/ The Book

StartupBook India (title TBD) is an upcoming book that features ‘interviews’ covering the early days of some of India’s most exciting startups!

Where so many mortals fail, what makes it possible for some entrepreneurs to make their mark in the history? This curiosity led Nistha to interview a ton of people following their dreams and making a dent in the universe. This book is a record of that journey.

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Girish Mathrubootham had no job upon finishing his engineering and joined MBA to save the embarrassment. Today Freshworks is aggressively moving towards the unicorn valuation of 1B USD.

From selling Kolkata rolls to finding new ways to recruit talent and create buzz about his company, Faasos, Jaydeep Barman is building a food company that users and investors love alike. The craziness began in the name itself!

Nithin Kamath went on from losing 4 lac in trading to bootstrapping a 240 crores high tech trading platform, Zerodha. Read the story of a self-made man and a smartly built business.

India has never been known for new product (hardware) development but that might change with the vision of Tarun Mehta. Ather Energy is the most serious and promising attempt at creating India’s own smart electric scooter and they are here to stay.

Unacademy started off as a YouTube channel but now they are a learning platform where anyone can teach! The journey of crossing 20M views a month and 5 lac app downloads is told by the young and fiery founders – Gaurav Munjal, Roman Saini and Hemesh Singh.

How did Sameer Guglani build one of India’s earliest startup accelerator Morpheus? What had happened at his first startup, Madhouse?

How did a non-tech-inclined, Mechanical Engineer, Amit Ranjan, managed a distributed team between Delhi and Silicon Valley to build the famed Slideshare?

How did a genius programmer, Prasanna, built a product LikeaLittle that grew faster than any social media ever? What happened after he turned down $50M offer from Facebook and $100M from Yahoo!?

How did two Stanford graduates build an iPad app, Pulse, that Steve Jobs praised in his WWDC Keynote? Ankit Gupta tells how Pulse evolved from a design course project to LinkedIn acquisition.

Varun Aggarwal from MIT takes up the challenge to solve the talent and recruitment problem of India with a sophisticated adaptive test behind Aspiring Minds. His story of convincing engineering colleges, students and companies to recruit through them is an inspiring one!

After 4 startup failures, all Paras wanted was to earn Rs 50k to prove to himself that he’s not a destined startup-loser. Then Wingify happened and now he’s running a $15M annual revenue bootstrapped company (and he still thinks he’s just beginning).

How did a lawyer from Chandigarh, Ankur Singla, start Akosha and processed 3M customer complaints?

How did Ankit and Nandini build India’s first multi-blog network, Instablogs, when no even knew what a blog is?

How did 3 engineers build a leading patent research firm GreyB without any external funding? Hear most fascinating sales, marketing and team building stories from Deepak and Chakshu!

How did 3 Yahoo! research lab scientists and engineers built and sold a company Fashiate in five months to Snapdeal? Nikhil Raiswasia shares his version of the fairy tale.

and so on…

Read the never-heard stories of Freshworks, Faasos, Unacademy, Zerodha, Slideshare, Pulse, Aspiring Minds, Madhouse/Morpheus, Akosha, Ather Energy, Instablogs, Greyb, LikeaLittle, Wingify, Fashiate and many more.

The book title, and cover image are temporary and subject to change once the publishing deal is finalized. The graph used on the cover design is taken from Paul Graham blog and AVC posts.

/ Featuring the interviews of:

  • Ankur Singla
    Ankur Singla Akosha

    How did a lawyer from Chandigarh, Ankur Singla, start Akosha that processed 3M customer complaints? A story of how nothing can hold a driven entrepreneur back!

  • Nikhil Rasiwasia
    Nikhil Rasiwasia Fashiate

    How did 3 Yahoo! research lab scientists and engineers build and sell a company Fashiate in five months to Snapdeal? Nikhil Raiswasia shares his version of the fairy tale.

  • Ankit Maheshwari
    Ankit Maheshwari Instablogs

    How did serial entrepreneurial couple Ankit and Nandini build India’s first multi-blog network, Instablogs, when no one even knew what a blog is? They came up with successful content marketing practices long before the term ‘content marketing’ became so popular.

  • Nithin Kamath
    Nithin Kamath Zerodha

    Nithin Kamath went on from losing INR 4 lac in trading to bootstrapping an INR 240 crores high tech trading platform, Zerodha. Read the story of a self-made man and a smartly built business.

  • Prasanna Sankaranarayanan
    Prasanna Sankaranarayanan Like a Little

    How did a genius programmer, Prasanna, build a product LikeaLittle that grew faster than any social medium ever? What happened after he turned down $50M offer from Facebook and $100M from Google?

  • Jaydeep Barman
    Jaydeep Barman Faasos

    From selling Kolkata rolls to finding new ways to recruit talent and create buzz about his company, Faasos, Jaydeep Barman is building a food company that users and investors love alike. The craziness began in the name itself!

  • Amit Ranjan Slideshare

    How did a non-tech-inclined, Mechanical Engineer, Amit Ranjan, manage a distributed team between Delhi and Silicon Valley to build the famed Slideshare?

  • Ankit Gupta
    Ankit Gupta Pulse

    How did two Stanford graduates build an iPad app, Pulse, that Steve Jobs praised in his WWDC Keynote? Ankit Gupta tells how Pulse evolved from a design course project to a LinkedIn acquisition.

  • Chakshu Kalra
    Chakshu Kalra GreyB

    How did 3 engineers build a leading patent research firm GreyB without any external funding? Hear most fascinating sales, marketing and team building stories from Deepak and Chakshu!

  • Girish Mathrubootham
    Girish Mathrubootham Freshworks

    Girish Mathrubootham joined MBA to save himself from the embarrassment of having no job. Today Freshworks is aggressively moving towards the unicorn valuation of 1B USD. Read how he spotted an opportunity and ran away with it.

  • Nandini Rathi
    Nandini Rathi Instablogs

    How did serial entrepreneurial couple Ankit and Nandini build India’s first multi-blog network, Instablogs, when no one even knew what a blog is? They came up with successful content marketing practices long before the term ‘content marketing’ became so popular.

  • Deepak Syal
    Deepak Syal GreyB

    How did 3 engineers build a leading patent research firm GreyB without any external funding? Hear most fascinating sales, marketing and team building stories from Deepak and Chakshu!

  • Paras Chopra
    Paras Chopra Wingify

    After 4 startup failures, all Paras wanted was to earn Rs 50k to prove to himself that he’s not a destined startup-loser. Then Wingify happened and now he’s running a $15M annual revenue bootstrapped company (and he still thinks he’s just beginning).

  • Varun Aggarwal
    Varun Aggarwal Aspiring Minds

    Varun Aggarwal from MIT takes up the challenge to solve the talent and recruitment problem of India with a sophisticated adaptive test behind Aspiring Minds. His story of convincing engineering colleges, students, and companies alike to recruit via his platform is an inspiring one!

  • Roman Saini
    Roman Saini Unacademy

    Roman is the Doctor from AIIMS, and an IAS officer who resigned to start Unacademy. The startup started off as a YouTube channel but now it is a learning platform where anyone can teach! The story of crossing 20M views a month and 5 lac app downloads is told by the young and fiery founders – Gaurav Munjal, Roman Saini and Hemesh Singh.

  • Tarun Mehta
    Tarun Mehta Ather Energy

    India has never been known for new product (hardware) development but that might change with the vision of Tarun Mehta. Ather Energy is the most serious and promising attempt at creating India’s own smart electric scooter and it is here to stay.

  • Gaurav Munjal
    Gaurav Munjal Unacademy

    After selling Flatchat to Commonfloor, Gaurav is building Unacademy. The startup started off as a YouTube channel but now it is a learning platform where anyone can teach! The story of crossing 20M views a month and 5 lac app downloads is told by the young and fiery founders – Gaurav Munjal, Roman Saini and Hemesh Singh.

  • Sameer Guglani
    Sameer Guglani Morpheus, Madhouse

    How did Sameer Guglani build Netflix of India – Madhouse that became one of the first successful exits for an Indian startup? What lessons did he carry on to building the successful startup accelerator Morpheus?

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