Why Environment, Sustainability are hot for Amuleek Singh of Chai Point

Amuleek Singh Bijral, the founder of Chai Point, is an outlier for many reasons. For me, Amuleek is an outlier because of his undying focus to ensure Chai Point is sensitive towards the environment. And he believes being environment-friendly makes business sense too. Also, he’s in my list of Indian founders who I believe are building institutions that will last.

In this conversation, there are some never-told, amazing back stories about Chai Point’s innovative packaging, business strategy, and organization culture.

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How Vinoth Chandar of ChuChu TV made it a top global brand on YouTube

With over 24.5 Billion views and more than 38 Million subscribers across its channels, ChuChu TV is one of the top video creators on YouTube from India.

Vinoth Chandar, founder and CEO of ChuChu TV, began the channel in 2013 with a nursery rhyme video titled ‘Chubby Cheeks’ sung by his daughter, which went viral and received over three hundred thousand views in two weeks. Today the company has grown both in India and globally and boasts multiple channels creating content for kids — even catering to an international audience through ChuChu TV Canções Infantis (Brazilian Portuguese) and ChuChu TV Canciones Infantiles (Spanish).

In this episode of Outliers podcast, Chandar talks about his journey from working in the IT sector to building a successful global YouTube company from India.

Sebastian Thrun on flying cars and solving today’s problems

Can Bengaluru’s traffic jams be solved with flying cars? For Sebastian Thrun, the Google X founder and among the world’s top AI and robotics scientists, flying cars are no more science fiction.

Thrun, the cofounder of online education startup, Udacity, believes that learning new things is the only way to survive.

“You can only learn something new if you’re bad at something,” he tells me.

We recorded this episode of Outliers podcast in February this year when Thrun was visiting Bengaluru.

Listen in to make sense of disruptions that aren’t just going to shape our future, but are perhaps ready to make an impact in our present too.

Recommended reading: Sebastian Thrun: ‘The costs of the air taxi system could be less than an Uber’

Kishore Biyani on his survival lessons for the future

Kishore Biyani’s entrepreneurial journey has been a rollercoaster ride since he first started selling fashion fabric to garment manufacturers in November 1983. Over the last four decades, Biyani has been through several cycles of business and technology disruptions, including the economic slowdown of 2008 when he had to scale down the business, negotiate with the lenders and rejig the operations.

For Biyani, cash-rich and aggressive conglomerates such as Reliance and Tatas on the one hand, and new age disrupters, including Flipkart and Amazon, on the other, have posed a never-ending battle.

“My father used to tell me that in my kundali, in my horoscope, something is written that everybody around you, with you, will make wealth — and you will never make wealth. So I still believe in that quite a lot. I think I am ‘Andhon mein kana raja’, I am not great,” he tells me in this episode of Outliers podcast.

Biyani’s latest ammunition to fight these battles is a combination of his customer base and technology-powered data insights for making decisions.

“I asked a legendary investor one question: ‘How do I remove emotions and gut and instinct from my decision making?’ He said, ‘Data.’ And from that day onwards, I started working on data,” he says.

“Data doesn’t lie, data has no hierarchy, data has no caste, creed; it’s the most secular thing you can always think of, and I think the person who used to take every decision by gut or instinct is now saying that data is the only way to take decisions.”

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