Welcome to the DueDash Startup Lounge. We break down what it actually takes to build a great startup, what makes it investable, and how you deal with difficult investor curveballs. There are 77 types of questions investors will throw at you and these questions are not only the basis to win an investor meeting but also the basis of a great business. Because investors do exactly that, trying to understand if your business will grow wings and fly or if it falls down the cliff. Every month, we are inviting high-profile investors and successful startup founders from around the globe to uncover their thoughts, experience, and ideas on building investable businesses.
To start this journey, it will be important that you understand the essential building blocks of an investable business and the questions investors will ask. You need to know, why you built your business, which market opportunity there is, your solution, your roadmap to creating a great product, how much traction you already have, the business model that brings in your revenues, who your competitors are, your financial situation and your team. If you don't perform well in these areas, you will have a problem. In this session, we will walk you through the steps that are relevant and where you should start working on today!
Varun comes with 10 years of experience in power trading and distributed solar. Founded Chargeup with a vision to build Bharat’s largest battery-swapping network. His core focus is to impact the lives of millions and contribute to a cleaner environment. With his mantra of By Yourself -Better Yourself, he is on a mission to power 1 million EVs by 2027.
To interview these amazing founders, we have DueDash co-founder, serial entrepreneur, and investor Nikhil Madan. A global entrepreneur turned investor turned entrepreneur again. He has a firm belief that one should be an entrepreneur for the right reasons and not just for the next funding round.
His love of cars and robots brought about the development of multiple aerospace and automotive manufacturing businesses, while his passion for technology kept him in the software business. He places the highest value on “getting the job done” and 'customer delight.' Making customers' happiness a key priority is for him the main reason he was able to build multi-million € revenue businesses. Now, he has already 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur. In total, he founded 8 startups, is an electronics engineer by training, and a Berkeley Haas Alumni.