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Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going.
It’s a fast talking, no holds barred take on everything and anything around the world of business!

Think Fast with Varun and Suchita IVM Podcasts

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Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going.
It’s a fast talking, no holds barred take on everything and anything around the world of business!

    Minimalist VS Ordinary, Revlon Files for Bankruptcy, & SonyLIV's Success Story

    Minimalist VS Ordinary, Revlon Files for Bankruptcy, & SonyLIV's Success Story

    In this week's episode of MidweekMadness, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing Elon Musk's All Hands with the Twitter fam, Ashneer Grover being back in the StartUp scene, Extra-Marital Dating App Gleeden thriving in India, Tencent buying Binny Bansal's Flipkart stake, a game show inspired by Squid Game, and Chaayos's latest funding.
    Varun gives us the details of the IPL Media Rights Auction- key players and winners, Suchita looks into Revlon's recent filing for bankruptcy and what happens to Minimalist now that Ordinary has launched in India, and a recent thread by Dukaan's lead criticizing Shopify and some discussion around its truth and approach, SonyLIV recently celebrated 2 years and saw phenomenal growth- so a dive into the strategy and numbers, and a look at how startups are solving for ED and the likes, and tackling taboos and awkward conversations.
    Suchita recommends the Netflix Docu on JLo named  'HalfTime'
    Varun recommends some playtime with kids.
    Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.
    You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi
    You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan
    Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.
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    Physicswallah, Sustainable Tourism, Hustle Culture & Kyra

    Physicswallah, Sustainable Tourism, Hustle Culture & Kyra

    This time Midweek Madness begins by discussing the weather of Mumbai & Delhi, and whether Elon Musk bought Twitter or not. Further, they talk about Cred's rising valuation, Gucci taking China seriously, UPI befriending Credit cards, India's love for Puma, the proposed 4 day work week in the UK, and some interesting advertisements.
    Varun & Suchita Think Fast about India's fresh unicorn- Physicswallah and their noble & humble business venture, Purplle's gradual growth, and recent funding; also Pepper Content's business model and them raising decent capital for expansion, Raj Shamani's Twitter post and the callout to toxic hustle culture, Meta-influencer Kyra's adventures on Instagram, & the rise of sustainable tourism in India.
    Suchita recommends a book and a band:
    Book: Anna by Amy Odell
    Band: Girlhood ('It Might Take A Woman' & 'The Love I Need')
    Varun Recommends Taking a Holiday.
    If you have any questions or feedback, please check us out on the below channels.
    You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi
    You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan
    Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.
    You can follow IVM Podcasts on social media. We are @IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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    • 55 min
    Ola's Fall, Dream 11's Rise, & Sheryl Sandberg's Exit from Meta

    Ola's Fall, Dream 11's Rise, & Sheryl Sandberg's Exit from Meta

    Varun & Suchita begin this week by remembering KK & his music and discussing the Amber Heard- Johny Depp verdict. They further talk about Spotify's White Noise Podcasts and their popularity, Blue Tokai's launch in Japan, the controversial Layer Shots Perfume ads, and some Zomato stats.
    Further in the episode, they 'Think Fast' about Sheryl Sandberg's 14-year journey in Meta and the news of her exit; Urban Company's business and how it is going strong- the changes made in their MO to accommodate pandemic induced challenges, and striving to build an ethical and sustainable business model; Dream 11- rise in popularity, usage, and revenue; Ola's struggles with juggling the Cab & EV verticals and it's way downward; and Country Delight's recent funding and a look into the company's business.
    Tune in for all this and much more.
    Varun recommends a playlist on Spotify: 'Nature Stroll'
    Suchita Recommends a podcast episode: Invest like the Best ft. Ashwath Damodaran.
    If you have any questions or feedback, please check us out on the below channels.
    You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi
    You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan
    Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.
    You can follow IVM Podcasts on social media. We are @IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
    You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android or iOS.

    • 55 min
    Sequoia's Heads Up to Founders, Boutique Searches, & Podcasting Hits a Billion$

    Sequoia's Heads Up to Founders, Boutique Searches, & Podcasting Hits a Billion$

    In this week's episode of Think Fast, Suchita begins by telling us about her recent getaway to Srinagar & Varun starts with the closing of IPL 2022. Further, they chat about the Dolce & Gabbana partnered Kourtney & Travis wedding, Balenciaga X Adidas collab, Vir Das' new Beer, NYT Article about Glossier CEO, and much more.
    This week's analyses include how the future of search is boutique, dwindling Social Commerce, the Podcast industry hitting the $1Billion mark, Sequoia's presentation informing founders of the startup winter, the fallout of Metaversity's co-founders, and an apparent rift in Udaan's top management, and Adam Neuman's startup.
    Suchita Recommends a vacation to Srinagar and a stay at Qayam Gah.

    Varun recommends watching Top Gun Maverick on the Big Screen.
    Article: The Future of Search is Boutique
    Article: Sequoia's Warning
    You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi
    You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan
    Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.
    You can follow IVM Podcasts on social media. We are @IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.
    You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android or iOS.

    • 54 min
    Only Fans, What's Next For D2C, & Community Biz ft. BlissClub

    Only Fans, What's Next For D2C, & Community Biz ft. BlissClub

    On Think Fast this week, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing the Twitter sting operation and how the company has been in the news for some time now, and not for the best reasons. Further, they talk about Jack Ma pulling out of PayTM & Ankiti Bose getting fired from Zilingo.
    Suchita's stories include Community Led business featuring BlissClub- is it a reliable and sustainable business model; Exploring D2C businesses in India and segments with growth potential including kids' health, sexual health, lifestyle management, etc, and exploring Masstige brands in India- their present-day standing and the corresponding evolution of the Indian consumer.
    Varun tells us about Only Fans- how adult creators have found comfort in the platform but how that also has been giving them a sort of, negative image; Smytten's latest funding from Fireside Ventures, and how small cities have been driving Multiplex growth.
    Varun recommends exploring the old school in a time when new, innovative (and digital) designs are the norm.
    Suchita recommends a newsletter 'Lean Luxe'
    You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi
    You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan
    Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.
    You can follow IVM Podcasts on social media. We are @IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.
    You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the new and improved IVM Podcasts App on Android or iOS.

    • 59 min
    StartUp Winter, Lady Gaga VS Skims, & Patreon's Creator Survey

    StartUp Winter, Lady Gaga VS Skims, & Patreon's Creator Survey

    In this week's episode of Think Fast, hosts Varun & Suchita begin by telling us about Ather Energy securing funding, Apple's latest hire- an ex-Ford employee, some more Elon Musk, First Cry delaying their IPO, and how White Hat Jr's employees quit on being called to the office.
    Further, Suchita deep dives into the rise of Athleisure and its foray into sub-segments like activewear, Tennis wear, and so on, the Sneakers market and how it's been growing and attracting not just the millennials but the older folks as well, how Jens and Emma Grede have been accelerating Celebrity led brands including the likes of the Kardashians, and Lady Gaga relaunching her own brand after a tryst with bad timing and decisions.
    Varun looks at a creator survey led by Patreon and its interesting insights, the peak of Start-up winter with brands like Swiggy, Zomato, and Meesho slowing down to conserve cash, and Instagram's foray into NFTs.
    Tune in for all this and more.
    Suchita Recommends a book: Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell
    (https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Biography-Amy-Odell/dp/1982122633)
    And a show: Bling Empire Season 2
    (https://www.netflix.com/watch/81039144?source=35)
    Varun recommends a show: The Lincoln Lawyer
    (https://www.netflix.com/watch/81335096?source=35&trackId=254743534)
    You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi
    You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan
    Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.
    (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbtHHMZ_01TyL3kXhJV4Ddg)
    You can follow IVM Podcasts on social media. We are @IVMPodcasts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.
    You can listen to this show and othe

    • 56 min

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