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High IQ Podcast

Ramblings with the IQ team about the India opportunity. While most cynics always look backwards while evaluating India, and while most investors get it wrong stretching India to Western income levels, we try to look at it from the lens of an entrepreneur who is 'creating' the ‘market.’

18 Episodes
May 2022 - Present
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Episode 18
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“Ignorance is bliss when you’re building in a new category!”
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Building one of India’s leading accounting software stacks
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Sumit Agarwal, co-founder & CEO, Vyapar
Episode 17
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“Investors don’t define whether you can build a great company.”
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Building hardware for India
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Farid Ahsan, co-founder, General Autonomy
Episode 16
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“100 Mn houses need to be built in India in the next 20-25 years.”
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Building India’s largest real estate & mortgage platform
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Tanuj Shori, co-founder & CEO, Square Yards
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“Our product team creates products that work across geographies."
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Monetizing consumer companies beyond ads
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Kanika Agarrwal (IndiaQuotient), Anirudh Pandita (founder, Loco), Jani Pasha (co-founder & CEO, Lokal), & Bhanu Singh (co-founder & CEO, FRND)
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"You can't build social media through blackboards."
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Building consumer companies: 2023 & beyond
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Ankush Sachdeva (co-founder & CEO, ShareChat & Moj), Anand Lunia (IndiaQuotient), & Madhukar Sinha (IndiaQuotient)
Episode 15
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“A multi-brand approach is the key to success for cloud kitchens.”
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Building one of India’s largest cloud kitchens
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Ankit Nagori, founder, Curefoods
Episode 14
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“Never build your product in isolation.”
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Building a content, community, & classifieds platform for small towns in India
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Jani Pasha & Vipul Chaudhary, co-founders, Lokal
Episode 13
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“I never thought I could become an entrepreneur.”
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Building India’s largest bike taxi app
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Aravind Sanka, co-founder, Rapido
Episode 12
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“An entrepreneur must immerse himself deep into his market.”
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Solving India's logistics inefficiencies
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Sudarshan Ravi, co-founder, LetsTransport
Episode 11
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“At the end of the day, nobody can predict what will happen to a company.”
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The inspiring journey of Giva
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Ishendra Agarwal, co-founder, Giva
Episode 10
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"Demystifying & busting myths around funds of funds."
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Exploring the world of funds of funds
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Rohan Paranjpey, managing director, Waterfield Advisors
Episode 9
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“There is no one proven formula for success.”
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Transforming education financing
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Bibhu Prasad Das, Victor Senapaty, & Brijesh Samantaray, co-founders, Propelld
Episode 8
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"There is no one way to be an entrepreneur."
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Building Sugar Cosmetics
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Kaushik Mukherjee, co-founder, Sugar Cosmetics
Episode 7
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“One should focus on making a sustainable long-term business.”
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Exploring India’s MSME landscape
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Harshvardhan Lunia, co-founder, Lendingkart
Episode 6
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“It takes a lifetime to build something successful."
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Building for SMBs in India
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Sumit Agarwal, founder, Vyapar
Episode 5
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"Climb high, sleep low."
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Building a slow unicorn
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Jaydeep Barman, co-founder, Rebel Foods
Episode 4
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“Should you pivot or persevere?”
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WebEngage's pivot journey
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Avlesh Singh, co-founder, WebEngage
Episode 3
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“We never imagined our product could penetrate to such depths.”
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Building an audio behemoth
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Lal Chand Bisu, co-founder, Kuku FM
Episode 2
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“Startups can teach you things that most MBA schools won't.”
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Reflections as a second time entrepreneur
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Prateek Shukla, co-founder, Masai School
Episode 1
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"Don't fall in love with your first idea."
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The lack of fresh ideas in Indian entrepreneurs
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Farid Ahsan, co-founder, ShareChat
Founder Resources

Seeking startup wisdom? Look no further! India Quotient is on a mission to empower founders with knowledge 🚀. Dive into a treasure trove of invaluable insights, captivating success stories, and game-changing tips, tailored exclusively for visionary entrepreneurs.

  • Case Studies
  • Articles
  • Reports
founder resources
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20 things about marketplaces in India
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20 things about India's digital public infrastructure
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20 things about microtransactions in India
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20 things about India's two-wheelers
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20 things about how India eats
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PagarBook: Don’t chase vanity metrics
'Finding product market fit' series
Case study
Lendingkart: Pioneering financial solutions for MSMEs in India
'Finding product market fit' series
Case study
Frnd: Solving Bharat’s dating problem
'Finding product market fit' series
Case study
ShareChat: Harnessing the power of India’s linguistic diversity
'Finding product market fit' series
Case study
How WebEngage transformed and thrived
'The pivot' series
Case study
Sugar Cosmetics: From setbacks to success
'The pivot' series
Case study
Oakter: Against all odds
'The pivot' series
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GyanApp to PagarBook: An inspiring journey of PagarBook’s founders
'The pivot' series
Article
Hack your fundraise!
Gagan Goyal
How to raise funds effectively, by Gagan Goyal
Panel discussion
Monetizing via fintech
India Quotient
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Building billion dollar brands
India Quotient
Article
Valuation myth
Gagan Goyal
Equity dilution, by Gagan Goyal
Article
Accidental VC entrepreneur
Gagan Goyal
When to raise funds, by Gagan Goyal
Article
Goli maar VC funding ko…..
Gagan Goyal
Why to raise funds, by Gagan Goyal
Article
Timing is right today for matchmaking apps
Anand Lunia
Indian startup ecosystem, by Anand Lunia
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10 reasons why Walmart's Flipkart acquisition is a big deal
Anand Lunia
Indian startup ecosystem, by Anand Lunia
Article
The modern entrepreneur is fearless
Anand Lunia
Startups, by Anand Lunia
Presentation
2017: A look through the IQ lens
Prerna Bhutani
by Prerana Bhutani
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What will your funding buy for you?
Anand Lunia
Funding, by Anand Lunia
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Startups that create new capacity will likely be much more valuable than aggregators
Anand Lunia
Business models, by Anand Lunia
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40 trends that make 2016 a year of inflection
Sneha Chandak
2016 India trends report, by Sneha Chandak
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What the Mary Meeker 2016 report tells us about the India opportunity
Anand Lunia
Internet, by Anand Lunia
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Revenue per employee and metrics that matter in the long run
Anand Lunia
Startup metrics, by Anand Lunia
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Has India’s startup story missed the capital efficiency bus?
Anand Lunia
Capital efficiency, by Anand Lunia
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Reality check in the online lending space
Anand Lunia
Fintech, by Anand Lunia
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India Quotient returns maiden fund at 5.9x multiple
The Economic Times
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Our fund numbers broke the internet!
Blume Ventures
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Pep secures $2.5 Mn in seed funding
Inc42
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DPDzero secures $3.25 Mn in seed funding
Inc42
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Time to clean up the startup ecosystem. And, put a governance charter in place.
Anand Lunia, Yash Jain, Money Control
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Blitz secures $3 Mn in seed funding
The Economic Times
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Why journey should be the destination for founders, investors
Anand Lunia, The Economic Times
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Luru secures $1.4 Mn in seed funding
Startup Story
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Anti-Dilution

When the world was locked down due to the COVID-19 crisis, VCs and seasoned founders did a great job with podcasts and Zoom calls to help founders in distress. Yet one category was a bit ignored - associates and analysts in VC firms who are the budding VCs of tomorrow.

We had been wanting to do this program for a while, and the first COVID lockdown in 2020 was the perfect time to initiate these lectures.

Anti-Dilution is a bi-annual learning program for budding VC associates and analysts.

It's been 3 years since we have been actively running this program, and we are proud owners of a 3-year-old VC community.

We have opened up some of the videos for public consumption.

You can learn more about our anti-dilution program here.

anti-dilution & bootcamp
Bootcamp

At IndiaQuotient, we understand that entrepreneurship can be a long, sometimes tricky journey. With all the overload of content and advice out there today, we believe that now is the right time to restart our Bootcamp program - to provide founders with the relevant support, guidance, and resources they need to succeed.

Our Bootcamp is geared towards achieving early product-market fit — through collaborative innovation and dynamic learning with a focus on understanding customer needs, validating assumptions, identifying market fit opportunities and rapidly iterating through a few early product build-outs.

You can find out more about our bootcamp here.

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IndiaQuotient 30 Under 30

"You don't build a business, you build people, then people build the business."

We owe all our success to the people working tirelessly behind the scenes of our portfolio companies, which is why this year we started 'IndiaQuotient 30 Under 30' - an initiative where we proudly acknowledge and celebrate exceptional talent from our portfolio companies.

From a pool of nearly 100 outstanding, high-quality candidates, a select few made it to the 'IndiaQuotient 30 Under 30' winners' list. Their contribution and commitment to their organizations have played a significant role in our collective success.

Getting to meet and interact with these candidates was an absolute honour. We can't wait to organize the 2024 edition!

Presenting: The exceptional achievers who made it to the 'IndiaQuotient 30 Under 30' 2023 list ⬇️‍‍

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We also had the pleasure of hosting these champions at our annual event held in Bangalore 😄

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Congratulations to all the winners! Keep thriving. We wish you all the best for your future 🙌