Podcast is the new mode of learning and consuming content, and this one will surely motivate and inspire a lot of young entrepreneurs and upcoming start-ups
Nansi Mishra co-founded the 100x Entrepreneur podcast along with her husband Siddhartha Ahluwalia in 2019. At 100x Entrepreneur, they help people grow 100x by bringing conversations from the best VCs and entrepreneurs from the Indian start-up ecosystem. To date, they have hosted more than 140 entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists with the likes of Vani Kola, Managing Director, Kalaari Capital, and Kunal Bahl, Founder, Snapdeal, and Titan Capital, among others. It was also regarded as among the Top 15 Podcasts in Asia in the Business Category by Tech in Asia.
Siddhartha and Nansi always wanted to learn more about the journey of successful start-ups and what happens when the companies scale, everything from fundraising, culture, problem-solving, building leadership to taking a company to IPO. To understand that, they started reaching out to successful entrepreneurs and VCs who have experienced that journey. Soon, they started sharing those conversations and their learnings with people on social media. And that’s how 100x Entrepreneur took birth. One of their constant supporters, Prime venture Partners, has been sponsoring 100x Entrepreneur for two years.
As Gaurav Munjal, founder of Unacademy, said, “All the mistakes’ entrepreneurs make, 99% of them are documented.” They are making these conversations, mistakes and learnings accessible to everyone, not just entrepreneurs, to grow 100x of themselves.
Siddhartha had his healthtech start-up Babygogo which SHEROES acquired. Nansi also worked with Babygogo. After Babygogo’s acquisition, they both joined SHEROES, and while working there, they started 100x Entrepreneur as a passion project. Siddhartha now works full-time with Amazon Web Services while pursuing 100x on weekends and Nansi works full-time on the podcast.
“To become 100x entrepreneurs when we start our next venture, we wanted to learn more about the journey of successful entrepreneurs and their learnings. And that’s the reason we were interacting with entrepreneurs. Their journeys and the love we were getting on those conversations, which are now officially released podcast episodes, motivated us to keep going,” said Nansi.
It’s been more than two years since 100x Entrepreneur was started and now they register 5,000 to 10,000 unique listeners for every episode. The initial challenges ranged from getting the best guest speakers on the platform as they were not well known in the ecosystem. Also, being a good podcasting platform was also challenging as they were the first start-up-focused podcast from India. General operations such as editing, compiling transcripts, publishing, to promoting the podcast with no team to help, was difficult.
“Very recently Internshala founder (one of our loyal listeners) shared the space on our podcast episode with Vani Kola. In the conversation, two of my favourite people - Siddhartha asking insightful questions to the ever inspirational Vani Kola. Do listen. It’s exciting when successful founders listen to other peoples’ journeys on the podcast and appreciate their journeys,” recalled Nansi.
“As Kunal Shah, Founder CRED, recently said that starting a start-up doesn’t guarantee success, but maturity and self-reliance are guaranteed. Start to become a better version of yourself. And be in for the long term. You have to believe in the power of compounding. For the first five years, get the right set of processes to attain a product-market fit and then scale. Let the results compound for the next five years of your start-up journey,” is Nansi’s advice.
You can check out 100x Entrepreneur at: 100xentrepreneur.com