Suchita Salwan of LBB on building a discovery platform for Indian millennials

Helping India’s over 500 million internet users find what they are looking for is the Holy Grail for everyone from Facebook and Google to Flipkart and Amazon.

Little Black Book (LBB), an online discovery and shopping platform cofounded by Suchita Salwan, a 29-year-old former marketing executive with BBC India, is fast becoming the go-to place for its close to 4.5 million users.

Listen in to this podcast with Suchita and learn from LBB’s playbook of building great communities, curating discoveries with integrity and, most importantly, doing all that without throwing monies to acquire users.

Kausshal Dugarr of Teabox on disrupting a legacy biz with a billion cups of tea

Welcome back to the second episode of The PlayBook – a brand new podcast from FactorDaily bringing conversations with the doers and inventors about how they build products of impact in India. In the first episode, we discussed “How Anand Jain used frugality lessons from childhood to build CleverTap.”

In this episode, I sat down with Kausshal Dugarr, founder of Teabox, an online tea retailing startup. I have tracked Teabox’s journey for five years now, since I wrote this story for TechCrunch.

Teabox has now shipped over one billion cups worth of its speciality tea, and there’s a lot to learn from Dugarr’s playbook of disrupting an age-old business using technology and imagination.

Tune in to listen and learn more.

How Ritesh Arora learned from failures to bootstrap, then turn BrowserStack into a $60m rocket ship

If you’ve been following the mainstream startup movement in India, it’s likely you’ve never heard of BrowserStack, or its low profile founder Ritesh Arora.

But if there’s one startup playbook you must learn from, it’s the BrowserStack journey.

By the time BrowserStack earned its first million-dollar revenue in the year 2012-13, the founders Arora and Nakul Aggarwal were still working out of coffee shops.

Bootstrapping can be lonely, sometimes frustrating and even mean slow growth rates.

However, with two startup failures before building BrowserStack, Arora was not new to challenges.

“We had over 50 investors saying no when we tried raising funds,” Arora tells me.

BrowserStack’s current annual revenues are estimated to be around $60 million

Listen to this podcast with Ritesh and learn the BrowserStack journey.

William Bissell of Fabindia on building brand, lessons from the journey

“Giving just returns to your investors and shareholders is a restrictive model for business. Business is such a powerful force, it needs to stand for a higher purpose,” Bissell tells me in this episode of Outliers.

Bissell, who took over the business in 1999, is now the vice chairman of Fabindia.

If you want to learn from William’s journey of creating a “built to last” brand, listen in.