‘चलो StartUp’ – Episode 1: DON’T STRESS. STARTUP KARO!

‘चलो StartUp’is a 10-episode video series that present inspiring lessons and start-up stories on how to be a successful entrepreneur & jobs creator in India. Why am I doing this? When I re-engaged with startups as a mentor & angel investor in late 2016 after a 2-year gap, I was flooded with requests. I realised that most of them had similar questions and concerns. The 10 videos will hopefully provide…

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In conversation with banking expert Vik Atal, on the past, present, and future of banking

Over the past year or so, I’ve been privileged to get to know Vik Atal, and interact with him closely. In an era where reputations, especially in banking, get built and damaged so quickly, it’s inspiring to see the near-universal respect that Vik commands. It’s not difficult to see why. When I interviewed him recently for this article, his depth of understanding around issues relating to today’s banking challenges was…

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Notes of a Food Nomad (…with a little help from technology)

As co-founder of a startup with global ambitions, I’ve travelled 170+ days in the last year – pretty much making me a nomad of sorts. And as a self –confessed foodie, the quest for memorable food experiences on my travels has certainly been interesting. First, the airline food ( is that worth talking about?) Most low-cost airlines in US serve only peanuts, pretzels or cookies (choose any one!). But no…

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Notes from the Centre of the Universe

About a month ago, we set up the New York office of Crayon, the big data startup that I’ve co-founded. I was wading through a mass of summer tourists at Times Square, to get to my office on Broadway & 48th. Right up ahead of me were a bunch of European teenagers. A tall guy in the group turns around to the others and announces loudly, “This is Times Square,…

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