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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. You don’t need a Harvard degree. You don’t need to know celebrities. And you don’t need to have a lot of money. You need to learn from the leaders of the modern business era in Stories from The Rocking Entrepreneur Podcast! If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, and actionable advice during your daily routine whether it be your daily commute, workout, me-time, or bored office time then you have come to the right place. E
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access_time1 year ago
Amar Vyas is an author, speaker, a fellow podcaster and an entrepreneur. He has written three released books so far and several others releasing very soon. He is also the voice behind some of the very popular indian podcasts - My Kitaab and and recently Baalgatha, both of which have received widespread popularity. He also started a digital media company called Kamakshi Media, which does custom podcasts for businesses. I am so excited here to have him here today and discuss about podcasting in India - the challenges, opportunities and his journey.


In this episode, we talk about:

How Amar got into podcasting
Is this the right time to jump onto the podcasting bandwagon?
How the first podcast: My Kitaab came about
Conversational vs. monologue format for podcasts - which might be better?
Once Amar decided to podcast, how did he go about starting it
How much time does it take to produce one episode
The biggest learning Amar had from his first podcast - and a lot of podcasters make it too
How to find out what your audience is interested in hearing?
How Amar boosted his followers by doing less work
Can podcasts fail? YES - listen to Amar talking about how to identify if your podcast is failing
How Amar used WhatsApp to test the market for his popular podcast Baalgatha
What does a week in the life of a full-time podcaster looks like?
How easy is it to make money for a podcaster
Why should businesses start a podcast of their own

Podcast Karo:

Starting a Podcast is not easy – we get it. At Podcast Karo, we squeeze out the secrets and behind-the-scenes on what it takes to make a successful podcast. Learn from the Pros and rock your podcast. Visit PodcastKaro.com to start and rock your Podcast!

Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

Have some feedback you’d like to share with Tushar? Click on the contact and drop a note

A huge thank-you to Amar Vyas for joining me for this amazing episode. Until next time, Keep Rocking!
access_time2 years ago
While traveling in India, when you observe the stray dogs and cows, have you ever said this to yourself: "Wish I could rescue this animal from their misery"? Our guest today, Erika Abrams-Myers not only asked that question, but moved all the way from Seattle, USA to Rajasthan to set up a non-profit organization does exactly this. Animal Aid Unlimited has grown tremendously over the several years into this amazing, loving refuge for the homeless, street animals, treating about 150 animals everyday.

In this episode, we talk about:

What made the founders move to India
What did they do before starting Animal Aid Unlimited
How their previous experience helped them establish Animal Aid Unlimited
What might be a better place to raise kids: India or USA?
How you can get funding for starting your NGO
How to pitch for getting funding
Where did Animal Aid Unlimited
Behind the scenes with Animal Aid's Marketing and YouTube videos
What are the sources of revenue for Animal Aid

Links to relevant resources:

Animal Aid Unlimited
Donate to Animal Aid Unlimited

Visit www.repodcast.com for a list of all the links

Podcast Karo:

Starting a Podcast is not easy – we get it. At Podcast Karo, we squeeze out the secrets and behind-the-scenes on what it takes to make a successful podcast. Learn from the Pros and rock your podcast. Visit PodcastKaro.com to start and rock your Podcast!

Erika's advice:

"India is a much more safer environment for raising kids - Erika | Animal Aid Unlimited"

"People give to people - Erika | Animal Aid Unlimited"

"Don't wait to start a venture for the cause you believe in - Erika | Animal Aid Unlimited"

Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

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A huge thank-you to Erika Abram-Meyers for joining me for this amazing episode. Until next time, Keep Rocking!
access_time2 years ago
Vivek Bajaj is a Chartered Accountant, a Graduate from IIM Indore and the director at Kredent Ventures. He started his career as a commodities research analyst and moved on to create one of the most active financial derivatives trading desks in India with over 200+ traders. Now he is actively involved in Financial education and training, focusing on entrepreneurs.


In this episode, we talk about:

How eLearnMarkets was launched
How Kredent Academy applied classroom learnings towards online learning platform
Why Kredent Academy was focused on east India and how they expanded rapidly
Is it beneficial to have a physical classroom or an online classroom?
How to get people interested in teaching and learning
How you can create an online class without having taught a single course
How is the course delivered to the customers?
How to make videos interesting for customers
Who gets to contribute content to eLearnMarkets
How much to charge the lecture creators
What is the most common financial mistake that an entrepreneur makes

Links to relevant resources:

elearnmarkets.com
Kredent Academy
Course for entrepreneurs that Vivek Recommends:
Finance for non-finance people
Equity Valuation & Financial Modeling
Reach out to Vivek Bajaj

Podcast Karo:

Starting a Podcast is not easy – we get it. At Podcast Karo, we squeeze out the secrets and behind-the-scenes on what it takes to make a successful podcast. Learn from the Pros and rock your podcast. Visit PodcastKaro.com to start and rock your Podcast!

Vivek's advice:

"All your employees are your clients - Vivek Bajaj"

"People won't mind watching videos online and not traveling for classes - Vivek Bajaj"
"How we made the classroom more interesting by going online - Vivek Bajaj"

Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

Have some feedback you’d like to share with Tushar? Click on the contact and drop a note

A huge thank-you to Vivek for joining me for this amazing episode. Until next time, Keep Rocking!
access_time2 years ago
Gaurav Mahshruwala is one of the top financial planner in India. He started his own venture called ACE - short for A cutting edge in 1994 and since then has helped several other entrepreneurs with financial planning and investment strategies. Gaurav also has his own column in Times of India where he talks about tip & strategies using which people can stop worrying about money and focus on the important things in life. We have him on the show to talk about some of the aspects related to entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, financial planning and money.



In this episode, we talk about:

How can entrepreneurs generate wealth?
Why it is important to keep taking money out of the venture
How to distinguish between assets and liability
Is there a difference between Good Debt and Bad Debt
Why it is better to pay EMI on a property you own vs. paying Rent
Why it is better to put your extra money into your EMI rather than Stock market
How to get poor quickly
Couples should go on financial date
Links to relevant resources:

Yogic Wealth
Gaurav Mashruwala
ACE - A Cutting Edge
Podcast Karo
Rich dad Poor dad [Amazon]
Podcast Karo:

Starting a Podcast is not easy – we get it. At Podcast Karo, we squeeze out the secrets and behind-the-scenes on what it takes to make a successful podcast. Learn from the Pros and rock your podcast. Visit PodcastKaro.com to start and rock your Podcast!

Gaurav's advice:

[bctt tweet="Don't fall ill, don't retire and don't die, if you want - Gaurav Mashruwala - India's top Financial planner"]

[bctt tweet="Take a loan and get out of it as soon as possible - Gaurav Mashruwala - India's top Financial planner"]

[bctt tweet="Pay EMI rather than your Rent - Gaurav Mashruwala - India's top Financial planner"]

[bctt tweet="Get quick rich is a get poor quick scheme - Gaurav Mashruwala - India's top Financial planner"]

[bctt tweet="Sometimes people try to convert hobby into a venture, it ends up being neither - Gaurav Mashruwala - India's top Financial planner"]

Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

Have some feedback you’d like to share with Tushar? Click on the contact and drop a note

A huge thank-you to Gaurav for joining me for this amazing episode. Until next time, Keep Rocking!
access_time2 years ago
Gaurav Mahshruwala is one of the top financial planner in India. He started his own venture called ACE - short for A cutting edge in 1994 and since then has helped several other entrepreneurs with financial planning and investment strategies. Gaurav also has his own column in Times of India where he talks about tip & strategies using which people can stop worrying about money and focus on the important things in life. We have him on the show to talk about some of the aspects related to entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, financial planning and money.


In this episode, we talk about:

Why insure and is it worth it?
Surprising fact on who should be insuring (hint: its a starting entrepreneur)
Are there any insurances that do not make any sense?
How do you justify insurances that eat into the cash a small business is generating?
How to avoid making the most common mistake an entrepreneur makes?

Links to relevant resources:

Yogic Wealth
Gaurav Mashruwala
ACE - A Cutting Edge
PolicyX.com
Podcast Karo.com

For all the active links to this episode, visit: http://www.repodcast.com

Podcast Karo:

Starting a Podcast is not easy – we get it. At Podcast Karo, we squeeze out the secrets and behind-the-scenes on what it takes to make a successful podcast. Learn from the Pros and rock your podcast. Visit PodcastKaro.com to start and rock your Podcast!

Gaurav's advice:

Entrepreneurs do not have an option - Gaurav Mashruwala - India's top Financial planner

Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

Have some feedback you’d like to share with Tushar? Click on the contact and drop a note

A huge thank-you to Gaurav for joining me for this amazing episode. The continuation to this episode will follow soon. Until next time, Keep Rocking!
access_time2 years ago
Gaurav Mahshruwala is one of the top financial planner in India. He started his own venture called ACE - short for A cutting edge in 1994 and since then has helped several other entrepreneurs with financial planning and investment strategies. Gaurav also has his own column in Times of India where he talks about tip & strategies using which people can stop worrying about money and focus on the important things in life. We have him on the show to talk about some of the aspects related to entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, financial planning and money.



In this episode, we talk about:

How much money do you need to become an Entrepreneur?
Financial strategies that Entrepreneurs should know about
The glamorous life of an Entrepreneur with all the riches and money
Thinking between avoiding the risk or evaluating the risk involved? Listen to what Gaurav has to say about risk for entrepreneurs
Can you be rich without becoming an entrepreneur?
Often entrepreneurs have to work long hours and work terribly hard - How to decide if this is for you
Do only the initial years suck in being an entrepreneur?
How to avoid media even if you are part of it
Can an entrepreneur have it all - time, money, home and more?
Is everything that comes out of comparison, bad for you?
Savings and splurging can give the same feeling - we discuss how
Links to relevant resources:

Yogic Wealth
Gaurav Mashruwala
ACE - A Cutting Edge

For show notes, follow to: www.repodcast.com

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access_time2 years ago
Ravi talks to REPodcast about starting Coupon Rani and the challenges in developing such a platform. We also talk about developing a 5-step marketing plan for your online business.

Ravi Trivedi started off as a Software Engineer in Hewlett Packard. Later, Ravi did his MBA at Duke University, worked at Wall street as equity analyst, covering technology and media stocks and later jointed an early stage tech fund in Raleigh. He then moved to India and founded Srijan Capital and incubated CouponRani.com and PushEngage.com Coupon rani has grown rapidly to be a top coupon company in India and is expanding to outside of India as well.



In this episode, we talk about:

The birth of CouponRani.com was a simple site with a few manually fetched coupons
Why CouponRani.com as the first product?
How much investment does it take to start an online coupon website (hint: its upwards of six figure in $)
Why does coupon website need so much money investment
How to build a team for a online affiliate marketing site
How much can affiliate marketing sites like CouponRani.com can earn (hint: its upwards of seven figure in $)
Sources of revenue for Ravi and Srijan Capital:
Coupon Rani
Ad sense
Media Ads on the site
How CouponRani.com grew by 200% in a span of 2 years
5 -steps to a perfect marketing plan (and we go into details):
Identify your target audience - delete the segment of brief pause
Align your message with that target audience
Prioritize your channels
Test & optimize
Bonus - Growth Hacks
Wheres the affiliate marketing future headed to?
How long should I wait after I launch a coupon website to start seeing the ROI (return on investment)
Links to relevant resources:

CouponRani.com
Pushengage.com


Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

Have some feedback you’d like to share with Tushar? Click on the contact and drop a note

A huge thank-you to Ravi for joining me for this amazing episode. Until next time, Keep Rocking!

Links:
www.rockingentrepreneur.com
www.repodcast.com
Leave a feedback on iTunes:
www.rockingentrepreneur.com/itunes
access_time2 years ago
Anuradha "Anu" Vaidyanathan is an Indian triathlete and the first Indian to qualify for the Half Ironman 70.3 World Championship and complete the Ultraman Canada. Besides being an athlete, she runs a company, PatNMarks, that specializes in Intellectual Property Consulting. Anu has a PhD in electrical engineering and has served as a member of faculty at Indian Institute of Technology Ropar in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

In this episode, we talk about:

- How Anu found her mentor
- The importance of a mentor for a startup
- How long it took for PatNMarks to take off
- What kind of a mentor should you be looking for your startup
- How long it takes to understand and develop a business - if this is your first startup
- How to culture of mentorship is 'overdone' in India
- How sports helps with growth both for the entrepreneur and the business
- Main thing you need to know before pursuing an Ironman or any long distance challenge

Links to relevant resources:
PatNMarks
Anu Vaidyanathan
Anu's Book
Google Calendar
Art of War (book) - entrepreneurship
Once a Runner - John L Parker (book)

Anu's advice:
Any advice you receive, always interpret it to your own life - Anu Vaidyanathan

There are plenty of buses to board in life - be more forgiving on yourself - Anu Vaidyanathan

Entrepreneurship is a lot about choosing the voices that you let inside your head - Anu Vaidyanathan

You have to choose the flavor of mentorship you receive - Anu Vaidyanathan

Greatest boon of entrepreneurship is the flexibility of time - Anu Vaidyanathan

Like this episode? Then please leave a review on iTunes at:
http://www.rockingentrepreneur.com/itunes
Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated! They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I make sure to reach each and every review.

Have some feedback you’d like to share with Tushar? Click on the contact and drop a note

Links:
www.repodcast.com
www.rockingentrepreneur.com
www.anuvaidyanathan.com
http://www.patnmarks.com
access_time2 years ago
After 15 years of sitting beside a desk in several media organizations, Lakshmi decided to travel and since then, she has been to over 25 countries. In a nut shell, Lakshmi is a media professional, traveller, an internationally renowned travel writer, blogger and photographer. She is considered one of the top 10 professional bloggers from India. If you are bitten by the wanderlust bug and always wondered how people do it and still make a living, you do not have to look any further. Lakshmi has seen it all and has done it all and I am so excited to have her here to share her experiences and wisdom with us.

Leave a review for REPodcast at: www.rockingentrepreneur.com/itunes

Visit us at www.repodcast.com
access_time2 years ago
Shail graduated from IIT Kharagpur and then got his MBA from Kelley School of Business. He was the co-founder of the Pan-IIT alumni movement, which has grown into a huge phenomenon today. Shail has over 20 years of leadership experience in several fortune 500 high-tech firms such as Applied Materials, Lam Research and FMC Corp and also held senior management positions at University of California Berkeley and University of california San Diego. Most recently, Shail has been working on his book, which just got released. The book is titled Building Golden India, which draws on his immense experience and amazing feedback from revolutionaries around the world towards building, a golden India, just like the title of the book suggests. For more details and show notes, visit: www.repodcast.com
access_time3 years ago
Kiruba Shankar is an entrepreneur, social media consultant, speaker, author, teacher, podcaster and a farmer. He is the CEO of BusinessBlogging, a social media consultant firm. He also heads Vaksana Farms, a farming venture and Verdure Books, a publishing house. He has authored 4 books and is working on the next. He has written articles in leading business newspapers and magazines. He runs various projects catering to diverse interests such as Kiruba TV, Kiruba FM, Cerebrate, Sponge etc. He is passionate about comics, antiques, vinyl records, business cards, running, cycling, rowing, traveling and blogging.

View show notes at: www.rockingentrepreneur.com
access_time3 years ago
Zeena is a Certified Postural Specialist, Author, Speaker, Pilates Instructor and Wellness Coach. She is the co-author of the book "Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way", which is a must read book if you are interested in living an injury-free active lifestyle. Zeena started Vertical Pilates, which has garnered a huge fan following in a very short span of time. Zeena is also a owner and manager of multiple fitness facilities.

For show notes and more, visit: www.rockingentrepreneur.com
access_time3 years ago
Prashant Kakad, a graduate from UDCT Mumbai, got his masters from Cornell and then worked in the deep tech sector for a while before starting Bollywood Dreams Entertainment. Bollywood Dreams Entertainment has produced small & large scale events bringing artists all the way from India to Portland, Seattle & LA. Prashant is a TEDx speaker and his startup, bollywood dreams entertainment has created dance classes & parties infused with festive elements of Indian culture.

For show notes, visit: www.repodcast.com

Leave a review for REPodcast: www.rockingentrepreneur.com/itunes
access_time3 years ago
Vikas is the founder of The Prana Partnership, a human development organization focused on personal and organizational leadership and transformation. His commitment is to inspire and serve people and teams that wish to be their best self. Vikas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT, Bombay and an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is a former executive with an extensive track record in Marketing, Analytics, Strategy & Operations at Fortune 100 organizations. But his true calling was in making such organizations efficient and motivated.

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access_time3 years ago
Shankar rose to popularity from ShrutiBox, which amassed more than 15million views in two years. He has played alongside Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain and is a TED and INKs fellow. He has an amazing fan following, which helped him reach his Kickstarter campaign target in just 6 days. Shankar’s videos are featured on the front page of YouTube and the MTV show, “Roots”, and in articles in The Indian Express, The Hindustan Times, and notably in The Hindu..
access_time3 years ago
Learn how How Vandana started Bombay Pictures and created an award winning documentary
How Askhaya Patra started off and why should you care
Interested in choosing a charity? How to pick a genuine charity
How to evaluate your fears and tackle them to achieve the success
access_time3 years ago
Anu Acharya is a second time entrepreneur having founded Ocimum biosolutions and Map My Genome. From early onset, Anu always wanted to be an entrepreneur, even before the word was not as popular as it is today! To realize this dream of hers, Anu left the comforts and benefits of her job in the US and moved along with her family (with her child) back to India and started Ocimum biosciences and grew it into the largest bioinformatics company in the world. Later she started Map my genome, which is the rival of 23andMe in the Indian subcontinent.
access_time3 years ago
We kick off the Rocking Entrepreneur Podcast with an inspiring story! Anuj Choudhary started off with working in a large firm in Singapore. Frustrated from the bureaucracy and politics, he started working towards independent venture and started Dimension. In a few years, Dimension has grown to be a million dollar company providing consultancy and solutions to giants in the shipping industry for the south east asia region.
I am highly excited to feature Anuj’s story as the first episode…
access_time3 years ago
Welcome to Rocking Entrepreneurs Podcast! In this episode, we discuss about what to expect from coming episodes of REPodcast.
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