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In conversation with Deepak Dhar

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About our guest

Deepak Dhar, is the Founder and CEO of Banijay Asia. Banijay Group is the world's largest independent content creation Group for television and multimedia platforms.

Under his leadership, in a span of 20 months, Banijay Asia has produced 18 shows across digital and broadcasting like The Kapil Sharma Show, The Voice, Nach Baliye 9 and others.

Prior to Banijay Asia, Deepak was spearheading Endemol Shine India, where he brought reality shows to the country and introduced shows like The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Bigg Boss to the small screen.

Discussion Summary

  • Believes in working as an all-rounder and create quality content across platforms.
  • Views content as emotions and believes that not necessarily the language, but characters can mostly draw audience to view a show.
  • Banijay has partnered with Turmeric Media and Mr. Kamal Haasan and is looking to create more regional content.
  • In his words “there is a content war happening across the globe and especially in India and Banijay would want to take the advantage of being the best solution provider with right content and right talent association.”
  • After successfully creating a digital fashion reality show for Myntra, there are more brands looking at custom made shows instead of plain sponsorships or ad spots.
  • Success to Deepak means learning from mistakes and achieving results continuously.
  • Advice to budding entrepreneurs: start early in your life as you will get enough time to fix mistakes you make in your professional journey and are ready for success.
  • Favourite movie: Ben-Hur and Sholay
  • Favourite Sports Personality: MS Dhoni

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In conversation with Dr. Thomas Frey

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About our guest

Dr. Frey is the Founder of DaVinci Institute where he works closely with his Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies.

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Dr. Frey spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (a High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, his keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies.

Discussion Summary

  • Dr. Frey believes that the advent of AI and Robotics will help humans as Robots are like extra tools to leverage.
  • Rather than jobs disappearing Dr. Frey believes that we are entering a period of super employment. With the advent of AI, we can be capable to create new entities and new opportunities for work and people. However most of it could be freelance, rather than full-time jobs.
  • Favorite Personalities: Leonardo Da Vinci and Elan Musk
  • Favorite Food and Holiday destination: Pizza and Maldives

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In conversation with Porush Jain

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About our guest

Porush, is the Founder and CEO of sportskeeda.com. He is an engineer and an MBA graduate from SIBM, Bangalore. He combined his two passions – sports and entrepreneurship – to disrupt the Sports Media Industry and founded Sportskeeda in 2009 when he was 24 years of age. The then blog and now a website attracts over 35 million monthly users.

Discussion Summary

  • Porush, while still in his engineering college, found a gap that there was no all-sports website in India promoting Indian sports.
  • Sportskeeda was founded in 2009 by Porush, along with his three friends.
  • Sportskeeda was funded in 2011, by an angel investor and later in 2012, got seed funding from seedfund.in.
  • Porush is bullish about short form video content and thinks that audio could be the future of how people may consume content.
  • Porush’s definition of success is that ‘when lot of people admire and love someone, that is success’. He believes that to achieve greater heights in business or profession, one must keep learning and never look back, but continuously chase his or her dreams.
  • In 2019, Nazara Technologies acquired a majority stake in Sportskeeda.
  • Favourite sports personality:Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
  • Favourite movie star: Adam Sandler

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In conversation with Mr. Pradeep Gupta

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About our guest

Mr. Pradeep Gupta is a first-generation entrepreneur, and along with his family members promoted CyberMedia in 1982. He is a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi (1975) and MBA from IIM Calcutta (1977). He is the main promoter as well as Chairman & Managing Director of Cyber Media (India) Ltd. He is an industry veteran of 40 years and is highly reputed in the IT Industry.

He was conferred the “National Entrepreurship Award as the Best Mentor” by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India as he has mentored over 150 start-ups.

He is the co-founder of Indian Angel Network. He is the Chair of the Alumni Trust, the sponsors of IvyCap Ventures Trust Funds. He is on the Board of the IIM Calcutta Innovation Park. He was a global trustee of TiE, the world’s largest entrepreneurial ecosystem. He was also on the Board of UTI AMC and its subsidiary UTI Capital.

He has been the past President of PanIIT India and Association of Indian Magazines. He is/has been on the Boards of IIT Mandi, Indian Newspaper Society, IIT Delhi incubator, etc.He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni award of IIT Delhi and the Helen Keller award for working in the disability sector.

Discussion Summary

  • Mr. Pradeep Gupta (fondly called PG by his employees and peers) believes that Entrepreneurship is about breaking the set patterns.
  • He joined a start up from the campus, which was very unusual in those days.
  • A professor who also was a mentor, advised PG to join HCL, which was then a “start-up” company. HCL was highly entrepreneurial, and that motivated PG to start his own venture, which was a software company.
  • He realized that during those times, there was lack of news on the Information Technology industry and hence that led him to incorporate Cyber Media in 1982 and in the same year Dataquest magazine was published. 
  • PG believes that in the media industry the revenue comes from the quality of the consumers and not quantity of the audience, alone.
  • He is an angel investor and a few of the companies that he has mentored or been involved with in some way, are Unicorns today.
  •  Like any other seasoned investor, he looks at a mix of criteria in the company he wants to invest including the team, the technology roadmap, the marketing roadmap, the clarity in vision of the founders.
  • His advice to us and all would be entrepreneurs is to “Focus and learn from mistakes. If one set of mistakes are avoided, others will happen. Do not be afraid of making mistakes”.
  • Favourite sports personality: Sunil Gavaskar
  • Favourite Movie and celebrity: Mughal-e-Azam; the late Madhu Bala.
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