Creating new markets and serving it at scale is no easy task. Predicting the future even harder. On this show, we speak with founders who have created products and services that defied the status quo while demonstrating the ability to predict future trends. How will the world look like by the end of the next decade? We find out, with hosts, seasoned journalist Shivam Srivastav and entrepreneur, Ajay Menon.
Pilot - Shivam [ 01:30 ]
Introduction to the series.
Rajan Bajaj (Founder & CEO, slice) - Ajay Menon [ 35:32 ]
Rajan Bajaj (Founder & CEO, slice)
slice is India’s leading payments and credit start-up for young Indians. Founded in 2016, slice has designed a card for first time credit card users, their core target audience being Millennials and Gen Z. This audience is digitally savvy and open to products that truly engage them. Rajan Bajaj, Founder & CEO of slice, elaborates on their product journey, aspirations of young Indians and future innovation.
Aprameya Radhakrishna (Co-founder & CEO, Koo) - Ajay Menon [ 36:38 ]
Aprameya Radhakrishna (Co-founder & CEO, Koo)
India ranks #2 on the global scale of internet users. A market valued at approximately $250 Bn, the primary language of operation remains English, in stark contrast to the fact that almost 90% of India’s population do not speak it. With this insight, Aprameya Radhakrishna Entrepreneur & Angel Investor successfully launched two apps, Vokal and Koo, enabling non-English speakers to engage meaningfully in their own language. Tune in to Aprameya solving for 'Bharat'.
Jo Aggarwal (Co-Founder & CEO, WYSA) - Ajay Menon [ 37:39 ]
Jo Aggarwal (Co-Founder & CEO, WYSA)
A mental health crisis at an unimaginable scale is brewing in the world and more critically, in India. Apart from the unfortunate stigma attached to it, there is a severe dearth of professional help. More than 7.5% of our population is affected with less than 4,000 experts available. How does one address this shortfall with technology? Wysa, a Bengaluru based startup, has some of the answers. Founded by Jo Aggarwal and Ramakant Vempati, Wysa is an AI-based bot that offers a virtual mental fitness coach, combining empathetic listening with evidence-based therapeutic techniques. It is the only mental wellness app able to handle free text input in a clinically safe manner. Wysa has helped over 1.2 million people from 30 countries. Join us in this illuminating chat with Jo Aggarwal, Co-founder & CEO of Wysa, about their early days, business model, challenges in scaling, a massive global opportunity, and the future of AI in the mental wellness space.
Gaurav Goyal (Business Head, Onsitego) - Ajay Menon [ 28:34 ]
Gaurav Goyal (Business Head, Onsitego)
Onsitego, is remodeling the after-sales service experience with its philosophy to provide a trouble-free post-purchase customer experience. They currently serve 6.5M customers in India and adding 150,000 new customers every month. They recently raised $19M dollars from Zodious Growth Capital and Accel.
Tune in to this episode to hear Gaurav Goyal, Business Head of Onsitego, chat about how they‘ve scaled their operations and revenue, their business model, and plans for an IPO and views on this sector looking at the next decade.
Vinay Bagri (Co-founder & CEO, Niyo) - Ajay Menon [ 31:41 ]
Vinay Bagri (Co-founder & CEO, Niyo)
Niyo, a first of its kind fintech start-up, follows a global mega trend of ‘open or neo banking’ - they are a digital bank with no physical operations. Their aim is to provide access to and simplify banking services for over 100M unbanked blue-collar employees in India. Over a million customers are already using Niyo, along with 5,000 corporate clients. More recently Niyo has partnered with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for the financial inclusion of over 5M blue-collar employees by 2022. We chat with Vinay Bagri, Co-founder & CEO of Niyo about their flagship products, customer acquisition strategy, competition, and banking trends in decade 2.0. Tune in.
Nidhi Kumra (Co-founder & CEO, Your-Space) - Ajay Menon [ 35:13 ]
Nidhi Kumra (Co-founder & CEO, Your-Space)
When you think of a real-estate startup play, particularly hostels, you’re very likely to think of an industry that is complex, disorganised, you need the right contacts, hustle and incredibly thick skin. Think again. Meet Your-Space, a company that conquered presumed challenges built a premium brand, and grown revenues 500x in a span of just three years. They’ve reimagined the hostel space and community living with great success. Here’s how they did it.
Kabeer Biswas, (Co-founder and CEO, Dunzo) - Ajay Menon [ 39:15 ]
Kabeer Biswas, (Co-founder and CEO, Dunzo)
‘Anything, anytime, delivered to your doorstep’ is a tagline this company swears by. Dunzo is an app on a mission to create time for you to spend on stuff that really matters. They take away the pain of completing mundane chores and running errands, all with a click! Tune in to Kabeer Biswas, Co-Founder & CEO, as he shares stories on Dunzo’s phenomenal growth from 500 orders a day to 2 million transactions a month, starting out as a WhatsApp based delivery service, to being Google’s first investment in an Indian start-up, market expansion, the positive effect of a pandemic, and the next decade in hyperlocal deliveries.
Akshay Narvekar (Founder & CEO, Bombay Shirt Company) - Ajay Menon [ 29:05 ]
Akshay Narvekar (Founder & CEO, Bombay Shirt Company)
We are witnessing digitalisation permeate every sector and every industry. Ever wonder what role it could play in fashion, especially in the custom-made segment? We speak to Akshay Narvekar, Founder of Bombay Shirt Company, a company which is using technology to revamp men's wardrobes and make them look good with his bespoke shirts, to start with. To understand how this tech disruption is benefiting the fashion industry today and expected evolution it will drive in the next decade, tune in!
Prateek Singhal (Co-Founder, Ecozen) - Shivam [ 44:19 ]
Prateek Singhal (Co-Founder, Ecozen)
India faces a critical problem of crops rotting due to insufficient storage and supply infrastructure between the farms and the market. Can the power of solar technology combined with the convenience of a rental economy be the answer to this problem?
Amit Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, Yulu Bikes) - Shivam [ 44:48 ]
Amit Gupta (Co-Founder & CEO, Yulu Bikes)
In this episode of The Next Ten Years, we talk to Amit Gupta, Co-Founder, and CEO of bike rental startup Yulu, (via a remote recording) about how he hopes to make electric vehicles synonymous with urban mobility in India.
Akash Dongre (Co-Founder, Indus OS) - Shivam [ 47:09 ]
Akash Dongre (Co-Founder, Indus OS)
India will be home to the next 500 Mn new internet users. But, these consumers will not interact with the internet the way it was done before. Internet and app discovery will mean the same thing according to Akash Dongre, Co-founder of Indus OS.
Milind Padole (Managing Director, Affordable Robotic) - Shivam [ 42:58 ]
Milind Padole (Managing Director, Affordable Robotic)
The Indian automobile industry employs 37 Mn people and its future hangs upon clean energy aided by automation. But before we build artificial intelligence in India, we need to up our ante on manufacturing itself, according to Milind Padole, Managing Director at Affordable Robotic.
Premanshu Singh (CEO, Coverfox) - Shivam [ 1:08:15 ]
Premanshu Singh (CEO, Coverfox)
The way we buy goods has changed. The way we invest has changed. How does one sell insurance keeping in mind millennials/gen Z? We speak to Premanshu Singh CEO of Coverfox Insurance about the future of selling financial products.