The Best Bits of The Indian Startup Show
Today you will hear some of the best guests I have spoken to over the past 12 months. You will hear from Raghav Gupta, the co-founder of Nymble labs. (2.57) His team has built a personal cooking assistant called Julia, so we talk about his appearance on TV. He talks about how they have developed the robot since we last spoke, talks about raising finance ,setting up offices in China and California.
Next we have Nitesh Salvi Founder & CEO of Pocket52 (39.11) on building India’s largest poker platform .He talks about how he went from playing poker in the late nights in his student dorm with friends to building India’s largest poker platform.
And last but not least we have Yash Pariani (1h.08m) co-founder of The Indian Gaming League (IGL) . On building India’s most popular e-sports league & the booming indian e-sport scene.
Catching up with Raghav Gupta, the co-founder of Nymble labs.(2.57)
He came on the show back in November 2017 and he is back again with an update. His team has built a personal cooking assistant called Julia. We talk about his appearance on TV. How they have developed the robot since we last spoke, talks about raising finance ,setting up offices in China and California. Talks about why they are changing market focus from India to US. Gives great advice on customer development and how they qualify customers. Talks about becoming comfortable with uncertainty. He talks about how they demoed the robot at TechCrunch robotics conference without paying $$$$ for a booth. And finally we got some music at the end of the show.
in this conversation we talk about:-
- Being VC backed & new business model
- How they came up with research goals
- Developing a Customer Development process that helped gather more insights about consumers.
- How they separate feedback from noise
- How they capture the feedback.
- Taking the cooking robot to the houses of people who had signed up in SF, San Diego and LA
- Dealing with the coronavirus
- Thoughts on the b2b and b2c markets
- Dealing with the competition
- Don’t fall in love with your product. Fall in live with the problem!
Nitesh Salvi Founder & CEO of Pocket52 (39.11)
You Got to Know When to Hold Them, Know When to Fold Them! Today I speak to Nitesh Salvi, founder and CEO of Pocket52. He talks about how he went from playing poker in the late nights in his student dorm with friends to building India’s largest poker platform. He talks about how they build trust and loyalty on the platform. Talks about getting rejected over 150 times despite already having a previously successful exit. He talks about creating a white label business as well as a B2C model. Talks about the psychological side of Poker. Dealing with fraud. And we talk about gambling responsibly and finally he talks about his biggest wins and losses on the poker table! and much more.
in this conversation we also talk about
- Growing the user base
- Spending 6/7 researching the market
- Coin dumping
- Building a scalable product
- The importance of using Lava lamps!
- Pitch deck advice
- Creating the right environment for customers
- Advice for first time entrepreneurs
- Playing poker with his family
- Reading people
Yash Pariani (1h.08m) co-founder of The Indian Gaming League (IGL)
The Indian e-sport scene is booming. So today I speak to Yash Pariani co-founder of The Indian Gaming League. IGL is India’s most popular competitive gaming and esports league that hosts gaming tournaments online and they are growing fast! IGL hosts daily online tournaments and battle royales across all your favourite game titles like Call of Duty Mobile, Fortnite, Dota 2, Fifa 20, 8-Ball pool, Clash Royale, Pubg and many more. So in this episode he talks about how he is creating an infrastructure for Indian gamers. Talks about building trust within the community. How demonetisation helped the esports industry in India. Talks about esports as a respectable career.and finally he talks about Steve Jobs, dealing with concerned parents and dealing with cheats!
In this conversation we also talk about:
- Stats so far
- Key learnings as an entrepreneur
- Why Fortnite became a hit game
- What you need to be a top esports player?
- Streaming games
- Esports v traditional sports
- Will it become an Olympic event
- Offline tournaments v online tournaments
- how much can you win?
- Thoughts on starting your own Esports team
- Female E-gamers
- Seeking challenges
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music by Punch Deck.