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Divya, Founder of Dialogue Room, gets personal with business leaders & startup founders and asks them questions you’d want to ask yourself. Explore topics with Dialogue Room #JargonFree and don’t forget to bring a cup of coffee. To the point, quick, no BS learning. Live a smarter life with Dialogue Room.

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Divya, Founder of Dialogue Room, gets personal with business leaders & startup founders and asks them questions you’d want to ask yourself. Explore topics with Dialogue Room #JargonFree and don’t forget to bring a cup of coffee. To the point, quick, no BS learning. Live a smarter life with Dialogue Room.

    The story of India's fastest-growing smoothie chain with Drunken Monkey

    The story of India's fastest-growing smoothie chain with Drunken Monkey

    Samrat Reddy, Founder, Drunken Monkey, joins Divya on this episode. Drunken Monkey is one of the fastest-growing smoothie chains of India. It runs on a franchisee model of operation through the country and has signed up over 42 plus outlets in the middle of the pandemic making a total of 100 plus outlets in 43 cities as of this year.

    They discuss: 

    Q. What is the gap in the industry you saw when establishing Drunken Monkey?

    Q. Was educating the Indian customer to a smoothie brand a challenge? How did you create awareness for the product and market it?

    Q. What is your business model?

    Q. Was your business hit by COVID or has COVID-19 acted as a catalyst to boost the demand for healthy products such as yours?

    Q. If I am a smoothie virgin how should I start to incorporate it in my diet? The benefits etc.?

    Q. Speak to us a little bit on this sector, is there a lot of competition? Do you see the market for such niche products like yourself growing in India?

    Q.Your biggest struggles/drawbacks when getting into the smoothie business?

    Q.Is there a story behind the name of your brand?

    Q. Looking back, what would you have done differently when establishing Drunken Monkey? Your biggest learning as an entrepreneur?

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    • 34 min
    Sustainability in the Beverage Sector with Responsible Whatr

    Sustainability in the Beverage Sector with Responsible Whatr

    Ankur Chawla, Co-Founder, Responsible Whatr, joins Divya on this episode. With a vision for a sustainable future and with an agenda to reduce single-use plastic pollution, Ankur and Bhrigu founded Responsible Whatr, India’s first natural mineral water beverage offered in sustainable and endlessly recyclable aluminium cans.

    They discuss: 

    Q. What is the gap in the industry you saw when establishing Responsible Whatr?

    Q. Why the water beverage industry, arent there too may players in this sector, how do you deal with the competition?

    Q. What is your business model (B2B or B2C?), how do you drive revenue, as Responsible Whatr is an extremely niche product. 

    Q. Changing people’s essential water drinking habit is a huge task, what is the human psychology you are targeting here for people to convert to your sustainable brand?

    Q. Why did you settle for aluminium cans for your product?

    Q. In the long term, what do you hope to achieve with your product?

    Q. Looking back, what would you have done differently when establishing Responsible Whatr? Your biggest learning as an entrepreneur?

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    • 39 min
    Hydroponic Farming and Innovation with Triton Foodworks

    Hydroponic Farming and Innovation with Triton Foodworks

    Dhruv Khanna, co-founder, Triton Foodworks, joins Divya on this episode. Triton is an agriculture tech startup and is using smart and innovated farming methods to upgrade this sector. Triton was also part of the coveted Forbes Asia and Forbes India 30Under30 list. 

    They discuss: 

    Q. Triton believes in clean farming - walk us through your farming model? What is hydroponics farming that Triton uses for its produce?

    Q. What is the gap in the industry you saw when establishing Triton?

    Q. The Indian agriculture industry is archaic, and we see significantly less innovation here, why? What more unconventional solutions do we need to tackle the problems faced in this industry?

    Q. Your background is not in agriculture, what prompted you to enter this sector? What challenges have you faced?

    Q. You have been part of the coveted Forbes list of entrepreneurs in Asia and India, what was this experience like for you personally? Any learnings/takeaways from this experience?

    Q. Are you mostly bootstrapped? Any tips on creating a sustainable business plan for early age startups? Is there a “right time” to get funding?

    Q. Any shoutouts to startups you feel are doing a fantastic job revolutionising agriculture in India? What innovations do you think are still required/necessary in this sector?

    Q. Looking back, what would you have done differently when establishing Triton? Your biggest learning as an entrepreneur? 

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    • 31 min
    The Pet Sector of India with Heads Up for Tails

    The Pet Sector of India with Heads Up for Tails

    Rashi Narang, Founder, Heads Up for Tails joins Divya on this episode.  Founded in 2008, Heads Up For Tails (HUFT) is a retailer of pet products. The company currently operates 28 stores across Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad, and for its e-commerce business, the company has a client base of over 2,00,000 customers. They hit a 50 crore revenue in 2019 and are working towards a revenue north of 60 crores in 2020. 

    They discuss: 

    Q. What is the gap you saw in the market when founding HUFT?

    Q. HUFT is established on an e-commerce model, has this market exploded during COVID-19, how have sales/revenue been for you, what next for HUFT?

    Q. You have had consistent growth since establishing HUFT earning revenue north of around 50 cr a year, share some business tips/insights on how this has been possible?

    Q. Is the pet sector in India a disorganised/organised industry? What do you think is still missing in this industry? What do you think are the few biggest problems India needs to tackle when it comes to household pets?

    Q. Why do we see less innovation in the pet sector of India? Is it that people aren’t willing to spend on apps/better products for their pet? Is it a very price-conscious market? 

    Q. HUFT has created an iconic brand for the pet industry of India, do you feel this has been possible as there are fewer players, some tips on creating a brand like this?

    Q. Looking back, what would you have done differently when establishing HUFT? Your biggest learning as an entrepreneur?

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    • 32 min
    The world of two brothers organic farms with Satyajit, Co-founder, TBOF

    The world of two brothers organic farms with Satyajit, Co-founder, TBOF

    Satyajit Hange, Co-founder, Two Brothers Organic Farms, joins Divya on this episode. Two Brothers Organic Farms (TBOF) has been established by two brothers, who quit their banking careers and got into organic farming, TBOF is clocking in a revenue of around INR 12 Cr in the year 2020. 

    They discuss: 

    Q. Why did you and your brother quit your day jobs and begin TBOF? What is the gap in the industry you saw when developing TBOF?

    Q. What are the benefits of organic farming vis-à-vis normal farming? How long does it take for a farm to become completely organic in India?

    Q. Why the hype behind organic farming? Are you seeing an increase in sales/and the whole concept in general due to COVID-19?

    Q. There is a significant portion of society that perceives organic food as a luxury, is this still the case in India? How far out are we compared to the West?

    Q.India has an estimated 800,000 organic farmers - the largest in the world, but organic farming in India comes with many hurdles. Stricter regulations, educating the farmers - how do you deal with this and does this make business/production slower?

    Q. What do you think the agriculture sector still needs in a developing country like India, and what should the govt be doing?

    Q. We are seeing massive innovation in the agri-tech industry - what innovations do you think are still required/necessary in this sector?

    Q.Placemaking helps communities to re-imagine everyday spaces in the city. Farmer's market is a concept of placemaking. Why do you feel a concept like this cannot be developed further in India? 

    Q. Looking back, what would you have done differently when establishing TBOF? Your biggest learning as an entrepreneur?

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    • 36 min
    Reimagining the F&B Sector with CAARA

    Reimagining the F&B Sector with CAARA

    Ambika Seth, Director, CAARA joins Divya on this episode. CAARA is an umbrella company for a catering service, a farm and restaurants, and has started a culinary revolution in India. 

    They discuss: 

    Q. A catering business, restaurants in Delhi, and a cookery school, there’s undoubtedly a lot on going on under the CAARA umbrella, what is your core business?

    Q. What’s the gap in the industry you saw when establishing CAARA?

    Q. Your product was niche catering to a niche market. With the evolution of eating right/organic food, standalone restaurants, and a more well-travelled/read clientele - has this affected your business?

    Q. Fresh produce is very crucial in your business + being locally sourced. Walk us through how COVID-19 has affected this? How hard/easy is organic farming in India, and why?

    Q. We see a lot of innovation in the food and beverage industry, with cloud kitchens, tech startups in agriculture farming etc. - does tech play a crucial rule in your business?

    Q. Is the F&B sector quite crowded now, more so because of COVID-19? What are your thoughts? Some tips on creating a sustainable F&B brand?

    Q. What are some key rules/mottos you live by at your work? CAARA is an iconic Indian F&B brand now, how hard or easy has it been?

    Q. Looking back, what would you have done differently when establishing CAARA? Your biggest learning as an entrepreneur?

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    • 42 min

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