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Dickens said, it was the best of the times, it was the worst of the times. The words have never been truer.  Best because there’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.  Worst because the clutter is mind-numbing.  The Podium aims to break through the noise to bring you the stories of success & failure, grit & struggle, bouquets & brickbats and more from some of the most brilliant entrepreneurs in India.  Head over to ThePodium.in to find out more!

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Dickens said, it was the best of the times, it was the worst of the times. The words have never been truer.  Best because there’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur.  Worst because the clutter is mind-numbing.  The Podium aims to break through the noise to bring you the stories of success & failure, grit & struggle, bouquets & brickbats and more from some of the most brilliant entrepreneurs in India.  Head over to ThePodium.in to find out more!

    Disrupting The B2B Manufacturing Market | Sachin Agarwal @ Bizongo

    Disrupting The B2B Manufacturing Market | Sachin Agarwal @ Bizongo

    Traditionally businesses that would need to buy custom-made products would need to go through a lengthy process of finding vendors, sharing an RFP, finalizing a vendor, sharing a purchase order, etc. This is the market that Bizongo is disrupting. Bizongo helps companies buy custom-manufactured products through an online platform with complete visibility and dependability. This episode is a masterclass on solving problems in the manufacturing space, shifting consumer behavior, and building with first principles approach.

    Know about:-

    * Attracting top investors
    * Being a "trade enablement" platform
    * Combination of SaaS and E-commerce
    * The framework of Why-What-How

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Building The Pipes For Fintech | Prabhtej Singh Bhatia @ Falcon

    Building The Pipes For Fintech | Prabhtej Singh Bhatia @ Falcon

    Every company is going to be a Fintech company- Prabhtej talks about the Fintech revolution that India is experiencing and how Falcon is selling shovels in the gold rush. Falcon facilitates fintechs, startups, and BFSI firms in introducing new financial solutions. Tune in to know how this embedded finance start-up is disrupting the way of building modern fintechs!

    Know about:-

    * Figuring out the whitespace
    * Shifting focus from B2B to B2C
    * Concept of payment processing
    * Revenue model

    • 52 min
    Pioneering India's Craft Beer Revolution | Prabhtej Singh Bhatia @ Simba

    Pioneering India's Craft Beer Revolution | Prabhtej Singh Bhatia @ Simba

    Those of you who came of age in the 90s and early 2000s would recall - drinking beer meant choosing between a regular strength beer or an extra strong beer. There was no such thing as choosing a beer for its taste and flavor. But the Craft Beer Revolution changed that and made beer more of a lifestyle choice. Dive deep into the Indian beerscape and learn how Prabhtej scaled up India's coolest craft beer brand with no external funding. Listen on but remember to get yourself a cold glass of beer first!

    Know about:-

    * Brewery is good for local community
    * Learning the trade
    * Coining the name "Simba"
    * India's beer distribution system

    • 20 min
    Gamifying Edtech For Kids | Prerna Jhunjhunwala @ Creative Galileo

    Gamifying Edtech For Kids | Prerna Jhunjhunwala @ Creative Galileo

    Prerna was just in her twenties when she decided to start a playschool. Over the next five years, that playschool dominated its category in Singapore, and was eventually acquired for almost 35 mn dollars - Prerna did all of this with almost no external funding. She is now running her second startup through which she aims to impact the lives of millions of children in India and Southeast Asia.

    Know about:-

    * Starting a pre-school in Singapore
    * Launching the app
    * Gaining traction through performance marketing
    * Future roadmap

    • 43 min
    Building The Full Stack For Higher Education | Ruchir Arora @ CollegeDekho

    Building The Full Stack For Higher Education | Ruchir Arora @ CollegeDekho

    Higher education represents more than half of the Indian education industry, which has been estimated at the US $135 billion in FY20. India has more than 50,000 colleges and students often find themselves in utter confusion while choosing the right course and college. Ruchir Arora was working in the education division of Hindustan Times where he hit upon the idea of building a digital-first, content-led platform that would make it easier for students to research, shortlist and apply to the right course and college for them. This idea grew into a full-stack business that today has an admissions division, a learning division, and a study abroad division.

    Know about:-

    * Classifieds in education
    * Buying the domain name
    * Acquiring Scholarship Facilitation Services
    * Revenue model

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Reimagining Call Centres | Murthy Chintalapati @ Ozonetel

    Reimagining Call Centres | Murthy Chintalapati @ Ozonetel

    With AI disrupting the cloud telephony industry, the need of the hour is to provide businesses with simple, scalable customer interaction channels. Ozonetel is a CCaaS (Contact/Call Centre as a Service) player that launched the first cloud-based customer experience platform in the Indian marketplace. Started in 2007 to address needs in the enterprise communications space, the cloud-based contact center solution has been especially helpful during the pandemic, when most firms were forced to switch to the work-from-home model. Murthy is a serial entrepreneur with a successful exit in the US under his belt, and in this conversation with Akshay Datt, he talks about his multiple-decade journey as a founder and disruptor.

    Know about:-

    * Identifying the gap in the market
    * Customer experience is key
    * Roadmap to $100 Mn ARR
    * Fundraising plans

    • 44 min

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