Saturday, 25 February 2012

Navneet Gosal- India Venture Partners Founder

In this video, i chat with Navneet Gosal, Entrepreneur, Angel investor and Venture Capitalist.

Navneet is a seasoned technology entrepreneur turned angel investor & venture capitalist. He relocated to India from US in 2010 to manage portfolio companies for the venture capital fund, India Venture Partners (IVP) that he co-founded in 2009. Navneet currently manages two portfolio companies for IVP – Gensol Consultants, a clean energy solutions provider located in Ahmedabad and Your Kids R Our Kids, a corporate day-care provider located in Bangalore.

Navneet is an active angel investor with various investments both in the US and India. He is also on the board of Appmobi, a mobile application development platform company based out of Lancaster, PA and RelayStrategy LLC, a mobile technology services consulting company based in Washington DC with a delivery center located in Chandigarh, India. Navneet is also a member of the Indian Angel Network (IAN).

Navneet has +17 years experience in building mission critical software systems for healthcare, aerospace and telecom industries. He was part of the founding team of Care Fusion as its CTO. Based in Reston, Virginia, Care Fusion is a leading provider of healthcare software aiming at enhancing efficiency and improving patient safety. After the acquisition by Cardinal Health Inc., he became the head of the R&D group (over 350 people) for the Clinical Services business unit of Cardinal Health.

Navneet most recently has served as Principal of SGH Holdings, an angel investment fund whose investments include Flycast (www.flycast.fm) and Goomzee (www.goomzee.com), and majority ownership in an India IT services firm, Relay Strategy (www.relaystrategy.com).

Navneet is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Computer Engineering. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Punjabi.

Sarah Khatri Cofounder of 360Living

In this video I chat with Sarah, co founder of 360 living- Sarah is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has shifted to live in Bangalore and started-up as an entrepreneur. Her startup is a community/ experience platform that enables you to achieve your spiritual, emotional and physical goals.

In this video, she speaks about the startup, why she started this in India, and why she sees the future as bright. She believes passionately in spirituality , health and wellness, and holistic living and is living out her passion in Bangalore

Sarah is also a great photographer and has her collections up on www.agapefineart.com Her profile on linkedin is @ http://linkd.in/sarahkhatri

Friday, 24 February 2012

Siddharth Mangharam - Founder & CEO of Floh.in


In this video, i chat with Siddharth, the Founder and CEO of Floh.in, where the coolest singles in India meet up and find relationships. He talks about Floh, how it's different from the mainstream dating websites out there, and about its bright future as urban India gets more experience focused and prosperous.

Siddharth Mangharam is the Founder and CEO of Floh, a platform that brings single people together at awesome events with the objective of meeting like minded people. They also have very cool blog called singleinthecity.in Whilst Floh engages via the social networks and the web, the key focus is to enable members to have real, in person interactions at great events. In terms of the gender mix, Siddharth claims there are more women that are members of Floh than there are men.

Prior to founding Floh, Siddharth was Founder and CEO of Peek India, a venture-backed, mobile email startup. Before his entrepreneurial ventures, Siddharth spent many years in India and in the US working for McKinsey, Microsoft and Coca-Cola.

Siddharth has an MMS degree from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and an MBA from The Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is based out of Bangalore.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Ashish Sinha - Pluggd.in Founder & CEO



In this video, i speak to Ashish Sinha, the founder and CEO of Pluggd.in, a very different kind of media company, and THE channel to use if you want to reach the techno-savvy and the entrepreneurs of India.

I'm sure you have heard of Pluggd.in- they are mentioned by TechCrunch as the TechCrunch of india. Plugged.in has a full-fledged portal with channels on funding, strategy, jobs and an exhaustive start-up directory. This blog turned portal based in Jayanagar, Bangalore has monthly page-views of over 3.5 million and about 1.3 million visitors, ranking them as the third largest online business readership service. With Alexa India rank under 500 and global Alexa rank under 8,000 Pluggd.in is among the top 5 Business Media sites of India with significant presence in South East Asia.They even rate a wikipedia entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluggd.in) .

Ashish talks about how he sees the media business- taking sides is essential to his viewpoint of a media game- and he talks about the past, present and future of pluggd.in.Very interesting conversation with Ashish who is an IIT/IIM product

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Dr.Madanmohan Rao On Innovation


In this video, i speak to Dr.Madanmohan an evangelist and a community leader on innovation, who advises organisations on creating an innovation culture. A multifaceted personality, Dr Rao is a prolific author, a prolific tweeter and a prolific music enthusiast. In this interview he explores all of his passions and about his creation of K community and Mobile Monday.

Dr. Madanmohan Rao, a consultant and author from Bangalore, is research advisor at the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC). He is also the research Director of Mobile Monday, a global network of mobile and wireless communication professionals, and co-founder of the Bangalore K-Community, a network of knowledge management professionals.

Dr Rao's books are available on : http://bit.ly/TU12l
Dr Rao's twitter handle is @madanrao

Monday, 20 February 2012

Anil-Ex-CEO of IPL's KingsXI Punjab talks about Preity Zinta & Lalit Modi



In this video, I speak with Anil Srivatsa, exclusively about IPL, his stint as the CEO of KingsXI Punjab, Lalit Modi and Preity Zinta. Anil, who has had an amazing career in the media industry, went on to become the CEO of IPL team KingsXI Punjab at the behest of Lalit Modi, resigned, and now evangelizes the democratization of radio and is looking to bring back his talkshows. An amazingly multifaceted personality and extremely articulate, Anil talks about his stint as the CEO of Kings XI Punjab, the IPL cricket team.


During his 17 years in the US, Srivatsa also served as CEO (USA) and Head of International Marketing Operations at RTV UK, where he successfully launched several South Asian networks in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to his stint at RTV UK, Srivatsa was Director of Cricket and South Asian Programming at Kelly Broadcasting, where he oversaw the creation and development of the Cricket Channel. He is the pioneer of internet radio as well.

Anil's current passion is about evangelising radio stations for different businesses thro his businesses, and you can find out more about that and about Radiowalla andSpotradio in another video. on the same blog.

Anil has the @awaaz twitter handle.


Anil Srivatsa- Radiowalla-Creating Your Own Radio Station


In this video, i speak with Anil Srivatsa, who has had an amazing career in the media industry, went on to become the CEO of IPL team KingsXI Punjab at the behest of Lalit Modi, resigned, and now evangelizes the democratization of radio and is looking to bring back his talkshows. An amazingly multifaceted personality and extremely articulate, Anil talks about his current passion of evangelising radio stations for different businesses and talks about Radiowalla and Spotradio in this video.

Anil hosted the largest syndicated South Asian radio show in the US 'Anil Ki Awaaz', which earned him a place in the Limca Book of Records, before he moved to India three years ago. He held the position of executive vice-president of ImaginAsian Entertainment Inc, a US-based entertainment company before taking over as Radio Today COO. At Meow, Anil hosted the late night talk show Between The Sheets, which talked about the softer side of a woman - her sexuality, sensuality and the various problems she faces. Srivatsa dubbed it 'talk therapy'.

During his 17 years in the US, Srivatsa also served as CEO (USA) and Head of International Marketing Operations at RTV UK, where he successfully launched several South Asian networks in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to his stint at RTV UK, Srivatsa was Director of Cricket and South Asian Programming at Kelly Broadcasting, where he oversaw the creation and development of the Cricket Channel. He is the pioneer of internet radio as well.

Anil has the @awaaz twitter handle.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Ramani Sankar- Architect & Consultant Coimbatore





In this video, i chat with Mr.Ramani Sankar, amongst the most successful architects in Coimbatore. Mr Sankar is 70 and still going strong.

Here he explores the India he encountered whilst growing up, and discusses what makes him tick, his philosophy of life and how he overcame obstracles. A very motivating conversation.

Friday, 17 February 2012

MukundMohan AngelInvestor


My conversation with Mukund Mohan , serial entrepreneur and Angel Investor who has had 3 successful exits after which he turned Angel- he has invested in multiple companies and is looking to invest in more. His investments include Bluberry Retail (restaurant), Plivo, Social Hues and three others-an e-commerce venture, a SaaS developer recruitment platform and Kinetic Brains.

Here, he talks about what he looks for when he invests and gives good advice to entrepreneurs on what they need to look for when they choose investors. An interesting conversation

He also shares his personal journey- of 16 years of the US, running a $ 250 MM business for HP and his startup Buzzgain.He founded and sold BuzzGain, a leader in Do It Yourself PR, to Meltwater in January 2010. He has founded and successfully sold 3 Silicon Valley startups in the Internet & Enterprise software market.

He studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science and holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering and computer science from the University of Mysore.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Burrp- Differentiation thro' User Reviews- Vishal Anand



In this Video, i chat with Vishal Anand, the Head/Director of Burrp about Burrp's business and his own journey.

Burrp is a leading local search service provider with 1.5 million users like me who depend on it for their decisions on where to go, where to eat and which TV channel to watch etc... Their key competitive differentiation is in the volume and high quality of user reviews they have. They are present in 12 cities and have feet on the ground on each of these cities and are looking to expand, of course.

Vishal talks about the model, how it works, how they are different and what the future holds. He also talks about his personal journey- he has spent ~15 years in the US in Seattle, and has worked with Real Networks- remember them- the Real Player? and Infospace.

Vishal is based in Mumbai

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Rakesh Godhwani-Creating a 800 Cr Endowment Fund for IIMB



I have a very exciting conversation with Rakesh Godhwani, CEO IIM Bangalore Alumni and Fundraising office.

Rakesh has infused an entirely new life and passion into the Alumni activities of IIM Bangalore which has taken off . Here, in this video, he talks about his audacious goal of raising 800 Crores over the next 10 years for IIM Bangalore's Endowment Fund and some of the stuff he has planned.

He also talks about the stories and his inspiration for writing his newly released book Plunnge which is available on http://bit.ly/plunngeonflipkart which promises to be fascinating reading.

Finally, this conversation is also about Rakesh's personal journey. He graduated from IIMB, worked with corporate high-paying technology jobs and then followed his passion to create and build something new and live a dream.

All in all, a fascinating story. You can reach Rakesh on his email

SanjeevGadre-Indian Entrepreneurs ignore Marketing



I catch up for a quick chat with Sanjeev Gadre to discuss his experiences in advising small entrepreneurs on marketing.

Sanjeev comes with a great pedigree. With bluechip academic credentials ( IIT/IIM), he has most recently been the Global head of marketing at Adobe for the Print  and Publishing business- he left this role to evangelise marketing to Startups. He is currently a fractional CMO ... and does a bunch of speaking to help startups with their marketing.

Sanjeev thinks Indian entrepreneurs tend to ignore marketing or at best look at the function as an afterthought. Listen to the video for more. You can look up Sanjeev at his linkedin profile @ http://linkd.in/AgqpDE