100x Entrepreneur

100x Entrepreneur Podcast

In the 100x Entrepreneur podcast series I cover the most successful venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and professionals. They have shared in this podcast series the habits and mindset that can help you become 100x of yourself. 100x Entrepreneur podcast series by Siddhartha Ahluwalia is made for young professionals, entrepreneurs and investors. Through this podcast series I am living my purpose of positively impacting 1 Billion people, helping them grow and reaching their maximum potential in life.

Mohan Lakhamraju, Founder, Great Learning on building $100 Million ARR EdTech Business in India
In this episode of 100xEntrepreneur Podcast, we have interacted with Mohan Lakhamraju where he shared his journey of building Great Learning and Great Lakes Institute of Management. Mohan initially worked with Tiger Global Management for 3 years, setting up their India office. During this period one of his focus areas was the education sector in India and South-east Asian markets. This was how he developed an inclination towards the education sector and decided to set-up a B-school specifically catering t...

Behind The Scenes: Making of Prime Ventures podcast & 100x Entrepreneur podcast with Amit Somani
In this episode, we are in discussion with Amit Somani, Managing Partner, Prime Ventures. Also bringing to you an entirely new format, in this episode, we discuss what goes behind building a successful podcast. Some of the key points which Amit & Siddhartha discussed and their experiences during the podcast were - 01:07 - Idea to start a podcast and how has the journey been so far? 05:19 - What have been their learnings being the host at a podcast? 06:25 - How to go about and solve core problem statemen...

Ankur Bansal, BlackSoil Capital on Venture Debt funding in the Indian Startup Ecosystem
After having an elaborate educational and career background in finance, right from becoming a CA & CFA to working at Morgan & Stanley and Citi, Ankur decided to join BlackSoil Capital. BlackSoil, growing fast into the Venture Debt fund space, has so far disbursed over Rs.450crore+ to VC backed start-ups & growth companies. Some of the notable startups under its portfolio are EarlySalary, Vogo, & Nearbuy among others. In this podcast, Ankur seeks to help our listeners understand the entire Venture Debt f...


Shruti Gandhi, Array Ventures on taking SaaS companies from Zero to $10 Million ARR
Shruti is one of the few Indian-origin VCs in US who invest in Enterprise focused Startups globally. After spending 9 years of her career at IBM as an Engineer, she joined Samsung Next as a Principal, where she spent the next 2 years investing in early-stage startups. This was probably what worked out as a perfect mix of (a) Her understanding of Enterprise focussed SaaS businesses & (b) Venture funding ecosystem, which helped her start Array Ventures. Some of her notable investments are CasaOne, Blumira &...

Inside the mind of Baskar Subramanian, Co-Founder, Amagi Corporation
Baskar’s journey is very similar to what classic Product-driven Tech entrepreneurs have, i.e. a college drop-out built several tech solutions from an early age, founded a fast-paced startup growing multi-folds over years. He co-founded Amagi Media Labs, in 2008 with the intent to revolutionize global content delivery & monetization of the Media Industry. Amagi is one of the few startups which experienced constant growth even in the Covid-19 circumstances and has no plans of slowing down its growth engine...

Naren Gupta on the journey of Nexus Venture Partners
Naren is probably one of the earliest VCs in India’s startup ecosystem. He co-founded Nexus Venture Partners in 2006. He has also been mentoring early-stage entrepreneurs and supporting them since 1990. With investments in over 200+ companies in India and the US, Nexus Venture Partners have some of the most notable startups in their portfolio - Postman, Rapido, and Unacademy among others. In this podcast, Naren shares his experience of investing in early-stage product startups for over three decades. Not...


Vishesh Rajaram, Speciale Invest on investing in seed-stage deep tech startups
From working at PwC, while pursuing his CA to starting a Venture Fund which invests in Early-stage disruptive Tech startups, Vishesh has experienced it all. He started his investing career at VenturEast in 2007. This was where he understood the Ins & Outs of Venture investing. From its Fund-I, Speciale Invest has invested in a total of 10 portfolio companies, some of which are Scapic, Agnikul, and Kawa Space among others. In this podcast, Vishesh shares his experience of investing in seed-stage Hardware...

Ashmeet Sidana, Engineering Capital on Technical insights and building a fund for Engineers
Ashmeet started his career at HP in 1989. He founded Sidana Systems in 1995 (later sold to Doclinx in 1999). He started his stint as a VC at Foundation Capital in 2004. Eventually, he founded Engineering Capital in 2015, which focuses on investing in Tech startups, based on Technical insights. He is one of the few VCs to have been to the base of Mount Everest. In this podcast, he also shares his experience of climbing mountains, one step at a time. Engineering Capital is based in the US and majorly in t...

Nikhil Kapur, STRIVE Ventures on different SaaS models in Asia
Nikhil is one of the most Tech & Product-centric VCs in Asia. This probably comes from his early career with Microsoft, and later with Pie (acquired by Google). He also founded a company called TommyJams, a tech-enabled Artist management platform. He has been with STRIVE Ventures for over 5 years. STRIVE’s portfolio includes HASURA, Classplus, and Saleswhale among others. In this podcast, Nikhil shares his experience of investing in SaaS startups in Asia and helping them achieve Product-Market Fit. Note...


Sheel Mohnot, Better Tomorrow Ventures on his journey from Fintech Entrepreneur to Fintech VC
Sheel is a Fintech-Entrepreneur turned Fintech-VC investing in Pre-seed & Seed rounds. His first startup was FeeFighters in 2010, which was acquired in 2012 by Groupon. In this podcast, Sheel shares his experience of being an entrepreneur twice and becoming an Angel Investor and later starting his own VC firm. Notes - 01:03 - His journey from a Fintech Entrepreneur to a Fintech VC 04:50 - Starting “The Pitch Podcast” (acquired by Gimlet, Gimlet was later acquired by Spotify) 07:55 - What does he look...

Inside the mind of Amit Gupta, Co-Founder, Yulu and InMobi
Amit being one of the co-founders of India’s first Unicorn Startup - InMobi, needs no introduction. After driving InMobi’s growth journey for over 10 years, he decided to start Yulu (E-bikes & Mobility solutions) in 2017. In his 2nd entrepreneurial stint, he also convinced Rajiv Bajaj (MD, Bajaj Auto) for investing in Yulu & assembling Yulu bikes in India by Bajaj Auto. As an Angel Investor, Amit has backed over 30+ Early-stage startups, as a gesture of giving back to the community. Some of the popular o...

Sajith Pai, Blume Ventures on building personal brands, being open-minded and unlearning to succeed.
Sajith has been constantly sharing his thoughts & thesis around the Startup ecosystem on social media since 2012. This probably reflects from his background, of being at the Times Group for over two decades and his love for reading and taking copious notes. He joined Blume Ventures in 2018, in his 40s. As he didn’t have a background in VC & Angel investing, he humbly considers himself, “An Accidental VC”. Some of Blume Ventures portfolio companies include - Unacademy, Dunzo, and Cashify among others. In...


Pratik Poddar, Nexus VP on the Growth & Monetization of EdTech Startups in India
Pratik Poddar having his roots back in a Tier-II city, Patna, is probably one of the youngest Principals at a VC firm in India. After having multiple entrepreneurial stints, Pratik joined Nexus Venture Partners, in 2015 as an Investment Associate and has grown tremendously since. Some of Nexus Venture Partners’ portfolio companies include - Zolo, Postman, and Unacademy among others. In this podcast, Pratik shares his experience of identifying potential Edtech Startups in India and adding them to his Por...

Ishpreet Gandhi, Stride Ventures on the emerging role of Venture Debt in the startup Ecosystem
After completing his MBA from Delhi School of Economics, Ishpreet worked with many banks like - Kotak Mahindra, IFDC, and Citibank among others. For a major part of his career, he worked on Debt funding companies via Banks as Financial Institutions. Eventually, this made him start a Venture Debt Fund of his own, Stride Ventures in December 2018. Some of its portfolio companies include - Stellapps, CredR, and LetsTransport among others. In this podcast, Ishpreet shares his experience of being a part of De...

Somesh Dash, IVP on learnings from the crisis of 2002 & 2008 and investing in resilient companies
While having his family roots back in Odisha (India), Somesh had his upbringing in the US. After completing his graduation from UC Berkeley in 2001, as the US job-market was hit after 9/11 he came to India and joined Sony Entertainment. Later in 2005, he joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) back in the US. IVP was founded over 40 years ago and has so far invested in over 400+ companies out of which 111 have gone public. Some of its portfolio companies include - Twitter, Slack, and Soundcloud amo...


Understanding Exits and Investing in High Growth Startups with Dhruv Kapoor, Sistema Asia Capital
Dhruv worked with ABN AMRO and McKinsey & Company in Investment Management & Strategy roles in the early days of his career. He stepped into the VC ecosystem in India by eventually joining Helion Ventures in 2008. At Helion Ventures he was part of investing in companies like Ezetap, Azure Power, and MoEngage among others. Later when in 2015, Sistema (Russian conglomerate) decided to set up a Venture Fund in India, Dhruv joined Sistema Asia Capital in order to bring the best practices and 8 years of experi...

Ganesh Rengaswamy, Quona Capital, on the growth of Digital Lending and Neo Banking in India
Ganesh began his career working in Strategy & Acquisition at Infosys in the San Francisco Bay area. He founded his first startup - Travelguru (later acquired by Travelocity) while he was pursuing his MBA from Harvard Business School. In 2006, he began his journey as a VC with Greylock Partners. In 2014, he Co-Founded Quona Capital, which is a Fintech-focused VC firm, making investments across Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. A few of its successful exits include - IndiaMart (went IPO) & Coins....

Sushma Kaushik on the Exit thesis of Aavishkaar Capital & investing in socially responsible startups
With over 14+ years of experience in investing, Sushma has been acknowledged for “40 under 40 - Alternate Investment Professionals” in India. Currently, at Aavishkaar, she majorly looks after Fintech & Microfinance. Aavishkaar is also well-known for being one of the few VC firms in India, well known for its Impact Investing Thesis. Some of its portfolio companies are - Chqbook, Agrostar, and Soulfull among others. In this podcast, Sushma shares her experience of investing in high-growth socially respon...


Inside the mind of Anand Chandrasekaran, on building 5 products with 10m+ users and angel investing
Anand has worked with some top companies in SaaS & Product roles - Yahoo, Airtel, Snapdeal, Freecharge, Facebook & currently at Five9. Since 2014 he has been an Angel Investor in over 50+ companies, some of the popular one’s being - Yulu, Khatabook, and MoEngage among others. In this podcast, Anand shares his experience of building consumer-friendly products & becoming a successful Angel Investor. Notes - 01:10 - Journey of one of the best product thinkers in the country - Entrepreneur in SaaS (2001-...

Anup Jain, Orios Venture Partners, on identifying the best founders & investing in Consumer Brands
Anup worked with some top of the line consumer brands like - Bata, Yum! Restaurants International (Pizza Hut), Whirpool, and P&G among others for over 20 years of his career. In 2015 he started his own family office through which he mentored and Angel Invested in several startups over the next 2 years. In 2017 he joined Orios Venture Partners, where he currently focuses on retail, fintech, healthTech, edTech and D2C brands. Some popular startups in its portfolio - PharmEasy, Zostel, MoneyOnClick, Country...

Ritu Verma on why Ankur Capital is betting big on Agritech and Healthcare in india
During her early career, Ritu worked in Product Development at Unilever and later in Marketing Strategy at Philips. In 2013 she Co-founded Ankur Capital with Rema Subramanian Ankur Capital has so far majorly invested in Agritech & Healthcare sector, some of its portfolio companies - Health Sutra, Cropin & Niramai among others. In this podcast, Ritu shares her experience of investing in Agritech & Healthcare space in India, and her vision going forward. Notes - 00:42 - Her Journey from a Physicist to th...


Deepak Gupta, WEH Ventures on Impact of COVID19 on upcoming Investments & Startups
Deepak’s investment journey started with him joining Intel Capital in early 2000, where he spent 14 years managing global investments, mergers & acquisitions. In 2015, he started Equitycrest, which identified and worked with early-stage startups and assisted them in engaging with investors to realize their funding needs. After gaining over 17 years of investing experience and managing acquisitions, in 2017 he founded WEH Ventures. Some popular startups in its portfolio - Trell, Pratilipi, and smallcase ...

Pankaj Makkar, Bertelsmann India Investments, on Investing in Growth Stage Startups
Pankaj joined Bertelsmann New York in 2009 and later started Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd and Bertelsmann India Investments. Bertelsmann India Investments has several popular startups in its portfolio - Licious, Pepperfry, and Quikr among others. In this podcast, Pankaj shares his opinions on how startups can optimize spendings and become more cash efficient in the long run. Notes - 00:40 - Joining Bertelsmann in New York & starting Bertelsmann Corporate Services India 02:33 - Thesis...

Mekin Maheshwari on Impact of COVID-19 on Small & Medium Enterprises and Startups
Coming from a Tech-background Mekin spent his early career at Yahoo, Ugenie, Lulu.com, and Flipkart. Since 2016, he has also been an Angel Investor investor and exited a few startups such as - UrbanClap, Vaahan, Tapchief, Quizziz & mGaadi. In 2017 he started Udhyam, it focuses on nurturing and guiding students to become future entrepreneurs at the school level. In 2018, he parallelly started Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship, referred to as GAME. As the name suggests, it aims to create 10M entre...


Blume Ventures: Sanjay Nath on Post Covid-19 Scenario for Startups & Building Future of Work
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Sanjay Nath, Managing Partner at Blume Ventures It seems as if Silicon Valley has been a consistent choice during the early career phase for several Indian VCs! Sanjay isn’t an exception as well. After spending his early years in Silicon Valley, in 2006 he came back to India and became an active member of Mumbai Angels. Finally, after 4 years of being an Angel Investor, he cofounded Blume Ventures in 2010. So far Blume Ventures have announced funds of a combined value ...

Omnivore Ventures: Understanding Agritech From Mark Kahn’s Lens
Mark started Omnivore, an impact Venture Fund focused around Agritech back in 2010. Omnivore has so far invested in over 57 startups which are based on multiple verticals such as - B2B, B2C, Fresh-to-home & Rural Fintech. Some of his Portfolio Companies are - Bijak, Stellapps, and DeHaat. In this podcast, Mark shares his experiences & learnings of investing in Agritech Startups in India over the last decade. Notes - 00:40 - Omnivore’s Background 03:06 - Why was Agritech chosen at the focus at Omnivore...

Omnivore Ventures: Understanding Agritech from Mark Kahn's lens
Mark started Omnivore, an impact Venture fund focused around Agritech back in 2010. Omnivore has so far invested in over 57 startups which are based on multiple verticals such as - B2B, B2C, Fresh-to-home & Rural Fintech. Some of his Portfolio Companies are - Bijak, Stellapps, and DeHaat. In this podcast, Mark shares his experiences & learnings of investing in Agritech Startups in India over the last decade. Notes - 00:40 - Omnivore’s Background 03:06 - Why was Agritech chosen at the focus at Omnivore...


Ishaan Mittal, Sequoia Capital India
After working at BCG for 2 years, Ishaan joined Sequoia India's Analyst Program in 2011. He spent around three and a half years at Sequoia India. He then went to business school and joined Sequoia India back in 2016.  In this podcast, Ishaan shares his experiences & learnings of investing in Consumer brands and Fintech Startups. Notes - 00:42 - Joining Sequoia India's Analyst Program 01:57 - Investing experiences over 9 years at Sequoia 03:34 - Culture at Sequoia - “Singular focus on doing the right th...

Ishaan Mittal, Sequoia Capital
After working at BCG for 2 years, Ishaan joined Sequoia India's Analyst Program in 2011. Since then he has spent almost 9 years at Sequoia India adding several successful portfolio companies. Some of his Portfolio Companies are - CarDekho, Razorpay, and Mamaearth. In this podcast, Ishaan shares his experiences & learnings of investing in Consumer brands and Fintech Startups. Notes - 00:42 - Joining Sequoia India's Analyst Program 01:57 - Investing experiences over 9 years at Sequoia 03:34 - Culture at...

Mohit Gulati, Managing Partner, ITI Growth Opportunities Fund
“It’s fine to grow slower, but importantly to grow sustainably.” Mohit has been a successful Angel Investor since 2012 growing over 20x in his portfolio. He even considers his learnings from one of his early investments - Local Banya equivalent to an MBA degree. Since 2017 he has been a part of the Investment Trust of India Group and manages investments in early-stage innovative ideas. Some of his Portfolio Companies are - REVOS, Evolve Snacks, and ten3T Healthcare. In this podcast, Mohit shares his ex...


Vaibhav Domkundwar, Better Capital
#100xEntrepreneur Podcast with Vaibhav Domkundwar, CEO at Better Capital “Do Zero Paid Marketing - To Understand What’s Working And What’s Not” Vaibhav has founded successful companies like Roamware (acquired by Audax Group) and Better Inc. As a VC & a founder, he’s a core believer in implementing & experimenting with organic growth hacks to grow a company, this reflects in most of his portfolio companies as well. Some of his Portfolio Companies are - Khatabook, OPEN Bank, Gramophone, and ShopKirana....

Rutvik Doshi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Rutvik Doshi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners Rutvik refers to himself as an “Accidental Venture Capitalist”, coming from a Product management & Software Engineering background. He’s an IIT Kharagpur alumni and later did his MBA from INSEAD. During his early career, he worked at Broadcom Inc. & Google. In this podcast, Rutvik shares his experiences & learnings of building relationships with founders, scanning through potential investments & more. Notes - ...

Rutvik Doshi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Rutvik Doshi, Managing Director, Inventus Capital Partners Rutvik refers to himself as an “Accidental Venture Capitalist”, coming from a Product management & Software Engineering background. He’s an IIT Kharagpur alumni and later did his MBA from INSEAD. During his early career, he worked at Broadcom Inc. & Google. In this podcast, Rutvik shares his experiences & learnings of building relationships with founders, scanning through potential investments & more. Notes - ...


Vidit Aatrey, Founder & CEO, Meesho
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Vidit Aatrey, Founder & CEO, Meesho After completing his B.Tech. from IIT Delhi, Vidit worked with ITC & InMobi during his early career. It was around 2015 when he decided to try out something and while exploring other options he came across this idea to create a platform (Meesho) where people could start & manage their business from the comfort of their home. In this podcast, Vidit shares his experiences of building Meesho & understanding the core needs of their custome...

Rahul Chandra, Managing Director, Unitary Helion Fund
After completing his MMS from BITS Pilani in 1993, Rahul entered into the Investment Banking domain. From 1997 to 2006, he was part of Walden International as an Investment Manager. It was the first Silicon-Valley based VC Firm to come & establish a presence in India. This was when Rahul experienced Venture Capital & Angel Investing from a close perspective. Later in 2006, he cofounded Helion Ventures with a $140M fund size, which has since then made over 135 investments across Finance, Healthcare, Logis...

Hemant Mohapatra, Lightspeed Venture Partners
After completing his graduation from IIT Bombay, Hemant worked at AMD during his early career. In 2012, after completing his MBA from Cambridge University, he joined Google, where he worked in New Partnerships & Development for 5 years, post which he joined Andreessen Horowitz in 2017. Lastly, after seeing a huge potential in the growing Indian Startup Ecosystem, he ended up moving to India in 2018 and joining Lightspeed India. Some of Lightspeed India portfolio companies are Udaan, Darwinbox, OKCredit,...


Anand Lunia, India Quotient
After completing his MBA from IIM Lucknow in 1998, Anand started his first EduTech company around the Dotcom boom - Brainvisa which became one of the largest eLearning companies in India and later on got acquired by Indecomm Global Services. From 2007 to 2012, he backed several startups as an Angel Investor - Fasoos & MyDentist. Later in his career in 2012, he became a Founding Partner at IndiaQuotient, Venture Capital Firm which has invested in over 50 startups in the last 8 years. Some of his portfoli...

Anand Lunia, India Quotient
After completing his MBA from IIM Lucknow in 1998, Anand started his first EduTech company around the Dotcom boom - Brainvisa which became one of the largest eLearning companies in India and later on got acquired by Indecomm Global Services. From 2007 to 2012, he backed several startups as an Angel Investor - Fasoos & MyDentist. Later in his career in 2012, he became a Founding Partner at IndiaQuotient, Venture Capital Firm which has invested in over 50 startups in the last 8 years. Some of his portfoli...

Manish Singhal, pi Ventures
After graduating from IIT Kanpur in 1992, Manish worked with several top firms - Tata Elxsi, Motorola, Ittiam Systems & Sling Media. In 2013 he started LetsVenture which enables Angel Investors, Family Offices and Funds to discover and invest in early-stage and growth startups. Post that, in 2016, he started pi Ventures, which primarily invests in AI, IoT & Blockchain companies. Some of his portfolio companies are FrontdeskAI, Wysa, and SigTuple among others. In this podcast, Manish shares his experienc...


Sameer Brij Verma, Nexus Venture Partners
Sameer’s journey in India’s venture capital ecosystem began back in 2007 when he joined Reliance Ventures, where he focused on early-stage investments in the Technology, Media / Entertainment & Telecommunications domain. After being with Reliance for 4 years he joined Nexus Venture Partners in 2011 & currently leads their Bangalore office. At Nexus in the last 9 years, he has been part of the investment team that has lead investments in over 35 of their Portfolio companies. Some of Nexus portfolio compani...

Sanjay Swamy, Prime Venture Partners
Sanjay started his career in Silicon Valley in 1992 & spent over 7 years at his first company, working in different roles across - Sales, Customer Support, Engineering & Marketing. He then worked with Xerox & Portal Software in US before coming back to India in 2003. From 2003 to 2011, he had several experiences most of which revolutionized entire ecosystems they were part of, right from mCheck, ZipDial, Ezetap & Aadhar Team (at UIDAI). Finally in 2011, he started Angel Prime (now Prime Ventures) which in...

Sid Talwar, Lightbox Ventures
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Sid Talwar, Managing Partner, Lightbox Ventures In 2001, Sid founded Evolv, a vocational training company funded by Singapore Technologies. Over the next 6 years, he built it into a business that trained 20,000+ people annually across 200 cities in South Asia and the Middle East. He later sold it to NIIT in 2007 but continued to lead the internal teams in adopting new technology as a transformative force in education and vocational training. Post that, after being associ...


Adith Podhar, Gemba Capital
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Adith Podhar, Founding Partner, Gemba Capital Adith belongs to a typical Marwari family from Mumbai, after completing his MBA from the University of Mumbai, he worked with ICICI Bank handling fundraising for individual investors in Private Equity. During 2013 to 2017 he also headed Motilal Oswal Private Equity as their Vice President. In June 2017, he finally decided to start his own journey as an Early Stage Investors and started Gemba Capital. Some of his portfolio co...

Tej Kapoor, Fosun RZ Capital
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Tej Kapoor, Co-Executive President of Fosun RZ Capital (India & Africa) From 2007-13, Tej held several key positions at AOL in the United States and then at Naspers Group. In 2016 he joined Fosun RZ Capital, where some of his portfolio companies are Gland Pharma, Delhivery, MakeMyTrip, Ixigo and Kissht. In this podcast, Tej shares his experience of working with both Large scale markets as well as Seed-stage startups in India & China. Notes - 00:47 - Journey from AOL i...

Inside the mind of Gaurav Munjal, Founder Unacademy, India's largest education platform
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Gaurav Munjal, Co-founder, Unacademy “Every single mistake that entrepreneurs do 99% of that is already documented somewhere.” - Gaurav Munjal Since his childhood Gaurav was an innovative person, at the age of 12 years, he created a similar to KBC-like quiz which was demonstrated amongst his classmates and the school. In 2013 he started Flat.to (real estate platform for college students and bachelors across India) which later become FlatChat and got acquired by CommonFlo...


Kitty Agarwal, Head of Corporate Development, InfoEdge
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Kitty Agarwal, Head of Corporate Development, Info Edge Belonging from a Calcutta based Marwari business family, Kitty completed her MBA from IIM Ahemdabad in 2012, post which due to her interest in Entrepreneurship, she came in touch with Sanjeev Bikhchandani and joined Info Edge. She has spent the last 6 years investing in early-stage consumer internet companies. Working closely with portfolio companies for strategy-building, monitoring progress and follow-on fundraising...

Shripati Acharya, Prime Venture Partners
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Shripati Acharya, Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners “I’ve more patience than the average person, because life is a marathon, not a sprint” - Shripati Acharya Coming from a very humble background, Shripati did his schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bhopal. Later took admission in IIT Madras, then went to Stanford to pursue his Masters and finally did his MBA from Harvard. In 1999, he Co-founded Snapfish (now part of HP) - One of the largest online photo services in th...

Ashu Garg, Foundation Capital
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Ashu Garg, Partner, Foundation Capital After graduating from IIT Delhi, and later completing his masters from IIM Bangalore, Ashu worked at various companies such as - Unilever India, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft and a few others. In 2008 he joined Foundation Capital and since then he’s been primarily investing in B2B & SaaS Companies for the past 11 years. Foundation Capital invested early in Netflix. His Portfolio Companies include - Localytics, QuanticMind, Opas.ai, ...


Amrish Rau, Co-Founder, CitrusPay & Angel Investor
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Amrish Rau, Co-founder at Citrus Pay, Head of Investments & Partnerships at PayU “Life is Game, Treat it as a Sport, Enjoy your time in the Field, & It will be Fantastic!” - Amrish Rau After starting his career as a Sales Manager at Siemens Nixdorf in 1996, he later worked extensively with Teradata & First Data. He later started Citrus Payments in 2014, which was acquired by PayU for $130Mn in 2016, one of the biggest FinTech deals in India. As an Angel Investor, his Por...

Sasha Mirchandani, Kae Capital
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Sasha Mirchandani, Founder, Kae Capital In early 2000 Sasha was approached by two guys from IIM Ahmedabad with a Startup idea, to invest in. Later he went on to understand the entire Angel Investing & Seed Captial from his fellow Venture Capitalists. After being a solo Angel Investor for over 5-6 years he started Kae Capital in 2012. Some of the Portfolio companies include - Healthkart, LoanTap, Nua and 1mg among others. In this podcast, Sasha shares his deep insights o...

Alok Goyal, Stellaris Venture Partners
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Alok Goyal, Partner, Stellaris Venture Partners “It’s essential that you find the perfect balance between passion and money” - Alok Goyal. After heading SAP India as COO for 3 years, he decided to become a Venture Capitalist and joined Helion Ventures in 2013 to understand and experience the Indian Startup Ecosystem. In 2016 he Co-Founded Stellaris Venture Partners, where he looks after the following markets - SaaS, Logistics, Recruiting. Some of the Portfolio companie...


Sandeep Sinha, Lumis Partners
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Sandeep Sinha, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Lumis Partners “The belief of the Entrepreneur & the team that you are building & serving for a larger potential market is one of the differential factors in startups which grow 100x.” - Sandeep Sinha. After completing his Post-Grads from London School of Economics, he worked at GE and 3Com Corporation during his early career. In Sept 2006 he started Lumis Partners an Operating Private Equity Fund, with some focus areas whic...

Karan Mohla, Chiratae Ventures (Formerly IDG Ventures India)
#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Karan Mohla, Executive Director at Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) “As a VC to add value, keep asking yourself, What are the one or two things which if the company does, based on your experience, they’ll thrive. And then Discuss & Communicate that with the Founders.” - Karan Mohla. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Karan joined Jefferies & Company in Silicon Valley, where he first experienced Capital raising, Strategic Company Analysis & Inve...

Shalini Prakash, Co-Founder Epic.one and ex-Venture Partner 500 Startups
Shalini started as a Venture Partner in the Venture Capital Ecosystem with 500 Startups in 2015. Post which later she started her own Rewards & Loyalty based product Epic.one in early 2019. In this podcast, Shalini shares, the investment philosophy & thought process practised by her at 500 Startups. Notes - 00:20 - Unusual for a VC to become an Entrepreneur 01:30 - How did your life shape up your background? 02:30 - How did 500 Startups happen? 03:20 - Purpose in life as a VC & Now as an Entrepreneur 04...


Vishal Gupta, Bessemer Venture Partners
Podcast with Vishal Gupta, Managing Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners. “When you create a Network effect, your moats become stronger and your growth is also disproportionate.” - Vishal Gupta Vishal did his MBA from IIM Calcutta, in 2002. Post which he initially worked with HCL and later joined Reliance Capital Private Equity in 2003. Finally, he joined Bessemer Venture Partners in 2006. Some of the portfolio companies at Bessemer Venture Partners India include - Bigbasket, Swiggy, Pharmeasy, Urbancla...

Ash Lilani, Saama Capital
Ash started his career in Banking and joined Silicon Valley Bank and has been since associated with them. He is credited with bringing the major VC & Investment houses of Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay Area to India in 2003 (also known as the birth of Venture Capitalism in India). He later started Saama Capital in India with the vision of being an Active Co-Investor. Saama Capital is also well known for being an early investor in Paytm. Some of the other investments of Saama Capital include – Raw Pre...

Ash Lilani, Saama Capital
Ash started his career in Banking and joined Silicon Valley Bank and has been since associated with them. He is credited with bringing the major VC & Investment houses of Silicon Valley & San Francisco Bay Area to India in 2003 (also known as the birth of Venture Capitalism in India). He later started Saama Capital in India with the vision of being an Active Co-Investor. Saama Capital is also well known for being an early investor in Paytm. Some of the other investments of Saama Capital include - Raw Pr...


Miten Sampat, VP Corporate Development, Times Internet - "The History of Times Internet"
“What kind of products can I build for consumers who are already on the Internet, rather than bringing offline consumers online.” - Miten Sampat Miten started his career in US after completing his Masters in Computer Science, in 2007. It was in 2012 that he began as an Angel Investor and Advisor for Startups. Around the same time, he took the call to move back into India and explore & leverage the Startup ecosystem here. In 2013, he joined the TimesCity and later shifted to managing investments decisions...

Anurag Ramadasan, 3one4 Capital
Anurag Ramdasan, Head Of Investments at 3one4 Capital (Early Stage VC Fund). Out of the 60 Portfolio Companies, some well-known names are OPEN, Licious, Pocket Aces, YourStory & Darwinbox. In this podcast, Anurag shares his experience of coming from a hardcore Coding background into the VC world and also talks about some specific markets in the Startup Ecosystem like Content, Consumer Brands & Fintech. Some Questions answered by Anurag in this Podcast - 1. How was his journey from being an Engineer to an...

Utsav Somani, Partner AngelList India
Utsav Somani, Partner, AngelList India shares his experience at AngelList India & Syndicates (Private Single-deal VC funds led by Top Angels). Some of the Startups where Utsav has invested as angel investor are BharatPe, AdPushup, Innov8, CoinDCX, Elemential Labs, Sugar Cosmetics, LogiNext, ARATA, Stranger & Sons, Mall91, Pernia's Pop-up Shop. Some Questions answered by Utsav in this Podcast - 1. What is a Syndicate & How does it work? 2. What are the minimum requirements to become a General Partner in a ...


Dheeraj Jain, Redcliffe Capital
Dheeraj Jain, Founder at Redcliffe Capital shares his experience and thoughts around investing in Biotech / Health Care & Consumer Brands in India. By now he has invested in 32 companies, whereas some of his notable exits include Innov8, Burger Singh & Supr Daily. Some of the successful companies where Dheeraj initially invested, and since then they have raised significant amount of subsequent fundings are PeeSafe, LifCare, The Man Company, Drivezy, Coho, Coutloot and Qdesq, among others. Some Questions...

Brij Bhasin, Rebright Partners
Brij Bhasin (General Partner at Rebright Partners, Ex-Operating Partner at GSF India). In 2012 he joined GSF (India's first multi-city accelerator program for early-stage tech product startups). Then in 2015, he joined Rebright Partners (an early stage Japanese Venture Capital Fund investing across Deep Tech, Healthcare, Mobility, Enterprise SaaS, B2B products and Internet/Mobile). Some successful portfolio companies in DocsApp & LetsTransport. Some Questions answered by Brij in this Podcast 1. What w...

Sukhbir Singh, Bollywood Singer & Startup Investor
Sukhbir Singh is a well-known Bollywood singer. He is also called the prince of Bhangra. He has recently become an active startup investor. His first investment is in the beverage market in India. In this podcast, Sukhbir shares his journey of how living hand to mouth in Kenya, in a Gurudwara taught him humbleness and never letting your success or work change your human principles. His parents migrated when he was just two years old from Jalandhar, India. His father was into singing, classically trained...


Semil Shah, Founder Haystack & Partner Lightspeed Venture Partners US
Semil Shah, Founder at Haystack & Venture Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, talks about his journey to becoming a successful Venture Capitalist. Semil founded Haystack in 2013 (An Early Stage Investment Fund). Some successful portfolio companies in Haystack include DoorDash, Instacart, Carta, Giphy, and Wag. Some Questions answered by Semil in this Podcast - 1. What are his learnings for people who want to become a VC? 2. How to choose the kind of Investor you want to become? Do you want to sit on...

Sanjeev Aggarwal, Founder The Fundamentum Partnership & Helion Ventures
Sanjeev Aggarwal is the Founder of The Fundamentum Partnership, Growth stage fund. Sanjeev has also been the Founder of Helion Ventures, one of the earliest Venture Capital Funds in India established in 2006. Sanjeev started his entrepreneurial journey as the Co-Founder of Daksh, one of the largest BPO in India which sold to IBM for $150 Million in 2004. Sanjeev shares his investing thesis in the podcast where startups need to solve a big problem for a large market. And if the participants in the market is...

Prashant Pansare, Co-Founder, Eagle10 Ventures
Prashant Pansare is the Co-Founder of Eagle10 Ventures, Seed Stage Fund investing $150,000 to $450,000 as the first external check in the startup. Eagle10 has invested in 6 startups which include TravelSpice, Zestl, Pi Beam Labs, Mate Labs, Net Analytics. Prashant has been founder of Playerify, Online Prasad, Medissist. Excerpt from the podcast Prashant's 5 favourite mistakes from his entrepreneurial journey: 1. When we were building Playerify, Just Play sports, we kept on building considerable amount of...


Mayank Khanduja, SAIF Partners
In this podcast with we explore Mayank Khanduja’s journey as an investor at SAIF Partners India. SAIF is among the Tier-1 early stage investors in India, investing across all sectors. Mayank comes from a family of engineers so getting highest education was the top priority in his family. After completing his engineering from Delhi, Mayank went on to MBA from IIM-Calcutta. After working 5 years in Technology consulting in McKinsey, Mayank itch to work closely with technology companies brought him to world ...

Raja Ganapathy, Co-Founder Spring Marketing Capital & ex-CMO Sequoia Capital India
Raja Ganapathy is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Spring Marketing Capital, a skin in the game marketing capital firm that partners with founders to offer capital & marketing expertise. Raja has been ex-Chief Marketing Officer of Sequoia Capital India and has delivered some of the biggest marketing campaigns like BYJU'S. Why should you listen to the podcast ? - If you would like to know success story behind the marketing campaigns of Byju, Cars24, Epigamia ? - What power can celebrities bring to ...

Ajay Hattangdi, Co-Founder Alteria Capital, India's largest Venture Debt Fund
Ajay Hattangdi is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Alteria Capital, India’s largest venture debt fund. Ajay started the country’s first venture debt program while at Citibank in 2005. He subsequently went on to create the first dedicated venture debt business in the country as the founding CEO for InnoVen Capital’s flagship India NBFC which he ran from 2007 to 2017. Alteria Capital was started by Ajay Hattangdi and Vinod Murali in 2018. It has invested in almost 20 companies including Stanza Living, Dunzo...


Hari TN, CPO BigBasket and Strategic Advisor, The Fundamentum Partnership
Hari TN is Chief People Officer BigBasket and Strategic Advisor, The Fundamentum Partnership, Growth Stage VC Fund. Hari is also an angel investor in Rocketium, BestDoc, UnFound.ai, Jiny.io We discuss in the podcast about: 1. Hari's learnings and lessons from 17 years journey in Startups 2. The early story on team building in TaxiForSure. Also we discuss about the TaxiForsure $200 Million exit and what led it. Key lessons on building a marketplace and raising capital. 3. The culture of BigBasket and key ...

Ameera Shah, Metropolis Healthcare (The Journey to IPO)
Ameera Shah is Founder and Managing Partner of Metropolis Healthcare, one of the largest and most trusted Healthcare Diagnostic company of India. Ameera joined Metropolis when it was 1 lab in South Mumbai started by her father. Over the years she expanded Metropolis to 120 Labs and 2400 collection centres. Metropolis Healthcare went IPO in April 2019. The company in recent fiscal year posted Rs 760 Crores revenue and Rs 205 Crores EBITDA. The podcast shares her journey to make Metropolis one of the most tr...

Kunal Khattar, AdvantEdge, Early Stage Mobility VC Fund
Kunal Khattar is the Founder and Managing Partner of AdvantEdge Founders, an early stage Venture Capital Fund focussed on transportation and mobility sectors in India. The big investments of the fund include Shuttl, Rapido and Chalo. We discuss in the podcast about: 1. Why AdvantEdge chooses to focus on only mobility startups ? 2. In India 300 Million commutes happen every day India. How AdvantEdge plans to solve for it via investing in technology mobility startups 3. Why the fund chooses to focus only ...


Sarbvir Singh, Waterbridge Ventures
Sarbvir Singh is Managing Partner at Waterbridge Ventures, an early stage Venture Capital Fund based out of India. Sarbvir started his journey as a Venture Capitalist in 2007 with Capital 18, the VC arm of media conglomerate Network 18. Back then he was one of the first institutional checks in Bookmyshow, which is today a Unicorn and Yatra, which went public on NASADAQ. Waterbridge was started by Manish and Sarbvir in 2016. It has invested in 16 companies some on which well known ones are Unacademy, Chalo...

Rajan Anandan, Angel Investor and Ex-VP, Google India & SEA
Rajan Anandan is an Angel Investor and Ex-VP, Google India & SEA. Here is what we discuss in this podcast: 1) We seem to have entered a new phase of the Indian startup ecosystem..what has changed ? 2) Is monetising getting better for consumer startups ? 3) Views on SaaS ? 4) Big spaces like e-commerce and mobility seeing a lot of renewed interest..what is happening? 5) 3 of Rajan's recent investments we are very excited about and why? 6) What segments is Rajan focused on as an angel investor? 7) What has ...

Kanwaljit Singh, Fireside Ventures
Kanwaljit Singh is the Managing Partner and Founder of Fireside Ventures. Fireside Ventures is early stage Venture Capital Fund investing only in Consumer Brands. Kanwaljit Singh is also known as the gardener of new Consumer Brands in India. Before Fireside, he invested personally in Paperboat, IDFresh. Both of them showed interesting sparks of what was happening in the Indian consumer market. He continued to personally invest in Epigamia, Licious, Yogabar, Vahdam Teas. FireSide has invested in 18 compa...


Amit Somani, Prime Venture Partners
Amit Somani is Managing Partner, Prime Venture Partners, an early stage fund investing in Technology startups in India. Amit previously was Chief Product Officer at MakeMyTrip, which went IPO in 2010. Before MakeMyTrip Amit was Head of Product at Google India. Few notable quotes from Amit Somani at 100x Entrepreneur podcast: 1. "Came back to India in 2007 from Silicon Valley when I though India was a really really tall building and I am getting in the ground floor. Now 11 years later now I still feel India ...

Karthik Reddy, Blume Ventures
Karthik Reddy is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blume Ventures, one of best early stage Venture Capital Funds in India. Blume Ventures started in 2010 as $20 million fund. Today the 3rd fund of Blume is $100 million. Blume has invested in 120 startups in the last 8 years. Some of the well known startups in Blume portfolio are TaxiForSure, GreyOrange Robotics, Unacademy, Locus, Exotel, Mettl. Karthik shares very candidly in the podcast: 1. "Why to build for an IPO" is the only thing Founders should...

Rajul Garg, Managing Partner, Leo Capital
Rajul Garg is the Founder and Managing Partner of Leo Capital, a Pre-Series-A Venture Capital Fund. Rajul has been the founder of two Billion Dollar companies Global Logic and Pine Labs. Rajul is counted among the top 10 early stage investors from India. Some of notable quotes by Rajul from the podcast: 1. On purpose in life ? "My view of life is to be more in the present. I like to think here in this moment how I can be most productive. So my main focus now is how we make this conversation most product...


Pawan Raj Kumar, Founder Supa Foods and Angel Investor in 15 Startups
Pawan Raj Kumar is the Founder of Supa Foods and Hoi Foods. Supa foods is known for products like Supa corn and misht which are available in more than 3,000 retail outlets in India. Pawan is also an active angel investor in 15+ startups. Some of well known startups, where is an angel investor are Qikwell(Acquired by Practo), LifCare and Leverage Edu. Pawan has an entrepreneurial experience of 24 years. He started out in his family venture of Industrial Food Equipment, supplying and servicing to Large Food...

Alok Mittal, Founder Indifi & Angel Investor
Alok Mittal is the Founder and CEO of Indifi, SME lending platform leveraging technology and data in full loan lifecycle. Before Indifi Alok was Managing Partner of Canaan Partners India, one of well known Venture Capital firms. Alok's first startup JobsAhead was acquired by Monster. Alok shares during the podcast: 1. Why he invests in startups ? 2. How he evaluates the startups which reach out to him for investment? 3. His schedule and work ethic at Indifi. 4. What role Focus plays in his life and invest...

Anjalli Ravikumar, Social Mission Director UNILEVER
Anjalli Ravikumar is the Social Mission Director at Unilever, the largest FMCG company in India and one of the largest in the world. Anjalli heads Fair and Lovely Career Foundation which is making huge impact in education and career guidance for young girls. Anjalli wanted to solve big problems for which there are no easy answers. She quit corporate sector very early after doing MBA and joined development. Spent 2.5 years at Naandi foundation and went onto Harvard to do masters in development. And then ca...


Hetal Sonpal, Angel Investor in 20+ Startups
Hetal Sonpal is a well known Angel Investor in more than 20 startups in India. He has 20 year corporate technology business stint with Wipro, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Intel. In this podcast Hetal shares: 1. Why he became an angel investor ? a. He has successful exits with BabyChakra, MassBlurb and AllisHealth b. His portfolio companies Vahdam Teas, Advantage Club, Impact Guru, Leverage Edu are the biggest winners in his portfolio and are doing fantastically well. 2. What motivates him to help startups to scal...

Sandeep Aneja, Kaizen Private Equity
If you want to know how Private Equity investors can help in your entrepreneurial journey you must listen to the podcast with Sandeep Aneja, Founder and Managing Partner, Kaizen Private Equity. Kaizen is the only home grown fund which has scaled across geographies. Kaizen is investor in companies like KLAY, Toppr, Varthana Finance, Insofe. Sandeep shares his thoughts on 1. Why he choose to start a fund focussed only on education 2. He was a very successful Investor with Outlook Ventures in USA which was ...

Rehan Yar Khan, Managing Partner, Orios Venture Partners
Rehan Yar Khan is the Founder and Managing Partner at Orios Venture Partners. Orios is considered among the best Venture Capital firms in India focussed on early stage startups. Rehan was the first investor in Ola & Dhruva, among the few startups in India with Billion Dollar valuation. Ola is the largest Mass Transportation company in India. In this podcast Rehan shares: 1. His entrepreneurial journey of 20 years from 1992 to 2011. 2. Early journey of Ola Cabs and Bhavish Aggarwal. Rehan was the first i...


Girish Shivani, Co-founder & Partner, Yournest Venture Fund
Girish Shivani is a Co-founder and Partner at Yournest Venture Fund. Girish started Yournest Venture Fund in 2011 and has witnessed Indian Startup evolve from infancy in last 8 years. In this podcast Girish shares: 1. Why all Venture Capalists are not evi😈 2. How he became a VC by accident 3. What is required from an entrepreneur to make him sign a check💰 4. Why he replies to all emails by entrepreneurs, even cold ones. 💎 5. What is required from an entrepreneur which can scale his startup 100x 💯🚀 6...

Pankaj Bansal, Founder and CEO PeopleStrong, India's largest HR Tech Company
Pankaj Bansal is the Founder and CEO of PeopleStrong, India's largest HR Tech company. In this podcast Pankaj shares: 1. How he built a $100 million yearly revenue business 2. His plans of taking PeoplesStrong to IPO in next 3 years 3. His daily habits, mindset and schedule 4. How he built a large and efficient sales engine 5. How with only 150 clients PeopleStrong is doing business of $100 million 6. Why he started People Strong in 2005 ? 7. His favourite books and how they have shaped him. 8. The secre...

Glen Svensson on Meditation and Mindfulness
Originally from Australia, Glen has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute (Pomaia, Italy) in 2004. Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a teaching style emphasising clarity and stressing the integration ​of philosophical ​view, meditation and daily life conduct. I, Siddhartha Ahluwali...


Priya Krishnan, Founder KLAY Preschools, India's largest chain of pre-schools
Priya Krishnan is the Founder of KLAY Preschools, India's largest chain of Pre-schools. Priya has built a large profitable organisation with yearly revenues upwards of $20 Million. In this podcast Priya share about 1. Why every team member in KLAY team is an entrepreneur 2. The culture at KLAY Preschools 3. How by helping parents raise better kids, KLAY is helping build new India 4. Habits and Mindset which make her successful 5. How she balance her many roles in life: Entrepreneur, Mother, Wife 6. What ...

Daljit Singh, President Fortis Healthcare & Angel Investor
Daljit Singh has 35 years of experience as a business leader. He is a IIT Delhi graduate. Currently he serves as the President of Fortis Healthcare. He is also an active Angel Investor in Indian startups focussed on Healthcare and Wellness. In the podcast he shares about: 1. His professional journey of 35 years 2. Daily Habits & Rituals which make him successful 3. Why relationships is the top priority for him ? 4. How at 62 years of age, he is super healthy and fit ? 5. Which startups he is invested in an...

DrAniruddha Malpani, Founder Malpani Ventures
Dr Aniruddha Malpani is a well known Angel Investor from India investing in Healthcare, Education and Social Impact startups. He is also among the top 10 IVF specialists in India. In this podcast he talks about: 1. Why entrepreneurs need to be atrocious readers 2. Why he never misses to post on LinkedIn everyday 3. How he manages to read for more than couple of hours everyday inspite of his busy schedule 4. Why he became an Angel Investor 5. How interacting with entrepreneurs keep him young...