18 episodes

A podcast about the dreamers, innovators, over-acheivers and their ideas that are building the tomorrow today. The Termsheet is just not about startups. It’s about celebrating the people who take chances and display true grit and resolve against formidable odds. Taking chances doesn’t always result in disproportionate success but it could also result in spectacular failures. But, a failure can become the catalyst for producing a new success and a new win. I am a huge fan of such stories of resilience and perseverance. I love them because they give us the power to hope for a better future even during trying times just as we find ourselves in today.Each week I interview game changing founders from the Indian startup ecosystem who are hell bent on changing the status quo. Join me every Monday for stories of people who are reinventing themselves while changing the lives of millions around them.I am Karteek Pulapaka, co-founder and partner at Java Capital. You can follow me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And our website is https://www.TheTermsheetPodcast.com

The Termsheet Podcast Karteek Pulapaka

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

A podcast about the dreamers, innovators, over-acheivers and their ideas that are building the tomorrow today. The Termsheet is just not about startups. It’s about celebrating the people who take chances and display true grit and resolve against formidable odds. Taking chances doesn’t always result in disproportionate success but it could also result in spectacular failures. But, a failure can become the catalyst for producing a new success and a new win. I am a huge fan of such stories of resilience and perseverance. I love them because they give us the power to hope for a better future even during trying times just as we find ourselves in today.Each week I interview game changing founders from the Indian startup ecosystem who are hell bent on changing the status quo. Join me every Monday for stories of people who are reinventing themselves while changing the lives of millions around them.I am Karteek Pulapaka, co-founder and partner at Java Capital. You can follow me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And our website is https://www.TheTermsheetPodcast.com

    Capillary Tech - Aneesh Reddy

    Capillary Tech - Aneesh Reddy

    On today’s show we talk to Aneesh Reddy, co-founder & CEO of Capillary Tech, a business to business technology platform shaping consumer experiences for brands across the world. 
    From improving your in-store experience at Starbucks & Walmart to helping your favourite fast-food chains whip up that bucket of wings or pizza minutes faster, Capillary Tech is helping over 300 brands across 30+ countries stay consumer-ready in today's digital era. 
    And today, we bring you the story of Aneesh and Capillary Tech. Aneesh worked with ITC before starting up Capillary. He raised a total funding of over USD 125 million. He raised his first angel round without even a deck! 

    Today, CapillaryTech powers over 100,000 stores and the company is profitable with over USD 70 million in Annual Recurring Revenues. We will hear not just his startup's but also his journey from the corridors of IIT Kharagpur to stores of Singapore and beyond.
    You can find me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And, check out our website at https://www.thetermsheetpodcast.com. Intro music by Andy Slatter. Additional background music by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Winzo Games - Paavan Nanda

    Winzo Games - Paavan Nanda

     Today’s guest is a two time founder and I had the special privilege of observing him work from very close quarters.  Paavan co-founded Winzo Games which was funded by the seed program of Kalaari Capital, where I had also worked . 

    This is also one of my favorite episodes because of the candid conversation we both had including some very difficult conversations. Paavan earlier co-founded Zostel & Zorooms which has been in news since its ill-fated acquisition by Oyo Rooms. Not to be deterred he then went on to founding Winzo a Real Money Gaming platform targeting the next billion users. With over 25 million registered users, 5 million monthly users and a Billion transactions  Winzo has become a serious contender in India’s gaming space. I talked to Paavan about the lessons from his Zostel experience and his vision for Winzo.
    You can find me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And, check out our website at https://www.thetermsheetpodcast.com. Intro music by Andy Slatter. Additional background music by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Trell - Pulkit Agrawal

    Trell - Pulkit Agrawal

    Who could have imagined that 4 friends meeting in a college fest would end up building India’s leading lifestyle video app with over 75 million downloads and 25 million MAUs. Trell today is a massive lifestyle social commerce platform. With over 5 Million DAUs it has surpassed even Twitter & Pinterest in India.

    The story of Trell is really the story of the founders’ resilience. Getting rejected hundreds of times by investors did not discourage them; If anything it emboldened the team to repose faith in the product and the solution they are building. As more and more people downloaded the app and created content on it, it has become clearer that Trell is solving vernacular video blogging in a very unique and sticky way. What’s more interesting is much of the success Trell achieved happened well before the controversial ban of TikTok. 

    Today I ask Pulkit Agrawal on how he oversaw the turnaround, his challenges around fundraising and the life lessons this experience has taught him. listen.

    You can find me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And, check out our website at https://www.thetermsheetpodcast.com. Intro music by Andy Slatter. Additional background music by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au 

    • 57 min
    Shipper - Phil Opamuratawongse

    Shipper - Phil Opamuratawongse

     Indonesia is  ASEAN’s largest economy with a nominal GDP of 1.1 trillion dollars and a GDP per capita of USD 3800 which is approximately twice that of India’s. A unique feature of Indonesia is that it’s an archipelago meaning it’s not a contiguous land mass like most countries are. Instead, Indonesia is a collection of Islands which makes moving people and things across the country very challenging. 
    As you can imagine logistics in Indonesia is an extremely inefficient & costly affair. In tier 2 and tier 3 cities, shipping costs can often add up to 40 per cent of e-commerce basket sizes, serving as a major barrier to mass e-commerce adoption in the country. 

    Today our guest is Phil Opamaratawongse, the co-founder & CEO of Shipper, an Indonesian logistics startup that offers a multi-courier shipping platform and distributed warehousing and fulfillment network. Shipper aims to solve three major problems in Indonesia’s logistics: a myriad of different warehousing and shipping options, lack of price transparency, and inefficient trackability.  Listen to Phil's story of building Shipper.
    You can find me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And, check out our website at https://www.thetermsheetpodcast.com. Intro music by Andy Slatter. Additional background music by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au 

    • 56 min
    Pharmeasy - Dharmil Sheth

    Pharmeasy - Dharmil Sheth

    Pharmeasy began in Mumbai by taking snapshots of patient's prescriptions and manually uploading them and transcribing them into the system. From its humble beginnings to processing over 38,000 to 40,000 orders a day or a massive 2 million prescriptions a month the journey must have been arduous and exhilarating at the same time. 

    Today, I am super excited to bring you this special episode as we start our second season. I spoke with Dharmil Sheth, co-founder & CEO of Pharmeasy at length about his journey and that of Pharmeasy. I hope you will enjoy this episode as much as I did taping it.

    You can find me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And, check out our website at https://www.thetermsheetpodcast.com. Intro music by Andy Slatter. Additional background music by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Luck vs Hardwork - Part 2

    Luck vs Hardwork - Part 2

    In the second of the two part series, we continue our quest to find out whether it is luck or hardwork that entrepreneurs credit their successes to?

    Part 2 covers Prasad Kompalli of MFine, Sameer Maheshwari of Healthkart, Vijay Arisetty of MyGate, Raghu Ravinutala of Yellow Messenger and Sandeep Deshmukh of ElasticRun.

    You can find me on Twitter @tweet_kp. And, check out our website at https://www.thetermsheetpodcast.com. Intro music by Andy Slatter. Additional background music by Scott Buckley – www.scottbuckley.com.au 

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Meeta28 ,

Startup stories, unpacked.

Karteek expertly explores the origin stories of some of the most successful and interesting startups in India. Conversations are candid and one walks away with a deeper understanding of the startup, the founder and the decisions that informed their journey. Excellent production quality, too. Recommended to budding founders.

M'leena ,

Storytelling at its best

First of all, I love the audio quality! One of the few podcasts in India around the startup ecosystem that has a powerful storytelling. The pace is flowing yet deliberate, and conversation is so fluid, candid and insightful, makes you hooked to it. Very good content quality.

AK Priya ,

Best podcast in startup ecosystem

This is by far the best podcast targeting Indian startup ecosystem. The stories of these entrepreneurs are so inspiring. The conversations are very insightful and the audio quality is top notch!

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