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The Never Die Spirit that built Nuclei | Ankur Joshi of Nuclei
Sep 16 2020
The Never Die Spirit that built Nuclei | Ankur Joshi of Nuclei
It is said that “the secret to life is to fall seven times and get up eight times”. This is especially true if you are an entrepreneur - and our guest this week is a testament to this. Growing up in Indore, Ankur Joshi of Nuclei had simple dreams of earning a salary of 2-3 lakhs and living an independent life. To his surprise, his first job via his college placement was with Deutsche Bank with a salary that blew his mind! Nevertheless, 4 years down the line, Ankur felt uninspired and restrained in his job and hence quit to explore new avenues. Over some beers with friends he made the bold decision to start his first venture, a food-tech company in Pune. With 3 other co-founders and rating himself a 1 on 10 in business planning, Ankur failed to scale his business, learning some valuable lessons in the process. Not defeated by his failure, he launched his second venture - a tech product that was aimed at the Pharma Industry. But it was not long before Ankur realised his solution while a great product lacked the potential to be scaled. And he had to quit again. Still determined to keep going, he moved to Bangalore and started working for Tapzo. A company that was India’s first all-in-one app product. Although unprofitable, Tapzo was eventually acquired by Amazon.By now Ankur had already seen a few failures. However, with failure comes learning, and after all the setbacks Ankur had faced he had some solid learnings to back him up. Thus with an undeterred spirit, and powered by his learnings Ankur once again started a new tech venture - Nuclei. Today Nuclei is going strong with several clients not just in India but also in SEA and Middle East. Their vision - "To build a well respected global product company out of India."Tune into our candid conversation with Ankur to know more about his journey - about all the ups and the downs. Here are our key takeaways from this chat: Is it wise to have multiple Co-Founders?Should one start a business with friends?How to get VC funding in the early stages of your business. Ankur’s learnings that are now his guiding principles.
The Unstoppable Entrepreneur | Krishna Jonnakadla of Maharajas of Scale
Sep 30 2020
The Unstoppable Entrepreneur | Krishna Jonnakadla of Maharajas of Scale
“Normal is Boring.”As a 16-year old boy, he was fascinated by business stories and forging a different path. Fueled by his curious mind, our guest today, Krishna Jonnakadla went on to explore a variety of sectors from accountancy to technology to media and fashion. He is now the Founder of Maharajas of Scale, a not-for-profit podcast focused on Indian Entrepreneurs and co-founder of FLIT, the Fashion Locator In Town which he set up to scale independent and designer brands in Fashion and Lifestyle in India. He also happened to venture into a successful online media company and was the Co-Founder and Member of the Board at Mango Mobile TV. His maternal family being of a business background, as a kid, he would enjoy his summers at his mother’s native place in Tirupati, city in Chittoor district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. From a very young age, Krishna was negotiating with high-end people and had a strong conviction to become an entrepreneur as he grew up. Interestingly, he also possesses skills like editing, dubbing, distribution and on the economics of the film-making world. In our conversation with him, Krishna shares with us his not so linear rather a tortuous journey. Having undergone a few messy situations in life, he has bounced back from them courageously. Listen to our candid conversation with the unbeatable guy. Here are our insightful takeaways from the episode:How to scale your startup BIG.Being unstoppable and experimenting with new ventures. Changing between streams and handling transitions in your career.Tips on content delivery, monetizing and setting up a subscriber base. Birthing a business model that disrupts. To get notified about new episodes join our Whatsapp community here: http://bit.ly/podmwhatsapp
I,  Robot | Rajeev Karwal @ Milagrow Robots
Oct 21 2020
I, Robot | Rajeev Karwal @ Milagrow Robots
Don’t we all want our everyday life affairs to be simpler? Don’t we want to eliminate that “procrastination ka keeda” from our lives? We all secretly desire to have a simpler life where our very own “jaadu” takes care of the routine tasks. We all want to believe in magic and are certainly curious to find simpler ways of living. Today, on The Spotlight, we have someone who has an intriguing story to tell. His fascination for all things AI is mind-bending. He is the founder of India’s number 1 domestic robots brand, Milagrow Robots. We are in conversation with Rajeev Karwal whose vivid imagination has made lives simpler. In this episode, we are exploring the world of Robots with him!A veteran, he shares the experience of working with big companies like LG, Reliance Digital, Philips, Onida, Electrolux, and Chellarams in the last 36 years. He was the president of the Consumer Electronics Association of India from 2000 to 2002 and has also served various National Industry bodies like CII, FICCI to name a few. Redefining the conventional, the IMT Ghaziabad alumnus explored the wonders of his mind and launched India’s first Floor Robots, Pool Robots, Lawn Robots, Massaging Robots in the year 2007. He was the first one to have launched the world's first-ever Live Mapping Robots, Air Purification Robots, Home Safety Robots and Alexa enabled Robots. Let’s get right to it and delve into the world of Robotics and All things fascinating! What you can expect from the conversation: Lessons in Selling through thick & thin Owning your job role and taking strategic risks Effective ways of  Brand building Marketing innovatively How to make a sustainable business in Robotics
Fostering women leaders | Anand Sinha @ Leapclub
Oct 28 2020
Fostering women leaders | Anand Sinha @ Leapclub
Well, we all have been confused at one point or the other, when it comes to making career choices. A commerce student, our guest today was, in his own words, an average student at school. The freedom from his parents, of making his own choices and paving his own path, shaped him as an individual. Like any other commerce student, he had applied for the CA exam but ended up with the realisation that he did not like it. As a football enthusiast, he wanted to pursue the sport full-time but unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as planned.Anand Sinha went on to pursue his graduation from Christ University, Bangalore. He gives us a gist of life in Bangalore in this candid chat. Previously a National Sales Head of Zomato, he eventually started his own. His company, Pressplay, a media-tech startup didn’t go very far but it did get 1 MN+ app downloads and 100+ content partners on board.  He shares the experience of rejoining Zomato and becoming the Global Head of Zomato Gold. In the quest for his calling, however, he further went on to build Leapclub, a powerful, private network for women leaders that changed the game. Anand shares with us impactful insights and the journey of building this professional network of women role models. Let’s hear it from him in this intuitive conversation.  Key takeaways from this episode:Working in early-stage startupsPerseverance and resilience- the qualities that make an entrepreneur Significance of having a route map and a vision as an entrepreneur Lessons for up and coming founders Scaling up your business Taking feedback from potential users and creating lasting connections
Building Financial Literacy | Bhanu Harish Gurram of Finshots
Nov 25 2020
Building Financial Literacy | Bhanu Harish Gurram of Finshots
Someone with no prior experience in media whatsoever, he has garnered a unique path of his own, helping Indian millennials with ‘all things finance’. No matter how bumpy the road gets, our guest today keeps moving forward with a determined mindset. Finshots has now 2,00,000+ subscriber base and the community continues to grow. ‘Finshots’ are 3-min fun, crisp and insightful reads on a variety of news and discussions from across the nation and globe. In this episode, the co-founder of Finshots, Bhanu, spills the beans, talks about his engineering days from IIT Roorkee, his rigorous interview experience at IIMA and where the idea of Finshots stemmed from. An IIMA alumnus, he would read business and finance news during his prep for the CAT exam. He is making financial news simple and accessible, educating people through the 3-minute long daily newsletter on the most important Financial and Business buzz in an easily understandable language. A man with a calm demeanour, he takes us through his journey of building a content platform from getting it off the ground and breathing it into existence. Key Takeaways from the episode:Teamwork and complimenting each other’s strengths.  Lessons on Market Research and Analysis. Learnings from growing a content platform from scratch. Creating short-form content and building a strong subscriber base.  Financial Advisory and targeting a potential audience.Connect with us on IG: @thepodium We are on the web at thepodium.in Be a part of our Whatsapp community: www.podm.in/growwithpodium