Now is a glorious time for aspiring entrepreneurs to make their way into India’s startup ecosystem, which currently numbers 100 unicorns.
Today, India ranks third in terms of startups with a valuation of over $1 billion, after the US and China. Recently, the Department of Promotion of Internal Trade and Industry reported that India registers about 80 new companies every day.
So getting started shouldn’t be that hard, right?
Despite being the third largest ecosystem for startups, around 80 to 90 percent of startups in the country fail within the first five years of their creation. For every Flipkart, Ola, Oyo or Paytm, there are 90 failed startups.
While Your history never fails to seize the opportunity to be proud of the startup ecosystem achievers, Entrepreneurship 101 applauds the challenges all founders go through every day on their entrepreneurial journey. And what better way to learn than from the failures and challenges of those who made it to the top?
Bearing this in mind, Your history has selected a list of podcasts that every entrepreneur should listen to learn and implement in their travels.
How to start a startup
How to start a startup is a series of lectures given at Stanford University in 2014, turned into a podcast. These lectures were given by Samuel H. AltmanPopularly known as Sam Altman, CEO of the AI research lab OpenAI.
The series answers important questions including why one should start a startup, tips for ambitious 19-year-olds, how to hire, build a product, and finally, what to do once product-to-market fit is achieved. In addition, Altman also shares lessons on business strategy, monopoly theory, fundraising, and company culture.
Why should one listen to this? In addition to the invaluable lessons one can learn from the sessions, How to start a startup It comes from the former president of Y Combinator, a tech startup accelerator that has launched more than 3,000 startups, including the likes of Airbnb, Coinbase, Dropbox, and Reddit.
hosted by Josh Muccio, The tone is an independent podcast from Gimlet Media. It’s almost like the podcast version of Shark Tank, where real entrepreneurs go to investors for funding. The episodes cover everything from launch to follow-up questions to investor acceptance or rejection, and the reasons for the same.
The tone It’s a great way for aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to learn how to raise the pitch to investors, understand what an acceptable pitch entails, what questions to prepare for, and how investors reach a conclusion. The tone releases a new episode every Wednesday.
Home School Radio
Another Y Combinator podcast series, Home School Radio is hosted by aaron harris, Partner of the startup accelerator. The podcast series focuses on stories from startup founders and investors on starting a business, failures and challenges, lessons on scaling, and more.
The sessions were originally broadcast by the Wharton School on Sirius XM’s Business Radio. Each week, Harris hosts two guests. Some of the interesting guests invited so far include Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham and his partner Yuri Sagalov, Insight Data Science founder Jake Klamka, Comprehend co-founder Rick Morrison, Suhail Doshi of Mixpanel and founder of Docker, Solomon Hykes, among others.
Through this podcast, entrepreneurs can learn how to start, scale, and finance early-stage startups.
venture capital firm Andreessen-Horowitzpodcast produced a16z is the go-to podcast for entrepreneurs to keep up with trends in the Indian startup ecosystem. In addition to covering technology news and notable trends, a16z it also discusses technological innovations from tech experts, builders, authors, and emerging voices in the respective fields.
The series will not only equip tech entrepreneurs with the latest updates, but also help prepare them for the future world of software.
Some interesting a16z episodes include ‘The Founder to Investor Journey’, ‘Tesla and the Nature of Disruption’, ‘Feedback Loops: Company Culture, Change and DevOps’, ‘IA, WbRTC, Crypto and Full Stack Startups’ and ‘Inside Design Apple Software’, among others.
Every week about three or four episodes are released.
Source: 100x Entrepreneur
A product of India, 100x Entrepreneur is a series hosted by experienced entrepreneur and venture capitalist Siddhartha Ahluwalia. The startup-focused podcast brings the best of the best from the startup ecosystem to share their journey, mindset, and habits that make them successful.
100x Entrepreneur has hosted over 100 guests so far, including Kunal Bahl (CEO, Snapdeal), Rajan Anandan (CEO, Sequoia Capital), Deepak Shenoy (Founder, Capitalmind), Vamsi Krishna (Co-Founder, Vedantu), and Vani Kalo (MD, Kalaari Capital), among others.
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