Use Case
Use Case
Oct 25, 2020
Ajay Sethi of Accel on the engagement centric approach to startup building
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Ajay Sethi, Venture Partner at Accel talks about product-market fit, minimum viable product, jobs to be done, lean startup model, blitz scaling, and several other ways startup founders approach company building.

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The Indian Dream
The Indian Dream
Sahil & Siddharth
Founder Journey: Building a Global Insurance Products & Services Business - Arun Balakrishnan
Our guest today  is an ex- Merchant Navy Officer who, through an interesting sequence of events, became an Insurance Executive and eventually an Entrepreneur. He currently runs a Global Products & Services business in the Insurance Domain with a team 1900 people spread across 9 countries. This journey began little over 7 years ago when Arun Balakrishnan was heading the Berkshire Hathway's Indian Insurance Business. When Berkshire decided to wind up the India business, Arun spotted an interesting opportunity that would eventually lead to his company, Xceedance. And he's used the bootstrapped entrepreneur playbook of starting with services and then building products very effectively.  Arun's had an interesting journey, and it fits perfectly with the saying, you can only make sense of your life when you look backwards. He's often found himself in situations that might not have worked out in that moment, but it has all led up to him building a global business that started out of India. It all started post his MBA from IIM ahmedabad, where him and a friend of his decided to build internet businesses. Due to bad timing in the fundraising market, they couldn't get the necessary resources required to scale up their venture. The ideas they worked on would even turn into billion dollar ideas eventually, albeit executed by different people in a more favorable market.  You'll often hear him say, he was lucky, and while there is some truth to that, he undermines the action he took and the decisions he made to get where he is today. Join me in this conversation as we talk more about his Internet business days, building Berkshire's Insurance business in India, and how he has been able to scale up Xceedance over the last few years. We talk what it takes to build a global business starting out of India, how they've been able to scale the hiring and org culture to build a team of 1900 people across the globe.
54 min
Indian Silicon Valley
Indian Silicon Valley
Jivraj Singh Sachar
E26 - It starts with Curiosity w/LBB's Suchita Salwan
In this Episode, I speak with Suchita Salwan, the Co-Founder & CEO of Little Black Book (LBB). LBB is India's largest platform to discover and shop independent brands and retailers. 16Mn+ Users, with 100,000 Businesses listed on their web and app platform! From the best of bags to the best of shoes to the best of Biyani, you name it and LBB will help you find it. With the quirky and amazing notifications, LBB Is one app that should definitely always be on your phone! Suchita is this insanely cool and amazing person, who always strives to learn, deeply cares and is building something phenomenal. A graduate of Economics from Hindu University, she completed her education in 2011 and went on to work for 2 years before starting to work full time on LBB. She is super cool, super humble and wonderful all in all. She hosts a wonderful podcast called the LBB openhouse series, and you should definitely tune in for some amazing insights. Her twitter and Instagram are phenomenal too, and basically, if you do not follow what she’s upto, you are missing out. Through this Episode we discuss the following: 1. (3:21) : The Importance of Passion Projects for today's Youth 2. (6:49) : The Founding Story of LBB 3. (11:08) : Overview of the Ecosystem through Suchita's Lens 4. (15:12) : Understanding Revenue Models and how LBB encountered it 5. (23:58) : Developing Competitive Moats for LBB 6. (29:55) : Community Building Decoded (especially on both Sides of the Marketplace) 7. (35:59) : Expansion Strategy for LBB 8. (40:08) : The Importance of Storytelling (Suchita is absolutely great at it!) 9. (43:38) : How should you talk to users? (The consumer will not solve your problems!) 10. (47:04) : Fundraising Nuances you need to know 11. (51:01) : Suchita's Founder Persona 12. (55:25) : Optimising for Employee Success as a Founder 13. (59:36) : Taking Feedback as a Founder 14. (63:31) : We need more Women Founders in the Ecosystem!! 15. (67:24) : You are a Function of the Five people you surround yourself with - Parting thoughts & lessons from Suchita's Journey! 16. (71:50) : The Conclusion. Introducing 2 New Experiments: 1. NPS Calculator & Feedback Form: 2. Feedback Conversations: Do take out time for the above, I look forward to it! Cheers, and let's dive in to the 26th Episode. Other Relevant Links: 1. Suchita on Social Media: Twitter - LinkedIn - 2. Jivraj on Social Media: Twitter - Https:// LinkedIn - Https:// 3. LBB - Website: App:
1 hr 14 min
Prime Venture Partners Podcast
Prime Venture Partners Podcast
Prime Venture Partners: Early Stage VC Fund
#54 Anshuman Bapna, Serial Entrepreneur on multiple pivots, acquisition process and dealing with tough times (Repost)
Anshuman Bapna ex-CPO MakeMyTrip chats with Amit Somani Managing partner Prime Venture Partners. On this conversation, they chat how entrepreneurs can avoid hitting the wall when it comes to picking the startup idea, dealing with hard times, becoming transparent in communication with employees and investors, running the acquisition process and a lot more. *Listen to the podcast to learn about* *0:53* - Lesson learned from the Mygola journey *6:45* - How to decide if you are on to something big *8:45* - Down days - ‘Annus Horibalis’ at Mygola *12:10* - How to build a culture of transparency *13:50* - You get energy from your closest relationships. Don’t ignore them. *16:15* - ‘Companies don’t sold, they get bought.’ How true is it? *21:20* - ’It’s not just the numbers. It’s not just a spreadsheet. It’s the honest relationship that you’re trying to build with your investors and with your potential acquirers.’ You can read the complete transcript here Enjoyed the podcast? Please consider leaving a review on Apple Podcasts Follow Prime Venture Partners: Twitter: LinkedIn: This podcast is for you. Do let us know what you like about the podcast, what you don't like, the guests you'd like to have on the podcast and the topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes. Please share your feedback here:
25 min
Paisa Vaisa with Anupam Gupta
Paisa Vaisa with Anupam Gupta
IVM Podcasts
Ep. 277: The Careers in Economics and Finance Special
In this week's episode of 'Paisa Vaisa', Host Anupam Gupta is in conversation with Karan Shah, Chief Executive Officer at Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics (MDAE). The Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics has been established as an institution of excellence to provide graduate students with the academic rigor and applied skills to meet the needs of a dynamic and globalized workplace. Anupam and Karan talk about careers in the economics and finance industry in India. They discuss the various roles of an economist - their importance, financial analyst - their job description, and an overview of the various types of jobs available in the Finance Industry. Karan further shares various key skills that a person needs to succeed as an economist/financial analyst, key areas that are hiring right now and words of wisdom for young students who are looking to get into the finance and economic industry. All this and much more on this episode of Paisa Vaisa Podcast with Anupam Gupta. You can know more about Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics: ( Linkedin: ( Instagram: ( Twitter: ( You can follow Karan on social media: Linkedin: ( Instagram: ( Get in touch with our host Anupam Gupta on Twitter: @b_50 ( You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: or iOS:, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at
55 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 Do browse all his books on Amazon or elsewhere.
31 min
Neeraj & Parimal Show
Neeraj & Parimal Show
SEBI bars Indian TV Channel Anchor For Fraudulent Trading | Beware | Episode 101 | The NP Show
This is the perfect time to become Financially Aatmnirbhar! Celebrate this festival season with FinLearnClub❤️ Use promo code “LOHRI” & Get 10% OFF on all courses. Check out the Courses: * Financial Planning Club: * Complete Mutual Fund Club: * Complete Stock Market Club: SEBI bars Indian TV Channel Anchor For Fraudulent Trading | Beware | NP Show The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Wednesday barred a television (TV) anchor from accessing the capital markets for indulging in fraudulent trading activity. The regulator said that TV anchor had the "advance information about the recommendation to be made on the show and that he directly/indirectly used it to his advantage". In order to protect the interests of the investors and the integrity of the securities market, SEBI has restrained the TV anchor from buying, selling or dealing in securities, either directly or indirectly, in any manner whatsoever till further directions. In today's podcast, we will discuss the complete details of this case. Check Out Website: Download Fin Learn Club App: Join Our Telegram Channel: Follow us on Instagram: Follow on on Facebook: Follow Us On Twitter: Neeraj Arora: Parimal Ade:
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