The Takeaway Club is the home for conversations hosted by Krishna with friends and guests including entrepreneurs, actors, writers, professionals and beyond.
Ep #31 Decoding the Ultrahuman hype w/ Mohit Kumar| Ultrahuman
If you are an active Twitter user or a fitness enthusiast, you would have come across Ultrahuman at least once in the last few months. In their own words, Ultrahuman is the world's most advanced metabolic fitness platform to help improve your diet and exercise based on glucose biomarkers.
Like a lot of us, I've also been in complete awe of the Ultrahuman hype train which has an army of cyborgs who are also its biggest ambassadors.
There are only two other brands I can think of which brings about such fierce loyalty from its users - the OG Apple and in India, the CRED app.
So I decided to break down the walls and understand what exactly Ultrahuman does.
Who better to ask that question than Mohit Kumar, Founder and CEO, Ultrahuman!
Ep #30 – Vedika Jain - On the Road Less Taken, Venture Capital, and Building on the internet | Weekend Fund
In the latest episode of The Takeaway Club, I chat with Vedika Jain, who is one of the coolest people on Tech Twitter. Vedika is currently a VC at the Weekend Fund, and previously held product roles at companies like Stripe and True Layer.
Vedika has a rather unusual and one of the most interesting career paths I've come across which started as a 17 year old immigrant to the US, studying Economics at UC Berkley.
In our conversation, we spoke at length about her early life and how some of the decisions her parents made set her up for success, her transition from Product to Venture capital which included writing fantasy memos on weekends by gathering information on TechCrunch and how that eventually led her to Ryan Hoover and the Weekend Fund.
If you are startups, venture capital, unusual career paths or pop culture references, you will absolutely love this conversation!
You can find Vedika at Twitter.
Ep #29 – Aruna Chawla - Building a product in the intimate health & wellness industry | Salad (16+ Contains Adult Language)
In the latest episode of The Takeaway Club, we are going to be talking about a very delicate subject but an important one in the context of our country's growth, quite literally.
My guest today is, Aruna Chawla, Founder of Salad, an up and coming D2C brand in the intimate health and wellness industry
For a generation growing up with a lot of hush hush on the topic, and the most prominent mentions for the product coming from a Ross Geller reference in F.R.I.E.N.D.S or awkward television ads during family dinners, this was a great chance for me to understand what goes on behind a product like condoms (pun intended)
We are going to be talking about the business operations and the economics behind a typical company in this industry and what Salad is doing different to take on the market giants.
Ep #28 – Tanvi Raut Dessai - Lessons from building & scaling a new media business | Filter Coffee
In the latest episode of The Takeaway Club, I speak to Tanvi Dessai, founder of Filter Coffee, which is one of the fastest growing and favorite newsletters for millennials and gen-z to stay up-to-date on the Indian startup and financial ecosystem.
Tanvi did her undergrad in Biology and went on study LLB. Still in law school, Tanvi started Filter Coffee as a way to scratch her own itch when she realized that the news coverage when it comes to finance and startups was very outdated for the new-age audience.
Inspired by media powerhouses like the Morning Brew and The Hustle, who catered to the American audience Tanvi started out by writing a summary of the daily happenings in the Indian ecosystem for her friends and family in May 20'.
With a funky tone, filled with humor and GIFs, it didn't take long for Filter Coffee to be a hit among startups founders and operators. In less than 18 months, Tanvi has scaled the brand to 14,000+ subscribers and added a team of writers.
Best part? She is only just getting started.
Ep #27 – Srikrishnan Ganesan – On Product Management, Acquisition, Round 2 on startups | Rocketlane
In today's episode, I have Srikrishnan Ganesan, who is a two-time entrepreneur currently building Rocketlane. Srikrishnan graduated from IIM-Bangalore in mid 200's and embarked on a product management career when it was not the obvious choice for MBA graduates.
From there on, he has taken up multiple product roles in companies like Rediff, Verizon, and Jigsee before deciding to build Konotor with his friends. After seeing great traction and success, the company got acquired by Freshworks where he went on to build Freshchat.
After four and a half years at Freshworks, Srikrishnan has come back for round 2 with his old pals to build Rocketlane, a customer onboarding platform for customer success teams.
In this conversation, Srikrishnan candidly shares his journey touching upon product management, the acquisition experience with Freshworks, what motivates him to do the whole startup journey for the second time, and how things are different this time around with more spotlight on the team.
Whether you are a founder, or someone interested in the startup ecosystem keen on learning what it is like to have been and done that, on all things startup you will love this conversation.
Ep #26 – Ranjani Krishnakumar - On Indian Cinema, Film Critiquing, and Running a Small Business | Emdash
In the latest episode of The Takeaway Club, I am absolutely chuffed to speak with Ranjani Krishnakumar who is a writer, editor, and marketer with nearly 15 years of experience.
Ranjani runs Emdash, a content consulting firm in Chennai that specializes in B2B tech writing.
She is also a popular film critic with multiple columns on Film, Television, and culture for various publications including Huffington Post and FirstPost.
Ranjani also runs The Whole Works, a platform for learning about writing, productivity, freelancing, small business management and work in general.
If you are someone who is interested in the Indian movie landscape, film critiquing, and writing, you'll love this conversation!