First Principles is a fortnightly interview podcast comprising authentic, candid, and insightful conversations between some of India’s most accomplished founders and business leaders, and Rohin Dharmakumar, The Ken’s CEO & co-founder.
From personal philosophies, mental models and decision making frameworks, to reading habits, parenting styles or personal interests, each episode will delve into what makes each of these leaders unique.
Amrish Rau of Pine Labs talks about the differences between being a founder and a CEO
Building to exit and building to last, and corporate versus startup culture.
Vineeta Singh of SUGAR Cosmetics talks about building products, educating consumers, and focusing on the long term
Building SUGAR Cosmetics into what it is today was a tumultuous journey, one that exposes a lot of the lenses that Vineeta uses to look at the world around her.
Razorpay CEO Harshil Mathur talks about deliberate culture, building to a need, and the principles of product development
Razorpay, as defined by it's CEO and co-founder Harshil Mathur, is India's first full-stack financial solutions company. What that truly means, and how it came about is what this episode is all about
Learnability, curiosity, and brand building; Ex-Myntra CEO and Mensa Brands founder Ananth Narayanan gets candid
Learnability can get you wherever you want to go with your business, believe Ananth Narayanan of Mensa Brands. s
InMobi founder Naveen Tewari gets candid about survival, innovation, and playing the game by changing the rules
Naveen Tewari believes trends are gone the moment you see someone address them, external validation is immaterial for world changing ideas, and that building businesses is a long term game, much longer than a decade.
Nithin Kamath of Zerodha candidly talks about building his bootstrapped business, weighing risks, and finding opportunities
Zerodha Co-Founder Nithin Kamath shares some little known yet fascinating insights about the company, how he built it, and what drives him today