successful businesses, this curious minded and bold leader is set to conquer the challenging market of instant coffee with a D2C brand that is all the rage since its very inception!
Well, we are in conversation with Bharat Sethi - Founder CEO of Rage Coffee. Tune into our candid conversation as Bharat talks about starting his first business as a student, about his life in college, travelling to Russia for summer school, the inception of PosterGully - an online consumer brand for millennials to shop clothing, wall decor affordable art.
Bharat shares some riveting stories of sleepless nights and his constant hustle to grow PosterGully to 15 Million unique visitors then exiting the company through a successful acquisition.
He further talks about his second venture - iDecorama, a company he grew to 7x revenues, the genesis of newest venture - Rage coffee and his vision to create a Rs. 500 Cr ARR company by 2025.
Our key takeaways from this conversation:
The impact of non-academic learning of a college education.
An entrepreneur’s experience of raising capital and;
Bharat’s take on fund-raising how to approach big investors.
The Never Die Spirit that built Nuclei | Ankur Joshi of Nuclei
It is said that “the secret to life is to fall seven times and get up eight times”. This is especially true if you are an entrepreneur - and our guest this week is a testament to this.
Growing up in Indore, Ankur Joshi of Nuclei had simple dreams of earning a salary of 2-3 lakhs and living an independent life. To his surprise, his first job via his college placement was with Deutsche Bank with a salary that blew his mind! Nevertheless, 4 years down the line, Ankur felt uninspired and restrained in his job and hence quit to explore new avenues.
Over some beers with friends he made the bold decision to start his first venture, a food-tech company in Pune. With 3 other co-founders and rating himself a 1 on 10 in business planning, Ankur failed to scale his business, learning some valuable lessons in the process.
Not defeated by his failure, he launched his second venture - a tech product that was aimed at the Pharma Industry. But it was not long before Ankur realised his solution while a great product lacked the potential to be scaled. And he had to quit again.
Still determined to keep going, he moved to Bangalore and started working for Tapzo. A company that was India’s first all-in-one app product. Although unprofitable, Tapzo was eventually acquired by Amazon.
By now Ankur had already seen a few failures. However, with failure comes learning, and after all the setbacks Ankur had faced he had some solid learnings to back him up. Thus with an undeterred spirit, and powered by his learnings Ankur once again started a new tech venture - Nuclei.
Today Nuclei is going strong with several clients not just in India but also in SEA and Middle East. Their vision - "To build a well respected global product company out of India."
Tune into our candid conversation with Ankur to know more about his journey - about all the ups and the downs. Here are our key takeaways from this chat:
Is it wise to have multiple Co-Founders?
Should one start a business with friends?
How to get VC funding in the early stages of your business.
Ankur’s learnings that are now his guiding principles.