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1947 Rise

1947 Rise

By Shiva Singh Sangwan
It’s a podcast that helps India-born, US-trained Indians get integrated into the Indian tech ecosystem and inspires them to move back to India to build massive tech companies and/or help enable the tech ecosystem.

We do this by interviewing India-born, US-trained Indians who have moved back to India and built massive tech companies themselves and/or helped enable the tech ecosystem.
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18: Salone Sehgal (Lumikai Fund)

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24: Sumeet Mehta (LEAD)
Sumeet Mehta is the Co-Founder and CEO of LEAD. LEAD’s mission is to empower India by making excellent education, accessible and affordable to every child. LEAD is backed by WestBridge Capital, GSV Ventures and Elevar Equity. SHOW NOTES Sumeet’s journey from growing up in India to moving to Singapore, and then moving back to India (1:20) What led Sumeet to start LEAD and what’s the vision he holds for LEAD (6:00) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (9:00) What needs to be true for India to democratize education for everyone (12:00) Who is he outside of work (17:00)
18:54
June 18, 2022
23: Sandeep Patil (QED Investors)
Sandeep Patil is a partner at QED Investors. QED is a premier VC in the fintech space. Sandeep heads QED's investments in Asia and focuses on India and Southeast Asia. He is an investor,  board member, and advisor at Jupiter, OneCard, Refyne, Financepeer, and UpSwing. SHOW NOTES Sandeep’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US, UK, and then moving back to India (1:15) What led Sandeep to join QED and what’s the vision he holds for QED in India (9:40) As an investor what variables trigger him to Invest. What does he look for (16:30) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (22:30) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (28:00) Who is he outside of work (31:00)
33:07
June 12, 2022
22: Sameer Brij Verma (Nexus Venture Partners)
Sameer Brij Verma is the Managing Director at Nexus Venture Partners, where he opened & leads their Bangalore office. At NVP, he has led investments in Postman, Unacademy, Infra.market, Hasura, Animall, Ultrahuman and about 70 others. SHOW NOTES Sameer’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:15) The founding story of Nexus Venture Partners and the evolution of the Indian tech ecosystem (15:00) The best part about his job and the hardest part (26:00) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (31:00) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (35:00) Who is he outside of work (37:00)
41:15
June 02, 2022
21: Anshum Bhambri (FanCraze)
Anshum Bhambri is the co-founder and CEO of FanCraze. FanCraze is creating the metaverse for cricket. It recently got funded by the likes of Insight Partners, Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fund, and others. SHOW NOTES Anshum’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:15) What’s FanCraze and what’s the grand vision that he holds for FanCraze (11:20) Unpacking NFTs for a 10-year-old (20:30) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (26:00) Who is he outside of work (29:00)
32:20
May 20, 2022
20: Aniket Jindal (Biconomy)
Aniket Jindal is the founder of Biconmy. Its mission is to make blockchain transactions simple.  Prior to Biconomy, Aniket was an early employee at Binance.  Aniket is also nurturing the Indian tech ecosystem by backing the web3 founders. SHOW NOTES Aniket’s journey from growing up in India to moving to China and then moving back to India (1:10) The origins of Biconomy (5:15) What’s Biconomy and what’s the grand vision that he holds for Biconomy (9:30) Overview of web3 in India, the origins, where are we today and where are we headed to  (11:30) What needs to be true for India to lead the innovation in web3 (16:25) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (19:30) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (23:50) Who is he outside of work (25:30)
27:06
May 04, 2022
19: Abhilash Inumella (Questbook)
Abhilash Inumella Abhilash is the Co-founder of Questbook. Prior to founding Questbook he worked as a Software Engineer at Facebook in the US, later founded Samosa Labs after moving back to India (sold to MPL) SHOW NOTES Abhilash’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:10) The origins of Samosa Labs (4:00) What’s Questbook and what’s the grand vision that he holds for Questbook (9:45) Overview of web3 in India, the origins, where are we today and where are we headed to  (13:10) What needs to be true for India to lead the innovation in web3 (16:25) Skills and experiences he brought back with him to India that ended up becoming valuable (18:40) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (20:10) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (22:50) Who is he outside of work (24:10) A book that changed his life (25:20)
27:26
April 25, 2022
18: Salone Sehgal (Lumikai Fund)
Salone Sehgal is the Founder and GP of Lumikai Fund. Lumikai Fund is India’s first gaming and interactive entertainment venture fund. SHOW NOTES Salone's journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The origins of Lumikai Fund and the vision she holds for the fund (6:00) What’s the best part about her job (11:20) The hardest part about her job  (16:40) Skills and experiences she brought back with her to India that ended up becoming valuable (19:00) What frameworks does she use when things are not going in the right direction (21:25) What is Salone’s life like outside of work (24:10) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would she work on (25:10) What do her friends know her for (26:10)
26:44
April 11, 2022
17: Arjun Vaidya (Dr. Vaidya's & Verlinvest)
Arjun Vaidya is a D2C founder & investor. He built Dr. Vaidya’s to India’s largest Ayurveda brand online. Dr. Vaidya’s was recently acquired by RP Sanjiv Goenka Group – making it one of India’s first D2C exits. He now leads venture investing for Verlinvest in India SHOW NOTES Arjun’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The journey after moving back to India and repackaging of Dr. Vaidya’s (6:30) What made him join Verlinvest and the vision he holds (14:26) What’s the best part about his job (17:40) The hardest part about his job  (18:20) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (19:12) What is he most excited about outside of work (20:28) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (21:50) What do his friends know him for (23:10)
24:04
March 30, 2022
16: Nishchay AG (Jar)
Nishchay AG is the Co-founder and CEO of Jar. A daily gold-savings app that saves spare change & auto-invests for you. Jar currently has 5M users and is backed by Tiger Global and others. SHOW NOTE: Nischay’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The journey after moving back to India and were there self-doubts at the beginning (2:30) What made him join Bounce (8:00) The origins of Jar (15:00) The magical outcome he holds for Jar (17:52) Favorite part about his job (19:30) The hardest part about his job (19:51) His advice to those who are planning to move back to India (24:00) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (29:30) What drives him (31:00) What do his friends know him for (35:00)
37:54
March 24, 2022
15: Vaibhav Domkundwar (Better Capital)
Vaibhav Domkundwar is the CEO and founder of Better Capital. Better Capital is one of the best Pre-seed / seed-stage funds in India. Portfolio companies include Slice, Open, Teachmint Rupeek, Khatabook, and many more. The combined value of the portfolio companies is $5B+ SHOW NOTES Vaibhav’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The journey after moving back to India and were there self-doubts at the beginning (4:50) The origins of Better Capital (7:00) The evolution of angel investing in India over the past decade (11:00) The things that he struggles with (17:00) What’s the best part about his job (22:00) His advice to those who are planning to move back to India (25:00) What drives him (30:00)
35:58
March 15, 2022
14: Nitin Sharma (Antler India)
Nitin Sharma is the General Partner, Co-founder, Antler India. Antler is a global early-stage venture capital firm that invests in the defining technology companies of tomorrow. SHOW NOTES Nitin’s journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:25) The journey after moving back to India (First Principles and Antler India) (7:20) The vision that Nitin holds for Antler India (14:30) The evolution of the Indian tech ecosystem from 2013 to 2022 (19:00) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (25:45) His advice to those who are thinking about moving back to India (33:00) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (37:00) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (40:00)
42:56
February 03, 2022
13: Monish Darda (Icertis)
Monish Darda is the Co-founder and CTO of Icertis. Currently valued at $2.8B, Icertis is the contract intelligence company that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible with contract lifecycle management. SHOW NOTES Monish's journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The journey after moving back to India (7:30) The journey of building Icertis and multiple companies before Icertis (15:15) His advice to those who are thinking about moving back to India (22:30) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (28:00) What does he struggle with (34:00) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction (37:00) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (40:00) What do his friends know him for (42:00)
43:17
December 14, 2021
12: Nirmit Parikh (Apna)
Nirmit Parikh is the founder and CEO of Apna. India's largest professional networking & job opportunities platform for the rising workforce. SHOW NOTES Nirmit's journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The journey after moving back to India and how did the idea of building Apna come about (13:00) What's the magical outcome Nirmit has for Apna (26:00) What does he struggle with? What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction? (31:00) His advice to those who are thinking about moving back to India (38:00) Failures (42:00) If money and attention are not needed anymore, what would he work on (46:00)
50:58
November 30, 2021
11: Gautam Shewakramani (On Deck)
Gautam Shewakramani is the Head of APAC and India; International Product and Growth at On Deck. Previously he built a company and headed International Product and Growth for Quora and Skillshare. SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) The journey after moving back to India (5:30) His company building experience which involved tons of highs and lows (8:25) How did Quora come about? (14:00) On Deck's visions for India (17:40) On Deck and ODX are relevant to India. India is special for On Deck and On Deck is special for the Indian tech ecosystem (19:00) His advice to those who are thinking about moving back to India (28:00) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (28:00) What frameworks do you use when things are not going in the right direction? (37:00) What do his friends know him for (40:00)
43:01
November 25, 2021
10: Amrit Acharya (Zetwerk)
Amrit Acharya is the Co-Founder & CEO of Zetwerk. Currently valued at $1.33 Billion, Zetwerk is a universal manufacturing network powered by new-age technology. SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) How did Zetwerk come about (6:20) His advice to those who are thinking about moving back to India (8:15) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (10:00) Favorite stories at Zetwerk (13:00) Where is Zetwerk today as a company (16:00) His approach towards cold emails and planting seeds with people (20:30) What frameworks does he use when things are not going in the right direction? (25:00) Books he would recommend (30:00) If money and fame are not needed anymore. What would he work on (34:00)
37:08
November 14, 2021
9: Bradley Tusk (Tusk Ventures)
Bradley Tusk is an American businessman, venture capitalist, political strategist, and writer. He is the founder and CEO of Tusk Ventures, the first venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage startups in regulated industries SHOW NOTES Setting the context: Three waves of the internet (1:00) A call from Travis Kalanick (Uber) was an inflection point for Bradley. He took Uber as his first client not knowing what equity was meant. Ignorance is good sometimes 😉(3:20) What pushed Bradley to bet on Uber and take equity back when it was a year-old startup (9:40) His investment in Coinbase (13:00) They need you more than you need them. That's called access to deals. Bradley has built one through differentiation at Tusk Ventures (14:50) What types of founders succeed that are building in regulated industries (21:00) When should a startup start thinking about regulatory frameworks? Removal of Travis Kalanick, you need aggressive founders like Travis to build something transformational, how Akshay BD thinks about policies and regulations in India His advice to founders building in Web 3.0 (48:00)
57:16
October 27, 2021
8: Abhi Kumar (M12)
Abhi Kumar heads M12 Asia, the venture arm of Microsoft. He leads series A-C venture equity investments for M12 in Asia (ex China), partnering with stellar entrepreneurs and teams to help amplify their growth. Develop the brand, ecosystem partnerships & peer engagement for M12 across APAC. SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) M12's focus in India and its investments (8:40) Favorite part about his job at M12 (10:40) Skills that he picked up from his experiences in the US and Hong Kong that ended up becoming valuable in India (12:15) If he had recently moved back to India, what would he work on? India is a lot different than what it was back when he moved back? Advise to Indians living abroad and thinking about moving back to India (14:20) Turning points in his life (17:35) What does he struggle with (20:10) Favorite failure (23:00) Rapid-fire questions (25:00)
31:44
October 18, 2021
7: Aakrit Vaish (Haptik)
Aakrit Vaish is the Co-Founder & CEO of Haptik, a Reliance Jio Platforms company & he is also an Angel Investor in 50+ amazing founder SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) What made him move back to India (6:46) Evolution of the Indian tech ecosystem from 2011 - 2021 (14:30) If he had recently moved back to India, what would he work on? India is a lot different than what it was back when he moved back? Advise to Indians living abroad and thinking about moving back to India (19:00) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (25:00) Rapid-fire questions (30:00)
35:15
September 17, 2021
6: Prashant Tandon (1mg & Healthkart)
Prashant Tandon is the co-founder of 1mg & Healthkart. Both companies have become household names in India. SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) What made him move back to India (2:53) His entrepreneurial journey back in India (5:20) Was there a time when he thought this was it, if so, how did he manage to overcome it? (10:00) If he had recently moved back to India, what would he work on? India is a lot different than what it was back when he moved back? Advise to Indians living abroad and thinking about moving back to India (13:50) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (17:10) Any life event, book or a decision that changed your life (20:00) What does he struggle with (22:15) Rapid-fire questions (23:30)
26:03
August 24, 2021
5: Tejeshwi Sharma (Sequoia Capital)
Tejeshwi Sharma is the managing director at Sequoia Capital India. He has led investments in companies like Byju's, Dream11, Bounce, CRED, Moglix, Purplle, Rebel Foods, Whatfix, Unacademy. SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) Overview of the Indian tech ecosystem evolution starting from 2010 (5:15) What is next for India? How can India reach the scale of the US and China, what needs to be true? (9:20) Advice to Indians living abroad and are thinking about moving back to India (12:45) Books that changed the way how he thinks about work and life (17:45) What does he struggle with (23:15) Rapid-fire questions (27:00)
29:37
August 10, 2021
4: Sandeep Aggarwal (Droom)
Sandeep Aggarwal has founded two marketplaces in India so far – ShopClues, India’s first managed marketplaces in 2011, which became the 5th Unicorn in Consumer Internet in India, and Droom, India’s first marketplace for automobiles in 2014, which is about to go public. The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:20) His thought process for making the move back to India (14:00) How has the Indian tech ecosystem evolved from 2011 to 2021 (12.30) In what ways the government can support the Indian tech ecosystem for it to get to the next level (24:30) If he were to move back to India today, what would he work on and his advise to the Indians living abroad and are thinking to move back to India (29:00) What is money and success to him (33:50) What do his friends know him for (36:00)
39:46
July 29, 2021
3: Raghav Chandra (Urban Company)
Raghav Chandra is the Co-Founder & CTO of Urban Company. Urban Company is the largest home services platform in India and UAE, with recent expansion to Australia and Singapore. SHOW NOTES The journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) His thought process for making the move back to India (7:00) How did Buggi and later Urban Company come about (12.30) Times, when he thought this could be it at Urban Company (19:20) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (24:00) His favorite failure and the learnings from it (29:00) What does success mean to him (33:30) What do his friends know him for (35:30)
36:36
July 12, 2021
2: Mukund Kulashekaran (Urban Company)
Mukund Kulashekaran is currently the SVP at Urban Company (valued at $2.1b). Previously he was the CBO at Zomato, which is looking to go public soon and is currently valued at $5.4b. SHOW NOTES Journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:00) His thought process for making the move back to India (2:25) How did Zomato and later Urban Company come about (3:50) Times when he thought this could be it at Zomato / Urban Company (8:30) Favorite stories at Zomato / Urban Company (8:45) His advice to India-born, US-trained Indians thinking about moving back to India (12:40) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (15:50) Those who are thinking about moving back, what skills and experiences they should optimize for (19:35) His favorite failure and the learnings from it (21:35) What were the turning points in his life (24:50) A book that changed his life. what are one to three books that have greatly influenced his life (28:40) What do his friends know him for (32:00) What keeps him going (33:40)
35:26
June 27, 2021
1: Abhinav Sinha (OYO)
Abhinav Sinha is currently the global COO & CPO at OYO. He launched and built OYO in SEA, UK, US and other foreign geographies. Headquartered in Gurgaon, OYO is the fastest-growing and second-largest hotel chain in the world. OYO is spread across 800 cities in 80 countries. Most recently it was valued at $10 billion. SHOW NOTES Journey from growing up in India to moving to the US and then moving back to India (1:06) His thought process for making the move back to India (4:59) How did OYO come about (7:48) Favorite stories at OYO (17:20) His advise to India-born, US-trained Indians thinking about moving back to India (21:12) Skills that he picked up from his experience in the US that ended up becoming valuable in India (28:10) His favorite failure (31:22) What was the turning point in his life (36:00) A book that changed his life. what are one to three books that have greatly influenced his life (39:22) What keeps him going (42.48) What do his friends know him for (44.45)
47:21
June 12, 2021
1947 Rise Introduction
It’s a podcast that helps India-born, US-trained Indians get integrated into the Indian tech ecosystem and inspires them to move back to India to build massive tech companies and/or help enable the tech ecosystem. We do this by interviewing India-born, US-trained Indians who have moved back to India and built massive tech companies themselves and/or helped enable the tech ecosystem.
00:40
June 07, 2021