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Redefining success — one talk at a time

July 29, 2019

Are you always brimming with crazy ideas? Do you want to build something from scratch? Are you passionate to achieve the impossible? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you are at the right place. Starting up is no less than birthing a baby, or sometimes maybe even more. And people who startup are insanely driven to make a difference. In the words of Lakshmi Pratury, the CEO of INK, they are “billionaires of moments” — greedy, insatiable, and crazy about their ideas and experiences. 

Here are the key takeaways from our incredible speakers:

  • Lakshmi Pratury, CEO, INK

Slow and steady, wins a marathon

“Be it the richest man or the fastest runner — we are always fascinated by point-in-time achievements. But life is a marathon. It takes years of training to run a marathon and when we try to run it as a 100-meter race, we fail. Starting slow is the key, you don’t want to exhaust yourself in the first 5 miles. A startup is not a flash in the pants, it’s a long term journey. Becoming a company and making a difference takes time.”

About INK

INK is a platform for innovators to share their crazy ideas and inspiring stories with the world.

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  • Vani Kola, Founder & Managing Director, Kalaari Capital

The struggle is real

“Often, success is glorified so much that the pain and the struggle behind it are overlooked. The agony before the ecstasy of success is real. Entrepreneurship is an inward self-journey. When I started being an entrepreneur, I suddenly felt like my life got derailed. I had to look into myself to solve the outward problems.”

About Kalaari Capital

Kalaari Capital is a venture capital enterprise that started off with USD 150 million and grew into a firm worth USD 650 million.

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  • Atul Jalan, CEO & MD, Manthan

Change is an inevitable part of society — welcome to the digital age

“Our idea of love, sexuality, relationships, democracy, freedom, money, jobs, and our identity — all are undergoing profound change. We live in a digital world where the real power lies not with the government but with people who hold data. We are becoming data organisms. Data is being sold to advertisers all the time. I am not naive or reactionary to believe that data should be locked and saved. I think data as an asset should not only help corporations, countries, societies, but it also should help individuals. The same technology of AI, Machine Learning, and data sciences which help advertisers should help in increasing the happiness, efficiency, and money of individuals.”

About Manthan

Manthan is a tech company that designs prescriptive analytics applications powered by AI — on the cloud, for customer-centric businesses.

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  • Shilpa Sharma, Co-founder, Jaypore

 Showcasing the beauty of India to the world

“I believe that the finest design aesthetics around the world come from India. We at Jaypore, always felt that there is an opportunity for us to showcase the best of India to the world. Jaypore is a culmination of love for craft, design, and the need to change the image of Indian products. Our aim is to showcase the contemporary Indian aesthetic.” 

About Jaypore

Jaypore is an online shopping website that sells handmade sarees, dupattas, ornaments, shawls, home decor, and art.

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  • Kaushal Duggar, Founder & CEO, Teabox

 Revolutionising the tea industry

“You will never have fruits or vegetables that are more than three days old, because they’re usually not fit for consumption after that. But why is it that today, people are consuming tea —  which is also an agricultural product — 6, 12, 18, and 24 months later? Because they aren’t informed. It is extremely important for you to ensure that you get fresh products. We at Teabox looked at things like these and decided to do them differently. We created India’s first cold chain process — not even the Tatas or the Levers have it.”

About Teabox

Teabox is a beverage company that delivers fresh tea from estates in Darjeeling and the Nilgiris. 

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  • Ravinder Sharma, Global Sr Director, Analytics, Insights & New Capabilities, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Innovation is the key to staying relevant 

In my opinion, entrepreneurship is not limited to launching a startup in your garage. It is not totally limited to a new idea outside of our company. Entrepreneurs also compete with intrapreneurs — and  I look at myself as an intrapreneur. At ABI, we embrace a startup DNA to be admissible in this fast, technology-led world. We operate like a startup in order to be relevant for the next 100 years.”

About Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a multinational brewing company with approximately 400 beer brands under its name.

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  • Farid Ahsan, Co-founder, ShareChat

Disrupt yourself to disrupt the market

“A vast majority of Indians do not know more than 25 words of English. However, I have realised that while most don’t really know the language, their adherence to the script, their love, and understanding for the anglicised version of vernacular languages, whether you call it Hinglish, Telgish, Tamilish or whatever, is going to be the future. Hence, we started this platform called ShareChat.”

About ShareChat

ShareChat is a regional language social networking platform with approximately 50 million users in India.

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  • Tushar Vashist, Co-founder & CEO, HealthifyMe

 Look out for moments of reinvention

“I strongly believe that every startup goes through some defining moments of reinvention, and their success and failure depends on these. They have to seize these pivotal moments and move on to the next orbit. I can sum up my journey or HealthifyMe’s journey in a sentence — we look at ourselves every two years, introspect, imagine our world as it should be, and then we find the courage to get there.”

About HealthifyMe

HealthifyMe is an online weight loss and fitness tracking platform with an AI-enabled nutritionist. 

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