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"Indian Startup Stories" is a podcast about entrepreneurs and startups. Hear out stories straight from the founders, co-founders & leaders of various startups in India. They talk about how they started with their idea?, the passion which drives them, challenges they’ve faced, their achievements, how they managed bringing in funding and all the insights they have gathered in their journey, making them long runners. And yes! don't miss-out the rapid fire questions, at the end of each episode.
 
The Rocking Entrepreneur Podcast | Startup Stories | Indian Entrepreneurs | India | Entrepreneurship | Startups. Rocking Entrepreneur is created for today’s entrepreneur whether you have just started your journey as an entrepreneur/founder/small business owner OR are a serial entrepreneur. Are you ambitious and crafting your next upstart or startup? Then there is no greater place to get quality information and education than The Rocking Entrepreneur. You don’t need to go to business school. ...
 
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Last fortnight Chargebee appointed its Chief Financial Officer, a few months after turning unicorn in an incredible year for Indian SaaS For more details: https://ajuniorvc.com/chargebee-saas-unicorn-india-startup-revenue-zuora-chennai-case-study/
 
When Pandemic struck in 2020, the banking industry was ready for disruption- the act of physical visits to bank or ATMs had to be done away with - which gave a golden opportunity to a new form of Banking to emerge- known as Neo Banking. Jitendra Gupta- our guest for today -is the one of the most known faces in the Fintech space – he is also the co-…
 
Last fortnight, Paytm opened India’s biggest IPO. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece - Will Paytm’s Rollercoaster hit IPO Gold? Link to article - https://ajuniorvc.com/paytm-ipo-fintech-rollercoaster-mall-wallet-business-unicorn-startup-india/
 
Jaynti was born and brought up in a small town in Ahmedabad. He studied at a local college, where students’ ambition was limited to getting a job at TCS. Jaynti too followed a similar path and took a job at an Indian corporate. A friend introduced him to YC’s Hacker News - a website focusing on technology and budding startups. Desiring to work with…
 
Last fortnight, Zee and Invesco continued their major tussle, hot on the heels of Disney+Hotstar breaking records with the IPL and Facebook rebranding itself to Meta. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece - Who will win Media’s Game of Thrones. For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/media-google-zee-invesco-ott-netflix-win…
 
Raghav went to study in the US not knowing what to expect. Living there was an entirely new experience for him. Even simple things like purchasing groceries had some technology involved for increased convenience. He worked in the Bay Area as a software engineer at emerging startups including Yelp & Twitter. After 2 years, he realized the world outs…
 
Last fortnight, India added 500 more “Tech Crorepatis” as Freshdesk Inc IPOed at a valuation of $13 billion making it the first Indian SaaS company to get listed on Nasdaq. For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/freshworks-india-saas-zoho-unicorn-ipo-story-history-girish/
 
Jaydeep grew up in a Bengali household that loved food. While working in Pune, he missed the Kathi rolls he loved growing up and decided to start a restaurant as a side project. The two launched Faasos, a restaurant serving rolls, and outsourced its operations. Jaydeep then went to pursue his MBA at INSEAD and landed a job at McKinsey London. After…
 
Today’s guest: Riti Sinha, Leadership coach & Founder (Point Blank 7) Website: https://www.pointblank7.in/ You will learn: 01:52Background - childhood, studies, early career days, and stepping on to Journalism 03:18PointBlank7 - What is it? It’s moto, and the platform serving the community. 08:28Mix of engineer, Journalist & Leadership coach. Handl…
 
Last fortnight, Billdesk was acquired by Prosus’ PayU for $4.7Bn, making the combined provider the largest online player, and the acquisition the largest after Flipkart. For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/billdesk-fintech-prosus-payu-acquisition-unicorn-razorpay-history/ More info on: https://ajuniorvc.com/…
 
Tarun took the aspirational middle-class education route. Being a good student in high school, he prepared for Engineering Entrance and got a decent rank to get into IIT. Growing up, he had no exposure to how businesses worked. This changed when out of curiosity he joined his institute’s entrepreneurship cell and gradually developed an interest in …
 
Last fortnight, OfBusiness raised $160M, joining the stampede of 26 unicorns this year. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece - AJVC Unfiltered 33: Can OfBusiness help SMB's get Supply Smarter? For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/ofbusiness-b2b-financing-supply-unicorn-india-startup-zetwerk-inframarket/…
 
Kabeer grew up in a small town in Dadra & Haveli, where starting one’s own business was unheard of. After completing his MBA, he started working as a sales executive at Airtel and later became a product manager. After spending a few years there, he decided to leave and spent a year doing nothing before finally starting his first startup. A location…
 
Last fortnight, Indian ed-tech startup Eruditus raised $650MM from marquee global investors at a $3.2Bn valuation, becoming India’s 3rd largest EdTech. For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/ Link to the article - https://ajuniorvc.com/eruditus-edtech-unicorn-byjus-unacademy-executive-higher-upgrad/…
 
Gaurav grew up in a family that operated a large apparel business. Seeing his Dad grow the business had sown the early seeds of entrepreneurship in him. He worked in the family business for 6 years during which he witnessed the complete business journey - From IPO to an exit to a PE firm. He decided to take a break and went to do an MBA at Stanford…
 
Last fortnight, CoinDCX became a unicorn, putting Indian crypto firmly back into the spotlight after years of wilderness. For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/ Link to the article - https://ajuniorvc.com/india-crypto-startup-tech-coindcx-wazirx-polygon-unicorn-bitcoin/
 
Souvik grew up in Kolkata in a middle-class neighborhood where entrepreneurship was something alienated and mainly constituted of generational family businesses. After completing his CA he started working at a construction company. He worked there for 5 years, then went on to pursue an MBA. He graduated in 2016 and witnessed the Indian startup ecos…
 
Last fortnight, India added a record 20th unicorn for the year, almost double in the number of 2020, surpassing the amount of funding raised in all of the last year. Article link - https://ajuniorvc.com/india-startup-tech-upi-jio-infosys-flipkart-gold-decade/ More info - https://ajuniorvc.com/
 
Today’s guest: Shyam Sundar Nagarajan, Founder & CEO (GoFloaters) Website: https://gofloaters.com/ You will learn: 01:47Background - studies, early career days, and thoughts on entrepreneurship 04:09Gofloaters - Who are they?. Office for distributed and remote teams across 21 indian cities since 2017. 08:19Idea & Spark moment behind the start of Go…
 
Abhinav grew up in a traditional middle-class fashion and went on to college to study engineering. Becoming a part of the institute’s entrepreneurship cell, he got exposed to the world of startups. Interacting with founders and hearing their experiences, he had realized that he ultimately wants to become a founder one day. After graduation, he got …
 
Today’s guest: Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin) Website: https://www.unocoin.com/ You will learn: 01:50On the pursuit of entrepreneurship, preparation and transition from employee 07:07Speculations in cryptocurrencies space. How customers and investors saw this fluctuations 10:02Funding and convincing investors, challenges in pulling …
 
Last fortnight, Digit Insurance raised a $200 million round to make it one of the largest funding rounds in India’s general insurance industry, valuing the company at $3.5B. Article link : https://ajuniorvc.com/digit-insurance-lic-unicorn-india-startup-tech-general-acko/ More info on: ajuniorvc.com
 
Today’s guest: Sathvik Vishwanath, Co-Founder & CEO (Unocoin) Website: https://www.unocoin.com/ You will learn: 02:15Background - studies, early career days to understand corporates, entrepreneurial steps along the journey 10:55What is a Crypto currency?, Bitcoin evolution, Etherium and different generations 29:28Unocoin - Company & it’s services. …
 
Ranjeet grew up in a small village with less than 1000 population. He used to go to the nearby city on weekdays to attend school and return to the village on the weekend. As a kid he was a voracious reader, starting with first his school textbooks, later devouring Hindi literature, comics, and novels. As he grew up, he slowly shifted to reading Eng…
 
Today’s guest: SV Balasubramanyam, Founder & CEO (Durfi.com) Website: https://www.durfi.com/ You will learn: 01:56Background - early career days in startups, supermarkets, and big companies. Instances which triggered to take the idea forward 08:47Importance of sleep and mattresses business in Indian context; market study & research. Serving across …
 
Last fortnight, BrowserStack raised $200M, at a valuation of $4Bn, making it India’s most valuable SaaS startup. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece - AJVC Unfiltered 28: Can BrowserStack be the World’s Software Tester? For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/browserstack-saas-unicorn-bootstrapped-testing-app-browser-indi…
 
Today’s guest: Dr.Vamsi Krishna Palukuru PhD, Founder & CEO (CoreIoT Technologies Ltd) Website: https://www.coreiot.fi/ You will learn: 02:15Background - Schooling, early career days in different countries, how Nokia shutdown started the journey of entrepreneurship 05:14CoreIoT - Custom designing Antenna solution for varying IoT, Wireless and vario…
 
Arjun Vaidya was brought up in a family with a rich culture in Ayurveda. His Grandfather had started an ayurvedic clinic about 150 years ago. He went to study in the US, where he saw yoga repackaged and being sold all over the country. He pondered why India was lagging behind in it’s adoption, the land where it originated from. He returned to India…
 
Today’s guest: Ravindra Talwai, Founder & CEO (GradientM) Website: https://gradientm.com/ You will learn: 02:27Background - Education, career days, handling multi million dollar businesses with global leadership during dot com boom 06:35GradientM - Pillars of IT Strategy & Consulting, Services, Talent Management for enterprises and Software process…
 
Last fortnight, Tata Digital acquired 1mg for $200M, hot on the heels of its acquisition of BigBasket and its investment in Cure.fit. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece - AJVC Unfiltered 27: Can Tata's 20-Year Tech Pivot Spin Up a SuperApp? For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/tata-digital-tcs-super-app-startups-unico…
 
Today’s guest: Gaurav Shrivastava, Founder & CEO (Pensieve) Website: https://www.pensieve.co.in/ You will learn: 01:57Background - Schooling, early career days, stepping to entrepreneurship 02:35Pensieve - Text analytics and linguistic company with more AI impacts. Spark moment to start 07:20Starting from problem statement for opportunities in busi…
 
Chinmay grew up in Bombay where he was surrounded by small businesses. His father had a textile factory and his mom ran a boutique tailor shop. They emphasized on Chinmay’s education so that he could get a stable job. After graduating from college, Chinmay got a job in Singapore as a software engineer. He later became a product manager and worked i…
 
Today’s guest: Naveen Munjal (Hero Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd) Website: https://heroelectric.in/ You will learn: 02:17Background - Schooling, early career days in the US, starting with the By-Cycle industry in India, Lithium-Ion battery research. 09:49Origin and Evolution of Hero Electric; prime focus on business plan; and the ecosystem 16:57Becomin…
 
Last fortnight, D2C brand acquirer Mensa raised $50M, hot on the heels of beauty brand SUGAR’s $21M fundraise. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece - Can India Consume D2C Brands? Article Link: https://ajuniorvc.com/d2c-brands-startups-mamaearth-unicorn-nykaa-boat-influencer/ More info on: https://ajuniorvc.com/…
 
Today’s guest: Satendra Vir Singh (ValueShoppe) Website: https://www.valueshoppe.co.in/ You will learn: 01:50Background, central Government job, IT work & start of entrepreneurship 07:27Valueshoppe - Addressing the needs of Inventory liquidation 09:52Founding the business all alone, and benefits of being the only founder 12:47Considerations in pric…
 
After completing his MBA, Chaitanya started working as a management consultant in the US. There he learned about product management, user experience, and how large organizations function. He really enjoyed the work but didn’t like the travelling lifestyle and decided to quit to do something better. He came back to India and decided to startup in th…
 
Today’s guest: Vivan Puri, Co-Founder (WorkNetwork) Website: https://worknetwork.in/ You will learn: 01:34Background, varied studies & business exposures at startup 03:04What is WorkNetwork - Platform for professionals & students to start business 06:44Customer adoption & retention - What & how to achieve it gradually 10:41Processing the thoughts t…
 
Last fortnight, Groww raised $83MM to become a unicorn, becoming the seventh fintech in India to do so. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece "Can Groww Help Indian Investor Wealth Grow?" Article Link: https://ajuniorvc.com/groww-fintech-unicorn-india-mutual-fund-stocks-startup/ More info on: ajuniorvc.com…
 
Today’s guest: Rajesh Badger, CEO & Chengappa Chottera, COO (Zopnote) Website: https://www.zopnote.com/ You will learn: 02:01Background, studies, prior startups, experience abroad and R&D 04:02What is hyperlocal commerce? And how zopnote is helping local merchants and tapping opportunities 07:27Spark moment and reason behind the Start 09:56Increasi…
 
Sai grew up in Hyderabad and developed an interest in building things right from his high school. Studying at IIT Kanpur, he tinkered around with different ideas that didn’t work at the time. But taught him the importance of overcoming failures to grow. After graduation, he got a job at Zynga, a company making video games for social networks. It wa…
 
Today’s guest: Sudheesh Narayanan, Founder & CEO (KnowledgeLens) Website: https://www.knowledgelens.com/ You will learn: 02:04Background, studies & experience - interest and focus in green field projects & automation 03:17KnowledgeLens focus & spark moments - G Lens (Environment and sustainability focus in India) & Industry 4.0 (connected industrie…
 
Last fortnight, Urban Company raised $190M, propelling it to become a $2Bn unicorn, a record-breaking 13th for 2021. Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at the A Junior VC piece "Can Urban Company Makeover India's Gig Economy?" Article Link: https://ajuniorvc.com/urban-company-clap-services-unicorn-gig-economy/ More info on: ajuniorvc.com…
 
Today’s guest: Vasudevan Kidambi, MD, Data Storyteller, Business Transformation Coach (NavoInc) Website: https://navoinc.com/ You will learn: 01:58Background, studies & work - leadership; middle east focus; Data & AI 05:30AI adoption in business ecosystem & startup mindset 07:22Employee to entrepreneur transition phase & preparation 09:20Sales & Ma…
 
Seeing the rise of Indian talent in foreign movies coupled with their interest in film and media, Ashwin, Aditi, and Anirudh decided to come back to India and do something in the space. They started with a production studio creating films but soon pivoted to a content creation company as they witnessed the growth of social media. To build a communi…
 
Today’s guest: Rithika Baruah, Founder, Brand Strategy Advisor (Freebirds) Website: https://www.freebirds.co/ You will learn: 02:09Background, studies & work - India & global leadership; and pursuit of entrepreneurship 06:05Freebirds - Community of explorers & it’s platform for experiential learning in closed group & schools 12:30It all started in …
 
Today’s guest: Kaushik Mahapatra, Founder, Chairman, Author (Indian Leadership Academy) Website: https://indianleadershipacademy.com/ You will learn: 01:47Personal Background & objective of the academy: individual, corporates & community leadership 07:16Reason for the start - meaning & mindfulness 10:09Formula for accomplishing aggressive growth & …
 
Today’s guest: Monica Kapadia Mehta, EVP, Advisor, Impact Investor (Wadhwani NEN) Website: https://nen.wfglobal.org/ You will learn: 01:55Background - India & abroad; learning & pursuit to give back 03:58Must know information about Wadhwani Foundation - Vision & mission to boost startups 10:36What qualities investors look for, from startup founders…
 
Abhimanyu's interest in tech began in college where he met his co-founder Anshuman. The two of them worked together on many projects before joining as full-time engineers at young high growth startups in the US. They discovered how hard it is to scale a talented tech team. They started Interview Bit, a website that helped people prepare for tech in…
 
Today’s guest: Sasank Chilamkurthy, AI Scientist Founding member (Qure) Website: https://qure.ai/ You will learn: 01:40Background - College, specialization & focus on AI 04:05Qure - Mission to healthcare affordable, AI for radiology, and products for people 09:52Regulations in healthcare, challenges faced in establishing & core founding team 14:15C…
 
Last week, boAt announced a ₹50Cr (~$7MM) fundraise from the venture arm of a major global technology company, on the heels of a ₹750Cr ($100MM) PE investment 3 months ago. boAt democratised audio technology in India. Will it be amongst the handful of Indian hardware unicorn startups? Listen ahead to know more!…
 
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