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Startup Series, Deepshikha Kumar, SpeakIn – Part 1

The Story:

Learn from the successful entrepreneurial journey of Deepshikha Kumar Anand, Co-Founder of SpeakIn about the mistakes startups tend to make initially and how to avoid them.

Minute 0:42

Deepshikha talks about her inspiration behind SpeakIn. Back in 2007, when Deepshikha graduated from ISB Hyderabad, it was her co-founder who inspired the inception of SpeakIn. Deepshikha did not believe that SpeakIn could work in the early days as it had too many moving parts. 

DR Pro Tip: We have interacted with many founders who change their business model along the way. Pivoting at the right time is also important. 

Minute 3:28 

Dialogue Room Moment: Deepshikha, speaks about the importance of will & skill in a person. “There are only 2 dimensions to a person – will and skill. Skill can be taught, will can’t.”

Minute 7:32

Hate Monday meetings? Deepshikha stresses the importance of ‘old-school’ Monday meetings to structure your week. 

DR Pro Tip: Before your meetings, ensure each attendee has his own agenda to discuss. Assign each task to a designated person and with a completion date in mind. Circulate this document post the meeting.

Dialogue Room questions discussed in the video:

  • What was the inspiration behind SpeakIn?
  • What were the things that went haphazard in the beginning?
  • What was your push to keep on going?
  • Is there anything you would have changed in the early days?

A brief on SpeakIn: 

SpeakIn, founded in 2016, is Asia’s largest network of business experts and thought leaders. With over 15,000 experts, SpeakIn is engaged by business organisations, academic institutions, associations etc. Individuals can also engage with experts to gain individual guidance and seek mentorship for personal development.

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