Ep19: Disrupting an Industry ft. Blowhorn’s Mithun Srivatsa
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Mithun started blowhorn with a bottom-up approach and hustled hard to grow the initial supply of drivers and acquire their first 1,000 customers without spending a single penny on marketing. Join us as we talk to Mithun about how he disrupted the disorganized logistics industry. More info on: ajuniorvc.com/podcast

The Indian Dream
The Indian Dream
Sahil & Siddharth
Business Munchies: Clout Kitchens, High End Ice, Cohort Based Learning, Jewellery Insurance, Legal Micro SaaS
Thanks for listening to another episode of The Indian Dream. Join our WhatsApp group here: https://bit.ly/2LgDN2n As always, Business Munchies is an exploration of business ideas and how they can be leveraged in order to build new businesses or scale up existing businesses. This week, we had an interesting line up of strange ideas, we hope you like them! 1. Clout Kitchens: Mr. Beast Burgers launched in 300 locations across the US in a single day. Why can't the same thing be done in India? Create a brand of Biryani around SRK or Salman Khan and give them equity. HRX and Wrogn have already done this with apparel and it's easier than ever to do this with food. 2. Virtual influencers: Lil Miquela is not a real person but this virtual persona brings in $12 million in revenue every year. There's no one doing this on a large scale in India. You can also do this for different niches: music, sports, fashion, etc. and use build economies of scale in design/animation, cross promotion, etc. 3. High End Ice: Where does the ice in your fancy whiskey come from? You have no idea, nor do I. I think there's a play to build a high end ice brand bringing assurance of high quality ice to people through a consumer campaign on social media. The main means of distribution would be bars and restaurants. In general, consolidating a disaggregated market can be a large potential business. 4. Cohort Based Learning 5. Transparent Pricing with Car insurance: MetroMile and the Good Better Best Newsletter 6. Jewellery Insurance 7. Legal Micro SaaS - A micro-SaaS business that helps take away the hassle of super basic and standardised legal documents such as NDA's, Lease Agreements, etc. so that you can just focus on the important parts of running your business. Example: The Legal Capsule
35 min
Unofficial Sources
Unofficial Sources
The Ken
How Chinese instant loan apps are creating a crisis in India
In today's world, where there's a need, there's an app. With the onset of the pandemic, many Indians have been struggling to make ends meet, and the demand for credit has skyrocketed. While a plethora of banks and fintech startups exist for just this, opportunistic loan sharks also prowl these waters, looking to prey on vulnerable and desperate borrowers. Over the course of the past year, hundreds of predatory loan apps sprung into existence, offering quick and simple credit to those who seek it. But there’s a catch. What may seem like a simple and inexpensive mode of credit, might end up costing users far more than they signed up for. Sometimes even their lives. You can find the full story, originally reported by Arundhati Ramanathan, on our website here: https://the-ken.com/story/indias-instant-loan-app-crisis-is-made-in-china/ Arundhati is Bengaluru-based. She is interested in how people use money in the digital age and how new economies will take shape based on that interaction. She has spent over 10 years reporting and writing on various subjects. Previous stints were at Mint, Outlook Business and Reuters. Your hosts: Anushka Chhikara and Olina Banerji Music and editing by Sameer Rahat from Baqsa Studios The guests on this episode: Jenis Makwana, a Mumbai based architect who has faced a personal loss from these illegal lending apps. Ved Prakash, a 33-year-old IT professional who used one such lending app for funds required for a medical emergency. We’d love to hear from you, reach out to us at podcast@the-ken.com or tweet us! Visit our website: https://the-ken.com/ The Ken on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheKenWeb The Ken on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheKenWeb
37 min
The Indian Startup Show
The Indian Startup Show
Neil Patel
Where are they now? 'The Recycle Man of India' Dr Binish Desai Forbes 30 under 30 Asia social entrepreneur & founder of Eco-Eclectic on creating environmentally-friendly solutions to various problems.
Nothing is useless in this world. What can be a waste to you is someone's asset’ - The ‘Recycle man of India’ aka Dr Binish Desai, social entrepreneur & founder of Eco-Eclectic . I spoke to him back in February 2019 (Ep 106) and he is back again to talk about inventing a new type of brick made from recycled PPE material. He talks about creating a female empowerment centre for former sex workers. He then talks about building low cost homes using 3D technology, talks about trust issues after getting ripped off by a business partner. The pillars of success and what we can expect in 2021. And why you should start identifying waste as an asset. In this conversation we also talk about: * Observe - fail - Learn - Solve framework. * Creating Eco Bins * The process of converting PPE into bricks..Brick 2.0! * Creating affordable housing in the USA, Philippines & india, & Africa * The Recycle man - the book * What did he learn about himself during the pandemic * Making jewellery & crockery out of coffee waste * Carrying 2 bricks around wherever he goes * Stop using single use coffee mugs! * Expanding globally * Trying to create the world's first recyclable house. * 3D printing of the entire home. * Coming from a family of social entrepreneurs. and much more links https://www.binishdesai.com/ P.S if you need something to do during these challenging and difficult times and want some inspiration and need some creativity. check out Skillshare. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes in design, business, tech, and more. Anyone can join the millions of members in our community to learn cutting-edge skills, network with peers and discover new opportunities. Try Premium free for 2 months and access all my classes! https://www.skillshare.com/r/user/neilpatel music by Punch Deck. https://open.spotify.com/artist/7kdduxAVaFnbHJyNxl7FWV
26 min
Econ Central
Econ Central
Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul
Ep 15: Goodbye and All That
Sad news, folks: this is it for Econ Central. Amit Varma and Vivek Kaul explain why they are ending this show at just episode 15 -- and also recommend a whole bunch of books to read as a goodbye gift. Also check out: 1. Moonflower Murders -- Anthony Horowitz. 2. The Paper Menagerie -- Ken Liu. 3. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories -- Ken Liu. 4. The Nothing Man -- Catherine Ryan Howard. 5. Netherland -- Joseph O'Neill. 6. The Thursday Murder Club -- Richard Osman. 7. The Bear Came Over the Mountain -- Alice Munro. 8. Runaway -- Alice Munro. 9. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage -- Alice Munro. 10. All Alice Munro's books on Amazon. 11. How to Make the World Add Up -- Tim Harford. 12. Archives of Dear Economist. 13. Dear Undercover Economist -- Tim Harford. 14. Collected Poems -- Mark Strand. (A sample.) 15. The Best of It: New and Selected Poems -- Kay Ryan. 16. The Housekeeper and the Professor -- Yoko Ogawa. 17. The Blank Slate -- Steven Pinker. 18. How Innovation Works -- Matt Ridley. 19. The Innovator's Dilemma -- Clayton M Christensen. 20. The Myth of Basic Science -- Matt Ridley. 21. The Evolution of Everything -- Episode 96 of The Seen and the Unseen (w Matt Ridley). 22. That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen -- Frédéric Bastiat. 23. The Law -- Frédéric Bastiat. 24. The Deficit Myth -- Stephanie Kelton. 25. Rathin Roy's sarcy tweet. 26. That Will Be England Gone -- Michael Henderson. 27. Essays -- George Orwell. 28. Politics and the English Language -- George Orwell. Amit and Vivek will continue to do whatever else they are doing. You can keep listening to Amit's podcast, The Seen and the Unseen, and reading The India Uncut Newsletter. Do also check out his online course, The Art of Clear Writing. Vivek writes regularly at vivekkaul.com. Do browse all his books on Amazon or elsewhere.
31 min
Indian Silicon Valley
Indian Silicon Valley
Jivraj Singh Sachar
E27 - Building a Global SaaS Company w/CleverTap's Anand Jain
In this Episode, I speak with Anand Jain, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of CleverTap on Building a Global SaaS Company.  CleverTap is a customer life-cycle management and mobile marketing company, which combines the analytics, engagement and communication all in one, making life easier for brands who want to engage effectively with their consumers. Anand Jain is an extremely amazing, kind, generous, and humble person, who has had multiple experiences under his belt including a previous startup called Burrp. A phenomenal Product Leader, Anand sheds light on multiple quintessential topics revolving around Building a Global SaaS Company.  We dwell over the following through the Episode! 1. (3:33) - What is it like to build a Global SaaS Company from India? 2. (5:22) - The Evolution of SaaS in in the Indian Ecosystem 3. (8:47) - Creating a new category with CleverTap 4. (14:47) - Decoding PRODUCT THINKING 5. (21:16) - The right of way talking to users and understanding user behaviour 6. (26:56) - Contemplating the duration of Stealth & Discussing "Ship Fast, Fail Fast" 7. (35:24) - Evangelism v/s Sales in SaaS 8. (39:50) - The TechCrunch Story! 9. (45:35) - Metrics in SaaS (MRR, Churn, Expansion Revenue) 10. (49:44) - Managing Communication & Culture across decentralised remote teams 11. (56:08) - Anand the "Storyteller & Go-getter"  12. (59:15) - How to get Lucky? || Creating Serendipity  13. (63:21) - Whom to take advice from and when?  14. (65:53) - Parting thoughts by the amazing Anand 15. (67:49) - Summary Hope you enjoy the Episode as much as I did.  This Episode is brought to you in association with the Skeptic Investor, a weekly newsletter navigating Indian Startups and Emerging Tech, authored by Ashutosh and Mishaal. Check it out at : https://theskepticinvestor.substack.com/ Do not forget to drop in feedback via the form or via our WhatsApp Newsletter!
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