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The Insights podcast is about tech, markets, startups, and stories which helps you to learn how to go about building your startup. We feature Industry Experts, Founders, VC's, Authors and Leaders of various sectors.

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The Insights podcast is about tech, markets, startups, and stories which helps you to learn how to go about building your startup. We feature Industry Experts, Founders, VC's, Authors and Leaders of various sectors.

This podcast is hosted by Anand Daniel, a partner at Accel India. Click on get notified button above to get all updates of Accel directly to your Mail & Whatsapp.

    INSIGHTS #50 - Mukesh Bansal on leveraging physical & mental fitness to achieve peak performance

    INSIGHTS #50 - Mukesh Bansal on leveraging physical & mental fitness to achieve peak performance

    The 50th episode of Insights Podcast sees the return of Mukesh Bansal, founder of Cure.Fit and author of ‘No Limits: The Art and Science of High Performance’.

    To learn more about Mukesh’s decade long entrepreneurship journey and the key habits that have helped him along the way, tune in to the latest episode of the Insights Podcast by Accel

    • 30 min
    INSIGHTS #49 - The state of the VC ecosystem amidst COVID-19 crisis: Prashanth Prakash & Subrata Mitra

    INSIGHTS #49 - The state of the VC ecosystem amidst COVID-19 crisis: Prashanth Prakash & Subrata Mitra

    In this episode, we hear from Subrata Mitra and Prashanth Prakash, founding partners of Accel who were entrepreneurs before and have seen other downturns in the past, on their take on the COVID situation and how it impacts the VC ecosystem

    Spotify link - https://open.spotify.com/episode/3wjVYeWvKxSu4OXqRUH5oE?si=uf_n6B5-TO2kfOWjf_A6CA
    Apple link - https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/insights-49-state-vc-ecosystem-amidst-covid-19-crisis/id1364412685?i=1000471763298

    To learn more about what you can do as a founder to steer your business to survival through these challenging times, tune in to the latest episode of the Insights Podcast by Accel

    • 38 min
    INSIGHTS #48 - How to pick the right idea and launch your SaaS startup?: Shekhar Kirani & Krish Subramanian

    INSIGHTS #48 - How to pick the right idea and launch your SaaS startup?: Shekhar Kirani & Krish Subramanian

    In this episode, Shekhar and Krish dive deeper into the best practices for building a SaaS company out of India.

    Spotify link - https://open.spotify.com/episode/6yCTPk0XdLgpz48vTEEoDP?si=RuexumS9ROiiGHlWA213aw

    Apple link - https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/insights-48-how-to-pick-right-idea-launch-your-saas/id1364412685?i=1000470546923

    Shekhar and Krish share learnings on the important tips to keep in mind for founders looking to build a large SaaS company: spending time on market research to identify the right opportunity in your area of interest, validating the problem through multiple customer interviews, building strong context on the problem before building the MVP and having the willingness to pay conversation early on.

    The podcast is filled with analogies and examples from Shekhar and Krish’s more than decade-long experience in SaaS.

    To learn more about things you need to get right to be successful in building a large SaaS company, tune in to the latest episode of the Insights Podcast by Accel

    • 37 min
    INSIGHTS#47 - How are Startups dealing with the COVID-19 situation?

    INSIGHTS#47 - How are Startups dealing with the COVID-19 situation?

    How are Indian Startups dealing with the COVID-19 situation?

    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/episode/01aczfQ3548tA21xJW6pGX

    Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/insights-podcast-series/id1364412685

    This is a special podcast episode that deals with the tough situation that the world is facing today amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and features how the startup ecosystem in India is responding to it.

    • 46 min
    INSIGHTS#46 - Building SaaS business out of India for the global market: Shekhar Kirani & Krish Subramanian

    INSIGHTS#46 - Building SaaS business out of India for the global market: Shekhar Kirani & Krish Subramanian

    Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/show/1YQdnQ50mmenzWVA2MBsQy

    Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/insights-podcast-series/id1364412685

    We are back with the #InsightsPodcast series, and in this episode, we learn about Software-as-a-Service a.k.a. SaaS from none other than Shekhar Kirani and Krish Subramanian. Shekhar is a Partner at Accel, focuses on early-stage investments in SaaS and has been involved with Freshworks, Chargebee, Zenoti, ANSR among others. Krish is the co-founder and CEO of Chargebee, which specializes in subscription management and billing. Chargebee today serves customers in 53 countries and processes over 3 billion dollars of annual invoicing by managing millions of subscriptions around the world. Bootstrapped for initial 1.5 years, Chargebee has raised $39 million over the last six years and is comprised of a 400 member strong team based out of 4 countries.

    • 39 min
    INSIGHTS #45 - 2019 Roundup - 12 Insights for Founders

    INSIGHTS #45 - 2019 Roundup - 12 Insights for Founders

    In the first episode of 2020's #InsightsPodcast series, we take a look back to round up the learnings that 2019’s series left us with.We kick-start 2020’s #InsightsPodcast series with a special episode that offers a quick roundup of our 2019 podcasts and presents the top 12 highly recommended insights for entrepreneurs.
    Finding the right opportunity
    The bare essential task of identifying the right opportunity is something that every founding team must go through.
    1.Farid Ahsan of Sharechat shares how he and his co-founders went about discovering the idea. “We started observing why people were making WhatsApp groups and sharing content on them.”
    2.Ritesh Arora of Browserstack shares the importance of thinking global from early on, helping expand the opportunity set for the startup.
    3.Kunal Shah of Cred shares his framework on how startups can validate whether their idea is creating a delta change in consumer behaviour and emphasises the importance of picking a market opportunity with good tailwinds. “Great product-market fits even with mediocre founders create a lot of value while terrible product-market fits with great founders can never create value. Fighting headwinds only burns fuel.” Building a team and culture to go after that idea The team forms the building block of any organisation and is an integral contributor to the success of a startup. A good culture keeps the team motivated to keep going after the problem.
    4.Naveen Tewari of Inmobi talks about the importance of having a co-founder in the roller-coaster of a journey that entrepreneurship comprises. “Most of the moments in the journey are low moments. The co-founder’s role is to bring you out of these low moments that you’re in and vice versa.”
    5.Binny Bansal of Flipkart shares about the importance of being willing to ‘let go’ and empowering your team. “We realised that only way to scale the company was to hire people like us, to do the things that we do - there were going to be hundreds of things to do and we would need hundreds of people would need to work like we work, every day.”
    6.Girish Mathrubootham of Freshworks talks about focusing about culture and building a work environment that motivates and inspires the team. “Anybody can create a happy work environment, but the real happiness is when people really feel that they’re playing to their strengths, the job is tapping their potential and giving them an opportunity to learn, and that they have managers who they see as role models.” Raising money and building a sustainable company With a boundless vision comes the need to find the right support, and finding the right investor can really help a startup.
    7.Harsh Jain of Dream11 talks about the advantage of meeting investors ahead of fundraising. “Meet VCs six months or a year before raising money and get honest, open feedback. When the journey and progress is shared with VCs, they’re much more vested.” 8. Deep Kalra of Makemytrip talks about the importance of unit economics and scaling sustainably. “Irrespective of the kind of business, you should not be losing money on a variable cost basis.” Key lessons for founders’ growth In the greater scheme of the startup journey, the founder’s individual self often gets ignored. Here are some key insights on keeping a founder’s growth on track. 9. Shradha Sharma of YourStory talks about the founder’s growth journey being more internal and how entrepreneurship is a journey of patience and perseverance. “You have to internally reflect very deeply on what you want.” 10. Nandan Nilekani of Infosys and the man behind the Aadhaar programme talks about the importance of being execution-focused. 11. Ritesh Agarwal of Oyo talks about the importance of perseverance. 12. Dheeraj Pandey of Nutanix shares his valuable insights on balancing family life along with runn

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

saketms ,

This one feels so real

Anand Daniel is doing an amazing job. His approach is less like Q&A, more of a conversation. Also the focus on entrepreneurs from Indian ecosystem was a gap that is now filled with this podcast series. Thank you so much for this.

Constructive
1. There have been couple of times when the sound quality is not as par with other podcasts. Getting good quality setup will go long way :)
2. Spending more time on ‘why’ of decision making
3. Recommend books, podcasts, leaders from the guests

Best of luck Anand

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