Oct. 29, 2021

Nithin Kamath: On Finding Your Calling, Learning to Sell, and Doing What Feels Right

Nithin Kamath: On Finding Your Calling, Learning to Sell, and Doing What Feels Right

What does it take to start a business and succeed as an entrepreneur? Building a successful company is a lot about the idea, the market, timing. But also about being able to sell, attract a great team, and most importantly, have the grit to handle inevitable adversity that comes along the way.

The typical imagery that comes to mind these days is a startup founder from a top school who has the networks, attracts institutional funding, and is spending the capital raised to build a business for massive scale. But what if you don't fit that bill? What if you went to a no name school, don't have the networks, but still have the skills and desire? Does this mean you can succeed as an entrepreneur?

Today's guest is someone who's broken almost every stereotype there is for startup success. He's built one of India's largest and most valuable brokerage firms with 6 million customers within just a decade. He's done this without any external capital. His success is an amazing story of first principles thinking, self-belief, and the courage to build an organization based on what feels right. And in his case, that meant putting customers and employees first. I'm delighted to welcome Nithin Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha to the Inner Real Podcast.

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