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On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Nitin Gupta, Founder and CEO of Uni Cards. Nitin talks about starting his entrepreneurial journey in 2008, starting with PayUMoney and then coming up with Uni. Nitin also talks about why having an IPO is necessary for business, why India has the best financial service businesses and h…
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Giridhar Yasa, Chief Technology Officer of Lendingkart. Giridhar talks to us about why access to financial products for MSMEs is a challenge, what Lendingkart does, who they finance and how it was started. They further talk about how is the loan given to small businesses, what is the …
 
On this special 150th episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Amrish Rau, CEO of Pine Labs. They talk about the early days of Amrish, what was the next big thing he saw was going to blow up and how he came up with the idea of Pine Labs. Amrish explains what the company is, what it does, having massive ambitions, why digital QR code…
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Nikhil Kumar, Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist of Setu. Shiladitya talk about meeting Nikhil some years back, How he and his other co founder jumped into building a product like Setu. Nikhil talks about how UPI coming into the market was an inspiration for all the Creators, why he thinks…
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit talk to the Co-Founder and CEO of Kutumb - Abhishek Kejriwal. They talk about meeting each other some years ago, how Abhishek met his other Co-founders and how he made the transition from Pratilipi to Kutumb. Abhishek also gives us a complete brief on what the custom is, what the product utility is…
 
What really makes me pause at this point is not that someone has that unique of a thought process, it's that they've been able to distill it in a really memorable way, like Dawkins memetics. Like the idea of being on your deathbed and having no regrets; that's a very basic concept. I feel like a lot of people throughout history have had that idea, …
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit talk to Rohit Garg, Co-Founder & CEO of SmartCoin. They talk about the early life of Rohit, how did he go about building something like Smartcoin. Shiladitya ask Rohit about what is the product like, what was the initial version of smartcoin, what issues did he see in fintech that he could solve th…
 
Did you know that 5% of India's GDP comes from Dairy Farming? That's about 25% of the total agricultural GDP. On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit speak to Kirti Jangra, Co-Founder & COO of Animall Technologies. Amit confesses not having spoken to anybody who is so focused on the agricultural and rural Economy. Kirti talks about Anima…
 
On this Episode of Shunya One, we have Ashish Dave -CEO of Mirae Asset Venture Investments (India). They talk about the start of Mirae, it being a traditional finance company, but not a typical Venture Capitalist and how the fund came to be. Ashish talks about the specific areas they are currently investing in, anything that seems like an opportuni…
 
On this episode of Shunya one, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Karan Bedi the CEO of MX Player. They talk about the start of the Mx Player as a video utility player, what was his vision for a product such as this and how he jumped into his role at MX and Times Group. Karan explains what makes Mx Player different from the any other OTT platform fo…
 
On Shunya One this week we have Meghna Suryakumar, Founder and CEO of Crediwatch. Meghna talks about being a corporate lawyer before coming up with her startup Crediwatch. What made her choose the technology part at Crediwatch?, Further Meghna gives us an overview of what Crediwatch is and what they are trying to do. Further they discuss about how …
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Rahul Pagidipati, Co-CEO of Zebpay. They talk about his early journey into Cryptocurrency, buying Bitcoin mining machines and pitching the idea of working together with other startup investors. Rahul also talks about how the product or the bitcoin exchange that he started evolved, wha…
 
On this episode, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Vasanth Kamath, Founder & CEO of smallcase. They talk about what smallcase is and what it does, and tons more. Vasanth talks about how he came to found his smallcase, being from Mangalore, his co-founders Anugrah Srivastava and Rohan Gupta and himself all being from IIT Kharagpur, and more. Shiladi…
 
I've known Dave for a few months now and It was good to finally have him on the show. We talked about a bunch of stuff ( mentioned in the show notes ) from media in the past to where it's going and everything in between. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. SHOW NOTES 03:19 - Bleacher report became my lifeline when I was stuck in the drudgery of a f…
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Rohan Bhargava. They talk to Rohan about what CashKaro is all about, what it does and how it works. Rohan tells us about how he and his co-founder Swati Bhargava started CashKaro about 9 years back, how they both worked in the financial services business in the UK, both graduating fro…
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Bhavna Suresh. Bhavna talks to Shiladitya and Amit about being in the Philippines, building South East Asia's real estate platform, ans shares what her other ventures had been before starting 10club. she also says that India is a market where everybody says no at first to invest in a …
 
Did you know that there 800 million sports fans in India out of which 500 million watch sports online? On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya, and Amit Doshi are joined by one of the brightest minds, Harsh Jain. Harsh talks about calling his office space as 'Stadium', why he can't wait to get his employees back before the IPL, followed by the wo…
 
Steal My Marketing is back after a long break of self-reflection and doubt. This conversation with Jonathan was recorded a few months back and has everything that I love about podcasting. It allows this 26-year-old to talk to someone I've never met about things I'm deeply interested in. The world is a fascinating place. It feels good to be back :) …
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Akash Sinha. Akash talks about how he used to pick up freelancing projects while in college, the origin story of Cashfree and why he got into the field of finance. He also talks about what problems he faced with breaking into the scene pre-UPI, how the concept of being digital changed…
 
Dr. Sutterer is a 4th year physical medicine and rehabilitation resident physician and will begin a sports medicine fellowship this summer. He is also a YouTuber with nearly 450,000 subscribers on his channel where he provides educational videos about sports medicine and injury analysis. You’ll want to listen if you’d like to hear about his experie…
 
Did you know that India was a heavy cash economy in 2011-2012?. On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are Joined by Karan Mehta. Karan talks about computers becoming his natural passion, joining Citadel and it being his first professional company, Setting up Swipe and how the idea for Kissht came about. He also talks about competition …
 
On Shunya One this week, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Kiran Menon. Kiran talks about how he started his journey towards Tydy, running Corporate Development for Opera Browser, and lots more. He tells us about how the idea of Tydy came from another product that they had at the time, and doing onboarding automation to offboarding alumni managemen…
 
It's a special episode on Shunya one with Varun Duggirala from Advertising is Dead joining Shiladitya and Amit for a candid chat on the rise of live streaming, social media laws, and D2C branding. They discuss how radio evolved into podcasts that further evolved into platforms like Clubhouse and Twitter spaces, how have the consumption patterns bee…
 
On today's episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Dhrupad Karwa, Founder & CEO of Inspo, and HaikuJAM. He talks about coming to India from England, having the idea of starting a social writing game where strangers from all around the world write short 3-lined poems called Haikus, and the app was thus named 'HaikuJam'. This idea wa…
 
Today, I’m interviewing Brett and Jared Dashevsky. They’re brothers, and a dynamic duo who run a media company called Healthcare Huddle. If that’s not enough for you, Brett is also a project manager at Capital One, and Jared has a Masters in Healthcare Systems Engineering and is a current medical school student. Jared used his foundations in health…
 
On this episode, Shiladitya and Amit talk to Ravish Agrawal. Ravish talks about his early entrepreneurial stint from his IIT Kanpur days and the struggles that shaped him to be able to start 'Able Jobs'. He also talks about identifying himself as a marketing or a growth person, calling people to teach them sales and then shifting the teaching to Wh…
 
Every startup initially struggles with capital and eventually with payments. The fintech universe is so diverse and to regulate them such that transactions happen seamlessly, is an entrepreneur's nightmare. Juggling multiple technologies, at the same time keeping consumers happy requires a strong payment infrastructure and that is where companies l…
 
On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Amit Lakhotia. Amit Lakhotia talks to us about his early stints from joining MakeMyTrip to working with Paytm, then later starting Park+, and how he came up with the idea for it. He talks about how, after scaling the business for over 4 years, he has seen the startup and the internet …
 
Logistics is 14% of India's GDP, and transportation around 60-65%. On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Md. Imthiaz. Imthiaz talks to us about how he started working for a pizza startup in Chennai, to then selling liquor, to setting up his first hyper-local commerce company in 2010 called Hopper and then later in 2017 st…
 
Chris Hladczuk has interviewed billionaires, built a loyal following of thousands from his awesome Twitter threads, and built atomics habits like reading 365 days in a row, deep work, and sacred hours. In this episode, he shares his exact method of connecting and strengthening his relationship with billionaires, his sources for Twitter threads and …
 
Did you know 13% of India's population still commutes on cycle? On Shunya One this week, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Aditya Oza to talk about electric bicycles. Aditya talks about meeting the other co-founders during his masters and founding a startup where they started by renting out vehicles (bikes). He talks about manufacturing e-bikes (bi…
 
Ensuring deep participation in the financial ecosystem and lowering the barriers to entry - that's what PayPal's mission is all about. On this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Guru Bhat, who talks about the role PayPal plays in India and how it's helping businesses of all shapes and sizes, and tons more. Guru calls the payme…
 
Sachit Gupta is THE best super-connector I know. He started with nothing almost 8 years back and has since worked with Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and Andrew Warner. His show Conscious Creators reached #1 in entrepreneurship last year and he led the On Deck Podcasting Fellowship. I wanted to bring him on the show to learn his strategies of finding thi…
 
Did you know that senior citizens lose their purpose in life after they retire? On Shunya One this week, Hemanshu Jain talks to us about how his parents have been the biggest influence in his life and how his struggles made him make something like Khyaal. Hemanshu speaks on various topics, including getting rejected by every investor in India, the …
 
Since millennial women were changing the way they were shopping, the fashion and make-up industries were going through a massive transition period around 2012/2013. Did you know makeup is 20% of the beauty market in India?. On Shunya One this week, Shiladitya and Amit speak to Vineeta and Kaushik from Sugar Cosmetics. Vineeta talks about how obsess…
 
From working with Intel in Poland to travelling the world and setting up her entrepreneurial journey in AI, on this episode of Shunya One, Shiladitya and Amit are joined by Ashwini Asokan, Founder and CEO at Mad Street Den. They talk about her early days and the idea behind setting up the AI-based company 'Mad Street Den'. They also get into how co…
 
Danny Miranda is an inspiration and the host of the Danny Miranda podcast. He's gone from 0 to 55,000 downloads in the past 6 months, published 87 awesome conversations, and has shared countless stories of his hustle on Twitter. This conversation goes beyond what Danny has done with his podcast and captures his overall personality, his habits, and …
 
Dr. Patel is on faculty at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care innovation and the Center for Health Incentives and behavioral economics, and a Staff Physician at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. His research focuses on combining insights from behavioral econ…
 
They say a strong vision and ambition take you on the journey of discovering something unique. On this episode of Shunya One, Shally Modi talks to us about how she met Ranjeet while working for Vodafone and how the idea of making a platform for authors came up and later was called Pratilipi. Shally tells us about working with a set of like-minded i…
 
As the internet becomes faster and data is getting cheaper, watching internet videos on smartphones has gone up by 60%. But did you know, if you're consuming 100 MB of data on a mobile phone, 60 MB of it is just being used for consuming videos? On this episode, Saurabh talks to us about the start of Flickstree - what the company is about, and how F…
 
This conversation is led by Bleacher Report founder Dave Nemetz, featuring Polina Marinova (The Profile Dossier), Jonathan Hunt (Complex), and Brian Morrissey (Digiday Media). The lessons compressed in this conversation are wide-ranging and if there's anything you need to learn about content-led growth, this is it. It was originally held on Clubhou…
 
95% of people in India in today's day and age need mental health support. The median time from somebody experiencing psychological difficulty to going and seeing a professional is 6 years in India. On this episode, Dr. Amit talks about coming up with the idea of 'Innerhour' in 2016 and what he's trying to achieve with it. Shiladitya asks Dr. Amit a…
 
Darius Mirshahzadeh is a serial entrepreneur and a bestselling author. He spent his childhood in Iran and the US and learned the core principles of business from watching his dad run gas stations. I loved the stories of him selling candy in school to starting a nightclub business in college. Although the nightclub failed, it taught him valuable les…
 
On Shunya One Podcast this week, We have Mukul Rustagi Co-Founder and CEO Classplus. From taking 12 flights in 3 months to believing that in-person conversations cannot take over screen interviews, Shiladitya and Amit speak to Mukul Rustagi about 'Classplus' and how, in the era of the smartphone, teachers can benefit by learning a bit of technology…
 
Today's podcast is with Shailin Thomas (@shailinthomas), who is a fifth-year student (and third year medical student) in a joint MD/JD program between Harvard Law School and the New York University School of Medicine. He received his B.S. from Yale University where he stuied cognitive neuroscience—exploring the anatomy and hysiology behind social p…
 
On Shunya One Podcast this week, We have Vikas Malpani Co-Founder and CEO Leher. Being a mobile-first population, have we lost our ability to socialize with people? As per a survey, 60% of people are lonely despite being the most connected population on the planet, so on this episode, Vikas speaks to us about the difference between social media and…
 
On Shunya One Podcast this week, We have Ajey Gore Operating Partner - Technology Sequoia Capital, India/Building Companies to IPO and Beyond, Ajey talks to us about how he has always been uncomfortable, how that's what led him from one thing to another and what his next steps will be. He also talks about how he started his career as a graphics des…
 
Austen Allred is the founder of Lambda School and one of the smartest entrepreneurs trying to fix education. We talked about Austen's fascination with reading history in the context of business, his deep interest in shareholder letters and internal memos of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, Disney, and other great companies, and his thoughts on first pri…
 
On Shunya One Podcast this week, We have Pulkit Jain co founder and product head at Vedantu. Pulkit calls himself the 'new age teacher' and shares with us the intensive journey of becoming a teacher and not just a tech founder. He talks about how, despite being just 22 year olds, he and his friends left their job to teach kids in Patiala in Punjab.…
 
On Shunya One Podcast this week, we have Amit Somani, venture capitalist at Prime VP. Amit shares his story how he calls himself an accidental VC and the skills he learned on the way. He says the biggest thing of becoming a VC is that they themselves have to do all the fundraising too. Even with the recent startup burst only, 100 startups end up ge…
 
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