256: Avijit Sarkar

256: Avijit Sarkar

Asia Tech Podcast Stories is a regular podcast where host Graham Brown interviews the people that shape Asia’s Tech Ecosystem. ATP Stories features startup founders, investors and ecosystem builders.

Show highlights:

Podcast highlights:

  • [12:00] Avijit talks about his startup Regular.li - a time management app in the mobile devices of employees
  • [30:25] In India, startup people are the new rockstars - people leaving safe jobs and becoming entrepreneurs now. The next step is the maturity of the market
  • [36:15] In terms of having startup accelerators, where is India now? Also, startup founders now come straight out of college, go to an accelerator, get funding - they never had to go out and hustle. Does Avijit think this is positive?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Avijit Sarkar to Asia Tech Podcast Stories
  • [01:05] What is Kolkata's reputation in India in terms of tech and startups?
  • [03:50] What is a BPO - Business Process Outsourcing?
  • [06:10] Avijit talks about Avifa Infotech - a BPO he founded when he was 18 years old
  • [09:50] Are societal pressures still out there for people of Avijit's generation?
  • [12:00] Avijit talks about his startup Regular.li - a time management app in the mobile devices of employees
  • [15:45] How did it come along for Avijit to found Regular.li and their long-term vision for the company
  • [18:45] Who covers the marketing side of Regular.li and how does the company go about people to find out about what they do beyond word of mouth?
  • [20:20] Is there a way to get employees to use the app for their own benefit? How do they get users' feedback regarding the app that Avijit wants to develop as a platform? Also, how does Avijit know what is the right thing to add to such a platform?
  • [25:35] Avijit talks about running the company with his "brother" who had gone the "traditional path". Does Avijit feel a sense of obligation or guilt now that he had his "brother" come out into the riskier world of entrepreneurship?
  • [30:25] In India, startup people are the new rockstars - people leaving safe jobs and becoming entrepreneurs now. The next step is the maturity of the market
  • [32:05] Can you teach "thinking out of the box" or "solving a problem" idea? In-built curiosity and the instinct of learning must be there
  • [34:45] Did Avijit have any mentors or somebody he could turn to?
  • [36:15] In terms of having startup accelerators, where is India now? Also, startup founders now come straight out of college, go to an accelerator, get funding - they never had to go out and hustle. Does Avijit think this is positive?
  • [42:05] Avijit the traveler - what's the story there? And the digital nomad lifestyle now taking off in India
  • [47:20] Avijit the chef, which is the same as a developer CTO - making something that does not exist
  • [49:10] Avijit the marathoner - "it's about crossing the finish line, thinking that I have done something and tasting success"
  • [51:05] Young Indians don't appreciate other things in life as they are too busy on the career side
  • [54:05] Find out more about Avijit at www.avijitsarkar.com

Download the MP3 Audio File of this Podcast Episode

Right Click the button and "Save As" to download the audio file

Asia Tech Podcast Sponsors

Aegis Partners is a full corporate service provider, that employs online cloud systems and personalised advices in its corporate secretarial, accounting, tax and HR services. We help businesses incorporate in various jurisdictions inc Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Offshore. Visit the Aegis Partners Website

Related Episodes

How to Get on Asia Tech Podcast