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Best because there’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.
Worst because the clutter is mind-numbing.
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The Phoenix of Digital Content | Vinay Singhal @ WittyFeed
Coming from a small village to building one of the fastest-growing viral content websites, WittyFeed, Vinay Singhal has had an intriguing journey. He was the first person in his family to get educated, and hence he was completely clueless about the outside world. This did not dent his determination to arrive at the grand goal that he had set for himself.
To become the richest person in the world!
Vinay saw someone use a computer once and to him, it was like magic. He says it was love at first sight! He decided that he wanted to be an engineer.
Oh, by the way, when he discovered the world of the Internet, guess what was the first thing he searched on Google?
Name of the richest person in the world!
This led him to start keeping a notepad where he would jot down ideas about how to make a better operating system than what Bill Gates’ company had made!
He started his entrepreneurial journey with Badlega Bharat. In April 2012 he started a FB page that reached a 1 million follower mark in 6 months. He moved onto http://stupidstation.com/ (stupidstation.com) and started raking in a fortune via Google Adsense. Till one day the business was taken down in a moment!
What followed next? Well, tune in to discover how he restarted his journey and eventually created WittyFeed!
Key takeaways from the show:
•How to formulate business strategies
•Mistakes to avoid
•Insights into starting up a business
Challenging Traditions & Simplifying Languages | Anuradha Agarwal @ Multibhashi
Being a modern person in a hidebound culture isn’t easy. Especially when you are a woman because then, your resume is crafted for getting a placement in a ‘good family’. Your qualifications, work experience, education and description all count!
But, the less the better!
Just like many other women, this is a part of Anuradha Agarwal’s story as well. However Anuradha chose to author the latter half of her story herself and after a lot of hotchpotch, she finally built Multibhashi, a language learning platform that makes the process of learning fun & engaging. It is one of the best ways to learn English speaking courses through 10 different local languages or vice versa!
Born out of Anuradha’s sincere determination of helping people learn English, Multibhashi had over 1,00,000 installs by July 2017! Today it has over 1.5 Million learners & over a million downloads on Playstore.
In today’s episode host, Akshay is in conversation with Anuradha, about her journey of building Multibhashi, about having hopes, being strong and growing through adversities. Tune in listen to the inspiring story of this “she-boss” & for some great insights & ideas on starting up.
Reinventing online commerce | Sachin Bhatia @ Bulbul.tv
This week on Founder Thesis Akshay Datt is in conversation with serial entrepreneur and investor Sachin Bhatia. You may know him best for his stint as the Co-Founder and CMO at Make My Trip. However Sachin is also the Co-Founder of online dating site TrulyMadly.com and, his latest venture, Bulbul.tv
Bulbul is a revolutionary video commerce platform that is redefining online shopping by making it fun, engaging and social. At Bulbul, their network of ‘‘experts’, showcase and explain various products and the features in different Indian languages!
In this episode, Sachin shares his journey from his first job as a sales executive selling water to being a serial founder. Tune in to get inspired and learn from one of the best brains in marketing.
Making India Travel | Aloke Bajpai @ Ixigo
Our guest today is someone who was moved by the movie ‘Swades’ to an extent that he decided to leave foreign land in order to leverage his skill set in his own desh - India. It was his love for his own country that moved him to pursue his bigger calling. He is none other than Aloke Bajpai, the CEO & Co-founder of Ixigo, building the future of mobile travel. He himself is an avid traveller.
Aloke candidly shares his fond memories from his colourful childhood days in Kenya where he had a cosmopolitan experience that hugely groomed his personality. Beaches, wildlife or computers, he discovered everything during his days in Africa. He later happened to come to Kanpur where he spent his growing up years. His father would often take him for a walk to the IIT, Kanpur campus. Interestingly enough, he landed at the very institute and pursued his engineering from every other Indian engineer’s dream place- the IIT.
Aloke had the golden opportunity to work at a global tech company before he started pursuing his entrepreneurial journey. Aloke has always been experimental. He never loses an opportunity to explore. In this conversation, he reminisces about his MBA days from the Wharton School that he thoroughly enjoyed. We can sense the joy as he tells us more about it and how he got inclined towards building his own company in 2006 and eventually renting a house in Gurgaon.
Hear from the curious, multi-talented Aloke Bajpai about his diverse journey so far.
KEY INSIGHTS FROM OUR CONVERSATION
Building a travel technology company from scratch.
Hacks for surviving in intensely competitive environments.
How do you attract the right investors?
Monetizing your product efficiently.
Leveraging social media platforms.
Incubating Dreams | Dr. Aniruddha Malpani @ Malpani Ventures
A human who is capable of multitasking at his best. We call our today’s guest on the episode, a Superhuman. He is an extremely passionate man, he is unabashed, and is hungry for achieving the goals he sets his mind to.
An IVF Specialist by the day, he is also an Angel Investor. He is grateful every day for what he does and finds immense pride in helping women get pregnant.
He is an active businessman at heart and is a supercharged human being whose happy and energetic vibes are truly contagious.
Our guest today is Aniruddha Malpani. Tune in as he shares his knowledge, experience and initiatives with us in this episode.
He is the founder of Malpani Fertility Clinic and the Mumbai-based Malpani Ventures, which invests in early-stage startups. Brought up in a family of doctors, choosing medicine as a career came naturally to him.
A gold medalist, he completed his MBBS from Seth G S Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He further went to California for pursuing his higher studies.
He launched HELP- Health Education Library for People, India’s first online patient education library with its sole motto to empower patients. It has now become the world's largest consumer health library.
He is also the benevolent author of books like https://www.google.co.in/search?sxsrf=ALeKk016SQMtGIJBTAzfFr6IICTlwu2zpw:1601594549147&q=Getting+Pregnant:+a+Guide+for+the+Infertile+Couple+Aniruddha+Malpani&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAOPgE-LRT9c3NDQuLjYoLrdQAvOMkgoLS7KrKrWkspOt9JPy87P1E0tLMvKLrEDsYoX8vJzKRawu7qklJZl56QoBRanpeYl5JVYKiQrupZkpqQpp-UUKJRmpCp55aalFJZk5qQrO-aUFQMoxL7OoNCUlI1HBNzGnIDEvcwcrIwC7SKoPhAAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjS9rPRxJTsAhWn7XMBHR_cAOUQmxMoATAUegQIDBAD (Getting Pregnant: a Guide for the Infertile Couple) and https://www.google.co.in/search?sxsrf=ALeKk016SQMtGIJBTAzfFr6IICTlwu2zpw:1601594549147&q=How+To+Find+The+Best+Doctor+Aniruddha+Malpani&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAOPgE-LRT9c3NDQuLjYoLrdQAvOMkvIqLY0LLbSkspOt9JPy87P1E0tLMvKLrEDsYoX8vJzKRay6HvnlCiH5Cm6ZeSkKIRmpCk6pxSUKLvnJJflFCo55mUWlKSkZiQq-iTkFiXmZO1gZAbOhHrltAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjS9rPRxJTsAhWn7XMBHR_cAOUQmxMoAjAUegQIDBAE (How To Find The Best Doctor).
He speaks about important topics that are otherwise sidelined and ignored. Aniruddha Malpani, in this honest conversation, reveals about his life from childhood days, upbringing, education to Indian patients, IVF, sperm bank, angel investments and the sweet and sour moments of his life.
Our keynotes from the conversation:
The emotional income of a doctor.
When you set your heart on something, the whole world is open for you.
Making successful investments in a systemic fashion.
An open, transparent relationship between an investor and the entrepreneur.
Healthcare Ecosystem and patient education.
How to make a good angel investor.
Empowering Offline Retailers | Anshoo Sharma @ Magicpin
“Dream Big. Work hard. Make it happen.”
Such is the story of our guest today - Anshoo Sharma. The founder and CEO of Magicpin, the largest discovery platform for offline retail in India. Anshoo shares with us his entrepreneurial journey in the most honest way possible.
He is a risk-taker and an extremely talented man. He holds a computer science degree from Delhi University and has worked in the engineering domain before he decided to write CAT in order to further explore bigger avenues in life. As a result of which he went on to pursue an MBA at the premier Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Being the passionate and inquisitive man that he is, he won many awards as he tried his hands at as many competitions that were being held every now and then during his 2-year MBA program. Eventually, he got the offer from the global management consultancy, Bains & Co. where he worked for almost 4 years as a consultant advising corporates across Telecom, FMCG and Healthcare.
He also shares his experience of being a venture partner with Lightspeed India for 10 long years. He provides extraordinary insights into the world of investing, marketing, raising funds, successfully scaling up a business, and improvising.
In this episode, he shares with us the inside details of his journey so far and how with sheer determination of making it BIG, he started Magicpin. A relentless man who never shied away from following his heart. Whether it was moving to a new city altogether or getting married to the long time love of his life. He has always pushed his boundaries and taken the leap of faith in all his life’s decisions.
Anshoo continues to thrive and currently all his focus is on Magicpin and providing a seamless experience to its users. Amidst the Covid circumstances, he chooses to remain optimistic and firmly believes that there are larger opportunities on the way.
Here are our Key Takeaways from the episode:
Building a platform to successfully impact the offline retail space
Lessons you need to know when venturing into a VC firm and how the venture model runs
Is the consultancy background worth it? How to ask the right questions when making the decision to switch
How to invest prudently and build a long-term network