The Startup Operator

Startup Operator

The best-curated wisdom from founders, operators, & investors on executing at startups | Hosted by Roshan Cariappa | Head down, execute hard. ūüĒ• Millions of listeners seek out Bingepods (Ideabrew Studios Network content) every day. Get in touch with us to advertise, join the network or click listen to  enjoy content by some of India's top audio creators. studio@ideabrews.com Android | Apple read less
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228 : Building a Unicorn WITHOUT FUNDING! | Karthik Sridharan (CEO, Flexiple)
Dec 15 2023
228 : Building a Unicorn WITHOUT FUNDING! | Karthik Sridharan (CEO, Flexiple)
Karthik Sridharan is the co-founder and CEO of Flexiple, a startup fully focused on tech talent hiring. Karthik champions bootstrapping and talks about the nuances of building a bootstrapped business and the real reasons to raise VC money. He shares amazing insights about the approach to building a business and what entrepreneurship is all about, why it is hard and how working backwards from a certain goal helps you get there. Topics: 00:00 Intro 02:47 Bootstrapping Vs VC funding 12:55 First step is not funding 25:03 Idea to product to company 37:54 Deciding to be an entrepreneur 46:07 Getting the first 10 customers 48:07 Growing from 10 to 100 customers 57:07 Building content for Business 01:02:50 Extending your brand 01:11:40 Service Vs Products Business 01:17:07 Keeping the team lean/small 01:24:43 Conclusion Don't miss out on this insightful episode of Startup Operator Podcast, where you'll gain valuable lessons for sustainable business growth. ------------------------------------- Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://www.whatsapp.com/channel/0029VaA80HPIN9ixCWykZO1C ------------------------------------- Follow The Startup Operator: ‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚ÄčLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operatorInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup_operator/ ------------------------------------- If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and sharing it with your friends and family!
227: Networking landed her first job in marketing | Preethy Padmanabhan (Marketing, Freshworks) | The Startup Operator Podcast
Dec 8 2023
227: Networking landed her first job in marketing | Preethy Padmanabhan (Marketing, Freshworks) | The Startup Operator Podcast
In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan spoke with Preethy Padmanabhan, the senior director, Platform & AI Marketing at Freshworks. Preethy is a marketer, tech startup advisor and a podcast host and in this podcast she shares her experiences, her journey, tips on staying relevant and building global brands. She delves into her learnings from her failures and successes, working with prior marketers and common marketing mistakes.   Some of the takeaways from this conversation include -   Personal Branding Building global brandsCommon Marketing mistakes    Tune in to this engaging discussion on sustainable business growth and gain valuable lessons that can be applied to your own entrepreneurial journey. Chapters: 00:00 Introduction 01:30 Preethy‚Äôs experience 03:05 Evolution of marketing 07:26 Staying relevant 13:06 Personal branding 18:23 Building global brands 23:05 Lessons from the journey 28:14 Working as a team 30:04 Common marketing mistakes 33:13 Working with prior marketers 37:10 Books and podcast recommendations Don't miss out on this insightful episode of Startup Operator Podcast, where you'll gain valuable lessons for sustainable business growth. ------------------------------------- Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://www.whatsapp.com/channel/0029VaA80HPIN9ixCWykZO1C -------------------------------------   Follow The Startup Operator:  ‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚Äč Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup_operator/ ------------------------------------- If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and sharing it with your friends and family!
Is Indus Appstore REALLY a Google Playstore KILLER  | Roundup #136 | The Startup Operator
Dec 6 2023
Is Indus Appstore REALLY a Google Playstore KILLER | Roundup #136 | The Startup Operator
In this episode of The Startup Operator Roundup, Gunjan and Roshan break down the week's startup news and more! 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! 00:00 Intro 01:10 Charlie Munger‚Äôs passing away05:50 Warren Buffett‚Äôs exit from Paytm08:48 Bike taxi driver‚Äôs jobless12:49 Swiggy‚Äôs IPO plans17:11 Phonepe‚Äôs Indus appstore22:36 Group of Ministries to to decide fate of online gaming 27:45 Upgrad loses more money32:08 Fund raises of the week32:50 Talk of the town36:04 Conclusion ------------------------------------- Subscribe to our WhatsApp community for regular updates:https://www.whatsapp.com/channel/0029VaA80HPIN9ixCWykZO1C ------------------------------------- Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator/‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup ------------------------------------- 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! ------------------------------------- Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates:https://wa.me/message/ZUZQQGKCZTADL1 ------------------------------------- Connect with Us: Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚Äč ------------------------------------- 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!
227: Networking landed her first job in marketing | Preethy Padmanabhan (Marketing, Freshworks) | The Startup Operator Podcast
Dec 1 2023
227: Networking landed her first job in marketing | Preethy Padmanabhan (Marketing, Freshworks) | The Startup Operator Podcast
In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan spoke with Preethy Padmanabhan, the senior director, Platform & AI Marketing at Freshworks. Preethy is a marketer, tech startup advisor and a podcast host and in this podcast she shares her experiences, her journey, tips on staying relevant and building global brands. She delves into her learnings from her failures and successes, working with prior marketers and common marketing mistakes.   Some of the takeaways from this conversation include -   Personal Branding Building global brandsCommon Marketing mistakes    Tune in to this engaging discussion on sustainable business growth and gain valuable lessons that can be applied to your own entrepreneurial journey. Chapters: 00:00 Introduction 01:30 Preethy‚Äôs experience 03:05 Evolution of marketing 07:26 Staying relevant 13:06 Personal branding 18:23 Building global brands 23:05 Lessons from the journey 28:14 Working as a team 30:04 Common marketing mistakes 33:13 Working with prior marketers 37:10 Books and podcast recommendations Don't miss out on this insightful episode of Startup Operator Podcast, where you'll gain valuable lessons for sustainable business growth. ------------------------------------- Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://www.whatsapp.com/channel/0029VaA80HPIN9ixCWykZO1C -------------------------------------   Follow The Startup Operator:  ‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚Äč Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup_operator/ ------------------------------------- If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and sharing it with your friends and family!
Namma Yatri : How A Payments Company Built the best Mobility App | Vimal Kumar (Founder, Juspay) | The Startup Operator Podcast
Nov 24 2023
Namma Yatri : How A Payments Company Built the best Mobility App | Vimal Kumar (Founder, Juspay) | The Startup Operator Podcast
In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan spoke with Vimal Kumar, the founder of Juspay. Juspay is a fintech startup that provides payment solutions for businesses. They are also the creators of the BHIM UPI app, one of the most popular UPI apps in India. Juspay also developed the Namma Yatri app, an autorickshaw-hailing app that shot to popularity in Bangalore and is giving a serious competition to the likes of Uber and Ola in the city. It is a direct-to-driver app, which means that there is no commission or middle-men. Namma Yatri is also a community-driven app, which means that it is developed and operated by auto rickshaw drivers in the city. Some of the takeaways from this conversation include - Building Namma Yatri as a side project Designing solutions for scaleRelevance of payment companies today  Tune in to this engaging discussion on sustainable business growth and gain valuable lessons that can be applied to your own entrepreneurial journey. Chapters: 00:00 Intro  01:35 Importance of first principles  06:52 Choosing software engineering over being a scientist  09:44 Designing solutions for scale 14:51 Choosing payments over other fields 23:17 Relevance of payment companies today  30:40 The best payment infrastructure in the world 42:32 Why they choose to be a payment provider  50:43 Future of payments  53:18 The origin of Namma Yatri  58:22 Difference between network and platform  1:12:22 Building Namma Yatri as a side project  1:18:47 Building an engineering team 1:23:30 Best part of Building Namma Yatri  1:30:00 Taking Namma Yatri to a national level 1:31:16 Localizing Namma Yatri  Don't miss out on this insightful episode of Startup Operator Podcast, where you'll gain valuable lessons for sustainable business growth. ------------------------------------- Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://www.whatsapp.com/channel/0029VaA80HPIN9ixCWykZO1C -------------------------------------   Follow The Startup Operator:  ‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚Äč Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup_operator/ ------------------------------------- If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and sharing it with your friends and family!
This company helps BOOST Indian Manufacturing | Kaushik Mudda (Co-Founder & CEO, Ethereal Machines) | The Startup Operator Podcast
Nov 17 2023
This company helps BOOST Indian Manufacturing | Kaushik Mudda (Co-Founder & CEO, Ethereal Machines) | The Startup Operator Podcast
In this episode of The Startup Operator, Roshan spoke with Kaushik Mudda, the co-founder of Ethereal Machines. Ethereal Machines is a Deep-Tech start-up leading the innovation of 5-Axis CNC technology in India. 5-Axis machining solves gaps in manufacturing, for industries extending from plastic to aerospace to drone manufacturing to healthcare industries. Some of the takeaways from this conversation include - Dealing with Rejections Future of fully automated facilities in IndiaBuilding future proof capabilities Tune in to this engaging discussion on sustainable business growth and gain valuable lessons that can be applied to your own entrepreneurial journey. Chapters: 00:00 Intro 00:50 63 Rejections/Dealing with Rejections 03:03 Why CNC machines 16:30 Keeping your team motivated 20:54 Understanding your market 28:44 Running 2 business models  30:48 Customer Acquisition 33:08 Customers‚Äô success stories 36:44 Future of fully automated facilities in India 38:00 Path to Atma Nirbhar Bharat 41:16 Building a better manufacturing ecosystem 46:39 Building future proof capabilities 49:55 Book recommendations 52:25 Conclusion Don't miss out on this insightful episode of Startup Operator Podcast, where you'll gain valuable lessons for sustainable business growth. ------------------------------------- Click here to get regular WhatsApp updates: https://www.whatsapp.com/channel/0029VaA80HPIN9ixCWykZO1C ------------------------------------- Follow The Startup Operator:  ‚ÄčTwitter: https://twitter.com/OperatorStartup‚Äč‚Äč Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-operator Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup_operator/ ------------------------------------- If you liked this episode, let us know by hitting the like button and sharing it with your friends and family!