By Shiva Singh Sangwan
1947 Rise Podcast is helping in accelerating the speed of reverse brain drain
We do this by interviewing India-born, overseas-trained who have moved back to India and built massive tech companies themselves and/or helped enable the tech ecosystem
1947 Operators Podcast is helping in increasing the number of operator-angels in the startup ecosystem.
We do this by unpacking the investing journey of the best operator-angels in India.
1947 RiseJul 29, 2021
76: From Factories to Boardrooms: Empowering Women | Ahana Gautam, Open Secret | 1947 Rise
Ahana Gautam is the CEO & Co-Founder at Open Secret. India’s leading Food and Beverages company Through Open Secret she is looking to Unjunk India. 0:00 - Early Life & Shaping Ahana: Ahana's upbringing and influences. 03:17 - Mother's Values: Development of Ahana's mother's values. 05:44 - Learning in the US: Ahana's experiences and lessons abroad. 09:11 - Conviction to Return: What inspired Ahana to move back from the US. 12:39 - First Believer in Funding: Ahana's initial support in funding. 14:31 - Rise of Homegrown Brands: Why Indian consumers prefer local brands. 17:57 - Open Secret's Vision: The future plans for Open Secret. 19:43 - Key Turning Point for Success: Milestones in Open Secret's journey. 21:23 - Financial Independence: Implementing Ahana's mother's values. 24:36 - Advice for Returning to India: Guidance for those considering a move back to India. 26:19 - Passion Beyond Work: Ahana's interests outside of her career. 28:10 - Unlimited Resources & Purpose: Would Ahana still pursue this path with unlimited resources? 29:28 - Daily Routine: Ahana's typical day-to-day schedule. 30:43 - Focus on Health: How Ahana prioritizes her health. 32:12 - Desire to Learn Something New: What Ahana is eager to learn. 33:01 - Gym Playlist: Ahana's go-to music for workouts. 33:24 - Dream Dinner Guests: Three individuals, dead or alive, Ahana would invite and why. 🔗 CONNECT WITH AHANA GAUTAM 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahanagautam 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/GautamAhana 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
75: From Operator to Investor: The Journey of an Angel Investor | Dhruv Dhanraj Bahl | 1947 Operators
Dhruv Bahl is the Former COO of BharatPe. Before that, he played an important role in helping PAYTM scale. And he is also a prolific operator angel investor in the Indian tech ecosystem. Timestamps : 00:00 Top Moments 00:29 Intro to pod with Dhruv 02:06 Transition from fintech to angel investing, first angel investment. 07:55 Self-education methods for angel investing. 14:08 Learning to distinguish good from bad deals as an angel investor. 19:43 Typical check sizes and sector focus. 20:52 Most important angel investing lesson. 25:56 Portfolio companies and investment rationale. 35:01 Structuring ESOPs for founders. 44:33 Unexplored learning interests. 48:14 A Memorable act of kindness.
74: Life of a VC: Navigating the World of Venture Capital with Nichole, Wischoff Ventures | 1947 VC
Nichole Wischoff is the solo GP of Wischoff Ventures where she’s investing into pre-seed & Seed stage unsexy businesses out of a $20M fund II. Before venture, Nichole was an operator at 2 successful companies, one that was acquired by Walmart. Timestamps : 00:00: Highlights of Key Moments 00:33: Introduction to the Podcast with Nichole 02:00: Initiation of Angel Investing and Creation of Wischoff Ventures 03:00: Founding of Wischoff Ventures Linked to Angel Investing Success 05:38: Application of First Fund Lessons to Second Fund 10:42: Clear Playbook Development for Solo GP Fund Building with Twitter's Aid 15:28: Evaluation of Nashville's Advantages and Drawbacks Compared to Tech Hubs 17:44: Influence of Non-Tech Hub Residence on Independent Thinking 19:11: Identification and Discussion of Venture Capital Misconceptions 21:15: Advice for Operators Transitioning to Venture Capital 23:50: Gratifying and Challenging Aspects of Building Wischoff Ventures 26:06: Insights into Capital Raising from First Fund to Second 29:21: Preferred Investment Targets as an LP 30:24: Common New Fund Manager Mistakes and Lead Investor Role Transition 34:50: Current Non-Work Obsessions 36:43: Alternate Focus if Not Engaged with Wischoff 39:16: The three invitees to dinner with Nichole 🔗 CONNECT WITH NICHOLE WISCHOFF 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholewi... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/NWischoff 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
73: Unveiling the Power of Electric Mobility & Angel investing | Vivek, Bounce Infinity | 1947 Operators
Vivek is the Co-founder & CEO of Bounce. Bounce is a full-stack EV mobility company. Vivek is also a prolific angel investor. Timestamps: 02:28 Early Days and Challenges 07:04 Learning from Challenges 09:26 Support System 11:26 Bounce Infinity's Approach 16:13 Angel Investing Motivation 16:47 Backing Other Founders 20:07 Portfolio Companies 21:01 Missed Investment Opportunities 24:30 Building Deal Flow 26:42 Investing Approach 27:31 Daily Routine and Fitness 30:48 Movie and Friends' Perception 31:58 Friend's Perception of Vivek 33:38 Beyond Bounce 35:27 Dinner Guests 🔗 CONNECT WITH 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/vivekanan... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/vivekanandahr 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
72: Mumbai's Hidden Tech Titans: Unveiling 50 Innovative Companies | Aakrit of peercheque | 1947 Operators
Aakrit is the Co-Founder & CEO of Haptik. Haptik is one of the world’s largest Conversational AI companies. Aakrit is also one of the most founder-friendly angel in India. He has invested in companies like Unacademy, MPL, Indiagold to name a few. Timestamps : 02:15 Founding story of Peercheque 06:51 How does Peercheque operate? 11:12 Specific sectors Peercheque is focused on 14:32 Changes for the Indian Venture Ecosystem 19:04 Prospects for Founders Becoming Investors 20:14 Changes in Investment strategies and lessons learned 23:10 Why COCKROACH MENTALITY for entrepreneurs 25:09 Founding Story of TEAM 31:43 Aakrit's Typical Day 34:32 Aakrit's relationship with health 36:32 Benefits of staying active 38:21 The three invitees to dinner with Aakrit
71: Importance of Curiosity, writing and staying humble | Howard Lindzon of Social Leverage |1947 VC
Howard Lindzon has more than 20 years of experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. As an entrepreneur he founded Stocktwits. As an investor, he founded Social Leverage. As an LP he recently founded the Social Leverage Access fund. A FoFs that backs emerging fund managers. Timeline: 02:00 Founding story of Social Leverage Access Fund. 06:20 Portfolio construction of Social Leverage Access Funds. 07:46 Focus on emerging fund managers. 10:43 Selection criteria for evaluating fund managers. 13:43 Check sizes and criteria for investments. 14:41 Common mistakes in fund manager pitches. 16:19 One thing to know earlier. 18:17 Three advice for emerging fund managers. 23:13 Evaluating operators transitioning into investors. 24:22 Venture outlook in the next five years. 26:00 Staying relevant as an emerging fund manager. 27:02 Obsession outside of work. 28:40 Working towards not working. 29:38 Insight into the daily routine. 31:03 The most undesirable part of the day. 31:18 Sleeping habits. 32:01 Relationship with health. 33:06 Experience with pickleball. 33:55 Unexpected benefits of blogging. 36:26 Dream dinner guests, dead or alive. 🔗 CONNECT WITH HOWARD LINDZON 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/howardlindzon/ 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/howardlindzon 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
70: Highs and lows and less discussed aspects of VC Funds | Sunil Chhaya of Kearny Jackson | 1947 VC
Sunil Chhaya is a Co-Founder and General Partner at Kearny Jackson. Kearny Jackson is an early-stage venture fund focused on backing SaaS, Infrastructure, and FinTech founders. Timeline : 00:00: Top Moments 00:33: Intro to Pod with Sunil 01:46: Influences and entering venture capital 03:22: Introduction to Sriram Krishnan 05:22: Decision to start a fund with Sriram Krishnan 07:02: Approach to portfolio construction 09:47: Portfolio construction for Kearney Jackson 10:41: Reaching out to LPs and raising capital 13:49: Insights on fundraising lessons learned 19:58: Advice for pursuing a path in venture capital 21:23: Perspective on the Indian tech ecosystem 23:04: A typical day's schedule 24:47: Most undesirable part of the day 25:41: What friends know him for 26:28: Preferred cuisine 26:55: Soccer team affiliations with Sriram Krishnan 27:40: Relationship with health 28:47: Recent focus on health 29:58: Guests for a dinner table discussion 🔗 CONNECT WITH SUNIL CHHAYA 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sunil-chhaya/ 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/sunilchhaya 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
69: Rohit Kapoor, CEO of SWIGGY, FM on Angel Investments and Relationship Building | 1947 Operators
Rohit Kapoor is the Chief Executive Officer of Swiggy, where he handles Food Marketplace. He is also an amazing Angel Investor. He has invested in companies like OfBusiness, Mosaic, Mokobara and 40 others. Timestamps: 00:00 Top moments 00:30 Intro to pod with Rohit Kapoor 01:37 Interest in angel investing, first investment? 02:51 His first angel investment? 05:09 Investing process and criteria? 14:31 Factors when evaluating founders? 15:48 Successful investments, missed opportunities? 21:17 Relationship building for college graduates? 27:45 His typical day? 31:01 Known for by friends? 32:27 Relationship with health? 35:37 Three guests for dinner? 🔗 CONNECT WITH ROHIT KAPOOR 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/rohit-kapoor-99a30436/ 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/rohitisb 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
68: Biggest mistakes first time fund managers make with Gaurav Jain of Afore Capital | 1947 VC
Gaurav Jain is the Co-founder of Afore Capital Afore Capital is one of the largest venture funds ($300M AUM) dedicated to super early stage investments. Before founding Afore Capital. Gaurav was an investor at A VC fund called Founder Collective. And before that, he was one of the first Product Managers for Android. Timestamps: 00:00 Top Moments 00:49 Intro for pod with Gaurav Jain 02:18 Gaurav's angel investing journey and Afore's founding story 06:07 Gaurav's partnership with his co-founder Anamitra Banerji 07:45 Gaurav's strategies for engaging LPs and raising capital 13:52 Gaurav's advice on fund modeling for emerging fund managers. 23:58 Afore's approach to staying relevant and reinventing themselves. 29:49 Top mistakes made by first-time fund managers. 32:38 Gaurav's perspective on the Indian tech ecosystem 36:57 What is Gaurav obsessed about outside of work 38:31 Gaurav's approach to prioritizing health and well-being. 🔗 CONNECT WITH GAURAV JAIN 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/gjainvc/ 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/gjain 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
67: Investing in Emerging Fund managers is a GREAT bet with Boris Wertz of Version One | 1947 VC
Boris is the founding partner of Version One and one of the top tech early-stage investors in North America. He is a former board partner with Andreessen Horowitz. Version one has backed iconic companies like Coinbase, AngelList, Dapper Labs and Shippo to name a few. Before becoming an investor, Boris built an online marketplace for used and out-of-print books in 1999 called AbeBooks, selling the business Amazon Timestamps : 00:00 Top Moments 00:36 Intro to pod with Boris Wertz 01:56 Reason for angel investing & Founding story of VersionOne's 03:06 LP fundraising approach evolution & past mistakes. 06:06 Reinventing for long-term compounding effects. 08:28 Importance of portfolio construction 11:32 Evolution of VC with solo capitalists & industry changes. 14:10 Similarities between Indian & North American VC ecosystems. 15:08 India's growth & tech's role in the coming decades. 18:59 Reasons for investing in other funds & considerations. 20:38 Investing in emerging fund managers & key factors. 23:10 VersionOne's criteria for determining investment fit. 26:22 What's his typical day? 28:17 Potential edge in a smaller ecosystem. 30:30 Obsession outside of work. 31:17 Interest in running and fitness 32:07 Memorable non-work experience in India. 34:20 Three dinner guests (dead/alive) he would like to invite and why.
66: Breaking Barriers with Radhika Gupta: India’s Only Female Asset Management CEO | 1947 Rise
In this engaging podcast episode, join the conversation with Radhika Gupta, CEO of Edelweiss Asset Management, as she shares her insights on India's economic growth, her personal journey, and the challenges and opportunities in the financial services industry. From discussing India's rapid progress in becoming a trillion-dollar economy to the development of India's first domestic hedge fund, Radhika's story is filled with inspiration and a deep understanding of the market. Discover why she believes now is the best time to be in India and how she manages money and expectations at scale. Don't miss her insights on the recently launched first-to-market multi-assets fund and its tax-efficient investment opportunities. 02:18: Would she move back to India and why? 05:50: How did she establish India's first domestic hedge fund? 09:45: Did she anticipate founding the hedge fund, and how does she manage money and expectations? 14:43: Why invest in her new fund? 21:50: How to enhance financial literacy among grassroots women? 22:29: What's her daily routine like? 24:00: Does she talk to her parents daily, and why? 26:12: What's her non-work obsession? 26:44: What would she work on if money and attention weren't needed? 27:08: Any future aspirations? 28:16: Which country inspires her for tourism policies? 29:07: Three individuals, dead or alive, she'd invite to dinner and why? #radhikagupta #assetmanagement #1947rise 🔗 CONNECT WITH RADHIKA GUPTA 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/radhikagu... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/iRadhikaGupta 🔗 CONNECT WITH SHIVA 💌 Sign up to my weekly email newsletter - https://1947tech.substack.com/ 🎥 YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfiQ... 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/shivassangwan 🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/1947Rise 👥 Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiva-sin...
65: Inside the Ring with "Annelie Ajami" : From Boxing Champion to Venture Capitalist | 1947 VC
Annelie Ajami is the Founder & Managing Partner of Anamcara Capital Anamcara Capital is a pre-seed & seed stage venture fund investing in B2B companies across Europe.
They have backed companies like Nory, Bits Technology and Equipme to name a few. Timestamps : 00:00 - Podcast introduction. 00:27 - Annelie Ajami's background. 01:51 - Motivation for angel investing and founding story of Anamcara Capital. 04:42 - Journey after starting Anamcara Capital. 11:30 - Inspiration behind starting a fund. 13:18 - Fundraising experience, challenges, and motivation. 18:26 - Biggest fundraising mistakes and lessons learned. 20:27 - Impact of being recognized for building Europe's most successful fund. 22:52 - Insights on the tech ecosystem in Europe and portfolio companies. 28:12 - Q&A sessions with founders and fostering personal connections. 30:39 - Annelie Ajami's daily routine. 31:42 - Current listening and podcast preferences. 32:24 - Finding energy outside of work. 33:29 - Work-life balance and personal priorities. 35:55 - Pending learning or opportunities. 38:00 - Annelie Ajami's reputation among friends.
64: Rishabh Mariwala (Sharrp Ventures) | 300 CR to 95K+ CR: Sharrp Ventures' Wins | 1947 Rise
Rishabh Mariwala is the founder of Sharrp Ventures - the Mariwala Family Office.
Sharrp Venture is known to be one of the top consumer-focused funds in India.
They have invested in companies like Nyakka, Mamearth, and Policybazaar to name a few.
00:00 Top Moments
00:30 Intro with pod with Rishabh Mariwala
02:10 What was Rishabh’s childhood environment like and what shaped him the most in his early life?
11:26 How did his time in the US during his undergraduate years shape and benefit him in the long run?
28:35 What is the founding story of Sharrp Ventures?
38:41 Where are we today in terms of Sharrp Ventures?
45:17 What is Rishabh’s day like?
50:08 If he could invite three people, dead or alive, from any industry, to a dinner, who would they be?
53:08 Who is Rishabh outside of work?
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63: Tarun Mehta (Ather Energy) | " Shaping the Future Mobility with Ather Energy" | 1947 Operators
Tarun is the Co-founder & CEO at Ather Energy. He is also known as the Elon Musk of India for introducing EV scooters to the country. Ather is India's first smart and connected electric scooter, often referred to as the Tesla of two-wheelers in India. Ather is contributing to the growth of the EV ecosystem in India and inspiring the adoption of electric mobility. Timeline: 00:00 Top Moments 00:38 Intro to pod with Tarun Mehta 2:20 What was the founding story of Ather? 09:07 Who was the first believer in Tarun and Ather? 14:23 What policy would Tarun create to promote EV if given the opportunity? 17:44 What is something the government hasn't got right? 20:30 Why is India leading in EVs compared to its counterparts? 21:35 What led Tarun to angel investing, and what is his best gain from it? 23:24 What drives Tarun's long-term thinking, and why does he admire companies prioritizing it? 26:58 What is Tarun's day like? 29:27 What is Tarun's sleep routine? 30:36 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would Tarun work on? 32:05 Who would Tarun invite for a dinner and why? 33:31 Who is Tarun outside of work?
62: Sheel Mohnot (GP - BTV) |"Indian Startups are Shaping Emerging Markets " | 1947 VC
Sheel is the GP at Better Tomorrow Ventures. Better Tomorrow Ventures is one of the top seed-stage fintech investors. They have backed companies like Unit, Chippercash, Flexport, Mercury, Ramp to name a few. Timeline: 00:00 Top moments. 00:48 Intro to pod with Sheel Mohnot 02:55 What led Sheel to angel investing and the founding story of Better Tomorrow Ventures? 06:15 How did Sheel determine the portfolio construction of his fund, including fund size and check sizes? 07:22 How was he able to source LPs, build relationships with them and close LPs? 11:58 How does Sheel decide when to start investing if he is unsure about reaching the target raise? 13:19 How does Sheel keep LPs updated and engaged during the fundraising process? 14:13 What were the lessons learned from fundraising for the first fund and their impact on subsequent fundraising? 16:13 What advice would Sheel give to an emerging fund manager when fundraising from LPs for their first fund? 19:56 Did Sheel iterate and make changes his your pitch deck based on the feedback he received over time? 22:10 What is his relationship with India, particularly in terms of investments? 26:49 What fascinates him about the Indian tech ecosystem, especially in the FinTech sector? 28:50 Do learning from the Indian tech ecosystem help you evaluate companies based outside of India? 30:36 If not at BTV and if money and attention are not needed any more who would Sheel aspire to be? 34:50 If he could invite three people dead or alive for dinner, who would they be and why? 35:35 Which Indian individual would he love to meet and socialize with over dinner or drinks?
61: Aditya Virwani (Embassy Group) | " It's you vs your own mind" | 1947 Rise
Aditya Virwani is the promotor and COO of Embassy Group. Embassy Group is one of the top 10 largest real estate developers in India. Timeline : 00:00 Top Moments 00:17 Intro to pod with Aditya Virwani 03:23 How was Aditya's environment growing up, and how it shaped him? 07:49 How did Aditya choose Real Estate? 11:53 What has been Aditya's current focus and his future aspirations? 17:08 How does Aditya keep himself updated with technology? 18:46 Evolution of real estate in India, future opportunities, and how is Embassy Group preparing for them?25:28 What is Aditya's day like? 28:47 What is the most crucial lesson that took Aditya the longest to learn? 31:18 What is Aditya's approach to maintaining mental health? 34:10 How is the status of his tennis practice? 34:02 If Aditya could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why? 36:55 What do Aditya's friends know him for? 39:14 How does Aditya handle his ego and stay humble?
60: James Beshara (Investor & Magic Minds) | "INDIA - A land of massive opportunities" | 1947 VC
James Beshara is a founder, investor, and encourager. He has started a few startups, sold one (Tilt, acq by Airbnb), and has invested in a few multi-billion dollar companies in his career.
He has written angel cheques into gusto, clubhouse, bolt, mercury, openAI, 50+. His portfolio companies have a market cap of $50Bn.
00:00 Top Moments
00:38 Intro to pod with James.
02:18 How did James get into angel investing, and what made him do the fund?
05:44 What made James take such a bold and risky bet into Gusto?
08:55 How did James decide the fund size, cheques, and investment stages during the fund's inception?
14:14 What was James' strategy for differentiating from other investors, gaining access to deals, and targeting LPs for his first few funds?
20:39 What is James' deal sourcing process, his big wins and misses, and his learnings from that?
29:42 What is James' relationship with India?
35:27 If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would James work on?
38:08 What do James' friends know him for?
39:33 What is James most obsessed about lately, and what is draining him?
59: Ryan Hoover (Weekend Fund) | "101 Guide For Emerging Fund Managers" | 1947 VC
Ryan Hoover is the founder of the Weekend Fund. Weekend fund is an early stage fund that writes $100k - $300k cheques into early stage starups around the world across consumer and B2B. Weekend fund helps founders with product, community building, and GTM strategy alongside an LP collective of 350+ exceptional founders and operators. Ryan also founded ProductHunt.
Timeline : 02:02 How did Ryan get into angel investing and what was the thought process behind staring weekend fund ? 03:46 How did Ryan decide on portfolio construction? 07:05 How did his portfolio construction evolve? 10:57 What is Ryan’s fund raising process? 17:36 What is Ryan’s value proposition as a fund among the many in the US? 21:05 What is the optimal time to start investing after the first close according to Ryan? 24:31 What are the tactics used by Ryan to continue conversations with LPs who are interested to invest but prefer later funds? 26:28 When should one begin raising Fund 2? 27:39 What is something Ryan knows now he wishes he knew earlier? 30:36 What is Ryan most excited about of late? 33:21 How much of his success does Ryan attribute to luck? 34:54 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on? 35:45 What changes have Ryan made in his diet and fitness routine? 37:03 What do Ryan’s friends know him for? 38:03 How attentive is he to Suzy?
58 :Ankit Mehrotra (Dineout) | Sold Dineout to Swiggy for $100M and now building "Celebrity-led fund with Star Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan" | 1947 Rise
Ankit Mehrotra is the Co-founder and CEO of Dineout. He started Dineout in early 2012 and through multiple acquisitions over the last eight years, has grown Dineout’s portfolio to include both B2C & B2B services and has been successful in positioning it as the Largest Dining Out and Restaurant Tech Platform in India. Dineout was acquired by Swiggy, India's Largest On-Demand Delivery platform for $100M, in July 2022. Ankit also recently co-founded a celebrity-led fund called Da One Global Ventures with the star cricketer Shikhar Dhawan Timeline : 00:00 Top Moments 00:32 Intro to pod with Ankit 02:00 How did Ankit's upbringing and environment shape him? 04:00 What valuable experience did he gain from working in the UK? 05:54 What made Ankit move back to India and the founding story of Dineout? 13:14 How did Ankit launch Dineout without Internet, Angels or VC? 18:52 What is Dineout today after selling it for over $100 million to Swiggy? 26:13 What lesson does Ankit share with new entrepreneurs? 27:17 What is the investment thesis of Da One Global Ventures? 31:46 How much of his success would he attribute to luck and why? 33:10 Is it money or power for Ankit? 33:31 What is his relationship with money? 34:14 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on? 35:44 What do Ankit's friends know him for? 36:00 What is Ankit's day like?
57: Naiyya Saggi (Good Glamm Group) | Community building and Women in tech | 1947 Rise
Naiyya Saggi is the Co- Founder & Board Member at the Good Glamm Group - India’s fastest-growing and largest content-to-commerce D2C house of brands and she also Founded BabyChakra - India’s most trusted parenting platform. Good Glamm Group is currently valued at $1.2Billion Timestamps : 00:00 Top Moments 00:25 Intro to pod with Naiyya 01:42 How was Naiyya’s early life and her experience in US? 04:49 Is she an intuition-driven person? 05:28 How was her experience at Harvard in consulting? 08:32 Naiyya's framework of moving back to India and the founding story of BabyChakra. 12:31 What is the grand vision for MyGlamm moving forward? 14:47 How quick was the decision of merging BabyChakra with MyGlamm for her after the five-hour meeting? 17:36 What frameworks help her go through up and downs of building a company? 18:57 What is Naiyya’s day like? 20:52 What changes did she make in her food and fitness routine that helped her in a good way? 22:15 What is the most undesirable part of the day for her? 24:09 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would she work on? 24:42 What’s her relationship with money? 25:21 How much of her success does she attribute to luck? 26:26 Which entrepreneur does she admire the most? 27:37 What do Naiyya’s friends know her for?
56: Nitin Jain (OfBusiness) | It's the founding team that matters the most | 1947 Rise
Nitin Jain is the co-founder of OfBusiness and Oxyzo.
OfBusiness is a new-age b2b commerce and fintech startup that provides smart procurement and smart financing solutions to SMEs through its tech-enabled platform.
OfBusiness is currently valued at $5B. Timestamps : 00:00 Top moments 00:30 Intro to pod with Nitin Jain 01:49 How was your early life and what made you move back to India? 03:28 What was the founding story of Ofbusiness? 05:17 How did Nitin and his team navigate through the difficult phases? 07:12 What is the grand vision for all three ventures? 08:36 How is Nitin’s day like? 09:46 How does Nitin mentor founders? 11:18 What are Nitin’s strengths in Tennis? 12:33 Other than tennis players who inspires Nitin? 13:57 What framework would Nitin suggest to Indian diaspora looking at Indian Ecosystem in the long run? 15:50 If money and attention were not needed anymore what would he work on? 16:47 How much of his success does Nitin attribute to luck and why? 18:03 How was the feeling like after Zodius invested? 18:58 What is Nitin’s relationship with money? 20:19 Things that Nitin has changed about his health that is helping him. 21:39 Super Powers that Asish and Bhuvan have and they don't know about it. 22:35 What do Nitin’s friends know him for?
55: Harsh Shah (Fynd) | "Four ways of sourcing deals" | 1947 Operators
Harsh Shah is the co-founder of Fynd.
Fynd is India's largest omnichannel platform helping retail businesses accelerate growth.
Fynd was acquired by Reliance in 2019. Harsh is a prolific angel investor. He has made over 60 investments till date.
00:00 Top Moments
00:13 Intro to pod with Harsh
01:21 What drove Harsh to angel investing and what was his first angel investment?
05:18 How does Harsh source, pick, and win deals?
07:48 What triggers Harsh to invest? 10:21 What were his biggest wins and misses and learning from them?
16:52 His advise to operators looking to start angel investing
18:40 How would he go about constructing a cap table?
22:25 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on?
24:12 How much of his success would he attribute to luck and why?
24:50 What is his relationship with money? 26:12 Who is Harsh outside of work?
27:21 What’s his favorite country?
54: Ranjan Kant (Arthmate) | "View start up journey in four boxes" | 1947 Operators
Ranjan Kant is a co-founder of Arthmate.
Arthmate is enabling entrepreneurs of emerging Bharat.
He also co-founded Ofbusiness. Currently valued at $5B. And Ranjan is also a prolific angel investor.
00:00: Top moments
01:45: What drove Ranjan to angel investment and what was his first angel investment?
03:33: How does Ranjan pick and win deals?
07:24: What cheque sizes does he write and what sectors that Ranjan invests in?
08:52: What are the biggest wins and misses for Ranjan and his learnings from them?
12:26: Something Ranjan knows now he wishes he knew earlier.
16:48 His advice to operator angels looking to start angel investing
21:00 What was the founding story of Arthmate?
25:30 Who was the first believer of Arthmate?
26:14 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on?
27:37 How much of his success would he attribute to luck and why?
29:23 What is his relationship with money?
53: Abhishek Goyal (Tracxn) | Empower the people around you | 1947 Operators
00:00 Top Moments
00:32 Intro to pod with Abhishek
01:38 What drove Abhishek to angle investing and what was his first angel investment
03:35 How does Abhishek source and win deals?
06:06 How does Abhishek evaluate deals and his trigger to invest?
08:57 Cheque sizes that Abhishek writes and sectors he invests in.
11:00 What's something he knows now he wishes he knew earlier?
12:40 Biggest wins and misses of Abhishek.
16:40 What is the founding story of Tracxn?
19:10 Abhishek's suggestion to someone who is looking to start angel investing
22:00 How would Abhishek go about constructing his cap table if he were to start a new company?
23:34 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would Abhishek work on?
26:00 How much of his success would Abhishek attribute to luck?
27:28 Abhishek's relationship with money.
52: Rahul Chandra (Arkam Ventures) | Enabling middle India | 1947 Rise
Rahul is Managing Director at Arkam Ventures, an early stage tech VC fund. Arkam portfolio includes incredible companies like SmallCase, Jaikisan, Jar, KrazyBee, Signzy, Jumbotail, BestDoc.
00:00 Top moments
00:33 Intro to pod with Rahul Chandra
02:20 Early life of Rahul and his move back to India.
11:00 Founding story and thesis of Arkam Ventures.
19:54 Some of Arkam’s investments and the thesis behind it
29:35 Advise for those that are thinking about moving back to India
32:20 If money and attention were not needed anymore what would Rahul work on? 35:48 How is Yoga helping Rahul?
38:37 What do Rahul's friends know him for?
51: Saurabh Garg (NoBroker) | Build it for the right reasons | 1947 Operators
Saurabh Garg is the co-founder of NoBroker.
NoBroker is a revolutionary real estate platform that makes it easier to buy, rent or sell a home without paying any brokerage. It's a One-stop shop for the entire Real Estate journey.
Saurabh is also a prolific angel investor
00:00 Top Moments
00:57 Intro to pod with Saurabh
02:20 What drove Saurabh to angel investing and his first angel investment.
06:24 Saurabh’s investing process.
09:56 Traits of a mediocre founder.
11:20 Industries that Saurabh invests in and cheque sizes he writes.
13:22 What is something that Saurabh knows now he wishes he knew it earlier ?
14:29 Founding story of NoBroker
17:44 First Angel investor at NoBroker.
20:11 Rationale behind having operators on cap table.
23:18 How much of his success would Saurabh attribute to luck ?
24:54 If money and attention were not needed anymore what would Saurabh work on ?
25:29 Saurabh’s relationship with money.
26:25 What do Saurabh’s friends know him for?
27:28 The operator that Saurabh admires the most.
50: Anand Chandrasekaran (General Catalyst) | You are really betting on the founders | 1947 Rise
Anand is a Partner at General Catalyst. In this role, he is focused on early-stage investing and leading the India/US practice across consumer, climate/agri, healthcare, software and crypto/fintech.Show Notes
00:00 Top Moments
01:03 Intro to pod with Anand Chandrasekaran
02:33 Anand’s journey of growing up in India and what made him move to the US.
07:08 Anand’s framework of moving back and his learnings while working at companies in India.
12:00 What drove Anand to angel investing and what was his first angel investment?
16:10 Something that Anand knows now he wishes he knew earlier about angel investing.
20:02 Anand’s transition to full-time venture capitalist and how did General Catalyst happen?
24:30 Thesis of GC for India.
29:34 What kind of change would Anand like to see in the Indian ecosystem?
32:32 Anand’s take on the layoffs happening in the US.
35:58 If money and attention were not needed anymore what would Anand work on?
39:30 Who is Anand outside of work?
49: Arjun Vaidya (V3 Ventures) | The purpose keeps you going | 1947 Operators
Arjun Vaidya is a D2C founder & investor. He built Dr. Vaidya’s to India’s largest Ayurveda brand online. Dr. Vaidya’s was recently acquired by RP Sanjiv Goenka Group – making it one of India’s first D2C exits.
He now leads venture investing for V3 Ventures in India.Show Notes
00:45 Intro to pod with Arjun.
02:20 What drove Arjun to angel investing and his first angel investment.
04:45 Arjun’s investing process.
10:25 What are the traits of a mediocre founder?
12:40 What kept Arjun going after 70 investors said no to him?
16:07 What are Arjun's biggest wins and misses and his learning from them?
20:40 How is Arjun looking at India through V3 Ventures?
24:21 Advice of Arjun for someone who is starting to build a brand in VC.
27:12 If money and attention were not needed anymore what would Arjun work on?
28:11 Money or Power?
28:15 What is Arjun’s relationship with money?
28:53 A founder that Arjun admires and why?
29:20 What is Arjun’s day like?
30:00 How much of his success does Arjun owe to luck?
48: Apaksh Gupta (One impression) | Build great relationships with great people | 1947 Operators
Apaksh is the co-founder of One Impression. One Impression is helping over 250 Enterprises and Fast-growing startups drive influencer-led campaigns
Apaksh is also a prolific angel investor.
00:35 Intro to the pod with Apaksh Gupta
02:16 What drew Apaksh to Angel Investing and his first angel investment.
04:06 Investing process of Apaksh.
10:02 Traits of a mediocre founder
12:16 Apaksh’s advice to someone who is starting to Angel Invest.
17:38 Biggest wins and misses of Apaksh.
22:41 What is something that Apaksh knows now but he wishes he knew it earlier.
24:51 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would Apaksh work on.
26:45 Apakh’s relationship with money.
29:07 What do Apaksh’s friends know him for
47: Ankur Warikoo (Entrepreneur) | For me Angel investing is a way of giving back | 1947 Operators
Ankur is a tech entrepreneur, angel investor, author and one of India’s top content creators.
His aim through his content is to make sure all the choices you make in life come from a point of awareness and not ignorance.Show Notes
00:00 Top Moments
00:42 Intro to pod with Ankur Warikoo
01:59 What drove Ankur into angel investing and what was his first angel investment
05:09 How Ankur does Ankur source deals and evaluates founders
07:52 What are the traits of a mediocre founder according to Ankur
07:53 Cheque sizes that Ankur writes and sectors that he invests in
14:56 Some of Ankur’s misses and his learnings from them
23:17 How should founders construct their cap table when raising the first round of funding
27:58 Advise on how to start angel investing
31:20 What would Ankur work on if money and attention are not needed anymore
31:45 How much of his success would Ankur attribute to luck
32:31 Ankur’s relationship with money.
34:08 What do Ankur’s friends know him for.
34:40 How to become a good listener.
46: Prabhu Rangarajan (M2P) | The real happiness is not in earning money. It's in creating wealth for others | 1947 Operators
Prabhu is the co-founder of M2P. M2P builds a stronger infrastructure for the financial world. They are backed by one of the best investors globally. The likes of BeeNext, Insight Partners, Tiger Global to name a fewShow Notes
00:00 Top Moments of the episode
00:14 Intro to the episode with Prabhu
01:33 What drove Prabhu to Angel Investing and his first angel investment.
06:19 How does Prabhu source deals and evaluate founders and his cheque sizes.
09:48 What are the traits of a mediocre founder according to Prabhu.
11:47 Biggest learnings from Angel Investing
15:24 Initiatives that Prabhu has taken to support founders from Tamil Nadu.
22:10 Prabhu’s advice to operator angels on Angel investing.
27:03 Entrepreneurs that Prabhu admires the most.
29:44 How much of his success does Prabhu attribute to luck.
31:10 What is Prabhu’s relationship with money.
34:59 Who is Prabhu outside of work.
45 : Pratekk Agarwaal (GrowthCap) | Sold his house to become a full time angel investor | 1947 Operators
Pratekk is an operator turned full-time operator-led fund manager.
He is a passionate entrepreneur and Fintech Expert with over 18 years of multi Industry expertise.Show Notes
01:06 Intro to the pod with Pratekk Agarwaal
02:06 What drove Pratekk to angel investing and his first angel investment.
03:11 How does Pratekk build network and source deals.
05:08 Pratekk’s decision of either building one or enabling 100 others.
09:27 Prateek’s thought around high conviction of asset class.
12:50 Prateek’s investment process.
17:38 Something that Prateek knows now he wishes he knew earlier.
20:53 Cheque Sizes Prateek writes and industries of his interest.
24:48 Pratekk’s advice to operators on how to get started with Angel investing.
30:52 How much does Prateekk attribute his success to luck.
33:39 Operators and Investors Pratekk admires the most.
35:34 Who is Pratekk outside of work.
44: Saahil Goel (Shiprocket) | My kids are saying India rocks. There is not better time to be in India | 1947 Rise
Saahil is the Co-founder and CEO of Shiprocket. Shiprocket is India’s largest eCommerce enablement platform providing digital retailers an end-to-end customer experience platform.
It is currently valued at $1.2 Billion dollars.Show Notes
(01:57) Saahil’s journey from India to US and back to India and what made him move back.
(11:06) Founding Story of Shiprocket, its current status, and the way forward
(26:31) Frameworks used by Saahil
(34:00) Saahil’s advice for folks thinking about moving back to India.
(39:40) How much of his success does Saahil attribute to luck.
(41:20) Entrepreneurs that Saahil admires.
(43:19) Who is Saahil outside of work.
43: Mohit Sadaani (The Moms Co.) | Think of you cap table as a football team | 1947 Operators
Mohit Sadaani is the co-founder of The Moms Co. India's largest D2C Exit.
He is also an active operator investor.Show Notes
(01:07) Intro to pod with Mohit Sadaani
(02:20) What drove Mohit into Angel Investing
(05:43) Who was the first angel investor in Moms Co.
(06:16) How does Mohit source deals and evaluate founders.
(09:49) Mohit’s cheque sizes and industries he is interested in.
(11:17) Importance of having operator angels on the cap table
(14:44) Stories behind Mohit’s angle investing.
(17:26) Thought process of having Sonam Kapoor as the Brand Ambassador.
(20:39) Mohit’s advice to other operator angels
(21:38) How much of Mohit’s success does he owe to luck and why.
(23:23) An entrepreneur that Mohit admires.
(24:53) Mohit’s choice between money or power.
(24:58) Mohit’s relationship with money
(25:46) Who is Mohit outside of work
42: Umang Kumar (CarDekho) | Importance of Proprietary deal flow | 1947 Operators
Co-Founder & President of CarDekho. CarDekho is India's No. 1 Auto Tech Platform. Umang is also an active angel investor.Show Notes
01:09 Intro to 1947 Operators pod with Umang Kumar
02:20 What drove Umang to Angel Investing and his first angel investment
03:38 How does Umang evaluate founders
06:48 Questions asked by Umang to get insights into the founders
09:49 Industries of Interest of Umang and the bandwidth of cheque sizes he writes.
12:30 Stories of Big wins of Umang.
15:20 Stories from misses of Umang
17:21 Learnings from the misses Umang had.
18:22 Some more reasons that motivate Umang to back founders.
21:34 Framework of investing for new angel investors.
25:52 How to construct cap tables for first-time founders.
30:55 How much of his success does Umang owe to luck.
33:13 A founder that Umang admires.
34:21 Who is Umang outside of work.
41: Hemant Mohapatra (Lightspeed India) || Startups have become the most coolest thing to do in India || 1947 Rise
Hemant is partner at Lightspeed India and also happens to be a poet who excels at math. Before joining Lightspeed, Hemant worked at a16z, Google and AMD.Show Notes
(00:41) Intro to the episode with Hemant Mohapatra
(02:24) Hemant’s early life in India
(03:46) Why did Hemant decide to move back to India and his framework
(10:40) How Hemant’s perspective about India has changed in the past 4 years
(23:45) How are Indian founders different from the founders in US
(26:16) Something that Hemant has recently changed his mind on
(26:48) Something Hemant has been obsessed about recently
(29:35) Heroes of Hemant’s life
(32:28) Values and framework utilized by Hemant in his journey.
(36:39) Practices that help keep the mind clear
(38:07) Favourite authors of Hemant
(42:00) Who is he outside of work
40 : Karan Mohla (B Capital Group) || Disruption from India for the world | 1947 Rise
Karan Mohla is Currently Partner and Head of India and SEA for early-stage investments at B Capital Group.
Previously he was a Partner at Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures India) and his investments included FirstCry, HealthifyMe, CropIn, Xpressbees, and Bounce among others.Show Notes
00:46 Intro To Karan Mohla
01:43 Early life journey in India and moving back to India after being in the US
10:48 Key learnings of Karan Mohla from his investing experience
18:58 Karan’s views on India’s startup ecosystem now and way forward.
23:57 What’s the sweet spot for Karan and B Capital when investing in startups
28:21 Something Karan would want the Indian ecosystem to have.
34:01 Something Karan is super obsessed about.
40:10 What do Karan’s friends know him for.
39: Matilde Giglio (Even) || India opportunity, operator angels, mental health || 1947 Operators
Mati Giglio is the co-founder of Even. One subscription to cover all your healthcare needs
They are backed by some of the world's leading investors including Khosla Ventures and Founders Fund.
Mati is also an active operator angel investor.Show Notes
01:11 Intro to the episode with Mati
02:31 What drove Mati into angel investing.
05:19 First few believers in Even and operator angels that helped with the company building
09:53 Stories of some investments by Mati and learnings from the misses
14:18 What is Mati’s pitch to founders
19:43 Mati's process of hiring.
24:29 Advice from Mati to operators that are looking to start angel investing
27:02 Thoughts on India
30:55 What would Mati work on if money and attention are not needed anymore.
32:50 Who is Mati outside of her work.
38: Rohit MA (Cloudnine & PeerCapital) || 1947 Operators
Rohit MA is the Co-Founder and Director of Cloudnine group of Hospitals - India’s leading maternity, women, and child care service hospitals. Cloudnine has recently filed for public listing.
To increase his impact, he is starting a new journey with PeerCapital.
PeerCapital is an early-stage tech-first multi-sector venture capital fund.Show Notes
01:12 Intro to the podcast with Rohit MA
02:45 What drove Rohit into angel investing and what was his first angel investment
09:19 First believer in Rohit MA and Cloudnine
12:15 Founding story of PeerCapital and its thesis
19:04 How does Rohit Evaluate founders.
24:56 Rohit’s suggestions to Operator Angels on how to get started with Angel Investing.
30:47 Investments and misses of Rohit. And the learnings from the misses
37:22 Something that Rohit knows now that he wishes he knew earlier.
37:48 Importance of building the right team.
41:01 Who is Rohit outside of his work.
37: Madhusudanan R (M2P) || 1947 Operators
Madhu is the co-founder of M2P. M2P builds a stronger infrastructure for the financial world. They are backed by one of the best investors globally. The likes of BeeNext, Insight Partners, Tiger Global to name a few
01:12 Intro to Madhusudanan R co-founder of M2P
02:15 What drove Madhu to Angel Investing and what was his first Angel Investment
04:33 Who was the first believer in Madhu and M2P
06:00 How operators angels can fundamentally move the needle for you
09:05 How Madhu evaluates founders
12:17 Madhu’s investments; hits and misses, and his learnings from that.
14:30 How has angel investing made Madhu a better founder himself
18:37 Founding Story of M2P and its future prospects.
24:14 India will be the Fintech factory of the world
28:07 If money and attention are not needed anymore what would Madhu work on.
30:25 What is Madhu’s relationship with success.
32:11 Who is Madhu outside of work.
36: Shashank Kumar (Razorpay)
Shashank Kumar is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Razorpay. Razorpay is India’s first full-stack financial solutions company. They are backed by one of the best investors globally and are currently valued at $7.5B.Show Notes
00:39 Intro to Shashank Kumar and Razorpay
03:28 Shashank’s story of growing up in India
08:40 Shashank’s experience in the US
13:25 What led to the foundation of Razorpay
19:12 The story that led to the idea of Razorpay
22:07 Shashank’s conversation with his father regarding moving back to India
26:02 How family life in the US is different from that in India
27:57 The first Angel Investor for Razorpay
31:57 Shashank unfolds how the Fintech ecosystem has evolved and its future.
35:59 If money and attention were not needed anymore what would Shashank work on
37:31 What do Shashank’s friends know him for
35: JD Kanani (Polygon) || 1947 Operators
JD Kanani is the Co-Founder of Polygon. A global, sustainable web3 infrastructure on Ethereum. Polygon is one of the most valued web 3 projects globally.
01:06 Intro to JD Kanani and Polygon Technology
02:33 JD’s First Angel Investment
04:48 How does JD pick deals and evaluate founders while investing.
12:07 What JD thinks of Twitter.
14:00 JD’s First angel investor.
17:08 Policies JD would like to see implemented for Web3 in India.
20:38 What JD is super obsessed about lately.
27:20 If Money and attention are not needed anymore what would JD work on
30:20 What JD’s friends know him for, who is he outside of work
34: Aakrit Vaish (Haptik) || 1947 Operators
Aakrit Vaish is the Co-Founder & CEO of Haptik. Haptik is a part of the Reliance Jio family now.
Aakrit is also a prolific operator investor. He has backed companies like Unacademy, Pepper Content, India gold, and 70+ more.Show Notes
- What drove him into angel Investing and what was his first investment (2:12)
- His advice to operator investors on how to go about angel investing (6:00)
- How does Aakrit evaluate founders (11:25)
- Outside of capital what motivates him to invest in other founders and operators (21:20)
- Learnings from investing (25:40)
- Superpower he sees in his investing partner Miten Sampat (33:35)
33: Rahul Khanna (Trifecta Capital)
Rahul Khanna is the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Trifecta Capital. Trifecta capital is where great companies meet great odds.
Trifecta Capital’s maiden fund was India’s first Venture Debt Fund. Today Trifecta Capital manages one of the largest venture debt funds in India and it also runs a pre-IPO/ growth stage venture capital fund.
Rahul has backed companies like Urban Company, Rivigo, BharatPe and Infra.market to name a few.Show Notes
- Rahul’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US, and then moving back to India (1:54)
- The founding story of Trifecta Capital (12:00)
- The vision he holds for Trifecta Capital (17:00)
- Three guiding principles at Trifecta capital (21:30)
- What is something that he knows now he wishes he had known earlier (23:50)
- How does he make tough decisions (28:10)
- A change he would like to see in the ecosystem (33:50)
- What is he obsessed about both professionally and personally lately (36:50)
- His fitness schedule and eating patterns (40:30)
- If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on (42:00)
32: Sashank Rishyasringa (axio)
Sashank Rishyasringa is the Co-Founder of axio, India's leading consumer finance company offering pay later, credit and personal finance management under one seamless brand experience. Earlier axio was known as Capital Float.
axio is backed by one of the best investors globally. The likes of Elevation Capital, Sequoia India, Lightrock, Creation Investments Capital Management LLC, Ribbit Capital, and Amazon.Show Notes
- Sashank’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US, and then moving back to India (1:21)
- The founding story of axio (Capital Float) (3:40)
- The Aha moment at axio (6:40)
- The evolution of credit and lending in India (11:30)
- What drives him (15:50)
- A superpower that he sees in his co-founder Gaurav Hinduja (20:10)
- What’s the magical outcome that he holds for axio (21:35)
- What’s his relationship with success (24:35)
- What has he changed his mind on recently (26:40)
- A change he would like to see in the ecosystem (29:45)
- If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on (32:40)
- Who is he outside of work (36:00)
31: Nithin Kamath (Zerodha & Raimatter) | 1947 Operators
Nithin Kamath is the founder of Zerodha and Rainmatter.
Zerodha is an Indian financial services company (member of NSE, BSE, MCX) that offers brokerage-free equity investments, retail, institutional broking, currencies, and commodities trading.
Rainmatter funds and incubates innovative Indian fintech startups.Show Notes
- What got him into angel Investing and what was his first investment (1:00)
- The biggest tipping point in Nithin’s life professionally (2:00)
- Officially Nithin started angel investing in 2015 (3:30)
- The genesis of Rainmatter and the value it brings to founders (5:30)
- How does Nithin evaluate founders (8:45)
- What’s something that he knows now he wishes he had known it earlier (16:25)
- Biggest wins and misses. What did he learn from those misses (17:30)
- What’s something that Nithin has recently changed his mind on and why (23:45)
- What is he most obsessed about lately (29:00)
- Who is he outside of work (34:12)
30: Dhruv Gupta (Orange Health)
Dhruv Gupta is the Co-founder of Orange health. Orange Health is India's fastest diagnostic lab. Customers can get tested at home in 60 minutes. It is backed by funds like Accel, General Catalyst, and other top funds.SHOW NOTES:
- Dhruv’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US, and then moving back to India (2:00)
- The journey after the move back to India (5:05)
- The founding story of Orange Health (9:55)
- The magical outcome he holds for Orange Health (12:32)
- A superpower he sees in his Co-founder (15:15)
- Evolution of the healthtech in India (16:30)
- What’s something he knows now he wishes he had known it earlier (19:30)
- What keeps him going (21:00)
- The frameworks he uses when things are not going in the right direction (22:50)
- If money and attention are not needed anymore what would he work on (25:11)
- A turning point in life (26:08)
- Who is he outside of work (27:31)
29: Pranav Pai (3one4 Capital)
Pranav Pai is the Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer at 3one4 Capital.
Pranav leads investments and portfolio construction at 3one4Capital. As CIO, he has led over 70 seed and venture capital investments across several investment categories in India and the US.
3one4 capital has 4 unicorns in its portfolio. Licious, Jupiter, Open Bank, and DarwinboxSHOW NOTES:
- Pranav’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US, and then moving back to India (1:42)
- Values he picked up from his family and during college years in India (5:50)
- Experiences in the US (9:20)
- The founding story of 3one4 Capital (11:15)
- Non-consensus bets (16:10)
- The magical outcome he holds for 3one4 Capital and the evolution of the Indian tech ecosystem (20:50)
- What’s something he knows now, he wishes he had known earlier (23:58)
- What’s something that is obvious to him and not obvious to most other people (26:00)
- What drives him (28:30)
- The framework he uses when things are not going in the right direction (31:20)
- A change he would like to see in the Indian tech ecosystem (34:00)
- Who is he outside of work (36:00)
28: Gajendra Jangid (CARS24)
Gajendra Jangid is the Co-Founder and CMO of CARS24.
CARS24’s mission is to revolutionize the way used vehicles are bought and sold across the world.
CARS24 was founded in 2015. A mere 7 years later, they have come a long way - 205 branches across India, a presence in 182 Indian cities, channel partners, and a global presence.SHOW NOTES:
- Gajendra’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US, and then moving back to India (1:50)
- The founding story of CARS24 (13:40)
- How does he make difficult decisions (18:35)
- Learnings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni (23:31 - 24:41)
- Hard times Gajendra and his team overcame at CARS24 (25:35)
- The turning point in life (33:35)
- If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (38:10)
- Who is he outside of work (39:30)
27: Gautam Chopra (BeatO)
Gautam Chopra is the Co-Founder and CEO of BeatO. BeatO’s mission is to beat Diabetes in India. In the last 6 years, BeatO has expanded from being India’s first smartphone-connected glucometer kit to India’s first personalized health management ecosystem for people with chronic conditions.SHOW NOTES:
- Gautam’s journey from growing up in India to moving to Germany, and then moving back to India (1:40)
- The founding story of BeatO (6:38)
- The magical outcome he holds for BeatO (17:40)
- What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (20:50)
- Unpacking the healthcare ecosystem in India and how can it be democratized for the masses (23:35)
- Advice that left a big impact (27:55)
- What has he recently changed his mind on (30:10)
- Who is he outside of work (34:10)