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Hi, I am your host Siddhartha! I have been an entrepreneur from 2012-2017 building two products AddoDoc and Babygogo. After selling my company to SHEROES, I and my partner Nansi decided to start up again. But we felt unequipped in our skillset in 2018 to build a large company. We had known 0-1 journey from our startups but lacked the experience of building 1-10 journeys. 
Hence was born the Neon Show (Earlier 100x Entrepreneur) to learn from founders and investors, the mindset to scale yourself and your company. This quest still keeps us excited even after 5 years and doing 200+ episodes. 
We welcome you to our journey to understand what goes behind building a super successful company. Every episode is done with a very selfish motive, that I and Nansi should come out as a better entrepreneur and professional after absorbing the learnings. 

The Neon Show Siddhartha Ahluwalia

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 66 Ratings

Hi, I am your host Siddhartha! I have been an entrepreneur from 2012-2017 building two products AddoDoc and Babygogo. After selling my company to SHEROES, I and my partner Nansi decided to start up again. But we felt unequipped in our skillset in 2018 to build a large company. We had known 0-1 journey from our startups but lacked the experience of building 1-10 journeys. 
Hence was born the Neon Show (Earlier 100x Entrepreneur) to learn from founders and investors, the mindset to scale yourself and your company. This quest still keeps us excited even after 5 years and doing 200+ episodes. 
We welcome you to our journey to understand what goes behind building a super successful company. Every episode is done with a very selfish motive, that I and Nansi should come out as a better entrepreneur and professional after absorbing the learnings. 

    Varun Mayya On India Vs America, AI Creators, Job Loss, & YouTube's Future I The Neon Show

    Varun Mayya On India Vs America, AI Creators, Job Loss, & YouTube's Future I The Neon Show

    This week’s episode is in discussion with one of India’s most promising AI content creators who talks about India Vs America, AI Creators, Job Loss, & Life Post Acquisition as we welcome Varun Mayya to the Neon Show!

    Why Is The U.S. Culturally Declining?

    Why Capitalism Should Be Celebrated In India!

    Will India Ever Produce An Apple or Microsoft?

    How Much Do You Need To Retire In India?

    All these juicy topics and more in this CHARISMATIC conversation about why capitalism should be celebrated in India. A dive into the inner workings of the current Indian mentality and what the future of AI will be in India… Tune in NOW!

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    CHAPTERS

    00:00 - Precap
    01:12 - Welcoming Varun Mayya To The Neon Show!
    01:51 - Why The U.S. Is Culturally Declining
    04:04 - India vs America: Growth Story
    08:34 - Why You Shouldn’t Leave India!
    10:25 - Truth Behind Unemployment Rates In India
    16:06 - Decoding Sanjeev Sanyal’s UPSC Comments
    21:50 - Why Capitalism Should Be Celebrated In India!
    27:58 - How Much Do You Need To Retire In India?
    31:45 - Will AI Replace Creators?
    36:23 - Is Sora AI A Gamechanger In Content Creation?
    39:47 - What Sectors Will Be Most Affected By AI?
    48:03 - Will India Ever Produce An Apple or Microsoft?
    54:53 - Which AI Stocks Does Varun Invest In?
    57:00 - Unreliability of AI: Gemini’s Racial Profiling Case In India
    1:02:21 - Apple vs The U.S. Justice Department
    1:05:12 - Is EdTech Dead In India?
    1:10:30 - Varun’s Advice About Following His Career Path!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Bihar’s Decline, Working With Lalu Prasad & The 1984 Bokaro Riots - IPS Manjari’s Career Stories

    Bihar’s Decline, Working With Lalu Prasad & The 1984 Bokaro Riots - IPS Manjari’s Career Stories

    This week’s episode is in discussion with Bihar’s First Lady IPS officer who talks about Bihar’s Decline, Working With Lalu Prasad, & The 1984 Bokaro Riots Tragedy as we welcome Manjari Jaruhar to the Neon Show!

    UNTOLD 1984 Bokaro Riots Story!

    What Was Bihar Like In the 1960s?

    Is The Indian Police Force Corrupt?

    Do IPS Officers Get Influenced By Politicians?

    All these juicy topics and more in this EYE-OPENING conversation about the lives of India’s civil servants. A dive into the inner workings of the Indian police force, from the perspective of a woman & how much Bihar as a state has changed since the 60s… Tune in NOW!

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    Siddhartha Ahluwalia, Founder, Neon Fund & Host, The Neon Show
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/siddharthaa7
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siddharthaahluwalia/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siddhartha_a/
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    *Sponsor Shout Out*

    Looking to build a differentiated tech startup with a 10X better solution? Prime is the high-conviction, high-support investor you need. With its fourth fund of $120M, Prime actively works with star teams to accelerate building great companies.

    To know more, visit https://primevp.in/!

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    CHAPTERS

    00:00 - Precap
    01:04 - Welcoming Bihar’s First Lady IPS, Manjari Jaruhar!
    01:45 - What Was Bihar Like In the 1960s?
    05:13 - Life As A Lady IPS In Bihar!
    09:24 - Was The System Pulling Down Lady officers?
    11:23 - UNTOLD 1984 Bokaro Riots Story!
    17:37 - How Did Manjari Ma’am Deal With Emotional Trauma?
    22:05 - Is The Indian Police Force Corrupt?
    26:36 - Why Bokaro Was Her Most Challenging Posting!
    31:54 - Do IPS Officers Get Influenced By Politicians?
    34:31 - UNTOLD Operation Gangajal Story!
    40:54 - Reality Of 1990s Bihar Kidnappings!
    45:12 - Downfall Of Bihar’s Education System DECODED!
    49:35 - Experience Working During Lalu Prasad’s Reign!
    55:13 - Why Was The Central Government Posting Life-Changing?
    1:03:39 - Current Government vs 90s Government
    1:09:35 - The Importance Of Giving Your Daughters “Freedom”!
    1:13:37 - Concluding Remarks

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Sanjeev Sanyal UNFILTERED - Kolkata’s Downfall, Bihar’s UPSC Craze & The Indian Dream I Neon Show

    Sanjeev Sanyal UNFILTERED - Kolkata’s Downfall, Bihar’s UPSC Craze & The Indian Dream I Neon Show

    This week’s episode is once again in discussion with PM Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisor who talks about Kolkata’s Downfall, Bihar’s UPSC Craze & The Indian Dream as we welcome once again, Sanjeev Sanyal to the Neon Show!

    The Reason Behind India’s Rapid Growth

    The West’s Problem With India!

    Why Did Jyoti Basu Get Elected As CM?

    What Led To Bihar’s Downfall?

    All these juicy topics and more in this UNFILTERED conversation about India’s growth story. A dive into the “poverty of aspiration” that has limited India in the past till recently & why it is now a country that is to be reckoned with… Tune in NOW!

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    Siddhartha Ahluwalia, Founder, Neon Fund & Host, The Neon Show
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/siddharthaa7
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siddharthaahluwalia/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siddhartha_a/
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    *Sponsor Shout Out*

    Looking to build a differentiated tech startup with a 10X better solution? Prime is the high-conviction, high-support investor you need. With its fourth fund of $120M, Prime actively works with star teams to accelerate building great companies.

    To know more, visit https://primevp.in/!

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________
    CHAPTERS

    00:00 - Precap
    01:14 - Welcome Back Sanjeev Sanyal!
    01:40 - What Is Sanjeev Sir Up To Now?
    03:00 - Kolkata’s Downfall EXPLAINED In Detail
    09:04 - Why Did Jyoti Basu Get Elected As CM?
    10:31 - How “Poverty Of Aspiration” Affected India’s Growth
    14:31 - Are India’s “Zero Food” Kids A Real Problem?
    18:10 - REALITY Behind India’s Gender Selective Abortions Crisis
    23:32 - “1/6th Of The World’s Billionaires Should Be Indian!”
    25:52 - The Reason Behind India’s Rapid Growth
    30:52 - The West’s Problem With India
    32:11 - What Led To Bihar’s Downfall & Its Craze Of Civil Service?
    35:11 - How Middle-Class India’s Aspirations Are Evolving!
    37:04 - The Great Indian Dream
    40:32 - Conclusion

    • 40 min
    Dark Indian SCAMS - Jamtara, Aadhaar Data, And Dark Web Secrets I Rahul Sasi I The Neon Show

    Dark Indian SCAMS - Jamtara, Aadhaar Data, And Dark Web Secrets I Rahul Sasi I The Neon Show

    This week’s episode is an EXTENSIVE BREAKDOWN about Dark Indian SCAMS - Jamtara, Aadhaar Data, and Dark Web Secrets as we welcome Rahul Sasi, founder of CloudSEK, to the Neon Show!

    Why Are Scams Originating From Tier 2/3 Indian Cities?

    The Jamtara Scam DECODED

    Is Your Aadhaar Data Safe?!

    How Many Hackers Are There In India?

    All these juicy topics and more in this DETAILED conversation. An eye-opener about the millions of cyber threats around us & what danger they carry… A crisp & efficient discussion about everything in the cyber space. Tune in NOW!

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    Siddhartha Ahluwalia, Founder, Neon Fund & Host, The Neon Show
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/siddharthaa7
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siddharthaahluwalia/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siddhartha_a/
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

    *Sponsor Shout Out*

    Looking to build a differentiated tech startup with a 10X better solution? Prime is the high-conviction, high-support investor you need. With its fourth fund of $120M, Prime actively works with star teams to accelerate building great companies.

    To know more, visit https://primevp.in/!

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________
    CHAPTERS

    00:00 - Precap
    01:13 - Welcoming Rahul Sasi, co-founder of CloudSEK!
    02:27 - What Is Dark Web & CloudSEK's Role?
    08:50 - Why Dark Web Is So Difficult To Take Down!
    11:35 - Bangladesh Bank Heist DECODED
    16:08 - The Role of AI In Cyber Crimes!
    19:31 - How Many Hackers Are There In India?
    22:14 - Country With The Best Cyber Security Talent!
    24:45 - In India, Which Is The Best Cyber Security Company?
    25:46 - Jamtara Scam DECODED
    29:09 - Why Are Scams Originating From Tier 2/3 Indian Cities?
    31:53 - Chinese Loan App Scam EXPLAINED
    34:46 - How Does Money Laundering Work? 
    37:06 - Other Deadly Cyber Scams
    40:01 - Is Your Aadhaar Data Safe?!
    41:46 - How Do You Gain Practical Knowledge of Cyber Security?
    44:01 - What Inspired Rahul Sasi To Create CloudSEK?
    50:23 - Will AI Machines Attack Humans In The Future?
    52:46 - How Many Jobs Will Be Lost To AI In The Future?
    55:00 - Understanding What Privacy Entails Legally
    58:53 - Concluding Remarks on Future of Cyber Security!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Hearty Podcast Between 2 Women Founders - Beauty Standards, Healthy Living, Career & More I Yoga Bar

    Hearty Podcast Between 2 Women Founders - Beauty Standards, Healthy Living, Career & More I Yoga Bar

    This week’s episode is a HEARTFELT conversation between 2 women founders who discuss beauty standards in India, healthy living, career & much more as Nansi takes over hosting duties while welcoming Yoga Bar founder, Suhasini Sampath, to the Neon Show!

    How Has The Beauty Industry Impacted India?

    The TRUTH Behind Low & No-Added-Sugar Products!

    Prioritising “Needs” Over “Wants”

    Biggest Lesson Learnt From ITC Acquisition?

    All these juicy topics and more in this SINCERE conversation. A dive into the mind of one of India’s brightest female founders & one who has beautifully balanced her career & family commitments… Wishing you all a very Happy International Women’s Day! Tune in NOW!

    CHAPTERS

    00:00 - Precap
    01:26 - Welcoming Suhasini Sampath, founder of Yoga Bar!
    04:51 - Life Growing Up As A “Tam-Brahm”
    07:52 - Prioritising “Needs” Over “Wants”
    11:55 - Turning To A Minimalist Lifestyle
    14:54 - How Does She Balance Her “Multiple Lives”?!
    15:49 - Beauty Industry’s Impact On India
    22:23 - Social Media’s Impact On Mental Health
    26:58 - “Health Taste Ke Bina Nahi Bikega!”
    28:35 - Unhealthy Products Indians Eat
    30:35 - “Diabetes Is A REAL PROBLEM In India!”
    34:36 - 5 Poor Diet Choices Indians Are Making
    38:04 - The TRUTH Behind Low & No-Added-Sugar Products!
    41:22 - SECRET Behind Suhasini’s Drive!
    44:23 - Motherhood vs Career
    47:13 - Biggest Lesson Learnt From ITC Acquisition
    48:55 - Difference Between Institutions vs New-Age Brands
    54:28 - 5 Brands That Changed Indian Consumer Habits For The Better
    56:40 - Concept of “VC Hallucination” Explained
    1:01:12 - Importance Of Supportive Men
    1:06:00 - Concluding Remarks

    • 1 hr 8 min
    PayTM vs RBI, Banking Stocks, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Strategies & More I Deepak Shenoy I Neon Show

    PayTM vs RBI, Banking Stocks, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Strategies & More I Deepak Shenoy I Neon Show

    This week’s episode is an assortment of INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION about stocks in the banking sector, PayTM vs RBI & Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s strategies to becoming generationally wealthy as we welcome once again Deepak Shenoy, founder of CapitalMind, to the Neon Show!

    What Happened To PayTM?

    What Is The State of Banking Stocks & Sector in India!

    Is PM Modi Right About PSU Stocks?

    Are Startups Going IPO A Good Trend?

    All these juicy topics and more in this DETAILED conversation. A dive into the psyche of the man who manages over Rs. 1700 crore in the Indian markets… One of the rare times where the conversation never stops being informative & gripping. Tune in NOW!

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    Siddhartha Ahluwalia, Founder, Neon Fund & Host, The Neon Show
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/siddharthaa7
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siddharthaahluwalia/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siddhartha_a/
    __________________________________________________________________

    *Sponsor Shout Out*

    Looking to build a differentiated tech startup with a 10X better solution? Prime is the high-conviction, high-support investor you need. With its fourth fund of $120M, Prime actively works with star teams to accelerate building great companies.

    To know more, visit https://primevp.in/!
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    CHAPTERS
    00:00 - Precap
    01:34 - Welcome Back Deepak Shenoy, CEO of CapitalMind!
    01:52 - What Happened To PayTM? Fintechs vs RBI
    11:21 - State of Banking Stocks & Sector in India!
    28:07 - Should You Buy A Banking Stock?
    34:23 - Is RBI Mis Selling Information?
    39:07 - Why Are Public Sector Banks Doing So Well?
    40:10 - Indian Banks’ Bad Lending History!
    45:07 - ArcelorMittal DRAMA Decoded!
    52:20 - What Was The Problem With Yes Bank?
    58:13 - Is PM Modi Right About PSU Stocks?
    1:08:00 - Is The Indian Stock Market Currently Overvalued?
    1:11:41 - Are Micro Cap Companies The Best Bet Right Now?
    1:15:57 - Are Startups Going IPO A Good Trend?
    1:31:03 - Are Jio Financials A Good Stock To Invest in?
    1:33:06 - Top 3 Active Stocks In India!
    1:39:57 - “The Market Goes Up When You Sleep!”
    1:41:11 - Should Financial Advisors Be Held Accountable?
    1:48:51 - Is Buying Large Caps The Safe Option?
    1:50:18 - Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s Strategies
    1:55:52 -

    • 1 hr 56 min

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