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100x Entrepreneur is a podcast series hosted by Siddhartha Ahluwalia, a 2x founder, and VC & Startup Business Development Manager, South at Amazon Web Services (AWS).Siddhartha brings insightful conversations from successful entrepreneurs and VCs, helping you grow 100x of yourself.100x Entrepreneur Podcast is ranked among the top 15 Business podcasts in Asia recognized by Tech In Asia.

100x Entrepreneur Siddhartha Ahluwalia

    • Zaken en persoonlijke financiën

100x Entrepreneur is a podcast series hosted by Siddhartha Ahluwalia, a 2x founder, and VC & Startup Business Development Manager, South at Amazon Web Services (AWS).Siddhartha brings insightful conversations from successful entrepreneurs and VCs, helping you grow 100x of yourself.100x Entrepreneur Podcast is ranked among the top 15 Business podcasts in Asia recognized by Tech In Asia.

    Meena Ganesh on her journey of building 3 successful startups, acquisitions, and making Portea India's Leading Home Health-Care Company

    Meena Ganesh on her journey of building 3 successful startups, acquisitions, and making Portea India's Leading Home Health-Care Company

    Founded in 2013, Portea Medical, India's Leading Home Health Care Company employes over 4000 people and covers 40+ cities in India doing 1,50,000+ home visits every month.


    Portea has also helped about 5,00,000 COVID-19 patients, working with seven different cities and state governments, including Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Chennai, Bengaluru and all of Karnataka. 


    Meena Ganesh, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Portea Medical is one of India’s most celebrated entrepreneurs and business leaders.  She sits on the boards of numerous firms like Axis Bank, and has a string of start-up successes to her credit. She co-founded her first company, Customer Asset, in 2000 and later on sold it to ICICI. Then came TutorVista, which she ran successfully till it was acquired by British publishing giant Pearson. 


    Before founding Portea, Meena also served Pearson India as the chief executive officer and managing director. 


    With her incredible career and achievements, she also became part of Fortune India’s ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Indian Business’ from 2015 to 2021.


    In today’s episode, we talk with Meena about her entrepreneurial journey so far, learnings from building a healthcare startup in India and why even getting two large exists previously, she still thinks that journey with her third venture Portea is the most satisfying in terms of learnings. 



    Notes - 
    01:36 - Intro
    02:04 - Family background & what got Meena into entrepreneurship
    08:02 - Brainstorming Ideas during the conception of Portea
    12:46 - Milestones after Series A till date
    17:53 - Her thoughts on the notion that - “It’s difficult to create money from healthcare & health-tech startups”
    21:36 - Zoho Sponsored – Prashant Ganti on Where do founders struggle with Payroll and how can they fix it?
    22:37 - How has the pricing model evolved at Portea?
    24:06 - Learnings from building in healthcare in India
    27:14 - How has she grown as a founder during her entrepreneurial journey?
    30:04 - Her fundraising journey at Portea
    30:33 - Balancing investor-founder relation over the course of a startup’s journey
    32:07 - Managing her time between GrowthStory, Portea and home


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    • 34 min.
    Building a Category Creating Startup in India ft Vijay Arisetty, Founder & CEO, MyGate

    Building a Category Creating Startup in India ft Vijay Arisetty, Founder & CEO, MyGate

    In startup ecosystem a lot of people talk about Category creating startups, but it is equally difficult and as it sounds glamorous and exciting. 




    That’s possibly the reason why we don’t see a lot such Category creating startups around us very frequently. And even if they do come up, they don’t sustain very long. 




    In today’s episode we are talking with Vijay Arisetty, Founder, MyGate, i.e. a category creating startup in its space. 




    As of now MyGate cators to almost 4 Million+ homes across India. It is very likely that you would have interacted with MyGate directly, as its installed in your society or indirectly probably when you would have visited to meet a friend or family in a gated community, and you would have experienced the seamless flow it brings to gates of these gated communities.




    During the episode, catch Vijay sharing what all challenges and opportunities did they come across being a category creating startup in terms of hiring, what to offer to its customers, how to monetize better and much more. 




    Notes - 


    01:51 - Intro


    03:11 - Family Background and joining the Armed Forces


    06:55 - His first startup - PurpleRoad in the Delivery space


    08:19 - Aha moment which led to starting MyGate?


    11:53 - Final Scale with his logistics startup and initial scale at MyGate before first funding


    14:48 - Challenges during the first funding round being a category creator


    21:25 - Zoho Sponsored – Prashant Ganti on Where do founders struggle with Payroll and how can they fix it?


    23:13 - Current and operationally capable scale of MyGate


    24:56 - Evolution of monetary channels


    29:48 - Challenges during their 0 to 1 journey and then in 1 to 10 journey


    37:36 - Existential crisis prior to first round of funding


    42:13 - Journey from Series A to Series B and beyond


    44:55 - How were the two years of Covid for MyGate?


    49:02 - Similarities between being in the Armed Forces and being an Entrepreneur


    54:08 - 30 Million homes untapped market by MyGate



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    • 59 min.
    Building A SaaS Behemoth From India And Then Expanding Globally ft. Yamini Bhat, Co-founder & CEO, Vymo

    Building A SaaS Behemoth From India And Then Expanding Globally ft. Yamini Bhat, Co-founder & CEO, Vymo

    In Sales the stakes are high. And for company’s growth it is important to get it right.


    Thanks to multiple options of Sales engagement softwares which streamlines the sales process through integrations which enables companies to combine their sales and marketing efforts to create personalized and automated sales journeys.


    In today's episode of 100x Entrepreneur, we have with us Yamini Bhat, Co-founder & CEO, Vymo; i.e An intelligent sales engagement platform for financial institutions.


    Started in 2013, Vymo is used by 300,000+ Sales Reps across 65+ Enterprises such as HDFC Bank, SBI Life Insurance, and Sun Life Financial among others.


    While most SaaS startups go global from Day 1, Vymo is one of the few Indian SaaS companies which scaled to more than $10M ARR with India Enterprises as clients.


    During the episode, catch Yamini sharing why did they chose to focus on BFSI, how did they brought awareness for both their team and customers about their product and much more. 


    Notes - 
    01:33 - Intro
    03:05 - Career background in Sales Transformation at Mckinsey which led her to Vymo
    06:48 - Family background and getting into BITS Pilani & IIM Bangalore?
    14:58 - Quitting Mckinsey and identifying the problem statement to startup
    17:29 - Till Series-A being focused on a horizontal solution
    20:53 - Zoho Sponsored – Prashant Ganti on Where do founders struggle with Payroll and how can they fix it?
    23:04 - Milestones during Vymo’s journey
    26:26 - Key challenges with team and customers early-on
    28:56 - Convincing the first few BFSI customers for an average contract value of $350K
    31:54 - Building a SaaS behemoth from India and then expanding globally
    36:16 - Her 0 to $10 Million ARR playbook for SaaS-entrepreneurs in India


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    • 41 min.
    The Biggest Mistake Founders Make After Funding and The Investing Lessons for Pre-seed ft. Rajiv Srivatsa & Nitin Sharma, Antler India

    The Biggest Mistake Founders Make After Funding and The Investing Lessons for Pre-seed ft. Rajiv Srivatsa & Nitin Sharma, Antler India

    As per a recent article,“About 60% of companies that reach pre-series A funding fail to make it to Series A, so the success rate is only 30%-40%.”


    Infact if you check on Crunchbase, in India you’ll find 4300+ startups at Pre-seed or Seed-stage, but only 600+ out of them have managed to reach Series-A, which bring the success rate to even lower at just 15%. 
     
    Apart from this, even in the entire Indian startup ecosystem, there are so many Product Managers, Ex-founders, and many more, who either have an idea around a Problem-statement, but don’t know how to proceed or there are students in college, who are amazed by the startup ecosystem, and want to take their early step, but afraid on how to take the next step. 


    In order to solve this we have with us our guest of this episode, Rajiv Srivatsa & Nitin Sharma, Antler India. 


    Antler unlike most VC firms bets on the startup ideas at Pre-seed stage with their Antler India Residency or in some cases even earlier with college students via Antler India Fellowship.


    During the episode, catch Rajiv & Nitin sharing their First Principles approach and what infrastructure they are building at Antler India to make the founders succeed considering the time constraints at Pre-seed stage and much more. 


    Notes - 
    03:50 - Intro
    04:44 - Why did they choose to build Antler India? 
    09:35 - How did Antler happen? 
    12:02 - Why kind of institutional mindset do they bring in? 
    16:18 - How do they balance the equation of a Founder’s optimism & a VC’s pessimism between them?
    18:22 - Background around Antler’s India Portfolio over the last 18+ months
    22:08 - Zoho Sponsored – Prashant Ganti on Where do founders struggle with Payroll and how can they fix it?
    23:47 - What’s their approach and what’s the general cheque size? 
    29:48 - Learnings from the Ups & Downs in Urban Ladder Journey
    33:28 - Focusing on building around core foundational use-cases during times of crisis
    38:18 - Keeping founders from falling in love with the product and not the actual problem-story
    42:12 - Examples of building PeakPerformer & Bookee with Antler
    46:47 - How & when do founders get distracted after funding?
    50:08 - When do founders have the best chances of succeeding at Seed-stage?


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    • 54 min.
    Leveraging YouTube Community To Build a 100 Cr SaaS Company ft Varun Mayya, Founder, Scenes

    Leveraging YouTube Community To Build a 100 Cr SaaS Company ft Varun Mayya, Founder, Scenes

    Varun Mayya was in college when he along with his friends started up a t-shirt manufacturing business called SIZR. Later on, he went into building a recruitment platform, Jobspire. And they were one of the youngest teams to raise venture capital of Rs 1.7 crore even before they graduated, and scaled the company to serve 4 million requests in 2016. In 2017, they sold Jobspire to a New York-based company.


    Varun also authored a book named Pyjama Profit which is a guide for millennials to get started with an online freelance practice, while developing the skills needed to succeed.


    Along with running a youtube channel, Varun also co-founded Scenes, a community platform for creators to manage, moderate, and monetize their communities in one place. 

    Scenes has raised funds from some notable investors including Kunal Shah, Gaurav Munjal, Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Tanmay Bhat as well Tanglin Ventures, Better Capital, Whiteboard Capital, iSeed Ventures, and Blume Founders Fund.


    Tune in to this insightful episode with Varun to learn about building a brand, processes around content creation, and leveraging your youtube channel to scale your business. 

    Notes – 
    03:10 – Intro
    04:05 – His journey before entrepreneurship
    06:49 – Getting introduced to oDesk (now Upwork) via his mother and earning his first $100
    09:10 – Starting a visual version of Naukri in fourth year of college
    11:09 – Writing an Amazon Bestseller Book – “Pyjama Profit: The Millennial’s Guide to a Sustainable Freelance Career” 
    12:48 – Starting Avalon Scenes
    18:07 – Two rounds of funding for building a community space
    19:22 – Top clients and why do they use Scenes?
    22:11 – Zoho Sponsored – Prashant Ganti on Where do founders struggle with Payroll and how can they fix it?
    24:09 – What excites him the most about Scenes? 
    26:40 – Solving a problem really well v/s Building a large business
    28:41 – What’s their longterm goal with Scenes? 
    33:02 – Can Scenes eventually replace Discord? 
    34:36 – Why he continues to a creator with Scenes growing? 
    41:25 – Learnings on YouTube and Twitter around content creation
    46:15 – One of his best videos on YouTube
    52:44 – “I think we live in a trust-deficient economy and content is the only way to beat it.”
     
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    • 1 u.
    Principles of Product Led Growth ft. Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder & CEO , Nutanix & DevRev

    Principles of Product Led Growth ft. Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder & CEO , Nutanix & DevRev

    According to a recent article in Forbes, as per data of ProductLedGrowth.org,“Buyers want to self-educate.” 


    Personalization is expected by customers—not only are 80% of people more likely to do business with a company that offers personalization but Salesforce’s 2017 State of Marketing Report found that 52% of B2C customers would actually switch brands if they weren’t getting a personalized experience. 


    In today’s episode we’ve some Dheeraj Pandey, CEO at DevRev; Board Member at Adobe; Investor & Co-founder at Nutanix. 


    During the episode, catch Dheeraj sharing his experience around Product-Led Growth over the past two decades, taking Nutanix Inc. public within 6 years of inceptio and much more. 


    Notes - 
    01:44 - Intro
    02:26 - Achieving Product Market Fit - “What is the journey is not a destination.”
    05:15 - Identifying the problem statement for first 10 customer at Nutanix
    07:54 - Main value prop by Nutanix for early customers
    10:11 - How to identify large problems?
    13:22 - Whether to find a niche problem and then expand or find a problem statement of the larger market?
    15:07 - What’s the first Aha moment for customers on DevRev?
    20:04 - Zoho Sponsored - Prashant Ganti on Where do founders struggle with Payroll and how can they fix it?
    21:18 - Why have Startups as the target audience v/s Large Entreprises?
    27:10 - History of Product-led growth
    32:50 - First principle thought behind Product-led growth with velocity
    37:49 - Customer Relationship Management v/s Sales First Automation
    39:07 - How a B2B developer can think like a B2C developer?
    40:23 - What are risks of failure they need to think about?
    41:40 - Building an entrepreneurial culture
    43:47 - Dealing with the most difficult part of an acquisition (i.e. Integration)
    45:38 - An early childhood in Patna, graduating from IIT Kanpur & Ph.D. dropout from University of Texas
    50:33 - Why did he chose to startup in a downturn of 2009?
    54:07 - Milestones in Nutanix’s journey
    58:31 - Becoming a Public company
    59:58 - Aspirations for DevRev
    1:02:29 - What kind of person he is in his personal life?

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    • 1 u. 9 min.

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