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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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4: Sandeep Aggarwal (Droom)

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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 7, 2021