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Our mission is to share start up stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. This podcast is co-hosted by Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi.

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Our mission is to share start up stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. This podcast is co-hosted by Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi.

    E14: Becoming the DTC Guy, Angel Investing & Generating $100M in Revenue with Nik Sharma of Sharma Brands

    E14: Becoming the DTC Guy, Angel Investing & Generating $100M in Revenue with Nik Sharma of Sharma Brands

    In today’s episode we speak to Nik Sharma, CEO of Sharma Brands. Nik is known as the ‘DTC Guy’ (DTC being Direct to Consumer) and he is widely considered as an expert in the field and has helped generate over $100m in online revenue.

    Sharma Brands is a strategic initiatives firm working with a wide range of brands to help grow and scale revenue across digital platforms. They have worked with brands such as Rocnation, Jim Beam Whisky and The Pill Club.

    Nik has received a lot of recognition in the field and is one of AdWeek’s Young & Influential and a Forbes 30 under 30. Nik has developed a loyal following through his weekly newsletter where he discusses DTC as well as on Twitter as an influencer where he has over 135k followers.

    As well as a DTC and e-commerce expert, Nik is also a very active investor in early stage businesses and has invested in more than 50 companies to date.



    Nik Sharma: https://www.nik.co/



    Episode recorded in April 2022



    Business Over Chai Resources

    Our mission is to share startup stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. #businessoverchai

    Co-hosts: Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi

    - Website: https://www.businessoverchai.com/

    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/businessoverchai/

    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessoverchai

    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/business-over-chai-podcast

    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizoverchai

    - Linktree: https://linktr.ee/businessoverchai



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    • 46 min
    E13: Disrupting the $60 Billion Sports Sponsorship Market with CEO Ishveen Jolly of OpenSponsorship

    E13: Disrupting the $60 Billion Sports Sponsorship Market with CEO Ishveen Jolly of OpenSponsorship

    In today’s episode, we speak to Ishveen Jolly, Founder and CEO of OpenSponsorship – the largest two-sided global marketplace for sports sponsorship.

    Ishveen talks us through how she left the consulting world to follow her love for sports and make that her career. She decided to uproot and move to India and found herself working with the Mumbai Indians IPL Team and big brands such as Hero Honda.

    She spotted an opportunity in the sports sponsorship market for a cross border global marketplace and founded OpenSponsorship. Today, OpenSponsorship is the largest marketplace connecting brands and smart marketers to over 12,000 professional athletes worldwide. They use analytical insights AI and proprietary algorithms to leverage technology and data to create meaningful partnerships and revolutionise the sports sponsorship model.

    OpenSponsorship has completed over 10,000 deals through the platform, covering over 160 sports in 120 countries highlighting their global reach. Athletes on the OpenSponsorship platform include the likes of Tiger Woods, Karim Benzema, MS Dhoni and Caroline Wozniacki, and they work with brands such as Foot Locker, Time Inc and Levi’s. Investors of OpenSponsorship include Serena Williams and David Blitzer, owner of NBA team Philadelphia 76ers, and co-owner of Crystal Palace Football Club.

    In our conversation we also discuss the challenges Ishveen has faced in her journey along with what is next for OpenSponsorship where she feels an opportunity also exists in the music industry.

    OpenSponsorship: https://opensponsorship.com/

    Episode recorded in March 2022

    Business Over Chai Resources

    Our mission is to share startup stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. #businessoverchai

    Co-hosts: Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi

    - Website: https://www.businessoverchai.com/

    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/businessoverchai/

    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessoverchai

    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/business-over-chai-podcast

    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizoverchai

    - Linktree: https://linktr.ee/businessoverchai

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    • 46 min
    E12: Quitting my Job, Starting a Business & Winning 14 Awards with Parm Bhangal

    E12: Quitting my Job, Starting a Business & Winning 14 Awards with Parm Bhangal

    In today’s episode, we speak to award winning Parm Bhangal - Founder of Bhangal’s Construction Consultants which started in 2010 providing quantity surveying, estimating and project management services.

    Parm quickly recognised a second gap in the market which led him to opening his second business, My Build Estimate, providing online estimating services to private clients, builders merchants and professionals in the construction industry.

    Parm has won fourteen awards through various organisations including Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 in the SME National Business Awards and Small Business of the Year also in 2019 in the SME Northamptonshire Business awards.

    In our conversation we also go on to discuss the book he has written which is aimed at helping people with small business success and we also talk about a new venture that he is about to launch in the food industry.

    More recently, Parm has launched his business coaching business which aims to help people in the construction and property business through his Mastermind events and One to One coaching.

    Bhangals Construction Consultants: https://www.bhangals.co.uk/

    Parm Bhangal: https://www.parmbhangal.co.uk/

    Episode recorded on September 2021

    Business Over Chai Resources

    Our mission is to share startup stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. #businessoverchai

    Co-hosts: Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi

    - Website: https://www.businessoverchai.com/

    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/businessoverchai/

    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessoverchai

    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/business-over-chai-podcast

    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizoverchai

    - Linktree: https://linktr.ee/businessoverchai

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    • 57 min
    E11: Why your Favourite Colour could land you our Next Job with Ganesh Iyer of dotin Inc

    E11: Why your Favourite Colour could land you our Next Job with Ganesh Iyer of dotin Inc

    In today’s episode we’re speaking to Ganesh Iyer, founder and CEO of Dotin. Dotin is a B2B AI talent analytics platform that helps in sourcing, screening and engaging talent in real-time, without asking any questions but using concepts such as Colour Theory and Natural Language Processing. Dotin has said to increase hiring efficiency by 60 percent and significantly increase productivity by 2.5x. Dotin has been internationally recognised in many awards and initiatives including being a SalesForce Demo Jam Finalist and being included as a Top 25 Disruptive HR solutions company by CIO review magazine in 2018.

    Ganesh was born in Mumbai and studied at IIT, before moving to the US where he continued studies at Binghamton university, San Jose State and Stanford university.

    Ganesh started his professional career as an engineer, before moving into business oriented roles at Cisco Systems. This led him to understand the problems in talent acquisition and retention which inspired him founding Dotin.



    Dotin: https://dotin.us



    Business Over Chai Resources

    Our mission is to share startup stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. #businessoverchai

    Co-hosts: Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi

    - Website: https://www.businessoverchai.com/

    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/businessoverchai/

    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessoverchai

    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/business-over-chai-podcast

    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizoverchai

    - Linktree: https://linktr.ee/businessoverchai



    Give us a review!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 star review wherever you're listening! Don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with your friends and family!

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    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are of the guest and/or co-hosts and are not representative views held by employers or other related parties.

    • 52 min
    E10: Building a Business from Zero to $160M with Srikanth Velamakanni CEO of Fractal Analytics

    E10: Building a Business from Zero to $160M with Srikanth Velamakanni CEO of Fractal Analytics

    In today’s episode we have Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder, Group Chief Executive & Vice-Chairman of Fractal Analytics, a multinational analytics and AI company serving the largest businesses across the globe.

    Having graduated from both IIT and IIM, Srikanth started his career in Investment Banking, before collectively deciding with friends that entrepreneurship was their true calling. Not having a business idea or concept in mind, Srikanth went back to his passion of mathematics and human behaviour to develop the idea of using data to make better informed decisions.

    Founded in 2000, Fractal Analytics was ahead of its time being one of the first pure-play analytics companies. From having to convince their first customer to engage with them for free, Fractal Analytics today is a $160m revenue company with 2,100 employees worldwide.

    In this episode, Srikanth touches on the difficulties of launching his business as well as the sacrifices he made from a financial and emotional perspective. We also discuss mentorship and common mistakes he sees founders repeating, as well as the important topic of mental health issues that entrepreneurs face.



    Fractal Analytics: https://fractal.ai/



    Business Over Chai Resources

    Our mission is to share startup stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. #businessoverchai



    Co-hosts: Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi



    - Website: https://www.businessoverchai.com/

    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/businessoverchai/

    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessoverchai

    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/business-over-chai-podcast

    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizoverchai

    - Linktree: https://linktr.ee/businessoverchai



    Give us a review!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 star review wherever you're listening! Don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with your friends and family!

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    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are of the guest and/or co-hosts and are not representative views held by employers or other related parties.

    • 54 min
    E9: Rebranding BritAsia TV to Reach 1 Million Monthly Viewers with Tony Shergill

    E9: Rebranding BritAsia TV to Reach 1 Million Monthly Viewers with Tony Shergill

    In today’s episode we are speaking to Gursevak Shergil, also known as Tony, who is the CEO of BritAsia TV. BritAsia TV is a popular TV channel, targeting the young Asian demographic, broadcasting on Sky and FreeView in the UK, as well as expanding to India, Canada, Europe and Africa.

    Tony’s first foray into the world of TV and Media came when he launched Sikh Channel, the first TV channel dedicated to Sikhs in the world. He then held various senior roles at broadcasting organisations including Sikh TV before wanting to explore TV from a cultural perspective which led him to bid for and successfully purchase BritAsia TV.

    BritAsia TV has grown from 100,000 viewers from when Tony took over to over 1m viewers per month and is popular for its dedication to Asian and Urban Music, latest entertainment news, interviews and chat shows.

    Tony also held the first Punjabi Film Awards outside of India, held at Grosvenor House on Park Lane. Tony is a big believer in supporting local communities, and has recently launched BritAsia Fund, a project born during the Pandemic which aims to teach and guide start-up businesses and develop a roadmap for entrepreneurs to realise their ambitions and dreams.



    BritAsia TV: https://britasia.tv/



    Business Over Chai Resources

    Our mission is to share startup stories that will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs across the South Asian community. #businessoverchai



    Co-hosts: Andy Paul & Sunny Nagi



    - Website: https://www.businessoverchai.com/

    - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/businessoverchai/

    - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/businessoverchai

    - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/business-over-chai-podcast

    - Twitter: https://twitter.com/bizoverchai

    - Linktree: https://linktr.ee/businessoverchai



    Give us a review!

    If you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5 star review wherever you're listening! Don't forget to subscribe and share this podcast with your friends and family!



    Disclaimer

    The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are of the guest and/or co-hosts and are not representative views held by employers or other related parties.

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