Aditi Balbar talks to Maharajas of Scale

Episode 12: Aditi Balbir of VResorts | Pivoting, Scaling, Creating Impact and Profitability in Local India

Aditi Balbir on Maharajas of Scale talks about pivoting, scaling, creating impact and profitability in […]

Passion for travelling turned Aditi, a professional, into an entrepreneur. ‘V’ stands for lush green ‘view’ in V resorts. Aditi gave life to small properties. They hired local talent, trained them in hospitality and got women to work to make gift packs like squashes, hand made goods and licensed them for sale. Initially, they started with 5 resorts and scaled through their network and word of mouth and now are proud managers of 125 resorts. UN has recognized V Resorts as the First model coming out of a developing country which looks at using the local resources and is perfect in creating a circular economy.

Abhinav Sinha talks about Financial Inclusion

Episode 11: Abhinav Sinha of Eko |Meeting Bill Gates, Missing the SmartPhone Wave and Scaling to 50 Million Users

The story of Meeting Bill Gates, Missing the SmartPhone Wave and Scaling to 50 Million […]

Episode 10: Ranjeet Pratap Singh of Pratilipi – Story Telling at Scale by Solving Access Problem for Indian Language content

Ranjeet Singh could barely afford to pay for his education. Coming from a not so well to do family, reading was a luxury. He satisfied his passion to read by making deals with shopkeepers who sold books to watch their stores while they were away, borrowed books on Teacher’s library cards so he could borrow more and hustled his way to read. Ranjeet who mostly read Hindi books at that time and counts Nirala as one of his favorites realized that Indian Language content suffered from an access problem both in publishing as well as in reading. Pratilipi is Story Telling at Scale

He opined that it should be readers’ choice to read in whichever language they want but not simply because of lack of access. His friends suggested he create a digital platform with content in different languages. He quit his job and gave it a shot and Bravo! it worked. His journey has been interesting and fascinating. This is his story.

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Episode 9: Amit Munjal of Doctor Insta: Getting hurt in Hawaii, discovering Telemedicine and Delivering access to Medicine across India at Scale

Amit Munjal was an investment banker and a management consultant. A chance brush with Tele Medicine while vacationing in Hawaii got him thinking about how he could bring access to medicine and quality healthcare to the masses in India. American Laws prevent Doctors from practicing across states but Indian laws have no such restrictions. This and a lot of others was what Amit discovered while he launched Doctor Insta in India. The journey for him has been fascinating and frustrating. This is his story.

Episode 8: Akash Gehani of Instamojo: Finding Founders thru Twitter, Failing to Scale and 3rd Time Lucky

Sampad, Aditya and Akash met on Twitter. They worked together before but their bonds were formed on Twitter. After building camaraderie and bonhomie on Twitter, they made two attempts at building a tech startup. Their second effort was about helping hyperlocal merchants attract users closeby. With no traction, Instamojo moved on and that is still a work in progress in the startup world. Their 3rd outing into Payments was where they hit scale. This is that story.

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Episode 7: Ritesh Malik of Innov8 : Inspired to Scale: Coming from a family of 37 Doctors, funding amazing ideas, 2 Exits

Coming from a family of 37 Doctors, Dr. Ritesh Malik was destined to be a Doctor. Or so his family thought. From studying Medicine in Tamil Nadu near the forests which once housed the brigand Veerappan to his latest exit with Oyo, you Dr. Ritesh Malik’s story is a fascinating one. Even more fascinating is Project Guerilla. Give it a listen!

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Episode 6: Santosh Panda of Explara : Starting Up Remote, Moonlighting to Scale and 10 Yrs of Inverting the SaaS Curve

Santosh Panda failed twice before starting up with Explara. He started up Explara remotely from London in moonlight mode and bootstrapped it with his earnings till it was sustainable. Explara is a DIY event management platform for professional events that has inverted the SaaS revenue curve by being India First and World Next. With a down to earth attitude and unconventional hiring style, Santosh has built Explara quietly into successful at scale business.

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Episode 5: Arun Prasad D of Flinto Box: Creativity at Scale: 1800 Ways to Drive Kids’ Imagination

Flinto looks like a typical IT company by looks but that is where the similarity stops. Flinto’s one of its kind Kids Learning R&D Lab is where all their concepts and product ideas are tested by the finest – the young kids themselves. What Flinto is doing is fascinating. Flintobox may spawn a whole generation of creative kids and enterprises

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Episode 4: Vaitheeswaran of India Plaza: Experience at Scale: 2 Decades of Innovation and Starting up “Again” with a WTF Drink

The India Plaza story reads like the George Lucas innovation factory having spawned India Plaza, Fabmart and Fabmall, India’s first online and offline grocery businesses. The Offline Grocery business eventually became More which came a full circle after being acquired by Amazon. Vaitheeswaran has started up again, with “Again”Drinks with his previous co-founder – Sundeep. He describes “Again” as a WTF Drink – A Wholesome, Tasty and Filling Drink that’s the world’s first drink to have no added sugar and no preservatives as well as a fantastic shelf life.

Episode 3: Manish Sugandhi of GrabOnRent: Mafia for Scale: Brotherhood to Founders, 85+ Investor Rejections, Renting camping gear and beyond

Brotherhood to Founders, 85+ Investor Rejections, Renting camping gear and beyond. GrabOnRent CEO and Co-Founder Manish Sugandhi talks about his startup journey. From conducting a Tech Fair to founding a UI/UX startup Perdix to eventually starting GrabOnRent with some of his founders from Perdix, Manish discusses it all. Minted from the Flipkart mafia, Manish also discusses how we was able to leverage that network to make GrabOnRent work.