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17 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 53: Can Mamaearth be the Mother of Indian Beauty Brands?
Last fortnight, Mamaearth announced that it was gearing up for a $3Bn IPO, hot on the heels of the company becoming a unicorn. For more - https://ajuniorvc.com/mamaearth-unicorn-consumer-startup-india-ipo-brand-shark-tank-alagh-case-study/
19 minutes | Jun 12, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 52: Is 10-min Delivery a Solution Looking for a Problem?
Last fortnight, Zomato acquired Blinkit, hot on the heels of Swiggy shutting down SuprDaily and Zepto raising a $200M round as the quick commerce market twisted and turned. For more details - https://ajuniorvc.com/quick-commerce-10-minutes-blinkit-swiggy-zomato-zepto-unicorn/
49 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
Ep56: Powering The $100 Bn E-commerce Market ft. GoKwik
Founders Unfiltered Ep-56: Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Chirag Taneja, the Co-founder, and CEO of GoKwik about their story. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/
31 minutes | May 29, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 51: Can LIC’s 70 Year Epic Insure Its Public Future?
In what was the biggest stock market listing in India, LIC IPO-d last fortnight at 6 lakh crore or almost $90Bn, rocketing to India’s #5 For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/lic-ipo-history-case-study-valuation-insurance-startup-journey/ AJVC: https://ajuniorvc.com/
34 minutes | May 22, 2022
Ep55: Making a Bootstrapped Unicorn ft. EaseMyTrip
Founders Unfiltered Ep-55: Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Prashant Pitti, the Co-Founder of EaseMyTrip about their story. About Prashant Pitti: Prashant Pitti is the co-founder of EaseMyTrip. After graduating from IIT Madras, he worked at Capital One as a business analyst and later as an assistant vice president in the Risk Department of HSBC, Chicago. He also served as CEO and founder of Profoundly & NearGroup, which is a social/dating app. About EaseMyTrip: In 2008, Nishant Pitti, Rikant Pitti, and Prashant Pitti founded an Indian online travel company called EasyMyTrip. The company, based in New Delhi, offers hotel bookings, air tickets, travel packages, bus bookings, and white-label services. With overseas offices in Singapore, Dubai, Maldives, and Bangkok, EaseMyTrip can help you plan your trip. EaseMyTrip is one of the world's few consumer startups that bootstrapped its way to an IPO and later became a unicorn. Without any outside financial infusion, EMT has grown to become the second-largest and has been profitable for the past 13 years. EMT is also the most rapidly expanding travel company. From FY16 to FY20, EMT grew at a CAGR of 47 percent. EMT has grown through word of mouth thanks to its no-convenience-fees philosophy.
19 minutes | May 15, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 50: Can Bankopen Open Up Banking for Indian SMEs?
Last fortnight, Open Financial Technologies became India’s 100th unicorn after raising $50M in its Series D funding round. Read the complete article here - https://ajuniorvc.com/open-100-unicorn-fintech-india-startup-case-study-niyo-bank-neobank/ AJVC: https://ajuniorvc.com/
34 minutes | May 8, 2022
Ep54: Building a D2C brand for the youth ft, Bewakoof
Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Prabhkiran Singh, the Co-Founder of Bewakoof about their story. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/ About Prabhkiran Singh: Prabhkiran Singh is the Founder and CEO of Bewakoof.com, India's leading D2C fashion brand. After graduating from IIT Bombay in 2011, he started Bewakoof.com in April 2012. In college, he also started a lassi outlet chain called Khadke GLASSI, which offered fresh and flavoured lassi. This venture was even featured by The Times of India and the National News Channel News 24. About Bewakoof.com: Founded in 2012, Bewakoof is a lifestyle fashion brand that makes creative, distinctive fashion for the trendy, contemporary Indian. Bewakoof was created on the principle of creating impact through innovation, honesty and thoughtfulness.
14 minutes | May 1, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 49: Can Hasura’s APIs Link the World’s Data?
Last fortnight, Indian upstart Hasura enabled GraphQL hot on the heels of becoming India’s newest DevOps unicorn For more follow the link - https://ajuniorvc.com/hasura-unicorn-india-startups-saas-developer-tools-devops-postman/
17 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 48: Can Parle Energize India’s Consumer Explosion?
Last fortnight, Parle launched a campaign with RRR stars Ram Charan and Alia Bhatt, a first for the brand with the pairing as it targeted reaching 20,000 Cr of sales For more details visit: https://ajuniorvc.com/parle-bisleri-case-study-history-brands-positioning/
53 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
Ep53: Story of A Junior VC ft. Aviral Bhatnagar
About AJVC: A Junior VC was started in 2018 with the belief that there is whitespace on conversations by venture capitalists in the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem in India. AJVC has 4 offerings - Startup Stories, Founders' Unfiltered Podcast, the Slack community, and Startup Concepts. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/
19 minutes | Apr 3, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 47: Is Navi an Instant Disruptor or on Borrowed Time?
In May 2018, Walmart announced that it would pay $16 billion for 77% of Flipkart. Sachin decided to sell his 5.5% stake in the company he founded for Rs 7,650 crore. Three years later, he founded Navi with a vision to build a financial services behemoth over the next two decades. The vision to build Flipkart into a global behemoth had been tantalizingly close but snatched. And with Navi, the hunger to outdo reigned dominant. The plan was to create a $100 Bn company with Navi. From the beginning, the company focused on acquisitions to procure a universal banking license and meet the stringent criteria set by RBI and Sebi for a banking license. Navi is already into Asset Management, Insurance, and Lending. The company is now looking to expand its horizon and wishes to do an IPO and expand its lending footprint. Sachin Bansal is unlikely to make a mistake again, diluting its stake early on, and he is here for a long play. But will Navi achieve the $100Bn dream? Last fortnight Navi announced a 4,000 Cr IPO which would be one of India's biggest. Link to full article here: https://ajuniorvc.com/navi-unicorn-sachin-bansal-case-study-indian-tech-startup-ipo-fintech/ AJVC: https://ajuniorvc.com/
27 minutes | Mar 27, 2022
Ep52: Digitizing India's Supply Chain ft. Bizongo
Join us as we talk to Aniket Deb, the Co-Founder of Bizongo about their story. About Aniket Deb: He is the Co-Founder and COO at Bizongo, a full stack supply chain enablement platform for customised goods. He graduated from IIT Bombay in 2013 and founded Bizongo in 2015. While working for Housing.com, Opera Solutions, EY and Biocon prior to establishing his own company, he gained extensive experience. About Bizongo: Bizongo is a full stack supply chain enablement platform for customised goods. The company today focuses upon packaging, textiles, apparels & other contract manufacturing goods as its product portfolio and has a network of over 1500 curated manufacturers across these categories. Through its proprietary digital platforms, such as Procure Live, Partner Hub, and Artwork Flow it is offering Digital Vendor Management, Supply Chain Automation & Supply Chain Financing as key services to its enterprise customers. Today, it services more than 120 enterprise customers in fashion & lifestyle, pharmaceuticals, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, home & personal care and e-commerce.
18 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 46: Can ElasticRun Lay the Tracks for Indian e-Commerce?
Last fortnight, Pune based Elastic Run crossed 1,000 Cr of revenue as it also raised $300M to build yet another Indian unicorn. Link to the article: https://ajuniorvc.com/elasticrun-ecommerce-unicorn-rural-logistics-case-study-indian-startup-tech/ AJVC: https://ajuniorvc.com/
28 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
Ep 51: Transforming the Indian SME landscape ft. OkCredit
Founders Unfiltered Ep-51: Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Harsh Pokharna, the Co-Founder & CEO of OkCredit about their story. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/
25 minutes | Mar 8, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 45: Will India Stack Enable a Global Fintech Superpower?
Last fortnight, Nepal became the first country outside India to adopt UPI, hot on the heels of the announcement of a digital heavy budget. More details - https://ajuniorvc.com/india-stack-fintech-unicorn-upi-aadhar-explained-case-study-global/ AJVC: https://ajuniorvc.com/
44 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
Ep50: Building at the intersection of Commerce & Finance ft. OfBusiness
Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Nitin and Vasant, two of the co-founder of OfBusiness about their story. Asish’s desire to leave a crater of impact in the world, coupled with his “hands-on” nature of getting into the mud made him realise that his calling was in entrepreneurship. Even though he and his cofounders - Ruchi Kalra, Bhuvan Gupta - were in their late thirties, they decided to take the plunge. Convincing Ruchi to join OfBusiness was probably harder for Asish. Ruchi was not only Asish’s wife but was also a partner at the consulting firm they worked together. Bhuvan, back then head of Tech at Snapdeal, was a friend of Asish’s, and both of them were discussing starting up for quite some time. Asish was discussing the problem of finding a tech co-founder with Bhuvan, and he joined as a co-founder. Nitin Jain, an IIT Delhi Silver medallist and investment banker, and Vasant Sridhar joined the journey a month into the journey. They brought in skill sets that were complementary, but necessary for the success of the venture. You need to stand on the shoulders of a giant to look further. Asish did that just, by assembling a great team with complementary skill-sets. In 2015, OfBusiness v1.0 was born. About OfBusiness: While commerce contributes 55% of its total net revenue, lending and SaaS have a pie of 43% and 2%, respectively. In terms of profits, lending is its biggest contributor followed by commerce. With these two pillars, Ofbusiness serves over 9,000 businesses. But perhaps more importantly it laid the foundation for unique digital services that allows SMEs to tap the global market. Bidassist gives their customers access to government and private tenders across the globe from North America to Russia to the Philippines. Over 6 lakhs business had used bidassist for government and global tenders. OfBusiness has issued loans of 10,000 Cr+, supports more than 5,000 clients and 2,000 suppliers across their suite of products. They have built a profitable business with a large and engaged user base that they are uniquely positioned to serve better than any other bank, fintech or e-commerce platform can stand alone. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/
21 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 44: Can DeHaat Plant the Seeds for India's Agricultural Revolution?
Last fortnight, DeHaat posted a 2x jump in revenue, growing to 350Cr, hot on the heels of the largest fundraise announcement for an Indian agritech. For more details visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/dehaat-agritech-india-startup-case-study-business-model-unicorn/
38 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
Ep49: Digitizing Indian Real Estate ft. No Broker
Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Akhil Gupta, the co-founder and CTO of NoBroker about their story. Mr. Akhil Gupta started his career with Oracle after he graduated form college. Over the years, he watched IRCTC, MakeMyTrip, and BookMyShow launch and emerge as big players in their respective fields. He soon realized that physical intermediation is being disrupted by technology. This, combined with a few bad and expensive experiences he had while house-hunting in a new city, led to the idea of NoBroker, a real-estate search site. About Nobroker: NoBroker is a Bangalore based real estate search portal that connects flat owners and tenants directly with each other. Today, the unicorn has operates in several major Indian cities and has more than 7.5 million properties listed on its platform and over 16 million people have used its services. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/
21 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
AJVC Unfiltered 43: Can Darwinbox Reimagine Human Capital from India to the World
Last fortnight, DarwinBox raised $72M and became a unicorn, continuing the momentum of unicorns in 2021 and becoming the first pure-play Indian HR tech company to do so. Link to full article here: https://ajuniorvc.com/darwinbox-hr-saas-unicorn-india-startup-sap-oracle-hrm-case-study/
36 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
Ep48: Building a Community for SMEs ft. Awfis
Brought to you by the Founders Unfiltered podcast by A Junior VC - Unscripted conversations with Indian founders about their story and the process of building a company. Hosted by Aviral and Mazin. Join us as we talk to Amit Ramani, the founder of Awfis about their story. Mr.Amit Ramani was born in a family of engineers and took up architecture. He went on to pursue a master's at Kansas State. He became a first-generation entrepreneur after buying the Nelsen India business. He has talked about scaling up a co-working business from scratch & shared about his mistakes. About Awfis: Awfis is an Indian company that offers co-working spaces to the startups, freelancers and entrepreneurial communities. It was founded in 2015 and has more than 35,000 seats in 67 centers across India. For more visit - https://ajuniorvc.com/podcast/
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