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”

Episode XLiii- Kailash Katkar, founder of Quick Heal

In this week’s episode of #DamaniTalks I spoke to Kailash Katkar, Founder of Quick Heal a man who built a ₹1800 crore IT security company without a college degree! Kailash created a global empire spread across 60+ countries starting from a small one-room bootstrapped computer repair services company – He has been an inspiration toContinue reading “Episode XLiii- Kailash Katkar, founder of Quick Heal”

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”

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!”