In Brief: Shunya One Ep. 7

On Episode 7 of Shunya One, Mayur Aggarwal, a tech entrepreneur and founder of ShipEasy, joined Shiladitya Mukhopadhyay and Amit Doshi to discuss logistics.

While discussing bootstrapping and all the pitfalls and penalties one encounters while initially setting up a business, Shiladitya comments on the need for entrepreneurs to be aware of the basic aspects (accounts, HR, etc.) of their business - 

[Entrepreneurs] should know “what will mess with me”, “what will screw up my business and my life” vs “what’s my safe playing ground”. I think that clarity we don’t have, or (because it’s so complicated) we don’t bother. That’s when people start saying, “Let me just find a trusted advisor who’ll say ‘don’t worry about a thing’, and I’ll not even look at the intricacies of it’ and [then] choose to focus on whatever I like to focus on. And that piles up, as an entrepreneur.....and that’s a bad attitude....the fact that most people don’t want to go deep because the deep is so deep

Over the course of their discussion they briefly comment on the workings and importance of Chartered Accountants in India, the Ken article “Why a lack of judicial reforms could kill India’s startup story” and Uber, and then get down to brass tacks of logistics. Mayur illuminates the political influence on logistics in India - 

A lot of unskilled labour generally tends to move into logistics. So, as population has grown, a lot more people have been accommodated into logistics and warehousing. now if you traditionally look at warehousing or logistics they are usually [run by] people who are politically connected, people who are either patrons of political parties or themselves in that whole spectrum. One of the biggest things they can get access to is cheap labour. Cheap unskilled labour. So that builds the building block of that multi-level broker facet. The more people I have in the value stream, I too get ignored for my big margins. [if] there’s somebody else across the state at your end, who’s also running a very bad show but you’re paying him 6%, why not pay me 6% as well. Probably both of them could be eliminated by one guy whose running it at a more efficient manner at 3% but then that’s how the political connection comes in.

Continuing on logistics, they discuss the implications the new GST bill will have on it. Amit comments on the need for overhaul in logistics in India - 

Logistics is the single biggest area where india can improve its efficiency and productivity by so much, it’s not even funny. Right now the amount of time it takes for goods to get from a factory to a distributor is insane! It is insane, when I hear these numbers! And somebody [tells me], “we just sent our shipment out because we’re going to run out of stock in 20 days and we need to make sure it gets there on time.” I’m like 20 days! 20 days is 2%! If you’re running a manufacturing business, 20 days is 2%. that means that basically in a year your looking at 25% productivity that can happen by being able to cut that number.

Catch the full episode here:  

In Brief: Shunya One Ep. 6

On episode 6 of Shunya One, Kuldeep, Head of Business and Customer Success at CleverTap joined Shiladitya Mukhopadhyay and Amit Doshi to discuss some of the latest issues in tech and business.

After reminiscing over the days of Nokia N9 and E71, they discuss the importance of sales. Kuldeep talks about how start-ups don’t give it its due: 

Indian businesses have always reacted in a way [that] they need to organise, and one way they’ve found to organise (in my opinion at least) is they cluster around each other, you go to Tirupur where almost half of cotton hosiery is done or you go to Bhilwara (which is close to Chitod-Udaipur) where almost half of India’s polyester is done. Right outside Bhiwandi, there are literally looms and looms...Bombay is a big cloth centre. Lot of these businesses are clustered together, they face the same business challenges so on and so forth, so [what’s] fundamental to running a business in India is if you don’t know how to sell, you will lose your identity because you’ll be lost among a crowd. Nobody will see you fail. You’ll just disappear in the background, which is why (when you mentioned startups) there are some start-ups who clearly cannot sell. There are start-ups who are all about the product, they’re all about the softer disciplines (and I don’t mean soft in a bad way) - you can have a great product, you can have a great package, you can have a great vision, you can be executing brilliantly. but in the end someone has to translate it into money, someone has to translate into a partnership.

Over the course of their discussion they briefly cover the sales strategy of Windows, the current state of the mobile markets and whether the Iphone is the winner that has taken all in the market. On the last point, Amit had this to say:

I absolutely understand that apple makes a lot more money than [HTC, Xioami, 1+], but these people are also rational actors. They’re not going to continue staying in this business if they don’t see a path to money making. And people are not going to fund them if they don’t see a path to money making at some point, right? The sheer number of people using android, as opposed to iphone, is 4 times that number. to me that says that there is something over there. Point being, that it’s not winner takes all.

Catch the full episode here: 

#PodsWeLike West Wing Weekly


One of my favourite shows of all time, what could be better than doing an episode by episode recap with insiders. Hosted by Josh Malina (who played Will Bailey on the show) and Hrishikesh Hirway (who hosts the Sound Exploder podcast), they have a bunch of stars from the show and people who work in similar roles in real life as guests to discuss each episode. 

Check out their episode with Aaron Sorkin here:

The podcast that saved my comedy career

1am, some Tuesday, 2014

I return home dejected after another open mic where my material crashed and burned. The usual. It’s been four months since I started doing comedy and open mics are the only public forums where I can take my pitiful jokes and hope to evoke a reaction. But it doesn’t seem to be working.

My mom keeps some dinner for me which I don’t bother heating up. I just want to get it over with. The embarrassment of bombing on stage isn’t half as bad as coming home after work and a gig to a quiet room with no one to talk to. I can’t watch TV or I’ll wake everyone up and I can’t cry into my food because it is salty enough as it is.

Instinctively, I open Soundcloud and instead of listening to remixed ‘90s anthems (my real source of power), I check out Comedy Central’s podcast. There, in a sequential order are international comedians performing some of their new material. Curiosity took over and I start eating my meal while listening to these episodes. I listened to the episodes, back to back, each featuring just about 10 minutes of comedy from comedians who were now, somehow hanging out with me in that room that night.

With no visual to these bits and just the audio, that podcast made me appreciate every single line. I understood what joke delivery was, how to set something up, and then deliver it. It made me realise what I wasn’t doing right on stage; speaking too fast and with fear. I realised that the audience is always listening and it’s my job to communicate better. It’s a learning I cherish to this day.

I have been doing stand-up comedy and improv professionally for two years now and I also get to host my own podcast now,  so I’d say everything kind of worked out. I still eat food at 1am though; some routines are hard to break.


Check out Comedy Central’s podcast channel:

Check out my podcast Keeping it Queer, in which I talk to members of India’s LGBTQ community and bring their stories to you:


- Navin Noronha

#PodsWeLike Making Oprah

30 years ago, Oprah Winfrey made her big debut on television. While it may not seem like that to us now, considering her status as a part-book Midas, part-therapist and part-lady who gave people free cars, it wasn't always easy. 

In this mini podcast series by WBEZ, Making Oprah, host Jenn White traces the show's awkward beginnings, Oprah's rise on daytime television and what the show meant to people who worked on it. 

In just 3 episodes (plus 3 bonus ones), Making Oprah talks to producers, competitors, publicists and even Oprah herself. Check it out:


The IVM Podcasts app is here!

Introducing *a procession of drummers walk buy slowly building up to a heart-thumping drum roll* the IVM Podcasts App! 

An application exclusively for all of our wonderful podcasts, the IVM Podcasts app is available on both Android and iOS (that’s right!) and you can find the latest episodes of all our shows.

Go ahead, download it, rate and review the app, listen to something, learn, sing, laugh, startle your uber driver! 


Introducing Sex Vex


What's something you shouldn't say on a first date? What happens if you're attracted to your best friend? What kind of lube should I buy? And if the spirit moves me, can I kiss my boyfriend on Bandstand without getting arrested? 

We are so excited to announce a brand new show, X&Y that attempts to answer or at least debate all of these questions. Hosted by Siddhant Mehta and Dilnaz Irani, Sex Vex is all about real, casual conversations about dating and sex in urban India, without judgement.

This is a weekly podcast and will be available every Wednesday on our website, YouTube, Audioboom or any other podcasting app you like. Of course, the content is meant for adults, so if you're trying to find the show on iTunes India, just switch to the global store instead. 

The first episode tackles first dates and you can listen to it below: 


We mention not discussing movies on your first dates, here's an article about that, here's one that attributes the research to a book and this is the book itself.    


#PodsWeLike The Hilarious World of Depression.

Comedians are known to be notoriously sad people in real life. This podcast hosted by John Moe (who's fought his own battles with depression) tries to understand why that is and the different coping mechanisms that the comedians found in comedy. What's fascinating in each episode is how every comedian went through or is going through a different type of depression from bipolar disorders to a messy divorce to suicidal tendencies. It's not all doom and gloom though, every episode has a bunch of laugh out loud moments. Some stand out episodes are the ones featuring Maria Bamford, Peter Sagal and Andy Richter.

You can find it here:

#PodsWeLike 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

Tim Harford - the undercover economist talks about some of the critical "inventions, ideas and innovations" that make the modern work function.

There are episodes on the light bulb, the shipping container, the compiler where he narrates the story of how the subject became a crucial building block of modern life. The latest episode is about paper and is a great way to get started.

You can find it here:

What we've been upto: January 2017

New year, new shows! 

We are only in the beginning of 2017 and we've already launched 4 new shows that we are super proud of. Get ready for a list! 

The Seen and the Unseen

As someone who doesn't fully understand some of India's policies, always aims to find multiple opinions on it and then gives up and just reads tweets, this podcast is perfect. Journalist Amit Varma takes on public policies and explains the seen and the unseen affects of it. 

Keeping It Queer

Hosted by our very own producer, Navin Noronha, Keeping It Queer or KIQ as we say (on internal Slack channels, I mean) chronicles the life and journey of India's LGBTQ community. We've had incredible guests so far who've shared stories of their first love, the struggles they faced to come out and what it's all meant to them (I may have teared up a couple of times during editing). 

My Neighbour, Zuckerberg

Entrepreneurs talk to entrepreneurs to discuss entrepreneur stuff. Hosted by Munaf Kapadia (of the Bohri Kitchen) and Nabeel Merchant (of Fixy), My Neighbour, Zuckerberg traces stories of struggle, adventure and creativity and find out what makes them who they are today. One month in and I've learned so much already! 

IVM Likes

This one may or maybe not be my favourite. Every week, we are rounding up our staff to bring their personal pop culture recommendations and general chit chat about tv shows, movies and books. 

#PodsWeLike: Crimetown

Gimlet Media has a new show called "Crimetown". The concept behind the show is to examine crime from the angle of how it affects a town. The first season examines the intersection between the mob and the politicians in what is a relatively small town, at least compared to the mega cities where the mafia normally thrived. The fact that it is a smaller city makes the stories much more personal. Check it out, I highly recommend it.