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Learnings from the WhatsApp journey

July 5, 2020
46 Mins
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Learnings from the WhatsApp journey

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Learnings from the WhatsApp journey
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Summary

In this episode of the INSIGHTS podcast, we have with us Neeraj Arora, who played a pivotal role at Whatsapp as an early employee and then as the Chief Business Officer.

We hear from Neeraj on his early career days, non-obvious career moves, learnings from the Whatsapp journey, the multi-billion dollar Facebook- Whatsapp deal, his experiences from investing in India, and finally some advice for startup founders.

In the podcast, Neeraj gives us a glimpse into what made Whastapp stand out as he chose his next move after Google and walks us through some of the key decisions they took at Whatsapp that shaped their success story.

To learn more about Neeraj’s story and the key founder traits that helped Jan and Brian scale Whatsapp to over a billion monthly active users with a team size of just fifty-five people, tune in to the latest episode of the Insights Podcast by Accel

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Notes:

03:20 — Early life and career

13:00 — The Whatsapp journey

19:22 — Rapid Fire: first-time situations

24:39 — The Facebook-Whatsapp deal

28:49 — Winning traits of Jan and Brian

34:08 — Return to investing

42:08 — Rapid Fire: fun questions

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