Feb. 2, 2022

Shirish Nadkarni, Author of From Startup to Exit | An Insider's Guide to Launching and Scaling Your Tech Business


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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?

➡️ Show Links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shirishn/

https://twitter.com/shirishn

https://www.shirishnadkarni.com/

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