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➡️ About The Guest
Shirish Nadkarni is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in creating consumer businesses that have scaled to tens of millions of users worldwide. He was the co-founder of Livemocha, the world's largest language learning site with 15+ million registered members. Livemocha pioneered the concept of social language learning and was later acquired by RosettaStone. Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was the founder of TeamOn Systems, a mobile wireless e-mail pioneer that was acquired by Research in Motion in 2002. The TeamOn technology served as the core foundation for Blackberry Internet E-mail, which had over 50 million users at its peak.
➡️ Talking Points
00:00 - Intro
04:30 - Shirish Nadkarni’s Origin Story
07:15 - What Was The Point Where Shirish Decided to Build His Own Company?
11:00 - How Does Shirish Research Market Fit Product?
14:08 - If Given The Chance, Would Shirish Have Started His Company Differently?
15:33 - Shirish’s Advice For People Who Are Doing Research On Product Market Fit
23:49 - How To Plan To Sell Your Company?
25:50 - Shirish’s Time At Blackberry.
27:19 - How Did Shirish Start His Second Company?
30:23 - Lessons Learned Starting Multiple Companies.
33:28 - What Are Some Strategies To Raise Funds For Startups?
36:19 - How Do Founders Reach More Investors For Fund Raising?
37:55 - How to Select A VC As A Partner?
39:17 - What Is The Standard Agreement With A Venture Firm?
40:03 - Why Is Strong Company Culture Important To Build Or Grow A Company?
44:47 - Who Should Read Shirish’s Book?
46:27 - How Can People Connect With Shirish Nadkarni?
47:16 - What Was The Biggest Challenge Of Shirish’s Career, And How Did He Overcome It?
47:50 - How Important Is Being Able To Pivot As An Entrepreneur?
48:31 - Who Was Shirish’s Mentor?
49:28 - A Book Or A Podcast Recommendation By Shirish
50:15 - What Is One Thing That Shirish Would Tell His 20-Year-Old Self?
51:01 - What Is One Big Misconception About Start-ups?
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