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Dickens said, it was the best of the times, it was the worst of the times. The words 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!

    Lights, Camera, FinTech | Priti Rathi Gupta @ LXME

    Lights, Camera, FinTech | Priti Rathi Gupta @ LXME

    Financial independence is an essential life skill, and it has been a concept dominated by men.
    But not anymore!
    In this episode of Founder Thesis, Akshay Datt speaks with Priti Rathi Gupta, Founder, LXME, who is spearheading the mission to bridge the gap between women and finance.
    A self-proclaimed financial feminist, Priti has been heading Anand Rathi Shares and Stock Brokers Ltd. It was through her experiences; she firmly believes that managing one’s money empowers women to fulfil their dreams and aspirations. And with her brainchild LXME, she aims to educate women about financial products, while building a community where they can engage in conversations that makes them more confident and in control of their finances.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Priti talk about how LXME is disrupting the male-dominated financial sector by providing freedom to women to take their own decisions.
    What you must not miss!
    Running a conventional business vs starting your venture.
    Learnings from film production.
    Financial planning: A life skill
    Plans for fundraising.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Democratizing Lending | Bhavin Patel @ LenDenClub

    Democratizing Lending | Bhavin Patel @ LenDenClub

    Getting access to loans, that too timely is a painful process in India. There are numerous parameters for approval and one’s request might be denied for reasons which are nowhere related to a borrower’s credibility.
    In this episode of the Founder Thesis podcast, Akshay Datt speaks with Bhavin Patel, Co-founder and CEO, LenDenClub, which is one of India’s pioneer Peer-to-Peer (P2P) lending platforms.
    Bhavin has extensive experience working with NBFCs, both as a consultant and an employee. He has closely witnessed the struggles NBFCs face with respect to lending loans and raising capital. This acted as an idea that gave birth to LenDenClub in 2015, which has dispersed more than 500 crores worth of loans in FY21.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Bhavin talk about how LenDenClub is empowering both lenders and borrowers and disrupting the traditional NBFC segment with its exemplary execution and automation.
    Key takeaways!
    Identifying what customers want.
    Automation is the key to success.
    Learning from experimentation.
    Vision 2030.

    • 1 hr
    FinTech for Gen-Z | Sambhav Jain @ FamPay

    FinTech for Gen-Z | Sambhav Jain @ FamPay

    Catch them young, watch them grow!
    Great thought! But when it comes to managing money, it’s always the elders who have taken decisions. And that is the sole reason that as adults, people still struggle with savings, taxes and investments and why financial literacy in India is a tough nut to crack.
    In this episode of the Founder Thesis podcast, Akshay Datt speaks with Sambhav Jain, Founder, FamPay, who is on a mission to provide financial freedom to teenagers.
    Sambhav is a graduate of IIT Roorkee and always aspired to start his venture. He collaborated with Kush Taneja, his fellow batchmate, to start FamPay, which was selected by Y Combinator in 2019.
    And within two years it has more than 2 million registered users and recently raised a whopping USD 38 million, making it the largest Series A fundraise in India by first-time entrepreneurs.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Sambhav talk about how FamPay is empowering Gen-Z towards financial literacy with its high tech but an easy-to-use platform.
    What you must not miss!
    Internships: A way of understanding how young start-ups operate.
    Experience of getting mentored by Y Combinator.
    How can one use a numberless card?
    Fundraising journey.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    India's Pioneering FinTech Company | Kunal Varma @ Freo

    India's Pioneering FinTech Company | Kunal Varma @ Freo

    Innovation and disruption are the hallmarks of the technology world. Amidst the fintech revolution and the subsequent rise of digital banks in India, going to a bank branch is no longer in vogue.
    And with neobanking, this metamorphosis has reached a new level with state-of-the-art technologies and providing customers with easy, quick, and efficient financial services.
    The Founder Thesis podcast presents to you a two-part series where Akshay Datt speaks with Kunal Varma, Co-Founder, Freo. He is a serial entrepreneur who started his entrepreneurial journey back in 2008, while pursuing his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
    Kunal, a self-proclaimed dreamer, fondly recalls his earlier days and shares how he always wanted to start his venture. After successfully building two ventures, he collaborated with Bala Parthasarthy and Anuj Kackar and started MoneyTap, which in five years has become an RBI registered NBFC and is now transitioning to credit led neobank, Freo, which is the first of its kind in the country.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Kunal speak about how Freo is disrupting the traditional banking system with its innovative digital banking experience.
    What you must not miss!
    If you like something in your academics, you're not going to do it for the rest of your life.
    How interacting with people from different walks of life can help in developing your vision as an entrepreneur.
    The transition from HR and EdTech to FinTech
    The concept of neobanking
    Relation between consumer research and building a product
    Fundraising journey

    • 1 hr 23 min
    India's Pioneering FinTech Company | Kunal Varma @ Freo

    India's Pioneering FinTech Company | Kunal Varma @ Freo

    Innovation and disruption are the hallmarks of the technology world. Amidst the fintech revolution and the subsequent rise of digital banks in India, going to a bank branch is no longer in vogue.
    And with neobanking, this metamorphosis has reached a new level with state-of-the-art technologies and providing customers with easy, quick, and efficient financial services.
    The Founder Thesis podcast presents to you a two-part series where Akshay Datt speaks with Kunal Varma, Co-Founder, Freo. He is a serial entrepreneur who started his entrepreneurial journey back in 2008, while pursuing his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
    Kunal, a self-proclaimed dreamer, fondly recalls his earlier days and shares how he always wanted to start his venture. After successfully building two ventures, he collaborated with Bala Parthasarthy and Anuj Kackar and started MoneyTap, which in five years has become an RBI registered NBFC and is now transitioning to credit led neobank, Freo, which is the first of its kind in the country.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Kunal speak about how Freo is disrupting the traditional banking system with its innovative digital banking experience.
    What you must not miss!
    If you like something in your academics, you're not going to do it for the rest of your life.
    How interacting with people from different walks of life can help in developing your vision as an entrepreneur.
    The transition from HR and EdTech to FinTech
    The concept of neobanking
    Relation between consumer research and building a product
    Fundraising journey

    • 34 min
    Rising from the ashes | Rahul Pagidipati @ Zebpay

    Rising from the ashes | Rahul Pagidipati @ Zebpay

    In India, Cryptocurrency is one of those tech innovations that has hit more headlines than any other! From influencers promoting it on social media to companies sponsoring major sporting events, the popularity of these virtual digital currencies has risen in India.
    In this episode of the Founder Thesis podcast, Akshay Datt speaks with Rahul Pagidipati, CEO, ZebPay, India’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange. He is a second-generation Indian American and has been a part of the global start-up ecosystem for the past 20 years.
    Rahul fondly recalls his earlier days when he started numerous ventures in India and the US and fell in love with investing. This is when he came across Bitcoin and Blockchain and decided to invest in ZebPay. Little did he know that the company will face uncertainty due to RBI’s ban on cryptocurrency.
    However, in 2020, after a two-year hiatus, ZebPay was relaunched, with Rahul taking over as CEO.
    Tune in to this episode to hear Rahul speak about how ZebPay is disrupting the way people transact and invest with its ground-breaking financial innovations.
    Key takeaways:
    Experience of running a venture in India in the late 90s.
    India’s response to cryptocurrency.
    The ZebPay’s survival story.

    • 1 hr 17 min

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