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The Entrepreneur Talk Show | Indian Entrepreneurs I Interviews with people in the start up ecosystem

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First ever podcast for Indian entrepreneurs! Insightful Interviews with people from the startup ecosystem – Entrepreneurs, Investors, Lawyers, HR consultants, Social media experts. In every episode, experts will talk about their journey and address issues such as finding talent, how they use social media, what they think of external funding, how they manage to keep a work-life balance, what trends they think will revolutionalize their industry, what blogs and books they read. There is an exciting rapid fire round and we end with a litmus test question – Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Vikram Chopra is the Co-founder of FabFurnish. FabFurnish is an Indian brand in furniture and home décor that was founded in 2012. It retails online, and has showrooms in India as well. Vikram has an engineering degree from IIT Bombay and went to The Wharton School of business to get his MBA. Listen to the Rapid fire to know who Vikram who invite to lunch, what startup he would bet on and which actor he would choose to play his role if his life were made into a movie!
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Rahul is the Founder and Managing partner of www.plushplaza.com. He is an entrepreneur with broad experience in interior design projects and international trade. Other than his venture, he pursues several other interests seriously such as Traveling and scuba diving. Rahul has a double major in Business Information Technology & Marketing Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Pamplin College of business. Listen to the Rapid fire to know who Rahul who invite to lunch, what startup he would bet on and which actor he would choose to play his role if his life were made into a movie!
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Akhilesh Bali is the founder & CEO of Lime Tray and a successful internet entrepreneur. He built two ventures from grounds-up, http://www.foodpanda.com/, a Rocket Internet backed food ordering service and www.MithaiMate.com, India’s first online sweets gifting portal. Now he’s on to his third one, www.LimeTray.com, A SaaS platform for local businesses to build a consistent and engaging brand-presence across the web. Akhilesh has a B.E from University of Mumbai and an MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB). Listen to the exciting rapid fire to learn which startup Akhilesh would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie!
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Aarti Madhusudan is a TISS alumnus and founder of Governance Counts , an initiative that helps strenghten Boards of NGOs. She has over 15 years of work experience in the NGO sector both in India and in the UK. Her clients have included ActionAid International, Sense International, the Resource Alliance, Magic Bus, Dignity Foundation, Dasra, the India Foundation for the Arts and many others. She is a consultant with iVolunteer, managing the Whiteboard initiative across Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. Listen to the exciting rapid fire to learn which startup Aarti would bet on, which entrepreneurs she would like to invite for lunch, which actor she would pick to play her role if her life were made into a movie!
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Rajiv Srivatsa is the co-founder and COO of Urban Ladder. Before that he worked in the B2C internet space focusing on consumer facing cutting-edge online and mobile products for over a decade. He has an Engineering degree from IIT Madras and an MBA from IIM Banglore. Listen to the exciting rapid fire to learn which startup Rajiv would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie!
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Sunil Vishnu and Karthik Kumar founded Evam in 2003 and today it is a profitable young thriving arts organization making people believe in the power of the Arts. Sunil has a bachelor's degree in Commerce, Karthik has a chemical engineering degree and they both have a Masters in Communication from MICA, Ahmedabad. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startups they would bet on, which entrepreneurs they would like to invite for lunch, which actors they would pick to play their role if their life were made into a movie.
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Shakti Girish is the Chief Information Office and Editor of Galatta.com. She is responsible for planning content & design, getting the team to execute content according to strategy & requirement and planning PR and marketing strategy. Shakti studied at the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) and worked in Design & Merchandising at GKK Exports before joining Galatta Media Publications. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startup she would bet on, which entrepreneurs Shakti would like to invite for lunch, which actor she would pick to play her role if her life were made into a movie and how she describes herself in one word.
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Vishal Purohit is the founder and CEO of Wooqer. Wooqer enables "User centric Private Internets" that create limitless invention possibilities within a social group (teams, companies, organizations). He is a board member of Garage Again and Skanray Technologies. Before Wooqer, he was Co-founder and COO of Core Objects. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startup Vishal would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie and how he describes himself in one word.
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Manoj Gupta is the founder of Dreamers early stage fund and co-founder of Craftsvilla a luxury brand in handcrafted and green crafted products. Manoj was a Principal at Nexus ventures and has been on the board of several companies such as Snapdeal.com, Sohanlal Commodity management, Deccan Healthcare. Manoj has a B.Tech from IIT Mumbai, MS from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startup Manoj would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie and how he describes himself in one word.
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Sandeep Aneja is the Founder and the Managing Director of Kaizen Private Equity. He has 17 years of professional experience, which spans from consulting, operations leadership to investment management and he is regarded a thought leader in the private equity space. Sandeep has a MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. After graduation, he joined the venture capital industry where he was involved in a variety of successful transactions and start-ups including Bridgestream, Lassologic, Reconnex, GraniteEdge Network, Clairmail, Xactly Corporation and others. Listen to the rapid fire to hear Sandeep choose one startup he would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie, how he describes himself in one word and what super power he would pick. 
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Inir Pinheiro, founder and Managing Director of Grassroutes, is a social entrepreneur involved in experiential learning programs & responsible tourism, having over 10 years of experience in the social sector ranging from resource mobilization, to building triple bottom line (financial, social & environmental) sustainable ventures and trainings. He has an MBA from XIMB where he specialized in sustainable development, social enterprises & youth leadership programs. He has been recognized as amongst 50 social entrepreneurs changing India by Outlook Business, and has been awarded the Karamveer Purashkar for Social Justice and Citizen Action in 2008 by ICONGO & Khemka Foundation. Listen to the rapid fire to hear Inir refusing to choose one startup he would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie and how he describes himself in one word.
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Venky is the Managing Partner at Lok Advisory Services. At Lok, Venky is focused on microfinance, housing finance, healthcare and education sectors. Venky is on the boards of Ujjivan, Suryoday, Rural Shores, Asirvad and IFMR Rural Channels. Prior to joining Lok Advisory Services, Venky was with Intel Corporation and Intel Capital for over 12 years with experience in venture capital, product development and marketing. Venky holds an MBA from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State in Tempe. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startup he would bet on, which entrepreneurs Venky would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie and how he describes himself in one word.
 
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Shaheen Mistri is the Founder and CEO of Teach For India (TFI) and also Founder of the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of low-income children, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Shaheen got her Master’s in Education from the University of Manchester. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006) and serves on the boards of several foundations. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startup she would bet on, which entrepreneurs Shaheen would like to invite for lunch, which actor she would pick to play her role if her life were made into a movie and how she describes herself in one word.
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Apurva Kothari is the Founder of No Nasties, a social venture that currently offers 100% organic, 100% fair trade t-shirts with plans to expand to a wider clothing range in the future. No Nasties aims to kick-start a consumer movement for organic and fair trade clothing in India; and to indirectly help reduce farmer suicides caused by conventional farming. Apurva has a decade of experience in Product Development and Technology Management for both start-ups and large corporation. He has a BE from University of Mumbai and a MS from the University of Texas at Austin. Listen to the rapid fire to know which startup he would bet on, which entrepreneurs Apurva would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie and how he describes himself in one word.
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Bryan Lee, founder of Krishi Star, was a CRTI fellow, with iFarms and CEO/Founder of Social Point Solutions. Before that, he was Partner/Marketing Director, Nemesis Records and a Consultant with Accenture. Bryan has a BS from Cornell University and MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Listen to the rapid fire to hear Bryan choose one startup he would bet on, which entrepreneurs he would like to invite for lunch, which actor he would pick to play his role if his life were made into a movie and how he describes himself in one word.
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This episode is short and sweet – it’s about our first month on the Entrepreneur Talk Show. You can down the infographic from www.theetalkshow.com which has details of how we did from a data analysis point of view. This first monthly report is about several things but mainly to be transparent about learnings through our journey on The Entrepreneur Talk Show. On the road to getting the podcast up and running and hitting over 5000 downloads in the first month, we went through several decisions and prioritization lists in terms of defining the process, creating content, setting up basic social profiles and of course, learning all the technology bits along the way. I wanted to share the experience, and if this helps others who are starting up in online marketing and business, that’s great. If you’d like feedback on anything specific, please write in and we’d be happy to share our experience. 
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Rajiv Subramanian is the Founder & CEO of Ovenfresh, a bakery chain currently in Bangalore and Chennai. He’s an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and has worked at Lehman Brothers and Oracle before getting into the food and beverages sector. Listen in to hear Rajiv talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Dr.Saleem Mohammed is the founder of Xcode Lifesciences which is a company that innovates in the field of preventive healthcare through research in life sciences and cutting edge technology. Their portfolio spans bioinformatics, genetics and statistics through which they aim to promote preventive health behavior among our customers. Saleem has a PhD in Bio Informatics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Listen in to hear Saleem talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Jessie Paul is a celebrated marketer who has played an important part in building several global Indian brands such as Infosys, iGATE and Wipro. In 2010 Jessie founded Paul Writer, which publishes India's only monthly print magazine for marketers called Marketing Booster, in addition to a very popular weekly e-newsletter and also hosts conferences for executives in marketing & strategy. … Listen in to hear Jessie talk about her journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Meghna Rao, owns and runs The Purple Leaf Hotel, a one-of-its-kind designer hotel with an ultra-urban touch, in Secunderabad. Meghna is also a gifted artist and runs a business where she designs homes, hotels and apartment complexes. She did her MBA at the Indian School of business with her husband, Rohan and together they run both businesses. They have just launched an ice cream chain - Oh! So stoned and plan to take the brand retail with the name - Labuche Labuche… Listen in to hear Meghna talk about her journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Padmashri Prof.Dr.Mohandas is the founder of MIOT hospitals and known as the father of orthopedic surgery. In 1999, MIOT started out as a hospital specializing in Orthopedics and Trauma, and then quickly grew into a premier multi-specialty hospital, continuously adding new departments that collaborate in the treatment of complex cases. From diagnostic scans and computer navigation to miniaturized instruments, the hospital has invested heavily in the latest technology, resulting in precise diagnoses, minimally invasive treatments and faster recovery periods. Listen in to hear Dr.Mohandas talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and several anecdotes. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Listen to Rajiv Srivatsa, Akhilesh Bali and Rishabh Gupta on why and how they started their ventures. Rajiv Srivatsa is the founder and COO of Urban Ladder, the #1 retailer for home décor products in India. Rajiv has over a decade experience in business and technology, focusing on consumer facing online and mobile products for Emerging markets in the last 4 years. Akhilesh Bali, the founder of Limetray is a third time internet entrepreneur. He founded MithaiMate.com, a pan-india gifting portal and then foodpanda, an international food delivery service and now he is focusing his energies on Limetray, a SaaS platform for local businesses to build a consistent and engaging brand-presence across the web. Rishabh Gupta is the Co-founder and CEO of Letsintern. Letsintern is a LinkedIn for students helping them connect to employers, career services and each other.
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Dhimant Parekh, a multi-passion entrepreneur - has been involved in product management with several tech companies published a book of short stories, is a trained theater artist and a long distance runner. He founded TheBetterIndia.com - India's fastest growing positive news site which has won South Asia's Manthan Award for best alternative news source. Dhimant is a celebrated guest speaker at various organizations and forums. Listen in to hear Dhimant talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Dr. Jessica Seddon is the Founder and Managing Director of Okapi. Okapi is an institutional design consultancy focused on creating social, policy, and organizational infrastructure for collective action toward sustainable development goals. Jessica earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and her B.A. from Harvard University. Listen in to hear Jessica Seddon talk about her journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Dhiraj Rajaram, the founder & CEO of Mu Sigma Analytics built Mu Sigma from ground up during which time - he has raised seed and growth capital for the venture, secured key fortune 50 customers, incubated a delivery unit and hired key leadership members into the team. Before Mu Sigma, Dhiraj worked as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, an M.S. from Wayne State University and a Bachelor's degree from Anna University. Listen in to hear Dhiraj talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Vivekanand spent 17 years in US in flight instruction and cargo flying before he returned to India in 2003 to set up Fitness One. Fitness One currently operates 34 gym centers and approximately 60 centers inside leading corporates across India. Subsequently he launched two more successful brands “PINK” fitness – the leading chain of women’s only fitness clubs and “ PROPEL” – Fitness equipment stores. His latest venture is the “NOW LIFE” brand of life style products & gifts, starting with the “NOW” brand of watches to be followed by NOW LIFE brand of sunglasses. Listen in to hear Vivekanand talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Chinmayi Sripaada is a famous playback singer, voice artist, linguist and Founder, CEO of Blue Elephant, a translation services company. Apart from the several awards that she has won, Chinmayi was chosen as the US State Department Global Mentorship Partnership Mentee. She was named as an Influencer in Marie Claire’s Influencer’s list for 2013. Listen in to hear Chinmayi Sripaada talk about her journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Pradeep Gidwani is the Founder of THE PINT ROOM - a place to Meet People & Make Friends, over a fine range of ales and lagers from across the world. Pradeep has 26 years experience in the beverages industry across Asia - including 6 start up operations – he has worked on tea, coffee, spirits, wines, champagne, cognac, beer and energy drink categories & now he’s setting up a chain of beer cafes. He has worked with some of the best corporations in the world including Unilever, UB Group, Diageo, LVMH, Foster's, Red Bull and Carlsberg. Listen in to hear Pradeep Gidwani talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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M. Mahadevan, Chairman & Managing Director, Oriental Cuisine Pvt Ltd, re-defined bread when he launched his first 'Hot Breads' outlet in Chennai in 1988. Since then he has taken his brand of bread around the world - to Europe, the Middle East, canada and Africa. Along the way this Non Resident Indian has added different cuisnes - Indian, Chinese, Mexican - and in an unparelled success story now has 117 partners around the world. Listen in to hear M.Mahadevan talk about this journey, challenges, discusses future trends and ofcourse, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Ankur Garg is the founder of iforindia – the idea for which came to Ankur when he was working as the Lead for Customer & Partner Experience in Microsoft India. He is an alum of IIM-Ahmedabad and Pune University alumni and He is also a Partner and Producer at a film production house called Luv Films. Listen in to hear Ankur talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Deval Sanghavi, Partner and Co-founder at Dasra, has provided philanthropists with intelligent investment strategies directing over $35 million into the Indian social sector over the past 14 years. Deval's background as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley has equipped him to develop a unique philanthropic investment model that brings rigor and discipline to the social sector. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, completing his Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance and a minor in Asian Studies. Listen in to hear Deval talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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Ankur Warikoo is an Internet Entrepreneur and has sold his business to Naspers. He currently manages APAC Emerging Markets for Groupon. He has a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Indian School of Business. Listen in to hear Ankur talk about his journey, challenges, discuss future trends and of course, answer the rapid fire round. We end with a litmus test question - Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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First ever podcast for Indian entrepreneurs! Insightful Interviews with people from the startup ecosystem – Entrepreneurs, Investors, Lawyers, HR consultants, Social media experts. In every episode, experts will talk about their journey and address issues such as finding talent, how they use social media, what they think of external funding, how they manage to keep a work-life balance, what trends they think will revolutionalize their industry, what blogs and books they read. There is an exciting rapid fire round and we end with a litmus test question – Do you ever know if you are ready to be an entrepreneur?
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