Building a Startup: Avoid These Mistakes | Tips from Nithin Kamath & ZERODHA | FinshotsTV

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TLDR Aspiring entrepreneurs should carefully consider their financial obligations and the scalability of their business before seeking large sums of money from venture capital investors, and should focus on building a valuable product, prioritizing customer value, and achieving sustainable growth.

Key insights

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    Raising money from Zerodha helped the startup, Finshots, and sharing the experience can provide valuable insights for aspiring entrepreneurs.
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    Consider starting a startup at a younger age (around 21 or 20) when there are fewer obligations or after building up some savings to make it easier to sustain the initial grind before raising funds.
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    The founders of Inception initially planned to build a stock broking platform similar to Zerodha, highlighting the importance of identifying a profitable niche in the market.
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    Most Venture Capital investors are looking for businesses that can scale quickly with content, making it difficult for startups without that potential to secure funding.
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    The inclusion of our name, finception, at the end of the video caught the interest of ZERODHA, showcasing the importance of branding and visibility in attracting potential investors.
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    VC firms can offer more than just money, such as valuable support and reach, which can be priceless for a startup's growth.
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    Taking investor money would have meant compromising on quality and potentially losing the goodwill they had gained, so they chose to grow sustainably without external funding.
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    "You don't need to know about insurance. We'll train you from scratch and you can work with us remotely."

Timestamped Summary

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    00:00
    Building a startup and raising money from Zerodha can be helpful for aspiring entrepreneurs, as demonstrated by the speaker's personal experience.
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    00:51
    Starting a startup right after graduating from b-school may not be a well-thought-out strategy due to financial obligations, and it is advisable to start at a younger age or after building up savings.
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    02:22
    Starting a content platform with the goal of building a stock broking platform, the speaker emphasizes the challenges of funding, the drawbacks of the content industry, and the importance of building a large audience.
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    03:57
    Most venture capital investors want startups that can scale quickly, and while the speaker's startup faced challenges, they succeeded by trying new things, creating high-quality content, and eventually building a small profitable business.
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    05:46
    The founders of finception got funding from ZERODHA after creating a viral video and sharing the same values of building a content platform patiently.
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    07:31
    If you're starting a business, ask yourself if it can scale quickly and if the market is big enough to justify your valuation; if not, it's better to build your company without raising large sums of money, and consider the additional support that VCs can offer beyond money.
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    Zerodha funded the startup because they saw potential in their ability to build valuable products, prioritize customer value, and achieve sustainable growth.
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    10:06
    Hiring advisors for an insurance advisory platform, no prior knowledge required, remote work available; video offers advice for building a business or startup, with the opportunity to ask questions in the comments.
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