Episode XLix – Ujjwal Jain, Founder & CEO of WealthDesk

Luck is when hard work, preparation, and perseverance meet with opportunity. Most founders get the hard work and perseverance right, but very few achieve all 3…  On the XLix (49th) episode of #DamaniTalks, we had 1 such rare founder!   Founder & CEO of WealthDesk, Ujjwal Jain‘s life journey is a series of forward-looking decisions that got him to founding a top-level fintechContinue reading “Episode XLix – Ujjwal Jain, Founder & CEO of WealthDesk”

Episode XLviii – Pankaj Jethwani of W Health Ventures

As the heath-tech startup ecosystem sees increasing interest, funding, and valuations in India, We delved deep into a conversation with a Doctor turned VC investor for a refreshing perspective on the space! Our guest Pankaj Jethwani, Executive Vice President of W Health Ventures, sheds light on the following: What motivated Pankaj to become a doctor?Continue reading “Episode XLviii – Pankaj Jethwani of W Health Ventures”

Episode XLvii – Dhruv Toshniwal, Founder of The Pant Project

Most people believe that an affluent entrepreneurial family provides one a leg up in the entrepreneurial journey. But like any star-kid will tell you, these comparisons are for the outsiders who are looking in. The reality for someone like Dhruv Toshniwal, scion to the Banswara Syntex family and now the founder of The Pant Project,Continue reading “Episode XLvii – Dhruv Toshniwal, Founder of The Pant Project”

Episode XLvi – Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder & CEO of Leverage Edu

 In 2020, the pandemic resulted in a 55% dip in students traveling overseas to study. How did this university admissions platform grow by 4x even during these trying times?  Our guest Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder and CEO of Leverage Edu has done it all!  Today, Leverage Edu has over 3 Mn monthly users, 75,000+ 1:1 counseling sessions & 2000+ admission applicants, every month. Continue reading “Episode XLvi – Akshay Chaturvedi, Founder & CEO of Leverage Edu”

Episode XLv- Vivek Bajaj, Co-Founder of StockEdge

 Vivek Bajaj, co-founder of StockEdge impressed and convinced the crème de la crème of the VC universe to invest in his company, which was bootstrapped for a decade while charting impressive growth!   Today StockEdge is India’s fastest-growing equity market and mutual fund research platform!   Key takeaways from the episode What was Vivek’s role in JM financials? What was it like being the first commodityContinue reading “Episode XLv- Vivek Bajaj, Co-Founder of StockEdge”

A simple MVP is the key to disrupting a market & introducing my next guest on #DamaniTalks!

There is clear evidence that many of the most recognized technology companies in the world (and in India) started with simple & crude first version products:   Amazon began as a bookstore   Zappos as shoesite.com   Uber began as ubercabs.com  Airbnb as airbedandbreakfast.com   Oyo as oravel.com   EaseMyTrip as a B2B sales booking engine for travel agents   The list isContinue reading “A simple MVP is the key to disrupting a market & introducing my next guest on #DamaniTalks!”

Episode XLiv- Dharmil Sheth, co-founder of PharmEasy

Dharmil Sheth is a serial entrepreneur, who has built India’s first health tech unicorn with a valuation of $4 billion – PharmEasy. Prior to PharmEasy, he founded BoxPlay Sports, 91streets and Ekagrata. Dharmil holds an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. The foundation of India’s largest medicine delivery platform- PharmEasy dates back toContinue reading “Episode XLiv- Dharmil Sheth, co-founder of PharmEasy”

Why I discourage early-stage founders from pursuing 2 business models?

Yesterday, I was eagerly waiting to see a startup’s pitch as it was creating a name for itself in a niche space growing globally. It would be an understatement to say that I was looking forward to funding this startup. The pitch started well, but it got seriously derailed about 15 minutes when the founder revealed a significant pivot.   To compensate for the lossesContinue reading “Why I discourage early-stage founders from pursuing 2 business models?”

Episode XLii- Prashant Pitti, co-founder of EaseMyTrip

Prashant Pitti graduated from IIT Madras worked with HSBC and Capital One in the United States before coming back to India and co-founding EaseMyTrip. in 2008.   Initially, a B2B travel brand, EaseMyTrip became a household name in the mid-2010s with its no-fee pricing and superior customer service. EaseMyTrip went public in 2021 at itsContinue reading “Episode XLii- Prashant Pitti, co-founder of EaseMyTrip”

Episode XLi- Ganesh Sonawane, co-founder of Arcatron Mobility

Arcatron Mobility builds the next generation of innovative physical aid devices to enhance people’s lives with limited mobility and elderly care needs. Last year Arcatron launched a premium range of products to COVID-protect its customers. The success of this new line has wholly revolutionized the trajectory of the company, with its product consistently featuring atContinue reading “Episode XLi- Ganesh Sonawane, co-founder of Arcatron Mobility”

Witnessing blockchain’s AI/ML moment & introducing the next guest on DamaniTalks!

I am a huge believer in the applicability of blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the real world. I am incredibly confident that cryptocurrencies will impact the fintech space and a firm believer in the smart contract application of blockchain.   However, when I sit in the seat of an investor, I believe that blockchain is witnessing its AI/ML moment.  ScoresContinue reading “Witnessing blockchain’s AI/ML moment & introducing the next guest on DamaniTalks!”

Episode XXXix- Srikanth Sundararajan, General Partner at VenturEast

In this week’s episode of #DamaniTalks we had Dr. Srikanth Sundararajan, General Partner at VenturEast. With over 33+ years of entrepreneurial and investor experience, he has had an impressive journey! VenturEast is one of the longest-standing venture capital fund managers in India, investing since 1997 and managing close to $325+ million. They have 100+ investmentsContinue reading “Episode XXXix- Srikanth Sundararajan, General Partner at VenturEast”

Episode XXXviii- Munaf Kapadia, Founder of The Bohri Kitchen

This week on the Damani Talks episode, we had Munaf Kapadia joining us. Munaf is an entrepreneur, writer, digital marketing maverick, and the founder and “Chief Eating Officer” (CEO) at The Bohri Kitchen. Munaf and Nafisa Kapadia have been instrumental in making The Bohri Kitchen a household name. This mother-son duo made Bohri cuisine famousContinue reading “Episode XXXviii- Munaf Kapadia, Founder of The Bohri Kitchen”

Episode XXXvii- #AskMeAnything on ‘Business Continuity Amidst The Pandemic’

In these trying times, entrepreneurs are eagerly trying to define the “new normal” for their respective businesses. We have come across numerous queries on the fundamentals of maintaining business continuity in such uncertain times. In this week’s #DamaniTalks #AskMeAnything special episode, I tried to answer as many questions as possible on “How to maintain businessContinue reading “Episode XXXvii- #AskMeAnything on ‘Business Continuity Amidst The Pandemic’”

Episode XXXvi- Priya Goel Sheth, Co-founder of Hobspace

HobSpace is a platform for extracurricular activities (online and offline) for kids between 3-14 years. The brand has partnered with schools and specialist trainers to provide training and conduct lessons based on children’s hobbies and sports requirements. Priya is the Co-founder of Hobspace and has over six years of experience working with corporate giants suchContinue reading “Episode XXXvi- Priya Goel Sheth, Co-founder of Hobspace”

#DamaniTalks – Ask Me Anything on ‘Personal Finances for founders’

Founders of early-stage startups face many financial constraints at the onset. Mismanagement of personal finance is a common reason why many companies are forced to wind up their businesses. So, I’m here to help you out! In this special episode, I covered the topic of ‘Personal Finance for founders’  Takeaways from this episode Why didContinue reading “#DamaniTalks – Ask Me Anything on ‘Personal Finances for founders’”

Episode XXXiv- Abhishek Agarwal, Founder of Rockstud Capital

Abhishek Agarwal is an angel investor-turned-fund manager with 13+ years in the Indian Financial Market and Start-up Ecosystem. He started his career as a research analyst and is now the Founder of Rockstud Capital. He has a proven track record of successfully investing in both Startups and Listed Equities space. Rockstud Capital is India’s firstContinue reading “Episode XXXiv- Abhishek Agarwal, Founder of Rockstud Capital”

Episode XXXiii – Anindya Datta, Founder of Mobilewalla

Anindya Datta is a PHD turned professor turned founder turned upcoming producer. He is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Mobilewalla, a global leader in consumer intelligence solutions. Mobilewalla provides innovative data solutions that help data and marketing professionals better understand their customers. The offering enables their clients to build precise AI models thatContinue reading “Episode XXXiii – Anindya Datta, Founder of Mobilewalla”


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