We bring the global voice from the SaaS and the digital universe. As we speak with entrepreneurs, VCs, and ecosystem partners, we will unravel unique stories about their choices and the books that shape their worldview.
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#37 Shalini Prakash | Author - Clueless at 30
Shalini Prakash is the Author of Clueless at 30: A Millennial's search for Everything and Nothing. Through her professional experience in venture capital, start-ups, and the corporate world, she helps entrepreneurs build innovative and scalable technology solutions. She is included in the '40 under 40 - India Alternative Investment professionals in India' list and recognized as a Linkedin Top Voice for her thought leadership in the start-ups and VC Industry.
In our candid conversations, we spoke about the slash life, her experience in Israel, the rise of women entrepreneurship, and decision-making frameworks.
More details at https://www.republicofsaas.com/the-millenials-playbook-shalini-prakash/
#36 Manav Garg | Founding Partner - Together Fund
Manav Garg is the CEO of EKA and the founding Partner of Together Fund. Seven years back, he had started SaaSBOOMi along with his colleagues and has recently authored The Indian SaaS Story which is a playbook for many SaaS entrepreneurs in India.
In our candid conversations, we spoke about the SaaS wave, future outlook, and some interesting trends in this space. As a strategic thinker, he is long on PLG & product thinking and is optimistic around the $1T SaaS opportunity for India.
More details at https://www.republicofsaas.com/the-india-saas-story-manav-garg/
#35 Thomas Smale | CEO - FE International
Thomas Smale is the CEO of FE International which has completed hundreds of millions of deals in SaaS, e-commerce, and content business acquisitions since 2010.
In our Candid discussions, Saurabh & I spoke with Thomas about his worldview on the evolving SaaS business models, self-funded and bootstrapped entrepreneurs in emerging markets, M&A advisory, and how the business landscape has evolved.
Thomas provides an excellent free valuation resource for Startups here.
More details at: https://www.republicofsaas.com/m-a-advisory-in-the-saas-landscape/
#34 Yousuf Khan | Partner - Ridge Ventures
After using Zoom on a daily basis in this remote-first world, we spoke with Yousuf Khan who has been an advisor to Eric Yuan.
In our candid discussions, Nataraj & I spoke with Yousuf to understand his worldview around Investments, pricing strategies, advisory methodologies, and his love for Marvel Movies.
Yousuf is one of the finest early-stage start-up advisors because of his global exposure, breadth of knowledge in multiple industries, and a people-first approach.
Know more at: https://www.republicofsaas.com/strategic_advisors_in_venturenetworks/
#33 Andrew Gazdecki | CEO - MicroAcquire
As Andrew launches his book, "Getting Acquired: How I Built and Sold My SaaS Startup", we spoke with him about his worldview around building bootstrapped and venture-backed companies.
In our Candid discussions, Ricky & I spoke with him about his entrepreneurial journey and his superb marketing strategies. We also learn why he launched Bootstrappers and his plans for Microacquire. Ricky also shared his experience of buying his first start-up from the Microacquire platform, where thousands of entrepreneurs are currently trading micro-SaaS companies.
Know more at: https://www.republicofsaas.com/how-i-built-sold-my-saas-startup-andrew-gazdecki/
#32 Rob Fitzpatrick | Author, Write Useful Books
As we see the success of Write Useful Books in the non-fiction writer's community, we spoke with Rob Fitzpatrick to learn about his worldview. He went through Ycombinator back in 07 with an attempt to figure out the social advertisement before Meta managed to do so, which obviously didn’t work out so well. He has raised funding in the US and UK, built products used by customers like Sony and MTV, designed and kickstarted a card game, co-founded the education agency Founder Centric, rebuilt a little sailboat, and has built and launched countless silly hobby and side projects which have (so far) managed to keep the wolf from the door. He is a techie who (grudgingly) learned enterprise sales.
In our candid conversations, we spoke about non-fiction writers, the new business models around the publishing landscape, and more so, about a creator's journey.
Contact Rob at https://www.robfitz.com
Connect with the host: Mirror & Maven.
Know more at : https://www.republicofsaas.com/writeusefulbooks/
Met the host!
Good to meet up with Saswat.
Best of luck,
Candid value-based conversations!
I listened to the last few episodes and thoroughly enjoyed the style of the podcast. I downloaded the recommended books by the guests to broaden my horizon. Super excited to see how the Season 3 would be shaping up. All the best for the creator!!!
Two Sides of the coin
Loved the way Saswat has positioned the two sides of the coin segment. Initially I thought the investors and founders are the two sides of the coin. After listening to his latest episodes I finally understood the theme, where he approaches alternative narratives too that are obscure, deep and sometime s counter intuitive. Keep up the awesome work. Excited to listen to your future episodes too.