Indian Startup Stories

Building Hyperlocal Services Platform for Small Merchants w/ Rajesh Badger, CEO & Chengappa Chottera, COO (Zopnote)

May 28, 2021 Ashok Episode 21
Indian Startup Stories
Building Hyperlocal Services Platform for Small Merchants w/ Rajesh Badger, CEO & Chengappa Chottera, COO (Zopnote)
Show Notes

Today’s guest:
Rajesh Badger, CEO & Chengappa Chottera, COO (Zopnote)
Website: https://www.zopnote.com/ 

You will learn:
02:01Background, studies, prior startups, experience abroad and R&D  
04:02What is hyperlocal commerce? And how zopnote is helping local merchants and tapping opportunities
07:27Spark moment and reason behind the Start
09:56Increasing subscribers, formula adopted for customer adoption and retention; and statistics around
13:11Association with Startup Incubation - How they helped & its benefits - Microsoft; Google & more
16:43Sales & marketing - hunting on ground and understanding the problem 
18:17Why networking is important in a business journey. “Let’s do it” attitude.
21:19Transition from earlier company to Zopnote. Common goal is the key for consistency and improvements
23:07Funding managed - Bootstrapped; idea of scaling & investment fund
24:31Moment of relief; initial products for newspaper; general stores and more. Reaching first 50 customers
28:54Customer success stories & pride moments in helping local community vendors
30:54Impacts of COVID, and change in dynamics for business with local vendors
35:18Young talents with great ideas in the market. Students & passion the industry
37:39What could go wrong in an entrepreneurial journey? And things to focus
41:31Staying calm and working with principles matters - Perseverance & clarity are key to business ideas
44:39Instances of mistakes and learnings 
39:22Rapid fire round

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