33 episodes

"Indian Startup Stories" is a podcast about entrepreneurs and startups. Hear out stories straight from the founders, co-founders & leaders of various startups in India. They talk about how they started with their idea?, the passion which drives them, challenges they’ve faced, their achievements, how they managed bringing in funding and all the insights they have gathered in their journey, making them long runners. And yes! don't miss-out the rapid fire questions, at the end of each episode.

Indian Startup Stories Ashok

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

"Indian Startup Stories" is a podcast about entrepreneurs and startups. Hear out stories straight from the founders, co-founders & leaders of various startups in India. They talk about how they started with their idea?, the passion which drives them, challenges they’ve faced, their achievements, how they managed bringing in funding and all the insights they have gathered in their journey, making them long runners. And yes! don't miss-out the rapid fire questions, at the end of each episode.

    Point Blank 7- Hyperlocal Independent Journalism w/ Riti Sinha, Leadership Coach & Founder (Point Blank 7)

    Point Blank 7- Hyperlocal Independent Journalism w/ Riti Sinha, Leadership Coach & Founder (Point Blank 7)

    Today’s guest:
    Riti Sinha, Leadership coach & Founder (Point Blank 7)
    Website: https://www.pointblank7.in/ 
    You will learn:
    01:52Background - childhood, studies, early career days, and stepping on to Journalism
    03:18PointBlank7 - What is it? It’s moto, and the platform serving the community.
    08:28Mix of engineer, Journalist & Leadership coach. Handling the transition.
    12:13Initial days of start & grip on Community journalism on election and holding on to an independent way.
    17:58Without any advertisements on the website, how revenue is generated?
    26:40Managing hyper-local and handling the content for masses together. 
    29:04Journalists Or Activists? Very fine line of difference.
    38:38How analytics gathered. And engagement with people.
    46:22Marketing and sales strategy which helped to shape the business
    51:54Mistakes made and the learnings from it.
    53:15Time boxing and managing work life balance
    56:04Rapid fire round
    Stay tuned! Be motivated! Thank you!!
    Streaming from https://indianstartupstories.com/podcast-episodes/ and in other Podcast apps
    Social Media handles:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/IndianStartupS2
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/theindianstartupstories/
    Music credit: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    On-demand Office Space for Distributed and Remote Teams w/ Shyam Sundar Nagarajan, Founder & CEO (GoFloaters)

    On-demand Office Space for Distributed and Remote Teams w/ Shyam Sundar Nagarajan, Founder & CEO (GoFloaters)

    Today’s guest:
    Shyam Sundar Nagarajan, Founder & CEO (GoFloaters)
    Website: https://gofloaters.com/ 
    You will learn:
    01:47Background - studies,  early career days, and thoughts on entrepreneurship
    04:09Gofloaters - Who are they?. Office for distributed and remote teams across 21 indian cities since 2017.
    08:19Idea & Spark moment behind the start of Gofloaters.
    16:05True believers in remote work; remote management & remote business
    19:36How pricing models are thought through and experimented with multiple coffee shops.
    24:20Customer adoption and trends with co-working space & evolutions around
    31:10Tech ecosystem involved & experiential contribution to the ecosystem
    33:14Foundation team - pillars behind the business. Combination of Full time and freelancers
    37:46Decision making challenges and overcoming with “word of mouth” recognitions, and scaling plans
    44:14Bootstrapping & Fundings managed to see the profit realization
    47:58Sales and marketing formula worked
    50:44Thoughts on scaling business with customer expansion
    55:29Rapid fire round
    Stay tuned! Be motivated! Thank you!!
    Streaming from https://indianstartupstories.com/podcast-episodes/ and in other Podcast apps
    Social Media handles:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/IndianStartupS2
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/theindianstartupstories/
    Music credit: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 1 hr 11 min
    India's leading Cryptoassets & Blockchain Company: Part-II w/ Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin)

    India's leading Cryptoassets & Blockchain Company: Part-II w/ Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin)

    Today’s guest:
    Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin)
    Website: https://www.unocoin.com/ 
    You will learn:
    01:50On the pursuit of entrepreneurship, preparation and transition from employee
    07:07Speculations in cryptocurrencies space. How customers and investors saw this fluctuations
    10:02Funding and convincing investors, challenges in pulling through the valuation.
    13:12Moment of relief, and the customer testimonial from the ground. Idea of SIP (Systematic investment Plan) in Unocoin - Crypto exchange
    19:37Vision in crypto currency and blockchain space, and Technology innovations
    22:07Why transaction fee is higher in Crypto trading. Tech evolution so far & Current Engineering problem
    26:12Being an Entrepreneur - Merge of Personal & professional life
    29:04Rapid fire round
    Unocoin Coupon code: UNOSS100 (Offer valid till 31st October 2021)
    Stay tuned! Be motivated! Thank you!!
    Streaming from https://indianstartupstories.com/podcast-episodes/ and in other Podcast apps
    Social Media handles:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/IndianStartupS2
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/theindianstartupstories/
    Music credit: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 40 min
    India's leading Cryptoassets & Blockchain Company: Part-I w/ Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin)

    India's leading Cryptoassets & Blockchain Company: Part-I w/ Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin)

    Today’s guest:
    Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin)
    Website: https://www.unocoin.com/ 
    You will learn:
    02:15Background - studies, early career days to understand corporates, entrepreneurial steps along the journey
    10:55What is a Crypto currency?, Bitcoin evolution, Etherium and different generations
    29:28Unocoin - Company & it’s services. Co-Founding experience, and establishment. Bitcoin exchange, cryptocurrencies & expanding business.
    36:57Customer adoptions and trends of cryptocurrencies adoption in India
    39:05Regulation Vs Deregulation? How decentralization template fits in the Governance in the Country.
    44:06NFT - “Non Fungible tokens”; what is new & how is it booming? Does India have huge scope for artists & creators?
    Stay tuned! Be motivated! Thank you!!
    Streaming from https://indianstartupstories.com/podcast-episodes/ and in other Podcast apps
    Social Media handles:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/IndianStartupS2
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/theindianstartupstories/
    Music credit: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 48 min
    On a Mission to Bring Healthy Mattresses across India w/ SV Balasubramanyam, Founder & CEO (Durfi.com)

    On a Mission to Bring Healthy Mattresses across India w/ SV Balasubramanyam, Founder & CEO (Durfi.com)

    Today’s guest:
    SV Balasubramanyam, Founder & CEO (Durfi.com)
    Website: https://www.durfi.com/ 
    You will learn:
    01:56Background - early career days in startups, supermarkets, and big companies. Instances which triggered to take the idea forward
    08:47Importance of sleep and mattresses business in Indian context; market study & research. Serving across India’s geography via e-commerce
    12:50Self evaluate as an entrepreneur before the start. ZERO-ONE principle to start business.
    17:13Founding team - What & how was it managed in shaping up the Durfi business. Association with top brands in India. 
    19:10Standing out from the crowd with investment in Technology and R&D in the sleep business, focusing on Customer needs. GSM foam, anti-bacterial, hemp seed oil infusion, breathable comfort layer..
    25:46Marketing strategies adopted, and getting Customer adoption. 30K customers and more.
    35:58You-tubers and social media plans for scaling the business
    39:49COVID and other shaping challenges - initial days of identifying how to channelise. Raw materials cost impact and revenue
    46:44Instances of business challenges & turning them into opportunities
    51:00Rapid fire round
    Stay tuned! Be motivated! Thank you!!
    Streaming from https://indianstartupstories.com/podcast-episodes/ and in other Podcast apps
    Social Media handles:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/IndianStartupS2
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/theindianstartupstories/
    Music credit: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Most valued Wireless Antenna Design partner w/ Vamsi Krishna Palukuru, Founder & CEO (CoreIoT Technologies)

    Most valued Wireless Antenna Design partner w/ Vamsi Krishna Palukuru, Founder & CEO (CoreIoT Technologies)

    Today’s guest:
    Dr.Vamsi Krishna Palukuru PhD, Founder & CEO (CoreIoT Technologies Ltd)
    Website: https://www.coreiot.fi/ 
    You will learn:
    02:15Background - Schooling, early career days in different countries, how Nokia shutdown started the journey of entrepreneurship
    05:14CoreIoT - Custom designing Antenna solution for varying IoT, Wireless and various industrial needs
    06:45Microsoft closes Nokia, Finland. What happened next? How entrepreneurship was taught
    09:58Being in Finland, and handling business in Ongole, AP, India. How global customers are being handled
    13:11Entrepreneurship - What was the thought process and evaluation before the start. Forming core founding team
    16:51Different antennas covered - LTE, WIFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 5G low band, Ultra wide, ubiquitous, RFID. All custom design & solution
    18:56How different streams are focused together, and how challenges are solved with R&D focus and solution simulation
    20:56Funding, core founding team and experience in building & handling distributed team
    23:30Sales and marketing effort and generating leads
    24:46Networking matters a lot in doing business. Building trust brings value.
    26:41Moment of relief & Customer success stories - building pride 
    30:53Time spent on R&D, Technology, Team and customer needs should be the key focus for growth. Brining more products out is the formula for scaling the business.
    37:54What is expected from entrepreneurs? - Master your subject!
    40:57Rapid fire round
    Stay tuned! Be motivated! Thank you!!
    Streaming from https://indianstartupstories.com/podcast-episodes/ and in other Podcast apps
    Social Media handles:
    Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Indian-Startup-Stories-105427574797700
    LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/indian-startup-stories-b4b385202
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/IndianStartupS2
    Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38w7euU6JpLjyRb4Am7ugw
    Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/theindianstartupstories/
    Music credit: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

biasedhuman ,

Informative and Motivating

Listening to successful startup founders tell their tales gives you a well rounded picture of what’s involved in starting up yourself. Each episode gives you a different perspective on topics ranging from productivity, funding, leadership, industry specific challenges involved in the startup world. Definitely a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs!

Space Elmo ,

Brilliant stuff!

Great conversations, great depth and insights!

harshaprabha ,

Best Indian startup podcast!

This is a gold mine of a podcast. All entrepreneurs must listen to this. Ashok covers all aspects of entrepreneurs journey and challenges they faced. This show covers good breadth and has quality content. Looking forward for more episodes!

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