Jul 20, 2020

Shashank Murali and Farid Ahsan

Starting Up in College

Podcast Summary

Podcast Summary

In today’s special episode of the INSIGHTS podcast on ‘student entrepreneurship’, we cover the journeys of two well-known founders in the startup community whose entrepreneurial journeys started right from their college days: Shashank Murali from Tapchief and Farid Ahsan from Sharechat.

We hear from Shashank and Farid on their early life and college days, how they decided to take up entrepreneurship, how they arrived on the idea they went after, how they worked progressively to build their companies, and finally how they would do it differently if they were to do it all over again.

In the podcast, Shashank and Farid take us through their respective journeys, right from the initial experiments they did, projects they worked on before arriving at the business idea of today, to the challenges that they had to overcome along the journey.

To learn more about how to build the next big startup right out of your college or school, tune in to the latest episode of the Insights Podcast by Accel


01:43 — India’s moment of Zuckerberg/ Bill Gates stories
04:55 — Early days that shaped them
08:50 — College life: realizing their true calling
18:53 — Landing on the idea
30:15 — Advice to student entrepreneurs today
41:56 — Best markets to go after for students

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Anand Daniel
Partner, Accel

Anand is one of the partners at Accel India. He has lead investments in companies like swiggy, bounce, blackbuck and more. Investing since 2006, Anand focuses on investments in consumer technology, online marketplaces, and healthcare technology at Accel.


Shashank Murali
Co-Founder & CEO, TapChief

Shashank Murali is the founder of Tapchief, a platform that hires experts for consulting

Farid Ahsan
CO-Founder & COO, Sharechat

Farid Ahsan is the founder of Sharechat, a leading social network platform from India.

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