At Beyond Campus Podcast, we are building a platform to inspire students and young professionals to think beyond traditional career options that are typically imposed on them!
We talk to people that have taken the offbeat path and paved their way to success. This show is a collection of interviews with Startup Founders, Business Leaders HR leaders, Standup Comedians, Social Media Influencers, SME Entrepreneurs and more. We talk to them about their journey to success, and share actionable insights that listeners can take inspiration from!
With these conversations, we aim to spark curiosity, expose the listeners to a range of career options and encourage them to break the mold. And do the extraordinary! Come, join us for a ride.
Optimising Fresh | Varun Khurana of Crofarm
“Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur.” – Varun Khurana, Crofarm
In this edition of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Varun Khurana, Founder and CEO, Crofarm, who has been on a quest to identify industry niches and build businesses in them.
Varun is a graduate of IIT Delhi and is a three-time entrepreneur. His previous ventures, Wirkle Technologies and Mygreenbox were acquired by Location Labs and Grofers, respectively.
During his stint as CTO at Grofers, he observed the poor state of the supply chain in the agriculture sector. This paved the way to his third venture Crofarm, which aims to cut agricultural wastage and help farmers get the right price for their produce.
Tune in to this episode to hear Varun speak about how Crofarm is disrupting the fresh produce market by optimising the delivery of perishable products without compromising on their quality.
Building and scaling multiple tech start-ups.
Understanding market direction and making strategic exits at the right time.
Challenges faced in the perishable products delivery industry.
Pioneering Borderless Investing | Viram Shah of Vested Finance
With many platforms entering the Indian market, investing in stocks has become easy. But, what about, if one wants to diversify their portfolios and invest in the global stock market?
This struck as an area of potential to our guest on this week’s edition of The Spotlight. In a candid conversation with Akshay Datt, Viram Shah, Co-founder and CEO, Vested Finance, outlines his journey of simplifying the US stock market for global investors.
Coming from an entrepreneurial background, Viram always wanted to create value. Stemming from his own desires to invest in global companies, he started Vested Finance in 2018, while pursuing his MBA from UC Berkeley. With a simple mission to increase accessibility and reduce the cost of investing in global stocks.
Tune in to this episode to learn how Vested is removing barriers and helping investors leverage the power of an internationally diversified portfolio.
Building and scaling an International Investment Advisor company.
Navigating international and domestic banking regulations.
Scaling-up via Career Planning | Prateek Bhargava of Mindler
Career planning is a tough nut to crack. Had it been easy, there would have been lesser dropouts, career gaps and restarts.
In this episode of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Prateek Bhargava, Founder and CEO, Mindler, a Delhi-based start-up that has developed a tech-enabled ecosystem for school students to plan their careers and seek mentorship.
Prateek is an alumnus of ISB, Hyderabad and MDI, Gurgaon and has worked with some of the big names in the corporate sector. He has always believed that having the right career advice at the right time is extremely crucial. He, along with his mentor Prikshit Dhanda observed that this is the biggest pain point for students and their parents and started Mindler in 2015.
Tune in to this episode to hear Prateek speak about how Mindler simplifies the puzzle around career choices for the younger generation.
Why choosing the right college/discipline after school is important?
The current state of the Indian education system and institutions.
How to address the high demand for quality career coaching?
Making Organic Cool | Dhruv Bhasin and Dhruv Madhok of Arata
Nature has always been a solution to all our problems. Be it personal care or medicines, nature always has an answer. As far as we can go back in time, people in India have always relied on Ayurveda.
In this episode of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Dhruv Bhasin and Dhruv Madhok, Founders, Arata. They have worked in the corporate sector before setting off their entrepreneurial journey.
The idea behind Arata came as a fruit of the discussion the founders had regarding how toxic and harmful hair styling gels are. Understanding the consumers’ inclination towards organic products and clubbing it with homemade and natural recipes, they founded Arata in 2018.
Tune in to this episode to hear Bhasin and Madhok speak about how Arata, with its sustainable and eco-friendly products, is on its way to being India’s answer to The Body Shop.
What you must not miss!
The idea behind Arata
Building an online presence
Turbocharging Email | Niraj Ranjan Rout of Hiver
What letters were in the 20th century, emails are in the present day. It has become the backbone of communicating at work or otherwise.
In this episode of The Spotlight, Akshay Datt speaks with Niraj Ranjan Rout, Founder, and CEO, Hiver, a Bengaluru-based company, whose SaaS product enhances Gmail’s features to help its users manage their business processes from their inbox.
Niraj is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and has worked in tech companies before starting his venture in 2007. All along he faced technical challenges when it came to emails. He started Hiver in 2012 with Nitesh Nandy, which caters to the collaboration and knowledge sharing needs of an organization through email.
Tune in to this episode to hear Niraj speak about how Hiver is simplifying email management for its clients.
How proper handling of emails can improve productivity.
How Hiver facilitates knowledge management.
Toch-ing Video | Vinayak Shrivastav of Toch
In this episode of The Spotlight, we have the amazing journey of a company that started with the idea to give India its first video streaming platform, but ended up helping its clients to unlock the real potential of their video content.
In a candid conversation with Akshay Datt, Vinayak Shrivastav, CEO and Co-founder, Toch.ai, takes us through his journey. He is a graduate of London Business School and has worked for a prominent Venture Capitalist firm before taking the entrepreneurial plunge.
In 2016, he started Toch with an aspiration to become the next YouTube of the Indian market. However, after a minor setback, Vinayak launched the reboot version of Toch with a vision to build a solution that unlocks the potential of videos by making them more engaging and monetizable, making it a pioneer in its niche.
Tune in to this episode to hear Vinayak speak about Toch is redefining video content by implementing tech in the real world.
Definition of a good founder
Plans of global expansion
Effects of COVID on business