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Brij we would like to know more about your journey I grow up in Nagpur as a town in central India. I went to the u.s. To do my undergrad at the University of Minnesota computer science and post which I joined a start-up was a business analytics startup as part of the founding team move to India almost 10 years back to help them set up the engineering center over here before I got into investing. I founded a startup in the retail analytic space we grew it to to a certain scale but couldn't scale it to a large company, but post that I joined GSF which is an accelerator program. One of the first independent accelerators in the country was part of the founding team to set up the program here in Bangalore and was with them for a couple of years and we invest in close to 30 companies while I was there and then last couple of years I've been with reap right, which is a Japanese Venture Capital fund. Advising them on their investments in India. So how did GSF happened for you? I got introduced to Rajasthani who's the founder of GSF through a friend of mine. And initially, I met Rajesh is just to kind of understand, you know more on his perspective on the business that I was willing and how maybe he could advise and then I joined as an entrepreneur in residence who kind of understand the, you know, the process of building startups further and maybe helped fellow entrepreneurs at the same time. And then I really like that whole process of working with early-stage entrepreneurs a lot of my work focused around helping companies on finding product market fit and go to market strategies early stages. And yeah, I mean from that point I stayed on and I like the whole investment process and continue to build it for them. How long you were a GSF and what were your key learnings during that stint I was with GSF for Well over three years. I think one of the key learnings of course has how to build your initial team and find that product market fit, which is extremely critical. I think at the early stages, especially the first few customers both on the consumer or the business side that you get really define what company you end up building and a lot of times is actually the directions that you don't take the define you because customers would pull you in different directions mentors would advise you to go take one path or the other. I think those decisions are fairly critical in the first year or two years and if you were able to get those right then, you know exponentially increases your chances of success. What were the key start of like little ILabs which were you part of the journey? Yeah, so little ilabs while analytic software company. They were part of the first batch of GSF program they were building software essentially to help. Software mobile app developers diagnose problems in their mobile apps and you know essentially have better performing apps for consumers. I think the initial focus was how do we help developers identifying issues right for network management on bandwidth and battery issues and things like that, and we wanted to build an SDK and platform that really resonated with the developers and I think the focus on building that community around it making sure that the features that were building were really what the developers would pay for and then scaling it with the enterprise clients or some of the key learnings from that era. How did you join Rebright partners and how has your journey being till now? So I met Ebihara San who is the founding partner of rebright almost five years back now, he just started coming to India to start investing over here. I found the whole the perspective of Japanese investors looking to invest in India and the Indian market quite interesting and they were coming in for the long term. They were really interested in building a strong relationship with the tech ecosystem over here and it gave me an opportunity to work in a more formal role in a venture capital firm. And that's how I essentially got started working with them. So your journey in the last five years has been around mentoring and nurturing. Startup how has this changed you as a person. I think it's made me a lot more humble. It is extremely difficult being a building startups lot of a lot of challenges, especially when you know, when you're building the team and you're getting early customers when you're fundraising, you know lot of unexpected turns doesn't matter how good of a product you have or How great an opportunity in the market is there are so many sort of paths and decisions that come along the way that could make things work out for you or don't so just you know, being flexible, you know, being more empathetic to people understanding their thought process. These are some things that are fairly critical in the early stages both from an investor and entrepreneurial standpoint which few startups in rebright partners. have you invested in the last two years and how are these startups? Grown? Yeah. Yeah. So let me talk about our latest investment. It's a company called Aibono which is agri tech space. We call it a seed to plate platform. So they work with farmers on one side to help them increase the yield of their produce using technology like sensors iot and analytics and on the other side the aggregate small retailers. in the city and deliver this produce directly to them so they created a whole supply chain platform to create the right type of demand and sink, right? So to reduce wastage to get better pricing for the farmers and better quality produce to the end consumer and it's very exciting. I found the whole premise of the company, you know, as every app need for our country where there are so many supply chain problems where farmers make less than what they should be consumers don't get the best quality produce and you know, we need to be better and more efficient for our environment's sake so very excited about AiBono and they're starting to scale very well since our investment a few months back. What are the other companies? Would you like to talk about? Yeah, I would like to talk about one of the earliest investments from my GSF days in which we also did investment in rebright. There's a company called Docs app which provides remote doctor consultation. They started off as a different product when we had invested in GSF. And it's also a story of how a company pivots its product when the first sort of idea doesn't work and still continues to build on to a successful platform later on. The their first product was essentially more a communication platform for doctors, and then they realize that you know, what would be more ideal is if you get better access and better patients to the doctors and better access to doctors and in you know, it wasn't a difficult journey at the early phases. Both patients and doctors were unsure whether digital consultation or remote diagnosis would actually be viable or workable, but they have built an amazing platform. App is used by millions of people just last month. They did over 200,000 doctor consultations in the most used digital health care platform right now, and I'm very proud of the way the founders have executed and solved a bunch of challenges to get to where they are.