1 hr 1 min

Hustling, Hosteling & Gaming | Dharamveer Singh Chouhan @ Zostel Founder Thesis

    • Business

In what has been one of the most fun conversations we've had on Founder Thesis -
we sit down for a chat with Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, Co-Founder & CEO of Zostel
- the largest chain of backpacker hostels & experiential homes in Asia. 
An explorer & nonconformist at heart, Dharamveer's journey into entrepreneurship
is an exciting story. Through his early career days he has single-mindedly
chased his passions and interests. Case in point, his tryst with Poker, and
making games!
However, unlike most other game developers, Dharamveer did not study computers! 
But when your dreams are larger than life, and you are driven by passion,
nothing is impossible. And Dharamveer went on to prove this by starting his own
gaming studio & also working as a game designer at Zynga. 
Dharamveer eventually pivoted and went on to IIM Calcutta to chase the shiny
MBA. And inspired by his backpacking trip in Europe, Dharamveer spotted an
opportunity to build a hospitality product that is true to India's cultural
diversity - Zostel. 
7 years down the road, and Dharamveer is onto another dream! 
In this episode we talk to Dharamveer to know more about, well, everything.
Right from growing up in Rajasthan to his experiences at IIT & IIM, playing
poker, the genesis and growth of Zostel, & his new venture - or should we say
adventure! 
Listen on!

In what has been one of the most fun conversations we've had on Founder Thesis -
we sit down for a chat with Dharamveer Singh Chouhan, Co-Founder & CEO of Zostel
- the largest chain of backpacker hostels & experiential homes in Asia. 
An explorer & nonconformist at heart, Dharamveer's journey into entrepreneurship
is an exciting story. Through his early career days he has single-mindedly
chased his passions and interests. Case in point, his tryst with Poker, and
making games!
However, unlike most other game developers, Dharamveer did not study computers! 
But when your dreams are larger than life, and you are driven by passion,
nothing is impossible. And Dharamveer went on to prove this by starting his own
gaming studio & also working as a game designer at Zynga. 
Dharamveer eventually pivoted and went on to IIM Calcutta to chase the shiny
MBA. And inspired by his backpacking trip in Europe, Dharamveer spotted an
opportunity to build a hospitality product that is true to India's cultural
diversity - Zostel. 
7 years down the road, and Dharamveer is onto another dream! 
In this episode we talk to Dharamveer to know more about, well, everything.
Right from growing up in Rajasthan to his experiences at IIT & IIM, playing
poker, the genesis and growth of Zostel, & his new venture - or should we say
adventure! 
Listen on!

1 hr 1 min

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