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  • Roundup #50: Record Startup Funding in 2021, FAME II Revisions, Acquisitions & more!
    28 min 45 sec

    Welcome to 50 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Record Startup Funding in 20212. FAME II Revisions3. Acquisitions in the ecosystem4. Karnatakas Fintech Taskforceand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #73: Calls for a New IT Law, Two New Unicorns & other news!
    30 min 4 sec

    Welcome to 73 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Digital India Act2. PhysicsWallah and Purplle joining the unicorn club3. New committee for Crypto and Edtech ads4. Maharastras Rs 200cr Women led startup fund5. LXME being featured in the Official Platinum Jubilee Pageant Commemorative Albumand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • Roundup #74: Copilot is now opensource, Several acquisitions & other news!
    22 min 22 sec

    Welcome to 74 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Zilingos management buyout2. Github launches Copilot AI tool3. LeadSquared turns unicorn4. Multiple acquisitions from the weekand moreClick HERE to get regular updates on WhatsAppHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • EP 180 - Building the Future of Healthcare - Mudit Dandwate (Co-founder & CEO, Dozee)
    28 min 34 sec

    Mudit is the cofounder and CEO of Dozee, a pioneer in contactless Remote Patient Monitoring and AIbased early warning system. He spoke about the future of healthcare, challenges it faces, the opportunities that are there and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:38 Transitioning from Mechanical Engineering to Healthcare Entrepreneur03:01 Opportunities and challenges in Healthcare 06:52 How has Covid changed healthcare09:16 Working with Various stakeholders11:49 Idea to product to company with Dozee14:50 Customer Acquisition process16:43 Dos and Donts of building in Healthcare19:05 Dealing with Regulation20:48 Whats coming up for Dozee21:57 The Future of healthcare24:32 Surviving a downturn26:30 Books and podcasts recommendationsClick HERE to get regular WhatsApp updates.Connect with Mudit : Linkedin Twitter Connect with Us: Linkedin Twitter If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #75: Hurun Predicts 122 Unicorns, Digital India marches ahead & other news!
    30 min 51 sec

    Welcome to 75 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. The current State of EVs2. Huruns 122 Future Indias Unicorns3. Bertelsmann raises new 500M fund4. Account Aggregator and Digital India5. Google Play store’s developer policiesand moreDeepak Abbot TweetTalk of the TownClick HERE to get regular updates on WhatsApp.Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • Roundup #76: India Tech Stack gets Bigger, Vauld Puts Spotlight On Finfluencers & more!
    26 min 23 sec

    Welcome to 76 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. India Tech Stack gets Bigger adds Language Stack Bhashini2. NPCI Takes UPI International To Be An Alternative To SWIFT3. Axilor Ventures announces 2nd Fund4. Vauld’s Operations Puts Spotlight On Credibility Of Finfluencers5. Zerodha tech teamand moreTalk of the Town:Zerodha: https://twitter.com/pitdesi/status/1544665672147410944te6P8AfSkHlB0Aklu5rA9ygs08Ultrahuman: https://twitter.com/UltrahumanHQ/status/1544267400316522496tvIItWZEJICUtKuA7fvO4tws08Sidu Ponnappa Episode: https://youtu.be/2L1fdNWUYT4Click here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • EP 182: Scaling Go To Market in SaaS - Anupreet Singh (Senior Director of GTM, 6sense)
    52 min 52 sec

    Anupreet Singh is the GTM leader at 6sense Previously he was the head of GTM at Slintl where he built the team and set up the GTM function from the ground up. In this episode he spoke about the essentials to build a Go To Market function, the dos and donts of pitch and positioning and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:24 How has the GTM function evolved over the years05:45 The Essentials of Building a GTM function12:02 Hiring for GTM 19:46 Onboarding and Enabling an SDR25:10 Dos and Donts of Pitch and Positioning31:47 Template for sales execution39:50 Principles to build a sales tech stack47:24 Nuances of selling from India to US51:05 Books and Podcast RecommendationsClick HERE to get regular WhatsApp updates.Connect with Anupreet : LinkedIn TwitterConnect with Us: LinkedIn TwitterIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 186 : Creating a Category - Sreedhar Peddineni (Co-Founder, GTM Buddy)
    45 min 34 sec

    Sreedhar is a serial entrepreneur and has founded 3 startups. He is currently the Cofounder of GTM Buddy, a SaaS startup that enables sales people do better. In this episode he spoke about the core skills that helped him startup thrice, how to sell to large enterprises, creating a new category and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:17 Core Skill sets that helped Sreedhar startup 3 times06:57 Sreedhars learnings from his past ventures09:53 Advice on Selling SaaS to large enterprises14:13 Importance of getting the right customers17:43 Competing against the incumbents23:24 Advice to founders pioneering a new category26:01 The unique challenges in sales enablement29:29 What is GTM Buiddy and its use cases37:37 Advice for founders in the 01 journey38:29 Getting people to prioritise buying decisions40:51 Sreedhars thoughts on the Indian SaaS ecosystem43:37 Books and Podcast recommendationsConnect with Sreedhar :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sreedharpeddineni/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPeddineni100Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 187 : Securing the Internet - Ranjan R Reddy (Founder & CEO, Bureau Inc.)
    54 min 4 sec

    Ranjan is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the founder and CEO of Bureau Inc. Bureau is a startup that secures mobilefirst enterprises against new age cyber fraud and enables growth. In this episode he spoke about his lessons from being a second time founder, being a non technical founder in Deep tech, his thoughts on data privacy and convenience and more with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:23 Ranjans lessons from being a 2x Founder04:11 How to filter advice06:11 What led to founding Bureau14:03 Being a non technical founder in Deep Tech17:35 Going from Idea to Product to Company21:15 Use Cases Bureau is solving¬†26:22 Bureaus partnerships¬†29:12 Getting enterprises to prioritize fraud prevention32:33 GTM motion for Bureau38:54 Ranjans thoughts on Data privacy and convenience43:21 Nonobvious insights from the data security domain45:14 Communicating your mission to stakeholders48:01 Ranjans thoughts on the Indian Startup Ecosystem50:01 Music and Books recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:Connect with Ranjan :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ranjanready/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ranjanreadyConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 188 : Marketing Masterclass with Praval Singh (VP Marketing, Zoho)
    53 min 31 sec

    Praval is the VP of marketing at ZOHO. He has held several positions there over the past 10 years where the company has grown nearly 10X. He spoke about Zohos marketing evolution, How they think of branding, his pet peeves in SaaS marketing and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:42 What changes in the 2510 year journey06:05 What sets Zoho apart from other companies09:36 Evolution of Zohos Marketing over the past decade13:56 What is a typical day like for Praval17:51 What does Pravals daily MIS look like19:08 Bringing marketers closer to customers23:49 Customer Marketing¬†28:45 Building a community as a moat31:48 What does the community team do¬†34:13 Zohos field marketing genius¬†36:39 Branding at Zoho40:54 Working with Sridhar Vembu43:05 Pravals Pet Peeves in SaaS marketing45:46 Quantitative v/s qualitative feedback47:44 Career advice for Freshers in Marketing50:44 Books and Podcast recommendationsConnect with Praval :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/praval/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PravalConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #86 : No more Autos on Ola & Uber, Cred Launches UPI, Hero enters EV market & More!
    32 min 8 sec

    Welcome to 86th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†1. PayU Billdesk Acquisition Falling through2. Hero Entering the EV market with Vida branding3. Govt. Banning Ola Uber from offering Auto services4. NRAI campaigning against Zomato and Swiggys Dineout5. Cred Launching UPI service¬†Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/star...‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 189 : Disrupting SME Financing - Anubhav Jain (Co-Founder, Rupifi)
    37 min 51 sec

    Anubhav is a finance veteran and has worked in several finance companies like American Express, Qbera and Razorpay. In this episode he spoke about what inspired him to quit his job at Razorpay as the head of SME lending and start up on his own with Rupifi, how he found his cofounder and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction¬†00:59 Lessons from his entrepreneurial journey02:58 Finding a Tech cofounder and hiring the right tech talent06:19 Advice for founders trying to find cofounders08:46 What insights helped Anubhav start Rupifi12:09 Use cases Rupifi Solves for14:25 Deciding to be a tech stack between lenders and borrowers16:58 The nuances of Identifying and picking a certain industry20:00 Building a moat in Credit23:32 Advantages of 0 CAC25:51 Expanding the product27:13 Balancing growth and profitability30:42 Lessons from working with SMEs33:45 Building during a downturn36:42 Books and Podcasts recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Anubhav :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anubhav1106/Twitter: https://twitter.com/anubhavrbConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 145 : Building in the EV Space - Pankaj Dubey (Co-founder, Power Global) | New Markets | Deep Tech | Zero to One
    45 min 7 sec

    Pankaj is the Cofounder of Power Global, a startup delivering EV solutions for two and threewheeled vehicles, all supported by Power Globals smart battery swapping network. In this episode he spoke about the nuances of building a battery, the impact of EV on the auto industry and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:28 Auto industry evolution over the past 3 decades04:01 Impact of EV on the Auto industry04:42 Developing the EV ecosystem in India14:15 Going from Idea to Product to Company with Power Global25:50 The nuances of building a battery28:46 Power Globals products and customers31:30 Building the distribution network33:20 Expanding to newer markets35:15 Impact of Regulatory tailwinds in the EV space38:10 Advice to entrepreneurs building in EVClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Power Global:Website: https://www.power.global/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/powerglobal/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PowerGlobalCoConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 147 : Building a Health Food Brand - Jyotsna (Jo) Pattabiraman (Founder & CEO, Growfit) | Operating a Cloud Kitchen | Productizing the Food Business
    37 min 51 sec

    Jyotsna is founder and CEO of Grow Fit, a health food brand that helps people get fit through their diets. In this episode she spoke about how they navigated through their pivot, the nuances of managing this business, how to build differentiators and more in her conversation with Roshan Cariappa.¬†00:00 Introduction01:34 Idea to Product to Company06:34 Validating your market12:37 How has being a product person influenced Jos journey16:42 The nuances of Supply chain management in the food business21:07 Building a differentiated brand23:53 Working with other platforms28:09 Impact of Covid on the food business31:10 The next 24 months for Growfit32:05 Advice for entrepreneurs starting in the food business34:06 Books and Podcast recommendationClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Jyotsna :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jpattabi/Twitter: https://twitter.com/jopattabiConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #55: Rise, Fall & resurrection of Exotel, Are Private markets overvalued? IPOs & more!
    27 min 2 sec

    Welcome to 55 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Are private markets overvalued2. Tata enters digital payments business with the creation of Tata Payments Ltd.3. Microsoft becomes thirdlargest gaming company in the world with Activision acquisition4. Exotels meteoric rise as a silent ecosystem enabler5. IPO bound companies: Delhivery, boAT6. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #56: Swiggy turns decacorn, Bear season in public market, New unicorns & more!
    33 min 53 sec

    Welcome to 56 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Public markets turns bearish for recent IPOs2. Delhivery likely to delay IPO3. Swiggy turns decacorn4. Ola Electric valued at 5 Billion5. Unicorns of the week : Dealshare, Darwinbox6. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 160 : Making EVs Mainstream - Shreyas Shibulal (Founder & CEO, Micelio)
    24 min 40 sec

    Shreyas is the founder of Micelio, a statup that aims to power innovation and drive longterm, sustainable change in the clean mobility space. In this episode he spoke about what it will take for EV to become mainstream, the competition between the incumbents and startups in this space, what the future of clean mobility looks like in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:09 Making the change to clean mobility02:19 When will EV become mainstream04:09 How can govt help improve EV adoption05:49 Incumbents v/s Startups07:45 The EV ecosystem in India09:52 Org structure at Micelio12:40 Shreyas favourite problems to solve14:35 Other use cases for Green mobility15:31 Balancing different businesses16:36 Future of green mobility18:16 How will macro factors impact green mobility19:51 Advice for new entrepreneurs in EV¬†22:52 Shreyas favourite documentariesClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Shreyas :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shreyasshibulal5b4b5a80Twitter: https://twitter.com/shreyasshibulalConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 165 : Masterclass: Managing a Pivot with Saurabh Saxena (Founder & CEO, Uable)
    42 min 22 sec

    Saurabh Saxena is a serial entrepreneur and has co founded startups like Lakshya and Vedantu and is currently the founder of Uable. In this episode he spoke about making the decision to pivot Uable from an edtech to a teens only social app, the nuances of managing such a pivot, how to build for teenagers and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.00:00 Introduction¬†01:36 Why Saurabh decided to Pivot06:28 Selling a pivot to your stakeholders¬†09:33 Nuances of managing a pivot13:53 Advice to entrepreneurs on pivoting16:34 Best advice Saurabh received on Pivoting18:26 Uable 2.0¬†21:43 Nuances of building for teenagers24:53 User acquisition for a teen app26:57 The AHA moment for a Uable user30:28 Content moderation33:53 Saurabhs thoughts on Content Community and Commerce36:20 High level challenges Saurabh is solving39:20 Saurabhs thoughts on the Indian startup ecosystemClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Saurabh :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saurabhlearn/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaurabhLearnCheck out our old episode with SaurabhBuilding in Edtech: https://youtu.be/hPRBeCatC2AConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Masterclass: B2B Sales with Jen Abel - Part 2 (Customer Discovery)
    28 min 8 sec

    Jen Abel is the cofounder of JJELLYFISH. She is a B2B go to market specialist and helps Indian founders expand into the US market. In this episode we dive deep into some of her tweets on founder led sales.¬†Tweets:00:00 Introduction00:41 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/149646314621469081702:59 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/150123411466138829406:11 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/149909118393042125307:29 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/150045709076203110412:06 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/150043516158601625619:00 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/149941869498382336723:54 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/147397802191686041924:38 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/1442821711485980677Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Jen :Twitter: https://twitter.com/jjenabelLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenabel/Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #63: Zomato announces 10 mins delivery, RBI unveils innovation hub & other news!
    27 min 27 sec

    Welcome to 63 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Zomato announces 10minute delivery service in top cities2. Ola: invests in StoreDot acquires Avail Finance3. RBI unveils new innovation hub in Bangalore4. Netcore invests 100mn in Unbxd5. Unicorns: CommerceIQ, Oxyzoand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Masterclass: B2B Sales with Jen Abel - Part 3 (The Best Salespeople)
    8 min 34 sec

    Jen Abel is the cofounder of JJELLYFISH. She is a B2B go to market specialist and helps Indian founders expand into the US market. In this episode we dive deep into some of her tweets hiring Salespeople.Tweets:00:00 Introduction00:57 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/143316886443990220905:18 https://twitter.com/jjenabel/status/1373271691414138882Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Jen :Twitter: https://twitter.com/jjenabelLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenabel/Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 170 : Being a 5x Entrepreneur - Abhishek Nayak (CEO & Co-founder, Appsmith) | Idea to product to company | Pivots and Exits
    38 min 10 sec

    Abhishek Nayak is a serial entrepreneur and has started up 5 times and currently the Cofounder and CEO of Appsmith,  a startup that helps companies build customized applications. In this episode he spoke about how he finds the resolve to startup each time, what tricks he uses to prevent himself from burning out, how to find a remarkable idea to startup on and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:24 Being a Serial Entrepreneur02:39 Lessons along the way04:28 Making the decision to exit 07:08 How to prevent burn out11:23 Building a startup crew14:57 Why did Abhishek start Appsmith17:38 Finding a great Idea19:15 Going from idea to product to company22:07 What is AppSmith and what are its use cases23:51 The low code/no code revolution26:02 How does Appsmiths customer acquisition work27:42 Nuances of selling to developers29:23 Building a developer community30:53 Future of AppSmith32:10 Breaking into the enterprise market33:07 How is Abhishek preparing for the next leap forward34:59 Books and Podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Abhishek :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhisheknayak/Twitter: https://twitter.com/areyabhishekConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #66: OfBusiness Eyes Biggest Tech IPO, Nykaa Acquisition spree & other deals!
    26 min 43 sec

    Welcome to 66 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Swiggy invests in Rapido2. Ola enters hyperlocal delivery space3. OfBusiness aiming for largest tech IPO in India4. Nykaa announced investments in 3 companiesand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #67: Center asks EV makers to halt new launches, ONDC pilot launch & other NEWS!
    34 min 32 sec

    Welcome to 67 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  Topics1. Govt. asks EV Makers to halt launch of new models2. India launches pilot phase of UPItype protocol ONDC in 5 cities3. Flipkart opens up logistics arm for other ecomm players4. Swiggy launches career accelerator programme for delivery executives5. Turtlemint raises 120MClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 171 : Helping Merchants Convert More - Chirag Taneja (Founder & CEO, GoKwik) | Ecommerce Enablement
    39 min 23 sec

    Chirag Taneja is the cofounder and CEO of GoKwik, a startup that enables ecommerce companies and merchants to convert more. In this episode he spoke about the nonAmazon/Flipkart wave in the ecosystem, the ecommerce enablement catergory, prioritizing product roadmaps and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Topics:¬†00:00 Introduction01:18 Evolution of Ecommerce in India04:31 The nonAmazon/Flipkart wave06:49 The upcoming ONDC revolution08:12 The Ecommerce enablement category11:40 Unique insight that led to GoKwiks founding15:02 Process of customer validation17:53 What is GoKwik21:16 Prioritizing product roadmap¬†24:31 How does acquisition work for GoKwik27:08 High level challenges Chirag is solving30:56 Scaling people from 01 to 110 journey33:51 Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs in the ecommerce space37:33 Books and Podcast RecommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Chirag :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chiragtaneja/Twitter: https://twitter.com/tchiragConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #69: Swiggy Acquires Dineout, Indian Sovereign fund invests in Ather & other news!
    22 min 17 sec

    Welcome to 69 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  Topics1. Ather Energy raises 128 mn2. GoKwik raises 35 mn deal in Series B3. Razorpay announces 75 mn ESOP buyback4. Swiggy to acquire Dineout from Times Internet Click here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #70: Another RED IPO?, Thousands more laid off & other News!
    30 min 55 sec

    Welcome to 70 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Delhivery IPO sliding below IPO in Grey Market2. More Startups Laying off Thousands 3. Fashinza and 1K Kirana raise fundsand moreClick HERE to get regular updates on WhatsApp.Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends

  • EP 175 : Building India's Payments Infrastructure - Akash Sinha (Co-founder & CEO, Cashfree Payments)
    25 min 33 sec

    Akash is the cofounder and CEO of Cashfree Payments, a payments and banking technology company that enables businesses in India to collect payments online and make payouts. In this episode he spoke about the nuances of building the payments infrastructure, what to do and not do while partnering with financial institutions, being developer friendly and balancing growth and profitability in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:28 Akashs thoughts on Fintech space03:25 Nuances of building the payment infrastructure06:47 Founding story of Cashfree¬†09:33 Learnings from the Y Combinator experience10:54 Team structure at Cashfree12:32 Cashfrees customer acquisition14:07 Dos and Donts of partnering with financial institutions15:46 Working with the policymakers and regulators17:28 Being developer friendly20:21 Balancing growth and profitability22:31 Working through the downturnsClick HERE to get regular WhatsApp updates.Connect with Akash:LinkedIn TwitterConnect with Us:¬†LinkedIn ‚ÄčTwitter If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 138 : Solving Last Mile Mobility - Vivekananda Hallekere (CEO & Co-founder, Bounce) | Scaling & Optimizing Logistics | Building Electric Vehicles
    33 min 15 sec

    Vivekananda is a Chartered Accountant turned entrepreneur with Bounce, a smart last mile mobility company. He spoke about the nuances of solving the this problem, building in the EV space and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:18 CA to entrepreneur03:40 Principles to pivot 06:09 Advice for building from first principles07:47 Nuances of solving for last mile mobility in India08:54 Choosing between build v/s buy v/s ignore10:15 How has Bounce become more efficient12:51 Dealing with theft/damage14:55 Building the logistics ecosystem16:12 How did Covid affect Bounce18:51 EV landscape in India21:03 Competition in the EV space23:35 Regulatory tailwinds in EV 25:26 The next 24 years for Bounce27:13 Next level challenges Vivek is solving27:53 Giving back to the community29:42 Books and Podcast recommendations30:54 Why should someone join Bounce32:23 Closing remarksSubscribe to The Gyst here: https://thegyst.com/Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Vivekananda  :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivekanandahallekere0483bb19/Twitter: https://twitter.com/vivekanandahrConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 139 : Marrying Profits with Purpose - Shikha Shah (Founder, AltMat) | Managing Manufacturing & Supply Chains | Pioneering Sustainability
    44 min 45 sec

    Shikha is the founder and CEO of AltMat a company that converts agricultural waste into sustainable natural textiles. In this interview she spoke about its use cases, the value proposition for its supply chains and what it takes to make sustainable material mainstream and more with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:23 Founding journey of AltMat09:37 What is AltMat and what are its use cases13:04 Prioritising use cases14:12 Managing supply chains and manufacturing17:33 Working with farmers and paying fair price¬†20:04 Value proposition to supply chains24:04 Do enough consumers care about sustainability27:30 Making sustainability mainstream30:02 Working with government32:31 The nuances of operating in the sustainability space35:09 Whats next for AltMat37:43 High level challenges Shikha is solving39:10 Going from idea to product to company42:03 Books and Podcast recommendationSubscribe to The Gyst here:https://thegyst.com/Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Shikha Shah :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shikhashah/Twitter: https://twitter.com/shikhashah1234Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 140 : Building for the new age investor - Ujjwal Ankur (CEO, Tickertape) | Fintech | Partnerships | Compliance
    30 min 52 sec

    Ujjwal is a serial entrepreneur and has founded startups like WealthPack, Privy and Tickertape. He spoke about what he is doing differently this time, what the new age investor is like and building for them and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights:¬†00:00 Introduction01:00 Learnings from being a serial entrepreneur02:17 Ujjwals thoughts on the market05:12 Competition and collaboration with incumbents11:36 Building for the new age investor15:05 Building trust in the community17:28 Aligning different operations to a single mission19:34 Customer acquisition¬†20:55 Building partnerships in the ecosystem22:08 Dealing with Compliance and regulation24:08 Whats next for TickerTape26:47 Working with Smallcase team27:38 How is Ujjwal preparing for the next level28:48 Books and podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Ujjwal :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/uankur/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ujjwalankurConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #105: World Startup Convention, Charges on UPI and more
    18 min 59 sec

    Welcome to 105th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupTalk of town tweet¬†If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #106: Is AI going to make us redundant? Credit on UPI and more
    21 min 58 sec

    Welcome to 106th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #108: No AI regulation in India, Byju's in trouble, How delivery apps make money and more!
    22 min 37 sec

    Welcome to 108th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #110: Startup valuations cut, Startups are relocating back to India, Google¬†IO,¬†and¬†more!
    23 min 25 sec

    Welcome to 110th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #43 : Freshworks lists on NASDAQ, Flobiz starts scaling their NEO bank and more!
    26 min 42 sec

    Welcome to 43 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Freshworks IPO2. Fittr Series A fundraise3. 450M fundraise by Cars244. Wow Momos Series C5. Coding for kids CuriousJrand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 128 : Building the World's largest Fitness Community - Sonal Singh (Co-founder, Fittr) | Zero CAC | Community-led commerce | Healthcare Startup
    23 min 51 sec

    Sonal Singh is a cofounder of Fittr, a healthcare and fitness community startup. In this episode she spoke about turning a community into a company, translating trust into revenue and building a partner ecosystem and more in her interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key episode highlights:00:00 Introduction01:10 Founding journey of Fittr03:25 Turning a community into a company04:30 Fittrs methodology for Fitness05:39 Operating in a crowded space07:37 Nuances of running a community10:14 Empowering the community12:11 Translating trust into revenue13:52 Marketing at Fittr¬†15:52 Building a partner ecosystem17:54 Founder challenges Sonal is solving19:11 How has COVID changed Fitness21:31 Whats coming up at Fittr22:28 Sonals Fitness mantraClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Sonal:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonalsingh661a583/Twitter: https://twitter.com/sonalsofficialConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 129 : Wealth Advisory for Everyone - Asheesh Chanda (Founder & CEO, Kristal AI) | Personalization through Fintech
    37 min 55 sec

    Asheesh Chanda is a fund and portfolio manager turned tech entrepreneur with Kristal.AI, a DigitalFirst Private Wealth platform that provides both Retail and Accredited Investors access to curated portfolios that are managed by the world’s top portfolio managers. In this episode he spoke about making the mental switch from finance to tech, the nuances of driving personalization at scale, educating and acquiring customers and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights: 00:00 Introduction01:09 Making the mental switch from finance to tech04:26 Thinking as a Fund Manager vs Tech Entrepreneur 05:34 Aspirations of the new age investor07:25 Understanding Kristal.AIs business model09:34 Building a product portfolio10:53 Being a distributor or becoming a bank12:45 Dealing with compliance16:47 Kristal.AIs monetization 18:16 Nuances of driving personalization at scale20:09 Standing out in the robo advisory space21:41 Humans as the differentiators23:56 Educating and Acquiring customers27:17 Operating in different markets31:31 High level challenges Asheesh is solving33:41 Things to keep in mind while building in this space35:51 Books and podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Asheesh  : Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/asheeshchanda171a51/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/asheeshchandaConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 190 : Disrupting India's Supply Chain - Ramasubramanian B(Co-founder, BlackBuck)
    50 min 1 sec

    Ramasubramanian B , fondly known as Subbu, is the founding member of BlackBuck and leads BlackBuck‚Äôs corporate business. Subbu has a long history in Supply Chain with extensive experience of over 20 years across geographies and industry sectors. Prior to his journey with BlackBuck, he was the Managing Director at Miebach. ¬†In this episode, he spoke about the insights that helped him start blackbuck, streamlining fragmented markets, pioneering app adoption among truckers and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:¬†00:00 Sneak peak00:38 Introduction02:01 Operating in the Logistics market in india06:36 Insights that helped Subbu start Blackbuck09:25 Use Cases Blackbuck solves for19:16 Increasing uptime and economic utilization24:52 Pioneering app adoption among Truckers30:49 Advice on streamlining fragmented markets34:08 National Logistics Policy and other Govt. initiatives42:19 Whats coming up at Blackbuck in the next 1824 months44:21 Advice on executing during a downturn47:54 Books and Podcast RecommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Ramasubramanian B :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramasubramanianb2a2b99/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SubbuBlackBuckConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #87 : TikTok is Top Grossing App, Limeroad acquired by V-Mart, CCI fines Google & More!
    23 min 59 sec

    Welcome to 87th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†1. TikTok is top grossing app2. Byjus raises 250mn after layoffs3. Limeroad acquired by VMart4. CCI fines GoogleConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #89 : Bangalore Metro gets QR ticketing, OLA biggest EV maker and more!
    25 min 1 sec

    Welcome to 89th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†1. Bangalore Metro getting QR Tickets through Whatsapp2. Namma Yatri Auto booking app by Auto Union3. Ola becomes biggest EV maker in India4. Byjus Ropes in Messi as Brand Ambassador amid layoffs5. Shark Tank S2 is coming soonClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Episode with Rashid Khan:YouTube: https://youtu.be/HTDt8mSb80Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #91 : New Draft Personal Data Protection Bill, Gaming Industry to hire 1L people and more!
    29 min 12 sec

    Welcome to 91th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†Mint report on Women Entrepreneurs: https://wwwlivemintcom.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.livemint.com/companies/people/thewomenbuildingandshapingindia/amp11668784643442.htmlNaan Curry Podcast episode with Roshan: https://youtu.be/oQHneeLHu9IBuilding the University of the Future Abhimanyu Saxena Cofounder, Scaler AcademyYouTube: https://youtu.be/hHKM5jQEz68Apple: https://cutt.ly/EP137AppleSpotify: https://cutt.ly/EP137SpotifyGoogle: https://cutt.ly/EP137GoogleAmazon: https://cutt.ly/EP137AmazonConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚Äč00:00 Openening Comments03:06 Women Entreprenuership Day05:39 Bengaluru Tech Summit¬†08:27 New Draft Personal Data Protection Bill11:54 Lockin period expiration for preIPO investors¬†14:37 Park Avenue¬†15:01 Gaming industry to add 1 lakh new jobs by FY23¬†17:39 Scaler announces 10day ‚Äėgratitude leaves‚Äô18:47 FHRAI angry with OYO24:23 Park Avenue Power PointsIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 193 : Building Sustainable Culture - Pradeep Soundararajan (Founder & CEO, Moolya Testing)
    57 min 18 sec

    Pradeep Soundararajan is the founder and CEO of Moolya Testing. He was one of our earliest guests on the podcast where he spoke about how he built Moolya and how the culture he fostered played a big role in building the company. This time, our conversation with him is all about Company culture, what it means, why it is important, how to communicate it to the employees and more.Topics:00:00 Sneak Peak01:01 Introduction02:59 How Pradeep defines culture¬†05:11 Why is culture important08:09 How work life balance factors into work culture11:43 Articulating and communicating culture to employees14:57 Work culture and who you are17:06 Does culture depend on your background19:57 Who should drive culture22:09 Articulating and scaling culture25:50 When culture goes wrong30:14 Park Avenue30:38 Dealing with situations when culture goes wrong34:53 Communicating culture through remote43:40 Companies that have great culture49:49 Pradeeps final thoughts on culture52:30 Pradeeps recommendations for good culture55:35 Park Avenue Power PointsSoftware Testing Quality with Pradeep Soundararajan Moolya Testing : https://youtu.be/gRJBIRR4hUClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Pradeep :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/testertested/Twitter: https://twitter.com/testertestedConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 201 : Bootstrapping to $10M+ in revenue - The story of how Saravana Kumar built Kovai
    51 min 34 sec

    Saravana is an entrepreneur, investor and technical enthusiast. He is the founder and CEO of Kovai where he has builting and scaled multiple B2B products that solve the pain point of enterprise customers. In this episode he spoke about balancing customer satisfaction and product vision, building a moat and managing multiple products and more.This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Saravana :Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/saravanamvTwitter: https://twitter.com/saravanamvConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčTopics:¬†00:00 Sneak Peak01:02 Introduction02:28 Evolution of the startup ecosystem06:42 Bootstrapping v/s VC funding10:55 Nuances of selling to enterprises12:49 How Saravana went from and Idea to Product17:21 Balancing customer satisfaction and product vision19:49 Building a Moat22:23 Advice for founders on thought leadership24:11 Park Avenue Wrinkle free shirts24:35 Key insights from Customer success28:44 Building partnerships31:26 Nuances of selling to global customers from day 135:47 Hiring for sales/customer success38:32 What are funded startups doing wrong¬†41:11 Managing multiple products43:33 Operating during a slowdown46:04 Saravanas contribution to the startup ecosystem in Coimbatore48:35 Books and Podcast recommendationsIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #103: India's milestones in 75 days of 2023, How IIT Madras became a deep tech haven, Push for startups beyond Bengaluru and more!
    22 min 46 sec

    Welcome to 103rd episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupTalk of town tweet: https://twitter.com/Noahpinion/status/1636773743413592065s20¬†Topics:00:00 Opening Comments03:10 GIFT City supporting startups affected by SVB collapse06:26 Indias milestones in 75 days of 202309:16 PM MITRA to boost textiles11:08 IT rules to remove bloatware on phones13:14 Karnataka plans to incentivize startups to go beyond Bengaluru15:30 IIT Madras a Haven for deep tech startups18:43 Other Fundraises19:34 Talk of townIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 206 : Building 3 Businesses on GPT - Ramsri Goutham Golla
    1 hr 13 min 12 sec

    Ramsri Goutham Golla is an AI researcher and product builder. He is currently building NLP SaaS apps Questgen.ai and Supermeme.ai. Questgen is an edtech startup to generate school quizzes like MCQs etc from any text using AI. Supermeme is a meme marketing tool for individuals and brands to generate original memes with AI. In this episode he talks about how he built businesses completely remotely and without working full time. ¬†Catch the full episode on your favorite audio platform.¬†00:00 Sneak Peak00:52 Introduction01:51 Ramsris early life¬†05:09 Exploring life as an independent creator08:06 A Day in the life of Ramsri14:24 The micro SaaS Business20:08 Idea to Product to company29:07 Building Super Translate33:23 Choosing your stack37:36 What to keep in mind while choosing your stack42:21 Process of learning other things47:30 Building distribution53:26 Finding Collaborators57:20 Finding the first few paying users01:01:57 Top 3 mistakes for beginners to avoid01:05:13 What have Generative AIs unlocked01:10:43 Books and PodcastClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Ramsri ¬†:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramsrig/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramsrigouthamConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 89 : Managing Captables | Ravi Ravulaparthi (Co-founder and CEO, Qapita)
    16 min 53 sec

    Ravi is a cofounder and CEO of Qapita, a digital equity management platform. Ravi is an angel investor in several startups. He has previously worked in investment banking and corporate development in Asia Pacific region for nearly 2 decades and has expertise in capital raising, corporate finance advisory, mergers acquisitions, principal investments and the like. In this interview Ravi and Roshan spoke about managing captables and various stakeholders and moreFounding story of QapitaCommon misconceptions about TermsheetsKey operational constraints and challenges in fundraising¬†Managing various stakeholders on your captableBest practices to issue ESOPsPrioritising Finance as a function in StartupsHow should founders view valuationConnect with Ravi:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raviravulaparthi/Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaviQapitaConnect with us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this conversation, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 93 : Digitizing Indian SMBs | Rahul Raj (Founder & CEO, Flobiz)
    53 min 43 sec

    Rahul is the founder and CEO of Flobiz, a company that primarily builds billing and inventory management softwares for Indian SMBs and works towards digitizing the SMB space. Rahul is a serial entrepreneur whose previous startups were Zaaika and Koinex. In this interview he spoke about building for SMBs, building trust with SMBs and moreKey highlights of this conversation:00:00 Introduction01:23 Rahuls entrepreneurial journey so far03:58 Market to Idea to Company07:16 Building for SMBs11:35 SMBs perception of software14:20 Flobizs popular use cases18:16 Building for the Bharat User¬†23:49 Pricing a SaaS product28:27 Building Trust with SMBs34:13 Digitizing SMBs through covid37:37 Flobizs opportunities for expansion39:28 Rahuls take on Atmanirbhar Bharat¬†43:08 Learnings from being a serial entrepreneur48:00 Lessons from Operating through CovidConnect with Rahul:¬†LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/startupkesari/Twitter: https://twitter.com/startupkesariConnect with us:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #28: Urban Company achieves Unicorn status, Fundraises in the past week and more!
    28 min 35 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Urban Company Achieves unicorn statusūüĎČūüŹĹ xto10xs acquisition of DockablūüĎČūüŹĹ Past weeks fundraises and moreHighlights:00:00 Introduction01:17 Urban Company achieves unicorn status05:43 Delhivery fundraise ahead of IPO09:38 Mensa Brands fundraise12:55 FarMart fundraise17:45 LambdaTest fundraise21:34 xto10xs acquisition of Dockabl24:54 Vembus wisdom26:22 Upcoming episodesHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 99 : Solving for Credit Access | Ramakrishna NK & Smita Satish (Co-Founders, Director & CEO, Rang De)
    39 min 13 sec

    Ram and Smita are the CoFounders, Director and CEO of Rang De, a Peer2Peer lending platform. They started Rang De to solve the problem of low credit access ¬†and bring the community together through social entrepreneurship. They spoke about their founding journey, finding product market fit, building a community through trust and communication and more in their interview with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key highlights:00:00 Introduction01:44 Founding journey of Rang De09:24 Estimating size of the problem11:05 Lessons from solving credit access13:47 Misconceptions with P2P Lending16:47 Finding Product Market Fit21:48 Principles to curate supply and demand26:35 Building a community29:14 Learnings from working through covid34:54 Picking a problem and solving it37:27 Closing RemarksConnect with Ram:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramnk/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ramnkConnect with Smita:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smitaram7095358/Twitter: https://twitter.com/smitaramConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 101 : Covid Citizens, NowFloats and more! | Jasminder Singh Gulati (Co-Founder, NowFloats)
    25 min 2 sec

    Jasminder is the cofounder of NowFloats. Along with a number of founders from the ecosystem he created Covid Citizens to provide real time verified data for resources during the second wave of the pandemic. He spoke about building and selling to SMBs, building for the Bharat User and had some advice for founders on the startup journey in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key highlights:00:00 Introduction01:50 Covid Citizens 04:24 Founders and Startups involved05:39 Looking back on Jas Journey so far07:27 Evolution of Startup ecosystem 09:12 Building and selling to SMBs11:31 Digital Desh mission14:19 Building for the Bharat User 16:40 Working with Reliance Jio18:11 Evolution of Founders in India19:51 Advice for founders on the startup journey21:48 Optimism for the future24:21 Closing remarksConnect with Jasminder:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jsgulati/Twitter: https://twitter.com/GulatiSinghJConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 102 : Mentorship for Everyone | Nellie Wartoft (CEO, Tigerhall)
    42 min 17 sec

    Nellie is the founder and CEO of Tigerhall, a mentor media platform for people to learn from the best in their selected fields. In this episode she spoke about cohort based learning, why mentoring is important and high level challenges she is solving and moreKey Highlights :00:00 Introduction01:02 Moving to Singapore¬†02:06 How is Learning being disrupted05:02 Cohort based Learning08:33 Finding a great mentor12:18 Why mentoring is important15:07 What is TigerHall19:23 Making user onboarding interesting21:16 Choosing non functional topics23:14 Tigerhalls Power users26:32 Upskilling for middle managers32:41 Working with HR Teams35:25 High level challenges Nellie is solving¬†37:12 Change in perspective at scale38:49 Nellies learning experience40:18 Optimism for the futureConnect with Nellie:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nelliewartoft/Twitter: https://twitter.com/nwartoftConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 103 : Scaling the Engineering Function | Ajey Gore ( Operating Partner - Technology, Sequoia India )
    58 min 10 sec

    Ajey is a serial entrepreneur who has cofounded several startups over the course of his 25 year career and is currently an operating partner at Sequoia. In this episode he spoke about his journey so far, balancing speed versus quality and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa and Augustus DSouza.¬†Key highlights:00:00 Introduction02:07 Ajeys Journey So far07:13 High level challenges16:45 Principles for build v/s buy23:24 How does visibility factor into the Build v/s Buy decision26:47 Balancing quality and speed31:09 Refactoring and technical debt¬†35:07 Microservices vs Monoliths40:39 Advice on hiring CTOs43:43 Downsides of Job Hopping46:18 Prioritising and building hiring skillset51:22 Key skills to transition to an Engineering Leader53:42 What makes a great engineer57:00 Closing RemarksConnect with Ajey:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajeygore/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AjeyGoreConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 105 : Building and Monetizing Communities | Tamanna & Tarun Dhamija (Co-Founders, Convosight)
    1 hr 11 min 22 sec

    Tamanna and Tarun are both Serial entrepreneurs coming from a background in Finance. They first cofounded Baby Destination, a community of 1.3Mn mothers whoa advice and support each other and on everything about babies. They later cofounded Convosight, the worlds first community marketing and management platform. In this episode they spoke about how to build and grow communities, certain dos and donts and more in their conversation with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:15 Tamanna Taruns Journies so far03:42 Learnings from a versatile career08:35 Building and growing a community : 10117:05 Seeding conversations to evangelise a community22:20 Dos and Donts with early adopters of the Community26:28 Drafting Guildines for a community29:00 Platform specific nuances to build a community32:51 Building a community indepent of platforms37:49 Dos and Donts to Monetize Communities43:23 Going from Idea to Product to Company for Convosight49:10 Finding Product Market Fit55:01 Setting up Customer Acquisition¬†01:01:02 Evolution of Tech Stack for Creator Economy¬†01:08:14 Closing RemarksConnect with Tamanna:¬†Twitter: https://twitter.com/DhamijaTamannaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tamannadhamija/Connect with Tarun:¬†Twitter: https://twitter.com/tdhamijaLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tarundhamijacfab86a912DConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 106 : Disrupting the Packaging Industry | Aniket Deb (Co-Founder & CEO, Bizongo)
    25 min 53 sec

    Aniket is the CoFounder and CEO of Bizongo, a company dealing with the Packaging industry. Prior to founding Bizongo, he was business intelligence manager at housing.com. In this episode Aniket spoke about his journey of founding Bizongo, finding product market fit and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:07 Founding Journey of Bizongo03:54 Principles to Zero in on 1 Problem to Solve05:28 Finding Product Market Fit07:12 Deciding to Pivot¬†08:50 A Peek into the Backend Process of Packaging11:16 Managing Supply Chains12:20 Nuances of building a connected platform14:17 What is Bizongo15:22 Organization Structure at Bizongo16:58 Learning from working with SMBs18:05 Focussing on Profitability¬†19:36 High level challenges at Bizongo20:42 Changes and Challenges at scale21:48 Bizongos future plans23:25 Learnings from operating through covid25:03 Closing RemarksConnect with Aniket:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aniketdeba2859946/Twitter: https://twitter.com/aniketdebConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 109 : Snehil Khanor (CEO, Truly Madly) | Building in the Dating Market | Sustainable Growth | Acquisition, Retention & Monetization & more
    41 min 26 sec

    Mr. Snehil Khanor is a serial tech entrepreneur who has founded startups from early in his career and is currently the CoFounder CEO of TrulyMadly. He believes in creating sustainable business practices or as he likes to call it ‚ÄėFrugile Methodology‚Äô FrugalAgile for startups. In this episode he spoke about his process of going from Idea to Product to Company and his furgile Methodology, how online dating has changed and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:03 Going from Idea to Product to Company02:56 Building a profitable and sustainable startup06:16 Snehils Frugile Methodology for Growth08:26 Growth v/s Profitability12:48 Doing the 01 journey14:43 Evolution of Online Dating20:26 Challenges and Opportunities of building in a competitive space22:39 Validating and building for scale26:53 Decoding the match making model31:52 User Acquisition33:33 User retention and monetization35:08 Changes in user behaviour post covid37:55 High level challenges Snehil is solving now39:31 Advantages of being an investor and a founderConnect with Snehil:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/snehilkhanor/Twitter: https://twitter.com/snehilkhanorConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #35 : Droom and OfBusiness turn unicorns, Unacademy's new acquisition and more!
    30 min 5 sec

    If youre a passionate listener of our podcast, then please do share your feedback with us https://tinyurl.com/sopfeed takes 5 mins or less. Help us publish more of your favourite content every week¬†Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Droom and OfBusiness turning unicornūüĎČūüŹĹ Unacademys new acqusitionand more..Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #38 : India's most valuable SaaS - Postman, Behind the scenes of Food Delivery Business, Zetwerk turns Unicorn and more!
    37 min 44 sec

    Welcome to 38 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Special guest Digjay Patel joins Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha to discuss  1. Fundraises by Ultrahuman, Rapido, Smallcase, Zupee3. Indias most valuable SaaS Postman4. Mint Creds latest lending product5. MSME credit by Facebok6. New Unicorn Zetwerk7. Behind the scenes of Food Delivery BusinessHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 120 : Transforming Indian Manufacturing - Amrit Acharya (Co-founder & CEO, Zetwerk) | Working with SMEs | Unicorn & Profitable
    37 min 40 sec

    Amrit is the cofounder and CEO of Zetwerk, a B2B marketplace focused on maketoorder custom manufacturing. In this episode Amrit spoke about transforming Indian manufacturing industry as the next go to destination for the world, simplifying complex sales cycles, increasing customers life time value and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key highlights:00:00 Introduction01:06 Amrits journey thus far03:12 Controlling last mile delivery05:41 Advice on building in the Manufacturing space08:49 Zetwerks value proposition to large enterprises12:34 Simplifying complex sales cycles15:01 Increasing LTV of customers 17:18 Managing supply demand 19:01 Aligning different offerings to a single mission20:29 Scaling an offline business23:01 Funding the right experiments 25:25 Hiring and Enabling people 27:42 Amrits mindset shift for Zetwerk to succeed30:25 India as the next manufacturing destination of the world33:11 Being part of the Indian startup ecosystem35:26 Amrits Books/Podcasts recommendationsConnect with Amrit:Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/amritacharya/Twitter: https://twitter.com/acharyaamrits20Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 123 : B2B Sales Masterclass - Jen Abel ( Co-founder, JJELLYFISH) | Zero to One | US GTM | Founder-led Sales | SaaS
    46 min 3 sec

    Jen Abel is a B2B entrepreneur and is the cofounder of JJELLYFISH. She has been featured as a Cohost and speaker engaged by brands including Conde Nasts Glamour, General Assembly etc. In this episode she spoke about Selling to the Enterprise, Expanding to the US, Nuances of the 01 journey and more with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:32 Jens background 04:30 Nuances of doing the 01 journey08:33 Narrowing down on ICPs12:17 Moving beyond Nice to have to Need to have14:55 The Nuances of Selling to Enterprises17:59 Mistakes people make while selling to the Enterprise25:50 Competing against larger incumbents26:16 Principles of Founderled Sales 28:51 3 Essentials for a good cold email32:01 Scaling sales beyond the founder33:50 Hiring the first sales person36:11 Nuances of expanding to the US 37:54 Working with Indian Founders42:04 What should Indian Founders develop43:55 Jens Books/Podcasts recommendationsConnect with Jen:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenabel/Twitter: https://twitter.com/jjenabelConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 72 : Early Stage Investing with Pratik Poddar (Principal, Nexus Venture Partners
    44 min 12 sec

    Nexus Venture Partners www.nexusvp.com is India’s leading venture capital fund, with offices in India and Silicon Valley. It has over 1.5B under management across 5 funds and an active portfolio of over 70 companies across technology, internet, media, consumer and business services sectors.  In this episode, Roshan Cariappa hosts Pratik Poddar, who is Principal at Nexus Venture Partners. As an entrepreneur turned VC, Pratik is most passionate about consumer, community/content, education, ecommerce, financial services, and healthcare startups. 01:37 Transitioning from an associate to principal 05:17 Competing to work with the best startups 07:12 Decisionmaking principles 15:38 Overcoming covid19 challenges 21:20 Healthy market cues 24:08 Evolution of EdTech 27:45 Impact of edtech on teachers 32:53 What makes content business investable 38:37 The next 10 years for India VCs  Connect with Pratik: Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/pratikpoddar Twitter https://twitter.com/pratikpoddar   Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our podcast. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup   Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 77 : Design, Startups & the Creator Economy | Abhinav Chhikara (Founder, 10K Designers)
    1 hr 1 min 16 sec

    Abhinav started his career in designing back in 2011. Since then, he has worked with 50 founders and startups across USA, Europe and India.Building the design team from scratch helping build one of the biggest live learning platforms in the world Unacademy, Abhinav wanted to fix the state of design education. He started 10K Designers  an inviteonly masterclass on becoming a UI/UX designer to enable the next generation of designers and product thinkers.In this episode, get insights on   The 10K Designers community 1:14  Collaboration between design product 5:34   Datadriven designing 12:32   The design process 15:40   Qualitative aspects of design 24:04   Brand design 30:50   SaaS design trends 37:07   Design overlapping with other functions 43:56   10K Design curriculum 47:06   Advice for designers 49:29   The creator economy 54:18Connect with Abhinav  Linkedin https://in.linkedin.com/in/abhinavchhikara Twitter https://twitter.com/abnuxCheck out The Daily Reader: https://www.tinyurl.com/wanttobeadailyreader   Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 78 : Building in Fintech | Anand Agrawal (Co-Founder & CTO, Credgenics) | Engineering Manager Series
    50 min 24 sec

    Anand Agrawal founded Credgenics, a platform working with financial institutions, Banks, NBFCs to improve their collections efficiency using technology in 2018. Prior to founding Credgenics Anand held the position of Senior Data scientist at 1MG and Urban Clap before. In this episode Anand gives insights into building a product in the fintech space, how enterprise customers impact product roadmap and more   Some highlights of this episode are: Engineering Innovation at Credgenics Working with legacy systems Integrating Multiple systemsBuilding for the Banking ecosystem Next level of automation in Banking Deciding on the product roadmap Being a founder and CTO simultaneously Connect with Anand Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anandagrawal3/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/anandiitd  Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 82 : Being a 4x Entrepreneur | Kashyap Deorah (Founder, Hypertrack)
    36 min 33 sec

    Kashyap is a serial entrepreneur. He has successfully built and sold 3 companies and is currently the CEO of his fourth startup, Hypertrack. Prior to founding Hypertrack, Kashyap founded righthalf.com, Chaupaati Bazaar and Chalo. In this interview he spoke about his process of going from idea to product to company, what metrics entrepreneurs should chase and more.  Key highlights from this conversation Idea to product to company Being a 4x Entrepreneur  Key principles of building a startup Pivoting from the first failure Nuances of building a Global company Building Businesses in India and US   Connect with Kashyap LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kdeorah/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/righthalf    If you liked this episode let us know by hitting the like and subscribe button and share this with your friends  You can also connect with us on our social media LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup   Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 83 : Solving Mental Health | Jo Aggarwal, Co-founder & CEO, Wysa
    31 min 2 sec

    Jo Aggarwal is the cofounder and CEO of Wysa, a mental health app improvement app company. Prior to founding Wysa, she was the head of technology and innovation at Silatech and managing director at Pearson learning solutions. In the past she has worked on Employability and youth empowerment during Middle east conflict for which she won a Stevie / Global Telecom Business Innovation Awards for her tech for dev work.   Highlights: Permissionless impact What is Wysa Studying User behaviour Dealing with Stigma and inspiring confidence in users Integration with the broader ecosystem Preparing for the future  Connect with Jo: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joaggarwal/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/jo4dev  Connect with us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup  If you liked this conversation, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode   Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Byte 2 : The Single Biggest Predictor of Success at Startups | Roshan Cariappa
    3 min 50 sec

    Execution and strategy need to go hand in hand in a high growth startup. And, you cannot have a bias towards one. The rule of thumb is to constantly iterate on your strategy and execution, till your outcome becomes incidental. But how do you drive predictability in your work In this episode, I talk about the most important attribute one needs to have to succeed at startups. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Byte 3 : 4 Ways to be more Effective | Roshan Cariappa
    4 min 14 sec

    A founder’s time is limited. He or she has multiple things to think about. It’s incumbent on you to be as productive as possible and make the most of whatever little time you get. Here are four things you should stop doing right away. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Byte 7 : Metrics - how to pick them and why they matter | Roshan Cariappa | Startup Wisdom
    4 min 12 sec

    There are few things as exhilarating as an upward trending graph. Really, sometimes you could just sit back and watch those metrics soar. But, as much fun as that is, you will have to revisit your metrics ever so often. Especially, if you’re growing fast enough. In this episode, well be talking about metrics and why you should revise them as often as possible. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Byte 9: Hiring is a super-skill - Roshan Cariappa | | Building a Team | Aligning Goals & Responsibilities | Startup Wisdom
    7 min 38 sec

    Most people become managers like most people become parents incidentally.  Similarly, as soon as you have a few people reporting to you, you are now a newly minted manager whose responsibility it is to align them into valuable contributors to the enterprise. It may not be as complicated as parenting, but being a manager does involve wellthoughtout, deliberate choices. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 5: Transitioning from Big. Co. to Startup - Harish Vaidyanathan (SVP - Product, Vymo) | Building a Product function | Zero to One | The Startup Operator
    43 min 7 sec

    In todays weekend special, we are in conversation with Harish Vaidyanathan, SVP Product for Vymo. No matter who is in the room, Harish is always the youngest because of his unmatched enthusiasm and wit. In this episode, Harish shares his stories of what it was like transitioning from a techgiant such Microsoft to a fastgrowing startup Vymo, building a product function from scratch, negotiating with other functions, and a bunch of different things.Tune in Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 41 : Making Life Better Off-Screen | Lal Chand Bisu (Co-Founder & CEO - KuKu FM)
    46 min 38 sec

    People lose countless hours to mundane activities such as commuting, chores, and staring at their phones. What if we could turn these little blocks of unallocated time into memorable and precious moments of joy, learning, and reflection  Forbes Asia 30under30, Chand Lal Bisu cofounded KuKu FM to do exactly that. The online podcast platform has oneupped traditional radio with audio content that includes audiobooks, poems, news, jokes, ghost stories, and mythological tales.In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, Roshan talks to Bisu about the platforms outstanding growth and his journey as a secondtime founder.  Connect with Bisu  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/lalchandbisu703b4b42/ Twitter https://twitter.com/lcbisu  If you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review. Follow us on  Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 43 : Building in Healthcare | Rekuram Varadharaj (Co-founder, Healthi)
    1 hr 7 min 53 sec

    Rekuram Varadharaj, or RV as he is known to all, is the Cofounder and COO at Healthi, India‚Äôs fastest growing preventive healthcare company. At Healthi, RV leads sales, marketing and user experience and delight. ¬†Roshan engaged RV in an hourlong conversation to understand the fundamentals of the healthcare industry in India and how the sector is shaping up during this pandemic. Some of the things they discussed are ¬†¬†ūüĎČ Gaps in the healthcare sector¬†ūüĎČDiagnostic vs Prescriptive analytics¬†ūüĎČ Customer Centricity¬†ūüĎČFuture of healthcare in India... moreTune in for another exciting conversation¬†Connect with RV:¬†LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rekuramvaradharaj/¬†or drop us an email at thestartupoperatorgmail.com¬†¬†If you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review. Follow us on ¬†Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup¬†LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator¬† Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 47 : Building in Edtech | Saurabh Saxena, Founder & CEO - Uable
    45 min 26 sec

    Saurabh is a 3x Ed tech entrepreneur. He was earlier Cofounder at Vedantu, which is valued at 600M as of Nov 2020 and is one of the most successful Ed Tech startups in India. Saurabh founded Uable post his Vedantu journey to help children discover and develop their creative potential.In this fascinating conversation, we understand the contours of building in the Ed Tech space, how parents and institutions are impacted by current changes, and how one can retain their idealism while also building a sound business. This is a fascinating primer on building in Ed Tech.Connect with Saurabh :Twitter: https://twitter.com/saurabhlearn LinkedIn: https://in.linkedin.com/in/saurabhlearnIf you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 53 : Demystifying Venture Capital | Sameer Brij Verma (MD, Nexus Venture Partners)
    1 hr 18 min 17 sec

    Sameer Brij Verma, Managing Director of Nexus Venture Partners, started his journey in India’s venture capital ecosystem back in 2007. That year, he joined Reliance Ventures, where he focused on earlystage investments in technology, media and entertainment, and telecommunications. His operational expertise lies in product management, business development, sales acceleration, recruiting, followon fundraising, and scaling.At Nexus, Sameer focuses on consumer internet, enterprise / SaaS, edtech, healthcare, and b2b commerce domains. He has invested in over 38 companies including the likes of Roadrunnr Zomato, Postman, Zolo, Unacademy, and Hasura.ioJoin Roshan and Sameer as we breakdown the basics of venture capital, in addition to   A day in the life of a VC  Finding the right startups and founders  Sameer’s journey with venture capital  Lessons from investing  Frameworks for evaluating investing opportunities Building differentiators as a VC firm   What sets the great founders apart Connect with Sameer  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sbverma/ Twitter https://twitter.com/sbrijverma   Know more about Moolya  https://moolya.com/  Know more about Clergo  https://www.clergo.com/  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 54 : Marketing Review 2020 | Ashwin S L (VP - Marketing, MoEngage)
    55 min 35 sec

    One of the first episodes that we uploaded was back during the first leg of the lockdown. It was a conversation featuring Ashwin SL of MoEngage on how marketers would and should realign their priorities to suit the times. In this episode, Roshan and Ashwin deepdive into how some of those ideas and strategies panned out as we near the end of 2020. If you are a marketing person, then this conversation is definitely for you.   Connect with Ashwin  Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwinsl Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashwinsl Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 59 : Sailing in a Storm: Making a crisis work for you | A discussion with the Author - TN Hari
    49 min 36 sec

    The COVID19 pandemic was a bolt from the blue. The world never expected it neither was it prepared. This is a kind of crisis that most of us are unlikely to experience more than once in our lifetimes. Individuals and companies are trying hard to cope and adapt. The truth though is that we constantly deal with crises in our lives.A crisis can be a great opportunity for innovation. Almost every great innovation has been in response to a crisis of some sort. We have seen this in recent times, and we have seen this throughout history.Sailing through a Storm, by TN Hari and Sanjay Swamy, brings us this hope. An inspiring read, this comprises beautiful stories of women and men who dealt with adversity, how they emerged strong and successful, and how drawing from their lives we too can turn the storm around to make it work for us.  Join Roshan in conversation with Hari as we try to understand more about the inspiration behind his latest book. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 60 : Investing in India | Anant Vidur Puri (Investor, Bessemer Venture Partners)
    52 min 35 sec

    Are consumer tech enterprise SaaS really that different  In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan spoke with Anant Vidur Puri of Bessemer Venture Partners to know more about these different, yet similar domains.  Anant joined Bessemer in 2014 and focuses on high potential opportunities in consumer and mobile technology, along with vertical SaaS in the Bangalore office. He is currently on the boards of Travel Triangle, Cashify, and Remedinet in addition to being involved with UC, Swiggy, and StayGlad.  Listen to this conversation for amazing insights on   Consumer tech Enterprise SaaS 00:57  Developing an investment thesis 05:39  What does a typical day look like for a partner 13:56  How has the ecosystem evolved 18:57  Balancing an idea with a business plan 22:35  Taking a decision to pivot 28:29   ESOP buybacks 35:25  The  VC competitive landscape 38:04  and  a Rapidfire round on Venture Capital terms 43:38What did you think of this episode Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 65 : Being a travel startup during covid | Hari Ganapathy (Co-Founder, PickYourTrail)
    43 min 44 sec

    Started in 2014, PickYourTrail is India’s biggest online DIY holiday booking platform that empowers users to curate customized holidays. PickYourTrail is also that rare startup whose founders dived into a techled venture without any tech background. They even went without a head of engineering for half that time. And yet, the startup has built an enviable technology stack that has helped it scale while remaining profitable.In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan talks to Hari Ganapathy, CoFounder of PickYourTrail, about thriving in the tourism industry during the pandemic. Prior to starting PickYourTrail, Hari was responsible for building and scaling the EMEA Inside and Online sales Team at InMobi one of the worlds leading Marketing Clouds. He also managed highvolume / lowmargin and lowvolume / highmargin sales at Britannia and Reckitt Benckiser respectively. Tune in for a deepdive on   Translating passion to a business 04:02 The founding story 06:12 Building the supply demand 11:17 Building a brand in a fragmented space 14:48 Managing the ecosystem 17:30 Building consistent predictable customer experiences 19:41 Customer acquisition strategies 23:53 Key trends among Indian travelers 27:09 The covid impact 31:23 Permanent changes in the space going forward 39:29Connect with Hari LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/hariganapathy/Twitter https://twitter.com/haripytFound this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupstartupoperator Startups Podcast Pickyourtrail travel travelpodcast covid covidtravel travelstartup tourism experiences brandbuilding roshancariappa hariganapathy Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #15 : KreditBee, Ally.io, Venture Capital, Space Innovation, Tapchief, and more
    26 min 45 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Hot takes and news from the week that was in the Startup worldūüĎČūüŹĹ India‚Äôs first satellite from a Startup¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ PMs message to Indias Startup founders ‚Äčand more...Enjoy the weeks summary with a cuppa as Roshan Gunjan talk about, Top funding deals of the week: Zomentum, Ally.io, Zolve, KreditBee Freshworks CoFounder starts a new venture fund for SaaS Unacademys acquisition of Tapchief to launch Unacademy Pro Shaping Indias Digital Future: PMs addresses at NASSCOMs Technology Leadership Forum Pixxels upcoming satellite launch Pawri WebengageHit the like button on the right if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Subscribe to The Startup Operator Podcast for regular interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 9: Transitioning from a Founder to Investor - Kushal Bhagia (CEO - FirstCheque) | Early Stage Investing | Fundraising | The Startup Operator
    46 min 34 sec

    Kushal is the CEO of First Cheque a venture capital firm investing in earlystage startups.  He started his career by founding Nayi Disha to build motionbased educational games for kindergartners. Kushal transitioned from a founder to an operator in 2015 and was then a part of upGrad’s early core team building key corporate partnerships. In this episode, we talk to Kushal on what its like to transition from a founder to an operator to an investor, learnings from meeting earlystage startups, and what founders can learn to build a successful company. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 12 : Shifts in consumer behaviour & how the Product function has evolved| In conversation with Ravdeep Chawla (HelloFresh)
    56 min 24 sec

    Ravdeep leads the Product Function for Berlinbased startup, HelloFresh. Prior to joining HelloFresh, he has been part of multiple leading consumertech brands such as Cleartrip, Myntra, Freecharge, and Bookmyshow. In this episode, we spoke to Ravdeep about how consumer internet product space is evolving, what are the trends in which consumers adopt new products, and much more. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 14 : Media, Storytelling & Startups with Jayadevan PK (Evangelist @ Freshworks)
    1 hr 11 min 43 sec

    Jayadevan PK is an evangelist at Freshworks for startups. He has worked in the media for over 10 years now and has also started his media house FactorDaily. Jayadevan has witnessed the startup ecosystem from multiple lenses having transitioned from being a journalist to a founder and finally to an Operator. In this episode, we will be talking to him about media, storytelling, and startups. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 16 : Understanding Angel Investing with Dhruv & Ajay (Anicut Capital)
    1 hr 0 min 32 sec

    What is it like to be on the other side of the table while raising funds  We spoke with Dhruv Ranjan and Ajay Anand of Anicut Capital to understand how angel investors decide which companies to invest in. Ajay and Dhruv were earlier a part of the Indian Angel Network and were managing portfolios across the board. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 19 : Engineering Management with Sidu Ponnappa | SVP - Engineering @ Gojek
    1 hr 36 min 31 sec

    Sidu Ponnappa spearheads engineering efforts for one of the worlds most valuable startup Gojek. His LinkedIn bio mentions that he is an engineer by training, manager by profession, and a programmer for pleasure.   In this brand new episode of The Startup Operator, we talk to him about his transition from being a founder to an operator, powering Gojeks hypergrowth story, building winning products, and much more. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 21 : 0 to $50M in Sales with Abhijeet Vijayvergiya | Former President & MD - Capillary Technologies
    1 hr 3 min 26 sec

    One of Asias leading SaaS startups, Capillary Technologies has rapidly expanded its footprint across the Asia Pacific. Abhijeet has assisted the company in achieving 200 YoY growth and establish Capillary as an emerging market leader in the Omnichannel Customer Engagement Commerce space.  In this episode of The Startup Operator, we talk to Abhijeet about scaling sales function.  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 24 : Building a profitable venture | Santosh Panda (Co-founder, Explara)
    1 hr 2 min 23 sec

    Santosh is the cofounder CEO of Explara.com India’s leading experiences marketplace. An operator turned founder, turned mentor he founded Explara with a shoestring budget, and now the company serves millions of customers around the globe. Currently, he leads customer success growth for Thrivly.  In this episode of The Startup Operator, we talk to Santosh about his journey from being an operator to a coach, and what startup founders should be mindful of to create a profitable venture. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 25 : Building a SaaS business with Thiyagarajan | Co-founder - Upekkha
    1 hr 8 min 59 sec

    In this episode, Roshan invites Thiyagarajan Maruthavanan, or Rajan, to The Startup Operator Podcast. Rajan has been an engineer, CEO of an earlystage startup, product manager head of product innovation in multiple successful startups.   In 2018,  he cofounded Upekkha to help founders build Value SaaS business. Value SaaS means capitalefficient from the start. These businesses get to the first million in revenue with tiny or no investment. Listen to this episode of The Startup Operator to understand more about how Value SaaS differs from Vanity SaaS, relevant metrics for startup journeys, SaaS ecosystem of India, and much more. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 29 : Building Shopify India | Vargab Bakshi (Employee #1, Shopify India)
    47 min 18 sec

    While working with Google India after college, Vargab would write to the exec team at Shopify to express his admiration for the company, Soon later, he went on to become Shopifys first Indian hire. From 2010 to 2014, Vargab has helped hundreds of small and medium scale businesses take their business online and guided them in the digital space.  Join Roshan in conversation with Vargab as we unravel the expansion story of one of the worlds best known online marketplace platform. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 143 : Building a SaaS Business - Avlesh Singh (Co-founder & CEO, WebEngage)
    49 min 42 sec

    Avlesh Singh is the cofounder and CEO of WebEngage, a decade old SaaS platform that powers user retention. In this episode Avlesh spoke about the multiple pivots the company had to go through, what starting a SaaS company is like and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:33 Founding journey of WebEngage16:04 Picking the right problem market22:12 Starting a SaaS company: 2010 v/s today25:28 Building in India for the world31:47 Building a decadal business36:10 WebEngage Startup Program43:02 Startups that have scaled¬†45:35 Whats coming up at WebEngage¬†46:32 Advice to new entrepreneursClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Avlesh Singh :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/avlesh/Twitter: https://twitter.com/avleshConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 146 : Building a Clean Label Food Brand - Sreejith Moolayil (Co-founder & COO - True Elements) | D2C - Direct to Consumer Business
    41 min 25 sec

    Sreejith is the cofounder and COO of True Elements, a clean label food brand that makes a select range of Snacks and Supplements. In this episode he spoke about the nuances of building a farm to folk product, the process of reverse engineering, identifying and validating you niche and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction02:05 Evolution of D2C¬†07:59 Founding Story of True Elements11:52 Identifying and Validating your niche16:06 Process of reverse engineering17:28 Evolution of consumer preferences20:56 Nuances of building a Farm to fork product24:39 Differentiating True Elements as a brand30:02 Scaling a D2C brand34:01 Advice on building a sustainable business36:43 Fundamental changes due to covid¬†39:21 Books and Podcasts recommendationClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Sreejith :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sreejithmoolayil/Twitter: https://twitter.com/sreejithmoolaylConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 148 : He built India's fastest growing SaaS startup | Rashid Khan (Co-founder & CPO, Yellow) | Conversational AI | SaaS
    47 min 52 sec

    Rashid Khan is the cofounder and chief product officer at yellow.ai, a conversational platform that sits on top of existing systems. In this episode he spoke about how he built the countrys fastest growing SaaS startup, the nuances of delivering an omnichannel customer experience and more with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Topics:¬†00:00 Introduction01:25 Going from Idea to product to company with Yellow.ai09:26 Pivoting from B2C to B2B12:11 Yellow AIs North Star metric16:57 Nuances of delivering an omnichannel customer experience¬†23:31 Building with customers v/s innovating31:32 Whats next for Yellow AI35:26 Advice for people starting in this space40:42 Books and Podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Rashid :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rashoodkhan/Twitter: https://twitter.com/xhckrConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 150 : 10X Revenue in 1 YEAR?ūüėĮ - Anirudh Singla (Founder & CEO, Pepper)
    43 min 22 sec

    Anirudh Singla is the founder and CEO of Pepper, a managed marketplace for various types of content. In this episode he spoke about the nuances of scaling managed marketplaces, solving classical problems in the space and along with other interesting topics in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:05 Founding story of Pepper content05:14 Productizing your delivery09:41 Solving classical marketplace problems14:39 Nuances of scaling a managed marketplace17:55 Thinking beyond operational constraints 23:23 Balancing various aspects of a business28:28 Peppers NorthStar metric 29:21 Building trust with stakeholders30:50 Working with Creators34:08 Thinking ahead35:40 GTM for different countries37:29 Preparing for the next leap41:01 Books and Podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Anirudh :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anirudhsingla3a1844137/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SinglaAnirudhConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 154 : Building in the Metaverse - Varun Choudhary (Co-founder, Fan Anywhere) | Operating in a new category
    27 min 3 sec

    Varun is a serial entrepreneur and is the Cofounder of FanAnywhere, a platform for utility based NFTs Fan Tokens for celebrities and their fans. In this episode he spoke about what the Metaverse is, what NFTs are, how they will empower artist and how FanAnywhere is enabling all this in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:16 The nuances of Metaverse¬†03:08 Building for the Metaverse05:56 Evolution of the Metaverse08:47 What are NFTs10:30 Adding Utility to NFTs13:05 How does Fan Anywhere work14:06 How does Fan Anywhere empower creators15:46 Working with Artisits18:01 How does Fan Acquisition work19:57 Building Trust in the ecosystem20:57 Competition in this space22:12 Building a Product Roadmap in a Nascent space23:22 Advice for entrepreneurs in this space25:13 Books and Podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Varun :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/varunvc/Twitter: https://twitter.com/Varunvc23Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #57: Three new unicorns, Navi heads for an IPO, Automotive PLI scheme & more!
    24 min 2 sec

    Welcome to 57 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Three new unicorns this week: Xpressbees, ElasticRun, Livspace2. Sachin Bansals NAvi to go IPO3. Companies selected for automotive PLI scheme4. Sequoia Indias record funding5. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreRishi Agrawal Episode Links:Spotify: https://cutt.ly/RishiSpotifyApple: https://cutt.ly/RishiAppleGoogle: https://cutt.ly/RishiGoogleAnchor: https://cutt.ly/RishiAnchorYouTube: https://youtu.be/g8nlkb1FV0Click here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 157 : India SaaS Story - Manav Garg (CEO & Founder, Eka) | Fundraising | Hiring | Going from 0 - 1
    32 min 32 sec

    Manav is the founder and CEO of Eka Software solutions founded in 2004. More recently, he has authored The India SaaS Story, a Book for SaaS Founders by SaaS Founders. In this episode we revisit lessons learnt from the pandemic, how to think beyond operational constraints, why Manav decided to write the book and several other interesting topics.¬†Topics:00:00 Introduction01:37 Revisiting lessons from the pandemic04:13 Combining passion with reason06:44 Thinking beyond operational constraints08:56 Why Manav decided to write the book11:24 What surprised Manav12:34 Evolution of SaaS over the last 15 years16:33 Evolution of founders over the last 15 years18:11 Nuances of being global from day 119:30 How fundraising has changed¬†21:48 Advice to founders on building a SaaS startup23:44 Where are we lagging behind25:07 Building Post Sales and Customer Success function25:55 3 mistakes founders should avoid27:00 Going from nice to have to need to have28:44 Manavs thoughts on Category creation30:12 What do you hope the book will achieve30:35 The next couple of years for Manav31:08 Books and Podcasts recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Manav :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manavgarg227254/Twitter: https://twitter.com/manavgargConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 158 : Building Internet for Bharat - Jani Pasha (Co-founder & CEO, Lokal)
    45 min 1 sec

    Jani is cofounder and CEO of Lokal, a hyperlocal community app for the non english speaking population. In this episode he spoke about the founding story of Lokal, what the Y combinator experience was like, team structure at Lokal and monetizing the bharat user in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:16 Founding story of Lokal10:24 Validating the problem and solution21:52 The Y Combinator experience27:52 How are teams structured at Lokal31:45 Managing the dichotomy of Centralized v/s User generated content 34:20 Sourcing the last mile of listings35:03 Monetizing the bharat user40:22 Getting to 50100mn users41:22 Making the next leap forward 42:57 Books and PodcastsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Jani :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janipasha/Twitter: https://twitter.com/JanilokalConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #59: India's ban on Chinese apps, Zomato incorporates NBFC, 2 New Unicorns & other deals!
    27 min 12 sec

    Welcome to 59 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Indias ban on Chinese apps2. Zomato incorporates NBFC3. Unicorns of the week Perfios, Hasura4. Niyo raises 100m5. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #60: Hero Motocorp's new EV Brand, Accel's 7th Fund for India, New SaaS Fund & other deals!
    26 min 7 sec

    Welcome to 60 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Accel launches 7th fund for India2. Radhesh Kanumury launches new SaaS fund3. Hero motocorp announces new EV brand : Vida4. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 161 - Building a D2C Brand - Malika Sadani (Founder & CEO, The Moms Co.) | Beauty & Personal Care | Scaling to Acquisition
    40 min 48 sec

    Malika is the founder and CEO of The Moms Co., a natural beauty and personal care D2C brand. In this episode she spoke about validating the problem, educating consumers, consumer acquisition and more in her conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics00:00 Introduction01:00 Validating the problem and consumer research07:11 Asking the right questions to your prospects11:51 Articulating the brand promise¬†15:55 Educating the customer18:36 Levers for customer acquisition in the 0100cr journey23:11 Going up against larger incumbents25:37 Building trust in the community27:56 How do modern buyers make decisions31:00 What changes post acquisition33:27 Advice for new entrepreneurs in D2C space35:45 Best piece of advice Mallika has received38:40 Books PodcastsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Malika :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/malikasadani/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MalikaSadaniConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #61: RBI's ban on PayTM payments bank, IPOs: EbixCash and Navi Technologies & other deals!
    29 min 40 sec

    Welcome to 61 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. RBIs ban on PayTM payments bank2. IPOs: EbixCash and Navi Technologies 3. Edtech News: Byjus fundraise Unacademy opens store4. Ather Energy partners with Foxconn India and moreEpisodes mentioned:Atlan: https://youtu.be/bs93nW1PMikKuku FM: https://youtu.be/fQ5brqhTT58Click here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #62: Tax reforms on Capital gains, IT Raids on founders and more!
    35 min 22 sec

    Welcome to Roundup 62 of The Startup Operator. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Tax reforms on Capital Gains2. IT Raid on startup founders3. Falguni Nayar: Richest self made Woman billionaire4. Manipal hospitals partnering with Connected Life5. Amagi Turning unicorn6. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 166 : Streamlining Fish & Shrimp Farming - Rajamanohar, Founder & CEO - Aquaconnect
    30 min 34 sec

    Rajamanohar is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the founder and CEO of Aquaconnect. In this episode he spoke about why he decided to startup in this space after having been in the Tech space for several years. He also spoke about what Aquaculture is and where India is globally in this space, the nuances of operating here and several such topics in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.00:00 Introduction01:45 The Aquaculture Ecosystem03:29 Insights on operating in the space05:25 Standardizing fish shrimp production07:29 What is Aquaconnect Use cases¬†12:48 Being a full stack solution from Day 115:22 Rajs background and how he get started20:53 Building trust with the stakeholders24:54 Team structure at Aquaconnect25:54 Raising Debt v/s equity funding26:35 High level challenges Raj is solving27:07 Nuances of operating in the space28:57 Books and podcasts recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Raj :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rajamanohar/Twitter: https://twitter.com/rajamanoharConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 167 : Building for the Next Generation - Kyle Fernandes (Co-founder & CEO, MemeChat)
    37 min 12 sec

    Kyle is the cofounder and CEO of MemeChat, a social app made for memers by memers. In this episode Kyle spoke about how he convinced his parents when he started out building MemeChat, how he went from an idea to a product and to a company, their NFT Marketplace, the nuances of building for millennials and GenZ in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:10 How Kyle sold his startup idea to his parents02:38 Kyles experience of Meme economy04:05 Going from idea to product to company with MemeChat09:56 Are people losing interest in creating for big tech platforms11:02 What is MemeChat and who is it for13:11 How do you engineer bots to be funny14:50 MemeChats NFT Marketplace17:13 Nuances of building for the Millennials and GenZ18:13 Scaling to 100mn users20:03 How do you Scale content21:17 Customer acquisition strategy22:38 Working with OTT platforms23:41 MemeChat in the next 1824 months25:07 Developing a mindset for sustainable growth¬†26:53 Insights for new consumer tech entrepreneurs28:43 How is Kyle preparing for the next leap at MemeChat30:55 Creating a category32:52 Dealing with failure34:55 Keeping up with evolving audiences36:03 Books and Podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Kyle :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kylefern/Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyleandfernConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 173 : Building a Pet Care Brand - Rashi Narang (Founder, Heads Up For Tails) | D2C | Pet Care
    28 min 54 sec

    Rashi is the founder of Heads Up For Tails, a startup that makes safe and healthy pet care products and offers services like Spas and grooming. In this episode she spoke about the moment she realized this could be a business, what it takes to turn passion into business, what works in the retail industry and more with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:50 Idea to product to company03:10 If youre early in a category, do this04:30 Expanding from a niche05:26 Who were the believers 07:12 Turning your passion into a business08:25 Learning to run a business09:27 HUFTs hiring Process11:56 Customer Acquisition Journey13:49 Advice on succeeding in Retail15:18 Going from Offline to Online17:27 Franchises and expanding the business18:23 Launching new products20:28 Nurturing your community22:25 Next 1824 Months for HUFT23:38 How is Rashi preparing for the next leap25:42 Insights from the pet care industry26:41 Books and podcastsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Rashi :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rashinarang/Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #71 : Zoho Invests in Genrobotics, Jar eyes another fundraise & other news!
    23 min 10 sec

    Welcome to 71 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Country Delight raised the largest venture capital funding round this week2. Tiger global leading 50mn round in Jar3. Zoho invests 20cr in Genrobotics4. BluSmart raised 25 million in an extended Series A5. EV financing startup Three Wheels United raised 10 million in a Seriesand moreClick HERE to get regular updates on WhatsAppTalk of the Town Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • Roundup #72: Fintechs raise funds, EV infrastructure gets a boost & other News!
    26 min 8 sec

    Welcome to 72 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Large Cheque fundraise ShareChat raised nearly 300 million2. Slice raised 50 million / What is the future of BNPL3. Jiobp, MG Motor and Castrol ink partnership to bolster EV adoption in India4. Mensa Brands achieves Rs 1,500 cr net revenue in first 12 months of operationsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • EP 177 : Building a 600+Cr D2C Brand - Chaitanya Ramalingegowda (Co-Founder, Wakefit)
    42 min 23 sec

    Chaitanya is the cofounder of Wakefit, a D2C brand that operates in the home solutions space. In this episode he spoke about the lessons hes learnt from his previous startups, the process of influencing buyer behaviour, the levers or growth he used in Wakefits journey and more with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction01:36 Lessons from Chaitanyas startup failures05:18 Looking at the Mattress industry with first principles09:24 Advice for entrepreneurs looking at conventional domains 11:48 The process of going from idea to product to company 15:14 Influencing buyer behavior 18:34 Dos and Donts of scaling a D2C business20:40 Growth levers in the Wakefit journey22:51 Advice on zero dollar marketing 26:49 Thoughts on Competition 30:24 The next 18 months for Wakefit31:20 Advice on managing the current slowdown34:27 How is Chaitanya preparing for the next leap37:14 Embedding core culture in DNA while scaling39:10 Books and Podcast recommendationClick HERE to get regular WhatsApp updatesConnect with Chaitanya : LinkedIn TwitterConnect with Us: LinkedIn TwitterIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #77: Unacademy Focuses on Profitability, 2 New Unicorns & more!
    27 min 26 sec

    Welcome to 77 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. 5ire and Onecard turn Unicorns 2. Lightspeed becomes 20th VC firm to raise funds this year3. Mfine, upGrad and MediBuddy make acquisitionsand moreTalk of the Town: https://twitter.com/jasonlk/status/1547240060528967680s20tR5BtTdBSe3NDHKqQgCXrAgJo Aggarwal Episode: https://youtu.be/PIVx4rdcJTgClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • Roundup #78: Ashok Soota Starts up at 79, 3 VC firms raise funds & more!
    24 min 12 sec

    Welcome to 78 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Ashok Soota Third Startup at 79 Years2. B Capital, Auxano Capital and First Cheque raised funds3. upGrad and Shiprocket acquired other startups...and moreTalk of the Town: https://twitter.com/jgebbia/status/1550158908898979840s20tjXGDmToaKtQYwKuwTbgH6QClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • EP 185 : Improving Developer Productivity - Sudheer Bandaru (Founder & CEO, Insightly Analytics)
    43 min 55 sec

    Sudheer is an engineering leader and the founder CEO of Insightly Analytics, a SaaS solution to help companies improve their engineering teams productivity. In this episode he spoke about what a developers day looks like, how to enable a team as an engineering manager, what qualities to look for while hiring an engineer for early stage and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Introduction02:06 A Day in the life of a typical developer05:11 Building a Code culture09:05 Measuring a developers productivity12:58 Org Design at Insightly15:51 Enabling your team as an Engineering Manager20:39 Dos and Donts for a non technical founder24:08 Qualities to look for in an early stage engineer¬†25:26 Idea to Product to Company30:39 Going from a nicetohave to a needtohave33:33 Transforming data into relevant actionable insights¬†36:43 Whats coming up at Insightly38:10 Sudheers insights from the developer productivity space40:40 The Engineering Leader Persona41:59 Books and podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Sudheer :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sbandaru/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SudhirBandaruConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #81: India celebrates with 75K startups, Softbank warns of longer Startup Winter & More!
    29 min 47 sec

    Welcome to 81st episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†1. 75K startups in 75 years of independance2. SoftBank cautions longer startup winter3. SEBI‚Äôs proposes to regulate fintech run ‚Äėbond trading platforms‚Äô4. Fundraise Upgrad, Clevertap...and moreClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news funding

  • Roundup #83 : Deeptech Startups on the Rise, IRDAI Proposes New Platform for Sales & Service & More!
    33 min 39 sec

    Welcome to 83rd episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Finance Ministry issues clarification on UPI charges2. Sequoia Surge launches its 7th cohort3. Deeptech accounts for over 12 of Indian Startup Ecosystem4. IRDAI proposes a new platform for insurance sales services. 5. Google harvests the most amount of data among big tech firms....and moreEpisodes Mentioned in this Roundup:Last Roundup:Youtube: https://youtu.be/WP6GQHCmlMQApple: https://tinyurl.com/R82AppleSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/R82SpotifyGoogle: https://tinyurl.com/R82GoogleAmazon: https://tinyurl.com/R82AmazonBuilding a Deep Tech Startup Ashwini Asokan Founder CEO, Mad Street DenYouTube: https://youtu.be/roejuSfMHpUSpotify: https://cutt.ly/AshwiniSpotifyApple: https://cutt.ly/AshwiniAppleGoogle: https://cutt.ly/AshwiniGoogleBuilding Commercial Drones Vipul Singh Cofounder CEO, Aarav Unmanned SystemsYoutube: https://youtu.be/kbhXDMq2uHsAudio Links: https://www.startupoperator.in/s1e127Disrupting Insurance Abhishek Poddar Saurabh Arora Founders, PlumYouTube: https://youtu.be/ii9wwIQE4HESpotify: https://cutt.ly/PlumSpotifyApple: https://cutt.ly/PlumAppleGoogle: https://cutt.ly/PlumGoogleBuilding a Hub for Data Teams Prukalpa Sankar Cofounder, AtlanYouTube: https://youtu.be/bs93nW1PMikSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/PrukalpaSpotifyApple: https://tinyurl.com/PrukalpaAppleGoogle: https://tinyurl.com/PrukalpaGoogleSell Anything Online Suumit Shah Founder CEO DukaanYoutube: https://youtu.be/mGF1SIglwApple: https://cutt.ly/EP144AppleSpotify: https://cutt.ly/EP144SpotifyGoogle: https://cutt.ly/EP144GoogleAmazon: https://cutt.ly/EP144AmazonBuilding the University of the Future Abhimanyu Saxena Cofounder, Scaler AcademyYoutube: https://youtu.be/hHKM5jQEz68Apple: https://cutt.ly/EP137AppleSpotify: https://cutt.ly/EP137SpotifyGoogle: https://cutt.ly/EP137GoogleAmazon: https://cutt.ly/EP137AmazonBuilding a SaaS business with Thiyagarajan Cofounder Upekkha The Startup OperatorYoutube: https://youtu.be/468fr6aw4AgShould you fund your SaaS startup with revenue Prasanna Krishnamoorthy Partner UpekkhaYoutube: https://youtu.be/Nnh8MSOdh4sEP 179 : Pioneering the Drone Revolution Ankit Mehta Cofounder CEO, Ideaforge TechnologyYoutube: https://youtu.be/36b5TlarBZQApple: https://tinyurl.com/179AppleSpotify: https://tinyurl.com/179SpotifyGoogle: https://tinyurl.com/179GoogleAmazon: https://tinyurl.com/179AmazonOur Website: https://startupoperator.in/s1e179Building a Core Science Startup Ezhil Subbian Founder CEO, String BioYoutube: https://youtu.be/edQSsOeJOXI Apple: https://cutt.ly/EP152AppleSpotify: https://cutt.ly/EP152SpotifyGoogle: https://cutt.ly/EP152GoogleAmazon: https://cutt.ly/EP152AmazonConsumerization of Healthcare Mohit Kumar Founder CEO, UltrahumanYouTube: https://youtu.be/Pp9b5k5wLkSpotify: https://cutt.ly/MohitSpotifyApple: https://cutt.ly/MohitAppleGoogle: https://cutt.ly/MohitGoogleAmazon: https://cutt.ly/MohitAmazonClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news IPO Layoffs funding

  • Roundup #84 : Zomato launches intercity food delivery, "Samudrayaan" to explore deep seas & More!
    31 min 8 sec

    Welcome to 84th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†1. Smart India Hackathon 2022 comes to an end2. MoHUA has onboarded 76 startups under the ‚ÄėIndia Water PitchPilotScale StartUp Challenge.‚Äô3. Zomato unveils intercity food delivery4. Indian central bank is looking to address UPI Duopoly in India5. Samudrayaan Mission launched to explore deep seas...and moreConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup 85 : ONDC Launched in Bangalore, Adobe Acquired Figma and more!
    26 min 27 sec

    Welcome to 85th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†1. ONDC launch in Bangalore2. Adobe acquires Figma3. Zomato cracks down on cloud kitchen4. National Logistics Policy5. ED freezes WazirX and Ethereum tokenConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 141 : Enabling Cross-border Finance - Raghunandan G (Founder, Zolve) | Fintech | Neo Bank | Building a Global Brand
    35 min 31 sec

    Raghunandan is a serial entrepreneur and has founded several startups like TaxiForSure and Serendipity Infolabs and more. He is currently the founder of Zolve, a fintech startup solving problems with cross border finance and more. In this episode he spoke about the nuance of the same, building a consumer product for the world and more with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:13 What is Raghu doing differently with Zolve03:46 Raghus thoughts on raising funds and access to capital08:18 Downsides of access to capital12:26 The nuances of solving for cross border finance15:59 Idea to Product to Company¬†18:49 Executing on this problem21:16 Building a sustainable moat25:19 Advice on building partnerships with incumbents26:42 Building a consumer product for the world from India30:10 Whats coming up at Zolve30:53 Being an investor and a founder33:05 Books and podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Raghunandan :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/graghunandan/Twitter: https://twitter.com/raghugnandanConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #51: India's 1st dedicated blockchain fund, Growing EV industry, Acquisitions & more!
    28 min 46 sec

    Welcome to 51 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Indias 1st dedicated blockchain fund2. Indias growing EV industry3. Mumbais metaverse of India4. Acquisitions and fundingsand moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 111 : Enabling Enterprises with Data - Suresh Shankar (Founder & CEO, Crayon Data) | Selling to large enterprises | Being a 2x founder
    58 min 13 sec

    Suresh is a two time founder, podcaster and more. He first founded RedPill solutions in 2000 and then Crayon Data, a big data and AI company. He also hosts a podcast called Slaves to the Algo. In this episode he talks about building affinity models, impact of AI and the nuances of building and selling to large enterprises and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:33 Going from idea to product to company04:31 The story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree09:03 Building Affinity models¬†19:19 Working with Data teams24:14 How can large enterprises offer a Netflixlike experience36:18 How will Banks and Fintechs partner in the future¬†38:30 Impact of AI¬†43:23 Nuances of building and selling to large enterprises49:00 Hacks to break into large enterprises¬†53:37 What do you do differently as a secondtime founder56:58 Closing RemarksConnect with Nagraj:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sureshshankar/Twitter: https://twitter.com/sureshshankarConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 112 : Building Products for Scale - Kaushik Subramanian (Product Leader) | Product Principles for B2B & B2C | Hiring Product Talent
    52 min 10 sec

    Kaushik is a product leader and has worked at some of the worlds largest tech companies. He is also an investor/advisor at several firms. In this episode he spoke about building scalable products, his pet peeves for products and how to influence communities with authority and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key highlights:00:00 Introduction¬†01:52 Kausiks career journey¬†03:00 Moving from B2C to B2B06:00 Guiding principles to build scalable products09:33 Maintaining holistic end product experience¬†14:14 Prioritising less obvious, more realistic things17:20 What is the benchmark for a product release20:23 Focussing on the big picture23:19 Differences from B2B and B2C32:04 Kaushiks favourite products¬†36:03 Kaushiks pet product peeves38:39 Making products more intelligent41:10 Zero to One of product building45:21 Influencing without authority¬†49:10 Product talent in the ecosystem52:30 Hiring Great talent¬†53:12 Kaushiks advice to The Startup Operator communityConnect with Kaushik:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaushikpsub/Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHolyKauConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 114 : Building for Indian Retail - Kumar Vembu (CEO, GoFrugal) | Digital Transformation | Scaling SaaS
    55 min 48 sec

    Kumar Vembu is a product manager and a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple startups over the past 3 decades. He founded GoFrugal in 2004 to provide services for the Indian Retail industry with the aim of getting Indian businesses to go digital. In this episode he spoke about Building SaaS for the India market, the nuances of building and selling to Indian retailers, advantages of scaling from India and more with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:52 Founding Journey of GoFrugal06:46 Building with the customer12:37 Building SaaS for the India market¬†16:48 Advantages of scaling from India19:18 Digital Transformation for SMBs27:31 Improving customer experience through digital¬†34:05 Impact on business with gofrugal40:33 Evolution of the retail market pandemic impact45:17 Nuances of building and selling to indian retailers¬†48:40 Bootstrapping v/s Fundraising51:56 Optimisim for future of B2B SaaS55:08 Closing RemarksConnect with Kumar:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kumarvembua0a45710/Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #36 : Nykaa readies IPO, UPI sets new records, Mindtickle turns unicorn and more!
    32 min 16 sec

    If youre a passionate listener of our podcast, then please do share your feedback with us https://tinyurl.com/sopfeed takes 5 mins or less. Help us publish more of your favourite content every week¬†Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Mindtickle turning unicornūüĎČūüŹĹ Nykaa files DRHP for IPOūüĎČūüŹĹ UPI sets new recordand more..Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #40: Zerodha's Mutual Funds approval, Prosus acquires BillDesk and more!
    34 min 37 sec

    Welcome to 40 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Jivraj Sachar joining Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha to discuss  1. Account Aggregator Network2. Prosus Acquiring BillDesk3. Bikayis Fundraise4. Zerodha gets approval to launch their Mutual funds5. Apps for Bharat fundraiseHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 124 : Building Fintech 2.0 - Nitin Gupta (Founder & CEO, Uni) | Reimagining credit | Serial Entrepreneur | Investor
    42 min 30 sec

    Nitin is a serial entrepreneur and an Angel Investor. He has founded multiple startups like Khojguru Infotech, PayU India and now Uni. In this episode he spoke about the evolution of fintech in India, its future with banking, personalizing financial services user experience and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:15 Starting at Lehman Brothers in 200804:54 India Fintech over the last ten years 10:01 Nitins learnings from founding PayU16:02 Going from Idea to Product to Company with Uni21:23 Product roadmap for Unis customers 23:26 Personalizing financial services user experience 25:30 Customer segmentation within Financial Services29:11 Cross Selling to users30:28 Building an ecosystem through partnerships32:05 Future of Banking and Fintech 36:11 Advantages of being an Investor AND a founder38:05 Optimism for the future40:34 Nitins Books and Podcasts recommendations Connect with Nitin:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nitinguptaprofile/Twitter: https://twitter.com/nitinwhateverConnect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 126 : Streamlining B2B Commerce - Vasant Sridhar ( Co-founder & CSO, OfBusiness) | Enabling SMEs | Marketplace & Financing | Manufacturing in India
    42 min 48 sec

    Vasant Sridhar is a Cofounder and Chief Sales Officer at OfBusiness, an SME financing platform. Prior to cofounding OfBusiness, Vasant was the founder of Bloodline labs and later held several positions at ITC. In this episode he spoke about B2B commerce in India, rediscovering finance through first principles, building to last and much more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:13 Vasants learnings from ITC04:10 Excited for B2B Commerce07:21 Streamlining Demand and Supply10:36 Team Structure at OfBusiness15:49 Nuances of Matching Supply and Demand19:25 Rediscovering Financing through first principles22:53 Tech business vs techenabled business25:44 Setting up a Sales Org OfBusiness28:34 Attracting quality talent32:07 How building to last translates to everyday decisions34:51 OfBusiness future plans36:38 Is IPO on the horizon for OfBusiness37:31 How does Vasanth see Indian Manufacturing space evolving in the future40:06 Vasants Books and Podcast recommendationsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Vasant:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vasantsridhar44b9202bTwitter: https://twitter.com/VasantSridharConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 49 : Building a Company | Harpreet (Co-founder, CoCubes)
    43 min 8 sec

    A now entrepreneur turned investor and author, Harpreet had cofounded  CoCubes, an online assessments firm, in 2007 with his cofounder Vibhore Goyal. CoCubes got acquired by Aon Hewitt in Nov 2016 in an allcash deal and it became part of Aon’s Assessment Solutions, the worlds secondlargest assessment company.  At the time of the acquisition, CoCubes had touched 3 million students across India and worked with 1000 corporates and engineering colleges.  In this episode of the Startup Operator Podcast, Roshan talks to Harpreet about his new book, Lets Build a Company, in which Harpreet talks about his learnings at CoCubes.  Connect with Harpreet   Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/hsgrover/ Twitter https://twitter.com/hsgrover Know more about Harpreets book Lets Build a Company https://www.amazon.in/LetsBuildCompanyStartupBullshit/dp/0143449834Know more about the role at Niveshi https://angel.co/company/niveshi/jobs/448581vpairesearchIf you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our podcast and let us know what youd like us to cover in the next episode.   Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 51 : Expanding to Southeast Asia | Arijit Chakraborty (MD, Asia - Cover Genius)
    47 min 13 sec

    With more than 15 years of experience, Arijit Chakraborty has been in senior leadership roles with global insurers such as Manulife and Zurich. He is actively involved in the startup ecosystem and has been building insurtech businesses in Southeast Asia for the past years. He currently serves as the Managing Director, Asia, at Cover Genius. In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, Roshan and Arijit have a conversation on the opportunities and challenges of expanding to the Asia Pacific region along with insights into the insurtech space.   Connect with Arijit   LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/arijitchakraborty07920618/   Know more about Moolya https://moolya.com/  If you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our podcast and let us know what youd like us to cover in the next episode. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 56 : Should you fund your SaaS startup with revenue? | Prasanna Krishnamoorthy (Partner - Upekkha Catalyst)
    58 min 37 sec

    In the latest episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan invites Prasanna Krishnamoorthy, who is a partner at Upekkha Catalyst. Upekkha helps founders build value SaaS startups.   Prasanna earlier served as the CTO at Microsoft Accelerator for India, the largest effort of its kind felt it in his bones when helping over 100 B2B startups iterate to their productmarket fit.   In this episode, we understand some of the alternate ways of growing a startup, along with Bootstrapping vs raising funds,  Revenuebased funding, Traditional vs Valuation business, and more Connect with Prasanna  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/prasannainindia/Twitter https://twitter.com/prasannasaysIf you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our channel and follow us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 57 : Can you fight Lifestyle Diseases with Tech? | Vivek Subramanyam (Founder, CEO @ AltLife)
    55 min 33 sec

    About a billion people in the world suffer from lifestyle diseases. What’s more discomforting is that the numbers are hurtling to a staggering 2 billion in the span of a mere two decades. And, our current medical solutions focus on managing the symptoms but not the actual root causes.  Vivek Subramanyam, Founder CEO of AltLife, talks to us about how his second startup venture is taking a radically new approach to solving the most prevalent lifestyle diseases. Connect with Vivek  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/viveksubramanyam/ Twitter https://twitter.com/vivekspeak Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 58 - What did you do this year? | Devaiah Bopanna (Co-Founder, All Things Small)
    2 hr 22 min 44 sec

    This is it.   The end of 2020 is almost here.  We have Devaiah Bopanna exAIB with us again to round up the year that was. In this episode, we dive into the various aspects of 2020 that we want to take forward with us in 2021. Listen to this episode for a peculiar take on how the startup scenes have evolved in India, the grasp social media has on us, and the hits misses of the year.What are your biggest takeaways of the year Let us know via our social handles  Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupLinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 61 : What is the future of Indian Agritech? | Ananda Verma (Co-founder & CEO, Fasal)
    55 min 41 sec

    Farmers rely heavily on traditional cropping calendars and their experiences to maximize their yields. But even experienced farmers have not always been able to escape the perils of climate change, losing their crops to unpredictable weather conditions, soil degradation, and unmitigated pest attacks.  Fasal is an agritech platform powered by IoT and A, on the mission to keep the farmers aware of the farm and crop conditions anytime, anywhere on any device.  Founded by Ananda Verma, its goal is to enable farmers to be proactive instead of reacting to crop diseases, weather conditions, and various other critical situations.  Fasal empowers farmers and Agri institutions by decreasing the input cost, increasing the quality and quantity of the yield, and optimizing resources like fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides, irrigation management, etc.  In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, join Roshan Cariappa in conversation with Ananda, as we understand more about how the agriculture sector in India has evolved, along with   Fasal’s founding story 01:41  Making agriculture viable in India07:32  Proving ROI case to farmers 18:42  Understanding the business economics 26:07  Making contextual insights available to farmers 30:49  Building farmercentric solutions 35:32  Making technology economically viable 40:29  Recent agricultural reforms 45:15  Indian agricultural outlook in 2021 49:22Found this episode informative Let us know by via a  Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 62 : The Untold Flipkart Story & More - Mihir Dalal (Journalist & Author)
    1 hr 4 min 1 sec

    Staring as an assistant producer with CNBC TV18, India’s largest business television network, Mihir has over a decade in business journalism focusing on startups. He joined Mint as a Staff Writer in 2012. Currently, he is the Chief of Bureau at Mints Bangalore Office.  In 2019, he published the book The Untold Flipkart Story.  Listen in as Roshan and Mihir engage in a freeflowing conversation around Flipkarts success and how startups founders have evolved over time.01:39 Lesserknown stories of Flipkarts Journey05:38 What Flipkart did differently12:57 People of Flipkart14:46 Three things we can learn from Sachin and Binny18:38 Walmarts Acquisition21:49 How the nature of startups has changed34:49 ESOP buybacks38:26 Newage startups founders41:46 Media Coverage for startups01:02:19 Things to look forward to in 2021Connect with Mihir  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mihirdalal3b602014/Twitter https://twitter.com/MihirDTweets Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 64 : Keeping Employees Healthy | Kiran Kalakuntla (Founder & CEO - ekincare)
    44 min 23 sec

    ekincare is a healthcare startup that creates measured and personalized healthcare plans that reduce healthcare costs for employers. The startup also launched a healthcare marketplace in 2016, it was also one among 6 startups to be selected by Swiss Res first Global Accelerator program.   In this episode, we find out how ekincare is making employees healthier.  00:00 Introduction 02:23 The founding story 10:01 Growing importance of employee wellness programs 14:26 Solving for healthcare  23:30 ProductMarket fit in healthcare 28:04 Nudging preemptive healthcare 31:05 Customer segmentation in the space 33:26 Implications of covid  Connect with Kiran  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirankalakuntlaTwitter https://twitter.com/Kpowerthree   Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup    Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 66 : Disrupting India's Mobile Gaming Space | Keerti Singh (Co-Founder, Hitwicket)
    43 min 48 sec

    Hitwicket is an AIpowered gaming platform that was launched in 2015. In 2020 the startup won 1st position in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge for its immense potential to be a market leader. Hitwicket is on its path to disrupt the Indian mobile gaming market and aims to disrupt the global market as well in the coming years.In this episode, Roshan talks to Keerti Singh, CoFounder VP Growth, Hitwicket, to find out more about how they are disrupting the market.   Some of the things discussed include  01:02 The founding story 03:23 Learnings from working with Amazon 06:17 Being relevant to your target audience 10:45 Building a brand in a crowded market 14:14 Managing customer retention 18:12 ProductMarket fit in mobile gaming 20:02 Enabling the community 22:03 Monetising a mobile game 25:36 Mobile gaming market in India 29:16 Making datadriven decisions 33:58 User engagement for mobile games 36:30 Winning the AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovation Challenge 39:10 Capitalising on growth during covid    Connect with Keerti  LinkedIn https://in.linkedin.com/in/keerti25 Twitter https://twitter.com/keertisingh25  Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our podcast for regular startup stories. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP: 67 | SaaS, Startups and More | Indus Khaitan ( Founder & CEO, Quolum ) | The Startup Operator
    51 min 35 sec

    Indus Khaitan is a serial entreprenuer, he founded one of the earliest startup accelerators in India The Morpheus Gang, he was the head of growth at ChargeBee and is now the FounderCEO of Quolum, a company that helps optimize software spend. In this episode Roshan and Indus talk about the founding stories, how businesses and startups in the SaaS space have evolved and more  If you liked this episode, dont forget to like, share and subscribe. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 68 : Transitioning from an Engineer to an Engineering Leader | Chetan Kalyan (VP - Engineering, Meesho)
    45 min 49 sec

    Meesho is Indias largest social commerce platform, on a mission to enable anyone to start their businesses with zero investment. Our entrepreneurs largely comprise housewives between 2545 from middleincome households and/or tier 2 India.Chetan leads Meesho’s engineering vertical as the Vice President. A Stanford graduate, Chetan has held multiple engineering roles at the likes of Qualcomm Flipkart, and Circle.ai.In the first episode of The Startup Operator Manager Series, Roshan is joined by Augustus D’Souza, Founder CEO of Clergo, to have a chat with Chetan on 02:20 His journey so far 04:09 Engineering at Meesho 10:54 Product Engineering overlaps 15:45 Balancing product roadmap in ecommerce  18:27 Hiring onboarding engineers with domain expertise 23:43 What makes a good engineer 26:24  Focusing on quality 31:06 Evaluating the rightfit engineer  35:19 Transitioning from an engineer to an engineering leader 40:22 Biggest challenges 42:57 Remote operationsConnect with Chetan LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/chetankalyanFound this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #16: Zomato, Zetwork, Doubtnut, Orios' Indian Tech Unicorn Report and more!
    40 min 16 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Startup fundraise over the past weekūüĎČūüŹĹ Hot takes and news from the week that was in the Startup worldūüĎČūüŹĹ Indias Tech Unicorns ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Twitters new features and more...Enjoy the weeks summary with a cuppa as Roshan Gunjan talk about, ¬†Top Fundraise of the week: Zomato, Zetwerk, Doubtnut, Inframarket, Jio Kalaari ¬†Orios Indian Tech Unicorn Report ¬†Sachin Tendulkars Appointment as Unacademys brand ambassador ¬†Twitters Super Follow Spaces features ¬†IndiaGolds aim to disrupt the national loan market ¬†Sachin Bansals take on competition analysis ¬†Vembus WisdomHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 70 - Building Enterprise Tech | Sujay Koduri (SVP-Engineering, Vymo) | Engineering Manager Series
    1 hr 10 min 35 sec

    Sujay Koduri heads engineering at Vymo which is one of the fastest growing enterprise tech startups in the world. Prior to working at Vymo he was the senior engineering manager at 247.AI. In this episode Augustus and Roshan talk to Sujay to find out how he manages engineering in a fast growing startup and more.Some Key points discussed in this Episode are What Makes a great engineer Importance of facing customers, importance of being a team player Alignment between engineering and other teams Solving high level challenges How WFH has changed the way engineers work What goes into a large scale deployment to enterprise Balancing freshers autonomy Key skills to transition from engineer to engineering manager Whats special about Vymo How do you work with existing systems and scale them laterIf you liked this episode, dont forget to like, share and subscribe. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #17: Razorpay's Esop, Flipkart plans IPO, Tiger Global's new investments and more!
    35 min 18 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Startup fundraise over the past week¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Hot takes and news from the week that was in the Startup world ¬†¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Razorpays ESOP buyback and more... ¬†Key points discussed in this roundup are:Roshans take on Recent episode¬†GROWW in talks to raise 100Mn with Tiger Global¬†Pristyn care raises 80100Mn from Tiger Global¬†Cashify raises 15Mn¬†Razorpay ESOP buyback¬†RedX Delivery growth story¬†Flipkart listing: US SPAC or Traditional IPO¬†Vembus Wisdom: https://tinyurl.com/fuvvmtm Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 71 : Building Engineering Culture | Pankaj Risbood, Co-founder & CTO, Zendrive | Engineering Manager Series
    1 hr 8 min 34 sec

    Solving big data engineering problems, scaling an engineering team, and building core technology products thats Pankajs forte.  With 19 years of experience, Pankaj cofounded Zendrive with Jonathan Matus and established the RD centre in Bangalore in 2014. He leads the data science, engineering, and product teams at the centre which has 85 employees at present.   With a knack for solving hard problems in computer science and generating valuable IP for the company in the process 16 patents filed, Pankaj spoke at length about some of the most fundamental engineering questions of a scaling startup.  Tune in   Pankajs journey thus far 01:12  The common engineering problem 03:12  Application of AI / ML 04:54  What makes an ideal engineer 09:46  Building an engineering culture 14:50  Problemsolving in Zendrive 25:57  Structuring an engineering team 30:01  Setting the right expectations 35:26  Growing in an engineering role 42:36  Working with other stakeholders 45:56  Hiring the right person for the role 56:55  Advice for founders on working with engineers 01:02:45  Connect with Pankaj  LinkedIn: https://in.linkedin.com/in/risbood Twitter: https://twitter.com/risbood  Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our podcast.   You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 1: Core Principles for Product - Pritam Roy (Product & Strategy - Cred) | Building for Scale | B2B & B2C | The Startup Operator
    33 min 26 sec

    Welcome to our first weekend special, where we interview top startup operators and get firsthand insights on what it takes to execute and innovate, and vice versa Pritam is currently leading strategic growth for one of Indias most wellknown fintech startups Cred. He has been a part of multiple 0 to 1 journeys in his career, both in B2B and B2C side of things. Today, well be talking about the fundamental characteristics of operating in a startup, along with challenges and advantages of innovating at scale, and much more. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Byte 10: Don't be under leveraged - Roshan Cariappa | Growth & Resilience during a crisis | Startup Wisdom
    4 min 55 sec

    Something we should beware of as operators and entrepreneurs is being underleveraged when this crisis passes over eventually. One of the things that happen during these times is an increased focus on conserving capital. You comb through every line item of expense. But if you don’t continue to invest in your growth now, will you be able to capture the opportunities thatll come tomorrow Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Byte 12: Marketing is a force multiplier - Roshan Cariappa | Building Leverage for Growth | Startup Wisdom
    4 min 25 sec

    Most startups bias towards sales and product in the early days. It’s right for leadership to invest most of their time and energy into enabling the first few successful sales reps or working with product teams building product, of course. But, soon enough this isn’t the best use of Leadership time and any additional effort only gives a marginal increase in gains. If you want your sales to extend beyond people and relationships, if you want to add more depth to your product, then you have no other way out than to invest in marketing to increase lead velocity and brand awareness. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 3: Fundamentals of Growth - Neil Dave (Product Manager @ TapChief) | Growing a Marketplace | Product-led Growth | The Startup Operator
    43 min 41 sec

    Welcome to our weekend special, where we interview top startup operators and get firsthand insights on what it takes to execute and innovate, and vice versaJoining us today in conversation is Neil Dave, who leads product at TapChief. In this episode, he shares his stories from the founding days of the startup and what was it like building a company from a college dorm room, how the focus kept evolving, managing supply and demand, driving productled growth, and much more Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 6: Building Distribution through APIs - Nikhil Kumar (Co-founder @ Setu) | Building in Fintech | The Startup Operator
    1 hr 0 min 8 sec

    Nikhil Kumar, CoFounder and Chief Evangelist of Setu, started his career building the partner ecosystem at Tally. Featured in Forbes 30 under 30, he has been instrumental in building the India stack UPI payment interface that processes over 19 Billion in a month and eKYC through Aadhaar. In this episode, he talks about how startups can build direct and indirect distribution channels, and what its like to be in the groundzero of digital disruptions. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 8: Marketing during COVID - Ashwin SL (VP-Marketing, MoEngage) | Brand and Growth Campaigns | SaaS | The Startup Operator
    1 hr 1 min 10 sec

    Marketers have had a rough time in this market. Its an understatement to say things have changed Joining us today is Ashwin S L, who heads Marketing at MoEngage Inc., about how his team is adapting to this new paradigm, what are the strategies to experiment with to generate new leads, and how internal and external communications are changing. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 10: Enterprise Marketing Principles - Devdutt Manay (Head of Enterprise Marketing - Exotel) | Go To Market | Expansion | The Startup Operator
    33 min 48 sec

    Driving growth for midsized businesses via GTM and integrated marketing strategies, Devdutt, or Dev, heads enterprise marketing for cloud communication startup Exotel. The unique thing about him is that he has both demand gen and branding skills in equal measure. In this episode, we spoke to him about his tenure at Talisma then transitioning to Exotel, optimizing marketing campaigns for enterprise businesses, and much more.  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 92: Simplifying Compliance | Rishi Agrawal (CEO, Avantis Regtech)
    1 hr 8 min 22 sec

    Rishi Agrawal is the CEO of Avantis Regtech, a regulatory technology startup that offers a multitenant, SAAS solution on its web and mobile platforms, enabling a transparent, accountable and efficient risk and compliance management. Rishi spoke about Incentivising compliance, Making compliance data accessible through APIs and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Highlights of this conversation:00:00 Simplifying Compliance¬†01:23 Building an application for Compliance05:32 Key milestones in the Avantis journey10:12 Principles for navigating compliance in India Building good governance practices14:50 How has the compliance process changed18:41 Incentivising compliance21:46 Changes needed to improve Compliance in India30:55 Keeping up with ever changing compliance laws34:32 What differentiates Avantis from the rest37:49 Scaling productising compliance workflows44:09 Making compliance data accessible through APIs45:57 How services business has helped Avantis¬†49:35 Building a culture of compliance55:30 Advice to founders about compliance59:52 Lessons from operating during Covid1:02:14 Compliance structure required to enable a 5T EconomyConnect with Rishi:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/agrawalrishi/‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/rishiagrawConnect with us:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 94 : SaaS for Skill Assessments | Amit D Mishra (Founder & CEO, iMocha)
    59 min 49 sec

    Amit is the founder and CEO of iMocha, a skills assessment solution API platform that helps organizations with their hiring. Previously he was the founder of Radix Business Models, an IT services and outsourcing company. In this interview Amit spoke about his journey as a founder, transitioning from services to products company, the nuances of building an assessment product and more with Roshan Cariappa.Key highlights of this conversation:00:00 Introduction00:53 Founding journey and key milestones¬†11:53 Transitioning from Services to products18:02 Nuances of achieving product market fit24:08 Standing out in the crowded recruitment space¬†29:07 Nuances of building an assessment product37:58 Closing the loop on quality of hire¬†41:08 Pros v/s Cons of working with the HR function44:22 High level Challenges Amit is solving now¬†48:03 Nuances of going from 110M in SaaS¬†51:01 Improving ACV and Customer Marketing54:57 The Indian SaaS ecosystem57:27 Optimism for the futureConnect with Amit:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amitdmishra/Twitter: https://twitter.com/amitdmishraConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #27: Zeta achieves Unicorn status, Fundraises in the past week and more!
    29 min 30 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Zeta Achieves unicorn statusūüĎČūüŹĹ Zerodhas ESOP BuybackūüĎČūüŹĹ Past weeks fundraises and moreHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 98 : Building a Deep Tech Startup | Ashwini Asokan (Founder & CEO, Mad Street Den)
    52 min 44 sec

    Ashwini is the founder and CEO of Mad Street Den, a Computer Vision Artificial Intelligence Company building the AI architecture of the future. She is also the founder and CEO of Vue.ai. Ashwini spoke about building deep tech startups, finding product market fit and more in her interview with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights of this episode:00:00 Introduction01:02 Founding journey Key Milestones of Mad Street Den04:27 Vertical integration vs horizontal integration of services08:48 Ashwinis work as an interaction designer13:45 Focussing on 2 different products17:00 Building an Enterprise Company¬†21:27 Building a Deep Tech Enterprise Startup ¬†25:15 Finding Product Market Fit32:04 Importance of storytelling for founders37:00 Empowering teams to enable customer success41:16 Hiring in SaaS44:48 Learning from Working through Covid47:46 Evolution of SaaS ecosystem and Founders in SaaS¬†51:12 Advice for founders on their 01 JourneyConnect with Ashwini:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashwiniasokan/Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyAshBorgConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #30: Pharmeasy & Sharechat ESOP buybacks, Fundraises in the past week and more!
    28 min 26 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Browserstack turning unicorn and what it means for SaaS in IndiaūüĎČūüŹĹ Pharmeasy Sharechat ESOP Buybacks¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Other fundraises and moreHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #31: Grofers turns Unicorn, Fundraises in the past week and more!
    27 min 7 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Grofers turning unicorn¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ 10clubs record seed funding¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Other fundraises and moreHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #32 : Chiratae Venture's Early stage fund, Pinelabs' Aggressive expansion and more!
    29 min 38 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Chirataes Acceleration of early stage fundingūüĎČūüŹĹ Pinelabs expansion into the southeast asian market¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Olas PreIPO fundraise and moreHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 107 : Early Stage Financing | Adith Podhar, (Founding Partner, GEMBA Capital)
    54 min 32 sec

    Adith is the founding partner at Gemba Capital and has made seed investments in several startups. In this episode Adith and Roshan talk aboutthe Dos and Donts of startup Investing, Evolution of founders in India and more.¬†Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:33 Decoding the current fundraising frenzy03:29 Evolution of startup investing and the Impact of the Pandemic05:19 Dos and Donts of startup Investing08:46 Building dealflow13:26 Options for passive investors14:33 Principles for Investing¬†17:52 Easing regulations to encourage startup investments¬†22:44 Adiths Investment thesis29:03 Evolution of founders in India34:26 Trends in D2C space40:05 Fintech and Insurtech46:30 Dos and Donts of picking a partner/fund50:54 Optimism for the future¬†Connect with Aniket:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aniketdeba2859946/Twitter: https://twitter.com/aniketdebConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #33 : Zomato and Paytm's IPOs, Ola Electric's scooter launch and more!
    30 min 8 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Zomato and Paytms IPOsūüĎČūüŹĹ Ola Electrics scooter launch ¬†Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns ¬†technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 110 : Nagaraj Mylandla (Chairman & MD, FSS - Financial Software & Systems) | Evolution of Payments | Working with Banks | Growing through Partnerships | Building for Tomorrow
    30 min 55 sec

    Nagraj is a banker turned entrepreneur, he created FSS in 1991, envisaging a phenomenal growth of the payments industry in India. FSS is a one stop entity for payment products, development support services and third party processing expertise across all payment delivery channels like ATM,PoS,Internet ,Mobile and IVR. In this episode Nagraj spoke about how the payments industry has evolved, working with banks, future of fintech and payments and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:19 Lessons from a 3 decade journey05:15 Getting the first customer10:30 Journey of building IP 12:44 Having Banking domain knowledge16:00 Lessons from working with banks19:19 Evolution of payments 22:48 Future of fintech payments26:22 Experience with regulators and policymakers 27:30 Making decisions in a balanced way29:49 Future plans for FSS 32:37 Advice for founders to build a sustainable business34:23 Closing RemarksConnect with Nagraj:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nagarajmylandla/Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 13 : Building an Electric Sports Bike out of India | In conversation with Narayan & Niraj - Ultraviolette Automative
    51 min 42 sec

    How do you build a new market category In this episode, we will be taking with Narayan Subramaniam Niraj Ram, cofounders of Ultraviolette Automotive. Narayan Niraj are carving out a new market for electric mobility in India by translating engineering principles to build what customers desire a vehicle that is desirable that also comes with a sense of pride.  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 15 : Transitioning from Services to Products with Varun Shah | Co-Founder of Eccentric Engine
    54 min 21 sec

    Varun cofounded Eccentric Engine a creative tech company, in 2012. Eccentric Engine currently partners with leading Automotive OEMs and their Dealers, across the world. In this episode, we get some amazing insights from Varun about EEs journey from an agency building VR experiences for OEMs to pivoting to a product company.  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 20 : Insurtech Ecosystem with Rahul Mathur | Startup Lead @ Accenture
    50 min 58 sec

    Rahul Mathur works as a Startup Lead at Accentures Fintech Innovation Lab. In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, we talk to Rahul about how the insurtech ecosystem is rapidly evolving. At 22, Rahul also hosts his own show called the Asia InsurTech Podcast. Prior to joining Accenture, he had worked with multiple consulting firms such as Willis Towers Watson, Insuranceblocks, and Laka. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 30 : VR for Therapy with Veena Somareddy | Co-Founder & CTO - Neuro Rehab VR
    31 min 59 sec

    Veena Somareddy is pioneering efforts to bring virtual reality to healthcare. She is the cofounder and CTO at NeuroRehabVR, a VR healthcare startup aimed at building virtual/augmented reality training exercises for patients with neurological disorders.   Today, Roshan talks to Veena about how virtual reality can be used for therapy and her journey to inspire women in tech. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 31 : Building Uber in India with Akshay BD | Founding Team Member - Uber India
    1 hr 10 min 20 sec

    Akshay was one of the first hires from Ubers expansion to India. A lawyer turned operator turned Solepreneuer, Akshay currently works with founders of highgrowth startups on their external affairs and strategy.   In this episode of the Startup Operator Podcast, Roshan talks to Akshay about his days from Uber and how the cab aggregator managed to build such a successful business in India. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 32 : A Junior VC | Aviral Bhatnagar (Guild Capital)
    55 min 44 sec

    Aviral is a senior associate at Guild Capital, focusing primarily on earlystage startup investments. He has led Guilds investments into WinkNod, MegaExams, Qrius, and NurseryLive.   On the side, he also runs a fascinating blog www.ajuniorvc.com focused on startup and investing trends, and regularly posts on Linkedin and Twitter.   In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, Roshan talks to Aviral about his journey from college into the startup world and his unique insights into earlystage startup financing. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 35 : Building Assistive Tech | Narayanan (CEO, Avaz)
    50 min 30 sec

    After having completed his studies in the US, Narayanan Nadu Ramakrishnan returned to India to build assistive technology products that empower mankind. He is currently the CEO of Avaz  a company that creates assistive technology products to empower children and their caregivers.  Children with difficulty in communicating use Avaz to select pictures from a vocabulary of 5000 words, from which the app creates a sentence that is spoken out with a naturalsounding voice.   In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, Roshan chats with Narayanan about how Avaz is leveraging technology for social good and explores how social entrepreneurs are impacting society. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 36 : Partnerships & Remote Work | Amanda Marochko (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Buffer)
    33 min 3 sec

    An explorer, technology enthusiast, and entrepreneur, Amanda is currently heading Buffers diverse group of product partnerships integrations. In a career spanning over a decade,  she has helped build valuable partnerships for companies such as Shopify Buffer. In this episode, Roshan speaks with Amanda to understand more about building partner ecosystems.Tune in Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 38 : Investing in India's growth story | Anurag Ramdasan (Principal, 3one4 Capital)
    44 min 55 sec

    An engineer turned investor, Anurag Ramdasan heads Investments at 3one4 Capital, that recently raised 100 Million to fund earlystage startups. Some of the portfolio companies include such as Yulu, Luscious, PocketAces, and much more. Anurag works extensively on the investment side managing evaluations of new startups and doing diligence on them. Anurag also spends a lot of his time working with portfolio companies and their founding teams across tech, product, business strategy, and fundraising. He also founded Code for India in 2013 to help engineers build tech for social impact. Join Roshan Cariappa in conversation with Anurag as they talk about investing in Indias growth story. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 40 : Building an App Business | Snehanshu Gandhi (Co-founder, Sorted AI / Kaagaz Scanner)
    51 min 34 sec

    The biggest irony about overnight success stories is that they were in years of making. Kaagaz Scanner came under the spotlight after it received a special mention at the AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Challenge. In this episode of The Startup Operator Podcast, we have with us Snehanshu Gandhi, who cofounded Sorted.AI in July 2019 as a personal assistant that would make you more productive. And as a part of its utility products is Kaagaz Scanner. Roshan talks to Snehanshu about his founding journey and how he plans to scale the app business.Connect with Snehanshu  Twitter https://twitter.com/gandhisnehanshuLinkedin https://in.linkedin.com/in/snehanshugandhiLoved this episode, or have any suggestions for us to improve Please rate and leave a review Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 42 : Investing in Insurtech | Shwetank Verma (Co-Founder, Leo Capital)
    1 hr 0 min 1 sec

    An operator turned founder turned investor, Shwetank has lived and experienced the entire spectrum of the startup journey. Based out of Singapore, he is currently an earlystage venture investor in India and South East Asia with Leo Capital focusing on Digital Health, Insurtech and Fintech. Shwetanks portfolio companies include the likes of WayForward, GetRia, CoverGenius, and BeatOApp to name a few. He also cofounded the India Insurtech Association which is a nonprofit organization promoting innovation in the Indian insurance sector.Previously, Shwetank headed open innovation at MetLife Asia, where he created and led Collab a platform for matching best of class technology startups to the right problem statement in the enterprise and bringing culture change to the main enterprise. He has also been an adviser on open innovation to Fortune 500 companies.In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan talks to Shwetank about his transition from an operator to a founder to an investor, his investment thesis, and his bets in the insurtech sector.Tune in for another exciting conversationConnect with Shwetank  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/shwetankvTwitter https://twitter.com/shwetankvIf you liked this episode, dont forget to subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupLinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 75 : Engineering for Scale | Anshu Prateek (Head of Engineering - Grab)
    1 hr 1 min 8 sec

    Anshu heads the SRE and engineering infrastructure systems operations for Grab Financial Group across SE Asia on AWS, Azure, GCP, AzureStack, and bare metal servers. Being the first member of the team and the first few engineering hires in Bangalore, he worked on greenfield project to establish engineering best practices using containers, cloud agnostics stack, IAAC, and CI/CD and grew the SRE team to 10 while helping to grow the engineering team to 200.Prior to joining Grab in 2017, Anshu worked with Freecharge, Jio, Aerospike, and Yahoo.   Managing exponential scale 25:15 Balancing innovation growth 32:27 How have DevOps evolved 41:20 Being an engineering manager 53:14 Nuances of the 0 to 1 Journey    Connect with Anshu  Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/anshuprateek/   Check out The Daily Reader: www.tinyurl.com/wanttobeadailyreader  Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup  Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 76 : Crypto for India | Nischal Shetty (Founder, WazirX)
    41 min 8 sec

    Disclaimer: The information provided in this podcast does not constitute investment, financial, trading, or any other sort of advice. Do conduct your own due diligence and consult your financial advisor before making any investment decisions.Bitcoin is a new alternative asset class. It has been around for over a decade and withstood two global recessions. In 2017, Nischal Shetty founded WazirX, which today has grown to become Indias largest cryptocurrency exchange. Nishcal is a Blockchain influencer on Twitter with over 50K followers. Hes on a mission to involve everyone in the blockchain revolution and has been a part of online campaigns like IndiaWantsCrypto that evangelises the adoption of cryptocurrency in India.  Prior to starting WazirX, he founded Crowdfire after an allnight coding session. In this conversation, Roshan talks to Nischal to explore more about Nischals journey thus far 01:16  Starting WazirX 3:31  Building trust in a new category 07:19  Educating customers with the right information 13:30   Influencing crypto policies regulations 16:23  Evangelising cryptocommunity in India 21:41  WazirX The business 24:35  Being acquired by Binance in 2019 32:58  Transitioning to decentralised finance  34:48  Future for crypto in India 38:25  Connect with Nischal Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/nischalshettyTwitter https://twitter.com/NischalShetty   Check out The Daily Reader: https://www.tinyurl.com/wanttobeadailyreader   Found this episode informative Let us know by hitting the like button subscribing to our channel. You can also Tweet or DM us on  LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator Twitter https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #20: SEBI's new listing norms, SPAC for Indian Startups, MOBIKWIK's IPO & more
    33 min 58 sec

    On this episode of the Startup Operator Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussed Startup fundraises in the past week, SEBIs new listing norms and how they impact the startup ecosystem and SPAC opportunities for Indian Startups and more. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 79 : Common Business Mistakes | Andrew Stotz (Entrepreneur, Investor, Podcaster)
    47 min 37 sec

    Andrew Stotz is a serial entrepreneur, an active value investor and a podcaster where he talks to people about their worst investments in life. In this episode he talks about the most common mistakes that businesses often make and how to solve for them. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #21: India's Unicorn Frenzy, WazirX's NFT marketplace and more!
    32 min 56 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Indias Unicorn Frenzy: Meesho, CRED, Groww....¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ ¬†WazirXs NFT marketplace and moreHit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 84 : 'Alchemy' for Startups | Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman, Ogilvy UK)
    27 min 37 sec

    Rory is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, he has cofounded a behavioral science practice within the agency. Prior to becoming the Vice Chairman, Rory was a copywriter and creative director at Ogilvy for over 20 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1988. He is a speaker at TED Global. He is the author of two book: The Wiki Man and Alchemy. One of marketings most original thinkers and influential speakers, Rory is hailed as an advertising guru.Some highlights from this conversation:Change in perception about marketingMaking lateral decisionsImportance of BrandAlchemys Basic premiseBuilding a culture of AlchemyHow does Alchemy work in the real worldCreative utilization of fixed assetsConnect with Rory:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rorysutherland/Twitter: https://twitter.com/rorysutherlandConnect with us:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperatorTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupIf you liked this conversation, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 85 : Branding for Startups | Meeta Malhotra (Founder, The Hard Copy)
    29 min 20 sec

    Meeta is the founder of The Hard Copy, a resource for building a modernday, digitalfirst, designled brand. She has helped to create some of India‚Äôs biggest consumer and financial services brands, from Airtel to Kotak Bank, Bru Coffee to Vistara Airlines. She was one of two partners at RayKeshavan, a consultancy that was acquired by media conglomerate WPP. Meeta then cofounded a SaaS enterprise product that was acquired by BMC Software.In this conversation Meeta talks about branding for startups and more:¬†Builders to Sellers mindset ¬†Brand Building 101 ¬†Framing a brand statement¬†Why branding is essetial¬†Advice for building a category¬†Going about building a brand¬†Prioritising traget audience¬†Dynamics of being a challenger brand¬†Importance of personal branding¬†Evolution of the Indian Startup EcosystemConnect with Meeta ¬†LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meetamalhotra/Twitter: https://twitter.com/meetamalhotra¬†Connect with us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Ä謆If you liked this conversation, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #25: Wayne Burgess joins Ola electric, DRDO & 5C networks' diagnostic Algorithm and more!
    16 min 41 sec

    Welcome to another episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, where Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discuss ¬†¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Rapidos fundraise¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ Wayne Burgess joins Ola electric ¬†ūüĎČūüŹĹ DRDO 5C networks XRay Algorithm and more ¬†Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends ¬†Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms. Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 209 : Putting Indian Textiles on The Map - Pawan Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, Fashinza)
    50 min 15 sec

    Pawan is the CoFounder and CEO of Fashinza, a startup building the future of fashion manufacturing industry. Previously Pawan cofounded Curofy which got acquired by a large US corporate, Edifecs in 2017. In this episode he spoke about building the last mile supply chain for textiles, the nuances of operating in this market, Tailwinds in Indian Manufacturing and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Arindam¬† :LinkedinTwitterConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • 210 : Bootstrapping a Startup from a tier 2 city - Ambi Moorthy (Co-founder, Gozen)
    1 hr 23 min 5 sec

    Ambi Moorthy is the cofounder of Gozen, a B2B SaaS startup that has bootstrapped to 500,000 in revenue in just over a year. Prior to founding Gozen, Ambi worked at Zoho which has impacted Gozens culture in a lot of ways. This is an offbeat episode where Roshan Cariappa and Ambi talk about more than just building a startup where they delve into some of the philosophical aspects of the process and more.Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Ambi :Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/in/ambimoorthy/Twitter : https://twitter.com/AmbiMoorthyConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 130 : Building Super Games - Roby John (Co-founder & CEO, SuperGaming) | Acquisition, Retention, & Monetization | Build for the World
    1 hr 0 min 21 sec

    Roby founded JuneGaming, a mobile gaming startup in 2008, after spending 12 years at multiple product startups as a developer and product manager. With SuperGaming, he combined his lifelong passions of teaching, education and gaming. In 2019, he founded SuperGaming, a social gaming platform. In this episode he spoke about user acquisition, retention, monetizing games and the nuances of operating in the gaming space and more with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key Highlights:00:00 Introduction01:07 Evolution of Gaming in India04:08 Nuances of Operating in the Gaming space11:25 Top 3 things Roby is doing differently this time18:49 Principles/Frameworks to build a game30:27 Balancing Qualitative v/s Quantitative33:29 Engineering user retention40:20 Dealing with app discovery¬†46:08 Nuances of monetizing games51:49 How is Roby preparing for the next leap55:49 Robys optimism for the future58:13 Closing remarksClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with ¬†:Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robytj/Twitter: https://twitter.com/robytjConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • Roundup #45: This week's Unicorns, Government's new policies, Fundraises and more!
    38 min 47 sec

    Welcome to 45 episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing  1. Drone policy, Indian Space Association2. Unicorns this week: Licious, Mensa 3. Bounces Acquisition of 22 Motors4. Venture funding in startups5. Crypto in India: Chingari, Compound and moreClick here to get regular updates on WhatsApp:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Hit the like button if enjoyed this roundup, and do not forget to share among your operator friends Listen to our interviews and conversations with investors, operators, and founders on your favourite podcast platforms.startups unicorns  technology roundup podcast news Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 132 : Transforming Hemp Production - Jahan Peston Jamas (Co-founder, Boheco) | Building a Category | Educating Consumers | Working with Policymakers
    1 hr 6 min 23 sec

    Jahan is the cofounder of Bombay Hemp Company Boheco, an industrial and medical hemp production company. In this episode he spoke about dealing with regulation, leveraging technology, operating in a nascent space and more in his interview with Roshan Cariappa.¬†Key highlights:00:00 Introduction01:26 Going from Idea to Product to Company07:31 Being early in a market15:57 Customer acquisition at Boheco24:11 Logistics of Farm to Future31:08 Dealing with Regulation38:38 Working with Farmers and Artisans45:52 How is Boheco leveraging technology51:44 Top 23 things to remember while operating in a nascent space56:23 Working together with 7 founders01:00:25 High level challenges Jahan is solving01:03:59 Jahans Books and Podcasts recommendations01:05:28 Closing RemarksClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Jahan :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jahanpjamas/Twitter: https://twitter.com/JahanPJamasConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/startupoperator/message

  • EP 191 : Farm to Fork in 12 Hours! Varun Khurana (Founder & CEO, Crofarm / Otipy)
    33 min 5 sec

    Varun is a 3x entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in technology, startups and general management. He was selected by the Businessworld magazine as one of Indias top 3 youngest entrepreneurs in 2011.He is Currently Founder at Crofarm / Otipy, a community group buying startup aimed at improving the supply chain for fresh produce. Previously, he was the CTO at Grofers, Indias leading ondemand grocery delivery service connecting consumers with their local merchants. Prior to that he cofounded Mygreenbox that was acquired by Grofers. He had previously cofounded Wirkle Technologies that was acquired by Location Labs, a silicon valley company and a leader in location based services.¬†In this episode he spoke about making the shift from Tech to Agritech and the mindset changes it requires, how to scale an Ops intensive business, the nuances of optimizing operations and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Sneak Peak00:44 Introduction02:11 Shifting from Software to Agritech05:15 Mindset changes needed to go from Tech to agritech07:09 Going from Idea to Product to Company with Crofarm09:41 What is Crofarm and its use cases14:37 Nuances of Optimizing Operations18:51 Scaling an Ops intensive business21:25 Working with Farmers23:20 B2B v/s B2C25:24 Hiring for this industry27:02 Policies that can help transform the agri sector29:55 Advice for aspiring Agri tech entrepreneurs31:08 Books and podcastsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Varun :Linkedin: https://in.linkedin.com/in/varunkhuranaTwitter: https://twitter.com/khuranavarunConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/star...‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #90 : FTX Goes Bust, ISRO is making reusable rockets and more!
    32 min 42 sec

    Welcome to 90th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†Topics:00:00 Opening Comments03:33 FTX Bankruptcy11:29 ISROs reusable rocket test15:16 Skyroot Aerospaces Private rocket test launch¬†17:47 Pocket FMs 25Mn ARR Milestone20:07 Layoffs continue with Meta, Amazon Unacademy¬†24:10 UpGrad to expand offline operations24:58 Zoho Achieves 1Bn Revenue milestone27:06 Talk of the Town30:11 Upcoming episodesClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Episode with Lal Chand Bisu Kuku FM :YouTube: https://youtu.be/fQ5brqhTT58Episode with Vinay Singhal Stage :YouTube: https://youtu.be/15lvOJW5QAEpisode with Ranjeet Pratap Sing Pratilipi :YouTube: https://youtu.be/ur61xMSzmcEEpisode with Farid Ahsan ShareChat Moj :YouTube: https://youtu.be/f7jGdBOwy6gConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episodecrypto ftx startups rockets spacex skyroot milestones edtech SaaS

  • EP 194 : Building a Travel Startup - Ashish Sidhra (Co-founder, Alike.io)
    1 hr 3 min 33 sec

    Ashish Sidhra is the cofounder of Alike.io, a travel startup started before covid. They built the startup through the pandemic and emerged stronger by selling masks to get through the lockdown period. Ashish, primarily a tech guy explained how he made the switch to being a travel entrepreneur, what it was like to be a travel startup during covid, how to build a moat, the nuances of building a two sided marketplace and more in his conversation with Roshan Cariappa.Topics:00:00 Sneak peak00:59 Introduction02:29 How did Ashish get started in the travel space03:52 Going from idea to product to company06:29 Advice for aspiring Travel entrepreneurs08:27 Something Ashish Wishes he knew earlier10:04 What is Alike and what does Ashish aim to do with it15:51 Navigating through Covid¬†20:01 Change in travellers attitudes post covid23:25 Building a moat29:10 Nuances of building a two sided marketplace32:21 Park Avenue wrinkle free shirts32:45 Content creators on Alike37:14 What are Alikes teams optimizing for41:19 Customer acquisition at Alike46:23 How Ashish thinks about brand building52:45 Was bootstrapping a strategic decision55:23 Running a sustainable business01:02:13 Park Avenue Power PointsClick here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Ashish Sidhra :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashishsidhra/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AshishSidhraConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 195 : Fitness for Founders - Dr. Marcus Ranney (Founder & CEO, Human Edge)
    41 min 46 sec

    From sick care to longevity, Dr. Marcus Ranneys career over the past two decades have led him from the patients bedside to a wider stage as he now creates global impact via systemic change by championing wellbeing. His passion for extreme physiology has allowed him to conduct field research across the planet. After practicing clinical medicine in London, in 2010, he made the transition to Mumbai where he has worked within the Healthcare and Lifesciences industry as a Strategic advisor and Investor with a range of MNC and national bellwether firms. He is now the Founder and CEO of Human Edge working on bio hacking for better everyday life.This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Dr. Marcus :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/docmranney/Twitter: https://twitter.com/docmranneyConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčTopics:00:00 Sneak peak01:00 Introduction02:46 Getting started in healthcare05:47 What makes Extreme sports/adventurers robust09:13 Genetics v/s Nurture11:10 Moving from Preventive healthcare to optimizing their health15:42 Going from Idea to Product to Company21:40 Park Avenue Wrinkle free shirts22:04 Consumerisation of healthcare26:58 Fitness for Founders33:09 How to make up for sleep deficit38:47 Books and Podcast recommendations40:00 Park Avenue Power PointsIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #93 : Paperless airport entry, Agnikul's Private Launchpad & more!
    26 min 27 sec

    Welcome to 93rd episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. Today we have Roshan Cariappa and Gunjan Saha discussing ¬†This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/EP 81 : EarlyStage Investing Prayank Swaroop, Parter Accel The Startup Operator : https://youtu.be/MsWPDaVAwVAMission ISRO with Harsha Bhogle : https://open.spotify.com/show/2JXFCMLGVhTBtdz1WYxd4Hsibd6c3fd001e345acJoe Rogan How Studying Dolphins Led to the Creation of the Isolation Tank : https://youtu.be/JLKvKmJbY54Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupTopics:00:00 Opening comments04:08 DigiYatra Launched by Aviation minister07:17 Agnikul Cosmos Establishes First Private Launch Pad10:38 Neuralink is about ‚Äėsix months‚Äô away from first human trial13:35 Park Avenue wrinkle free shirts13:59 BlockFi files for bankruptcy17:02 Urban Company and PhonePe ESOPs19:35 Accel India announces second Atoms cohort21:07 Other headlinesIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #95 : India Overtakes China, Despite Layoffs Start-ups Created 230K Jobs & more!
    22 min 29 sec

    Welcome to 95th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/Park Avenue Power Point Tweet: https://twitter.com/yaminibhat/status/1603611451985625089Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupTopics:00:00 Opening comments04:41 India overtakes China in latestage funding06:13 Despite layoffs, Indian startups created 230,000 jobs08:20 BYJUs CEO summoned by child rights body¬†14:27 Park Avenue Wrinkle free shirts14:51 Razorpay pauses onboarding new merchants¬†17:04 Meesho pulls plug on work from anywhere policy18:37 Other Fundraises19:19 Park Avenue Power PointsIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 198 : Building a Wealth Tech Platform - Subramanya S V (Co-founder & CEO, Fisdom)
    49 min 12 sec

    Subramanya is the cofounder and CEO of Fisdom, a wealth tech platform. Prior to founding Fisdom, he worked at Bessemer Venture Partner. With over 15 years of experience in finance, Subu is a veteran of the Indian Startup scene. In this episode he spoke about the impact that VC firms have had on startups, the nuances of running a broking business and shared some unique insights from the industry.This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Subramanya S V :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/subramanyasv1864982/Twitter: https://twitter.com/SubramanyaSVConnect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčTopics:¬†00:00 Sneak Peak00:38 Introduction02:05 Evolution of Indian Startups05:56 Impact of VC Funding on Startups11:42 How Investing has changed ¬†16:09 Balancing growth and consumer interests¬†22:43 Park Avenue Wrinkle free shirts23:07 Nuances of running a broking business¬†28:33 Can a startup have different subcultures¬†33:00 Managing compliance and regulation in fintech36:20 Unique insights from the Wealth industry40:20 Building trust with consumers42:36 Executing during a downturn45:40 Books and Podcast recommendationsIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 199 : Building a Robotics & Automation startup - Pramod Ghadge (Co-founder & CEO, Unbox Robotics)
    40 min 3 sec

    Pramod decided to build Unbox Robotics after spending time on the other side of the table as a customer, evaluating and deploying warehouse robotics/automation solutions at Flipkart. Unbox Robotics is developing a softwaredefined robotics platform to help logistics players increase their parcel/item sorting and order consolidation productivity using much lesser warehousing area with an AIdriven fleet of vertical sorting robots.¬†This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Pramod :Linkedin: ¬†https://www.linkedin.com/in/pramodghadge/Twitter: https://twitter.com/PramodGhadge19Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčTopics:¬†00:00 Sneak Peak01:14 Introduction02:19 Nuances of building a hardware startup04:36 Building with the customers07:17 How did Pramod pick the problem10:36 Exciting updates in the world of robotics14:06 101 of building a robot15:44 Manufacturing and sourcing components16:57 Challenges of solving in the fulfillment space21:45 Park Avenue Wrinkle free shirts22:09 The process of deployment23:44 Integrating with the ecosystem26:22 Common use cases for Unbox Robotics30:02 Unbox Robotics Customer acquisition31:21 Unbox Robotics Product roadmap32:48 Are they going global34:18 Unique insights from the robotics industry35:47 Fundraising process for hardware startups38:25 Books and Podcast recommendations¬†If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • Roundup #98: G20's Startup20, UPI for NRIs, Self Balancing Scooter & more!
    20 min 14 sec

    Welcome to 98th episode of The Startup Operator Roundup. The Roundup is our weekly views on the news from the Indian Startup Ecosystem.This episode is brought to you by Park Avenue, shop for their wrinkle free shirts here: https://www.myraymond.com/Park Avenue Power Point Tweet: https://twitter.com/RoshanCariappa/status/1612305909841285120s20Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartupTopics:00:00 Opening Comments02:43 G20s Startup2005:39 UPI for NRIs07:48 Rapido ban in Maharashtra09:08 Microsofts Unlimited Leaves10:16 Park Avenue Wrinklefree Shirts10:40 BharatPes authorized as Payment Aggregator13:46 Auto Expo Self Balancing Scooter15:01 Other Fundraises17:02 Park Avenue Power PointsIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 200 : The Flatheads Story, Shark Tank Experience and more with Ganesh
    46 min 59 sec

    Ganesh is the Cofounder of Flatheads and a serial entrepreneur. Recently he was featured on Shark Tank India Season 2 where he reevaluated his options and decided to not take a deal for Flatheads. In this episode we talk to him about what the Shark Tank experience was like and whats next for Ganesh and Flatheads and what the journey so far has been like.¬†Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1Connect with Ganesh :Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganeshbalakrishnan/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ganeshb78Connect with Us:¬†Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startupoperator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčTopics:00:00 Sneak Peak00:30 Introduction01:08 Post Shark Tank life05:45 Shark Tank Behind the Scenes09:52 What triggered Ganesh to reevaluate his options15:04 Family Support ¬†18:37 Why did Flatheads not work out27:06 Shoes are a hard category30:59 What would Ganesh have done differently33:21 Where does Flatheads go from here34:25 Product Design¬†37:34 Somethings off with founders38:22 What did Ganesh take away from this experience44:35 Have you hired someone whos been on TVIf you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and share with your friends and family. Please also remember to subscribe to our channel and switch on the notifications to never miss an episode

  • EP 202 : What does a CFO do? - Jatin Mazalcar (CFO, Fashinza)
    35 min 15 sec

    CFOs play a critical role in a startups journey, from ensuring the financial stability and growth to implementing financial strategies, managing the companys budget, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations. They also play a key role in securing funding for the company, whether it be through venture capital, angel investing or other sources. In this episode, Jatin spoke about working with other leaders/departments in a startup and what being a CFO entails and more. T