#Asia In the startup world, an easy sea doesn’t make a strong sailor

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In India, more successful startup Founders come from lower rung cities. Ashish Sinha says the reason is they do not take things for granted

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Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

Ashish Sinha, CEO and Founder of NextBigWhat (@cnha , LinkedIn, Main Site)

    • How did Sinha get started in technology? [1:15]
    • Before Sinha started NextBigWhat.com (formerly known as Pluggd.in), he had been working in corporations for example, Yahoo!. What are the interesting career lessons he learned? [1:45]
    • What was the motivation for starting Pluggd.in in 2009 and subsequently evolved to NextBigWhat? [2:04]

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    • India Startup Ecosystem [3:03]
      • How does one navigate the startup ecosystem in a huge country like India? [3:08]
      • What are the interesting trends in the Indian startup ecosystem? Over the past 3 years companies scaled up with huge valuations such as Flipkart, SnapDeal. [4:10]
      • Banglore as the main startup hub and followed by MCR in Delhi [5:40]
      • Decoding the India’s unicorns and high growth startups. [6:24]
      • How many years has it taken for startups to grow from zero to becoming a unicorn? Average time to reach unicorn club is 6.1 years. [6:40]
      • Do you really need a MBA degree to be a successful founder? 67% founders of unicorn startups do not have MBAs. [6:52]
      • Does US experience or working for a MNC which is US-based important for the founders in India  [8:00]
      • Is there a correlation between age and successful founders? Does ‘work experience’ matter? 40% of unicorn founders do not have working experience. [8:19]
      • What about metro vs. tier-2 cities founders in India? Does it matter? Surprising fact that the best Indian startup founders come from tier-2 cities and not the metro cities. [9:10]What is the interesting analyses that have arised in this report? For example, you have touched on some questions here:
    • Which cities are most of the startups located in? Is there an equivalent to Silicon Valley (US) or Zhongguancun (China)? [10:38]

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      • What are the interesting startups and emerging unicorns in the following categories: [12:28]
        • ECommerce: Snapdeal, Flipkart, Firstcry, Urbanladder.
        • Payments: PayTM, Freecharge.
        • Logistics:  Xpressbees.
        • On Demand Services: Olacabs.
        • Real Estate: Housing.com
        • Mobility and Internet of Things: Practo.
      • Who are the major venture capitalists or angel investors in India? How do they invest in companies? [17:00]
      • What is the impact of the India conglomerates such as the Tata Group, Reliance and Infosys to the startup ecosystem? [18:00]
      • Are we seeing the rise of the Internet conglomerates in India similar to Baidu-Alibaba-Tencent (BAT) in China? If so, who are the likely candidates to be on that list? [18:55]
      • Recently, Prime Minister Modi unleashed the initiatives for Startup India, what are the interesting policies, in your opinion, are interesting to the ecosystem? [19:25]
      • With US funds slowing down their investments in the US, do you see the same situation happening to the unicorns in India? [19:47]

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