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

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