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Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going.

It’s a fast talking, no holds barred take on everything and anything around the world of business!


Episode Date
Disney's Succession Woes, Bewakoof X Aditya Birla Fashion & Chat GPT
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This week, Think Fast begins with a discussion on a Rohit Shetty film- Cirkus, the trailer of which was recently released. Further, they talk about Whatsapp allowing one to message oneself, Mercedes' Marketing Head stating SIPs and Mutual Funds to be their competitor, some recent acquisitions, Spotify Wrapped and how it is a great marketing tool but raises the issue of privacy, Relove raising money, Netflix venturing into games, and much more. 

In the detailing segment, the stories for this episode were firstly apparel brand Bewakoof getting acquired by Aditya Birla Fashion, Bob Iger taking charge of Disney again and their succession woes, the rage around Chat GPT, and brands innovating with Athletic wear. 

Varun recommends a brand: Odd Giraffe

Suchita Recommends the LBB X Nykaa Fashion Festival in Delhi 
And reaching out to + catching up with old friends. 

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

 You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter & Instagram 
You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter & Instagram 

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Dec 07, 2022
HealthTech in India, Instagram Followers, Twitter & FTX
3050

It was a fairly 'hmm' week and Varun & Suchita begin by talking about the Arrest of Elizabeth Holmes and all that's been happening with FTX & Twitter, Aditya Birla group's partnership with Galeries Lafayette and the rise of Luxury in India, Telegu being the fastest growing language in the US, World population crossing 8Bn & India getting closer to being the most populated country in the world, Beauty retail competition among Nykaa, Tata & Reliance, Qatar saying no to alcohol in FIFA stadiums, Social raising capital, Steve Jobs' Birkenstocks selling for 200K, and Deepika Padukone's new beauty brand. 

They deep dive into talking about the recent glitches with the Instagram Algorithm- a story done by Shephali Bhatt in Mint, the Mindfulness-wellness space and some companies acing it, and BeatO's latest funding round and how specific companies addressing specific problems wholly and aiming to solve them are a great idea. 

Varun recommends a company: Daily Objects. 
Suchita recommends a show: Inside Man, Netflix

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

 You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter & Instagram 
You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter & Instagram 

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Nov 23, 2022
FTX Downfall, Meta Layoffs & Mark's Letter + Food Delivery Apps in India
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This week was quite lukewarm but in another midweek madness episode of Think Fast, Varun & Suchita start off with a little rant about what the hell is happening even at Twitter, Adidas & Ye's situationship, Tiger Global & Nykaa's selling spree, YouTube hitting 8 million subscribers, Ashneer Grover's new book aptly titled 'Doglapan', and Estee Lauder buying Tom Ford.

They dive deep into Zomato's latest financials and how food delivery apps in India are faring in general, MyGate's partnership with Urban Company & Acko, FTX's downfall and the general Cryptocurrency scene, Meta announcing layoffs and Mark's communication to employees, and a team in Mumbai dedicated to making the city more entrepreneur friendly.

Varun Recommends a podcast: Dhar & Jay Show

Suchita Recommends a website: We Are Collins

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Nov 16, 2022
Airbnb's Brand Marketing, Founders In Ads, & My Gate's Woes
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We're back after two weeks and so enthused about this episode because the team met offline, in person!

On this episode, Varun & Suchita talk about the chaos at Twitter, the various other companies like Meta also laying off a huge chunk of their employees, Tirupati Temple being richer than Wipro and Nestle, IKEA's latest financial reports, and Jacquemus- the brand.

Further, they deep dive into a recent trend where Founders feature in their product ads with examples like Vineeta Singh (SUGAR), & Shashank Mehta (The Whole Truth Foods), they talk about Airbnb's brand marketing strategies and how a different approach has worked well for them, the rise of sleep companies and evolution of mattresses, boAt's latest activities, and an impending IPO plus My Gate App's struggles with unhappy customers owing to in-app advertising and the tough road to funding.

Find Varun & Suchita's in-person Karan Arjun moment here.

Suchita recommends:
(The CapTable article:
https://the-captable.com/2021/12/paytm-zomato-jio-valuations-india-tech-ipo-aswath-damodaran/)

Varun recommends:

Brian Holiday & Morgan Housel's episode on Daily Stoic

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Nov 09, 2022
Bira x Beer Cafe, Wingreens' Brands & the Sexual Wellness Market
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Think Fast this week began with a rapid-fire of news stories starting with Bantr- a Ted Lasso inspired fictional Dating app by Bumble, an indigenous drone backed by MS Dhoni, how PF records helped companies identify employees who were moonlighting, Meta's new AI headset and experimentation with Ads, how India shops at pop-ups and exhibitions, a book on Glossier, Fireside Ventures raising capital, Netflix becoming like regular TV with ads, and the case of Bumble robberies.

In the deep dives, Varun & Suchita talk about Wingreens and their latest acquisitions, Bira acquiring Beer Cafe, the Indian Sexual Wellness Market- brands, growth, and education, and layoffs in the EdTech sector.

Varun Recommends a book: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Suchita recommends a blog post

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

 You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Oct 19, 2022
Crossover episode: Think Fast X Advertising Is Dead: AMA Co-Host edition, CRED X UPI, Meta ads & Creators
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This is a special crossover episode between Think Fast & Advertising Is Dead.
Suchita's co-founded company LBB recently got acquired by Nykaa while Varun exited from The Glitch, a company he co-founded. They cross-question each other about their journeys, building and scaling their respective companies, and their role after acquisition.

In the intro segment, they cover Elon Musk considering buying Twitter at the original price, Bill Desk & PayU deal being called off, Honey Singh's new song, and Ray Dalio's exit from Bridgewater.
They also discuss Liquid Death's valuation, the Recycling Industry, the good and bad of the ongoing Festive sales, Cred enabling UPI services on its platform, and Meta rolling out new ad strategies that are more business-friendly than creator-friendly.

Suchita recommends a Mashup song: Peach Munde

Varun recommends a book: Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Oct 12, 2022
E Comm Sales, Caratlane, & New trends in Indian Cinema
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It's Midweek Madness on Think Fast with a long list of different things happening around the world. We cross yet another record of a long introduction with some interesting stories beginning with how Varun looks similar to Hritik Roshan in Vikram Vedha. Varun & Suchita further discuss Tesla's new Optimus robot, Trevor Noah quitting 'The Daily Show' and apparently dating Dua Lipa, some stats around recently concluded EComm sales, ONDC setting up a store in Bengaluru, subscription social media ft. Social Home, Uniqlo profiting in the Indian market, Reliance Retail launches Zara competitor, Pharell Willams' company 'Joopiter', Razorpay acquires Poshvine, and Netflix's gaming studio.

They deep dive into the following 2 stories:

  1. How Cinema from South India has gained popularity pan India, and how films are now not restricted to just language/region but accessibility has made sure everyone appreciates a good film irrespective.

  2. How TATA made good business decisions and minted a unicorn with Caratlane

Suchita recommends a podcast: On with Kara Swisher

Varun's suggestion: Kara Swisher & Bob Iger (Ex Disney) interview

Varun recommends a book: Discipline is Destiny by Ryan Holiday

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Oct 05, 2022
Moonlighting, Youtube, Social Commerce & India’s Thrasios
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Varun & Suchita begin with the most loved Roger-Rafa moment at Roger's last match, the much-hated remake of Garba Queen Falguni Pathak's iconic 'Maine Payal Hai Chhankai' by Neha Kakkar, an update to a previous story about multiple cloud kitchens running from the same little center and how Zomato has decided to crack them down, Pepperfry & Oyo's upcoming IPOs, Clothing brand Shein's new rival, Brad Pitt's genderless skincare brand, Join ventures securing funding from Motilal Oswal group, All of Tata group's Airlines planning to merge, Reliance being in talks to acquire Sephora, Kuku FM raising capital, Zepto founder becoming the richest Indian Teen with huge personal wealth (on paper), Beyond Meat founder's ironic moment, some more news on Byju's, and the announced launch of 5G on October 1.

This week's stories:

  1. India's Roll-up Businesses 

  2. A discussion on Moonlighting 

  3. Is Social Commerce losing steam? 

  4. YouTube's partner program & new initiatives

Suchita recommends a play: For The Record

Varun recommends Miss Marvel

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Sep 28, 2022
Adobe X Figma, Mr. Beast, & Sustainable Brands ft. Beco
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Suchita is back from America and you have to check out the refreshed energy and vibe she's got on to this episode. Team Think Fast totally recommends taking breaks!

A long introduction ensues where they discuss stuff happening with Byju's, Media Literacy with reference to writing about struggling companies, a few heartbreaking retirements, Federer lookalike Arbaaz Khan, the queen's death and how the internet reacted to it, the Ethereum merge, Puig's stake in Kama Ayurveda, Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard surrendering his brand to fight Climate Change, and a 'haven't-watched' take on Brahmastra.

This week's stories:

  1. Supporting Creator-led Business via Investments ft. Youtuber Mr. Beast. 

  2. How to make D2C experiences better, Offline version ft. America 

  3. Sustainable brands ft. Beco 

  4. Adobe Inc. agreed to buy software design startup Figma Inc. 

Suchita recommends:
A book: Let My People Go Surfing

A beauty brand: Credo Beauty

Varun recommends:

A book: Sacred Hoops

A song: Divine's latest titled 'Guneghar'

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Sep 21, 2022
Quiet Quitting, Ordering Grocery on Whatsapp, & Fake Cloud Kitchens
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This week, it's Varun & Amit as Suchita is on a much-deserved break in the US.

Amit & Varun begin by talking about some significant happenings that include an ongoing wave of the great resignation, Twitter and its Edit button that's being tested, a nostalgic dive into the days of Campa Cola and the joy of Reliance having acquired it denoting the possibility of seeing it in the market soon, Starbucks' new Indian Origin CEO, and the absurdity of some LinkedIn posts.

For the top stories, we have Jio Mart's collaboration with Whatsapp facilitating ordering groceries easily, Fake Cloud Kitchens and how one single FSSAI license has more than 200 restaurants operating under it, YouTube testing a podcasts tab on its home page, and a deep dive into Quiet Quitting & Quiet Firing.

Amit Recommends a show 'The Brink' which is available on Disney+Hotstar & a book 'A Children's History of India'.

Varun recommends the book 'Build' by Tony Fillips.

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Sep 07, 2022
Mergers & Acquisitions, XYXX's funding, & Long-form Content
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This week's episode began with Varun talking about embracing Fatherhood for the second time, the India-Pakistan Asia Cup Match which was quite the spectacle with a special mention of Hardik Pandya's swag, and Jay Shah refusing to hold the Indian Flag and Twitter's reaction around it, how Podcasts are coming to Twitter and what then happens to Twitter Spaces, Adani group being over-leveraged and their stake in NDTV, Air Pods and their revenue, and Nykaa's offline Athleisure store on Delhi.

Varun & Suchita share their Mergers & Acquisition experiences with Nykaa acquiring LBB & WPP acquiring The Glitch; and the recent acquisition of Svami drinks by Third Eye Distillery and the Indian Gin market. They also talk about a recent YouTube study about how its Long Form content has seen significant viewership contradicting the fact that short form is popular due to short attention spans, XYXX's funding and the lingerie market.

Varun recommends a Biryani place while Suchita recommends an Apple Plus show 'Bad Sisters'.

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Aug 31, 2022
HBO Max in India, Peloton Slow-Down & Adam Neumann's FLOW
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It's a Think Fast after a slow long weekend but an equally hectic week gone by. So today, the episode was a long introduction segment of multiple interesting stories. Hosts Varun & Suchita begin with Varun (finally) turning 40 and his serene Birthday Bash by the Pool. Further, they talk about the demise of ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and his esteemed portfolio, Threads on LinkedIn about Indians returning from abroad, WeWork's Adam Neumann's latest venture- Flow, Salman Rushdie's stabbing, and thoughts on Indian Matchmaking season 2. They then deep dive into talking about Amazon acquiring Rhoomba, Peloton & Soul Cycle laying off employees, HBO India hiring a team here but then being unsure about carrying on, and Snapchat crushing its subscription service. Continuing the long introduction, they also talk about Crypto firms being accused of Money Laundering, Man using Tinder to find a sister and avoid Rakshabandhan FOMO, Brand integrations in films with reference to the recent example of Netflix's film 'Darlings', and IMDb vandalism.

Refer to the Quartz article about Snapchat as mentioned by Suchita.

This time they re-recommend:

Suchita: The Bear (On Hulu)

Varun: Everything Is Out Of Syllabus

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Aug 18, 2022
Lenskart X Owndays, Binance X WazirX, & TikTok Music
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It's a happy time for Think Fast as co-host Suchita Salwan's co-founded company LBB has been acquired by Nykaa. She gives us a little sneak peek into the process, followed by Varun joining in to talk about other stories including Uber's loss from Zomato and a probable withdrawal, Koo & Sadhguru's social spends, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala's Akasa Air, Balenciaga's announced launch in India, Masaba's cosmetics and wellness brand 'LoveChild', and a recent survey by O Womaniya! survey that pointed out the abysmally low number of women in Cinema.

The episode's top stories include Lenskart's partnership with Japanese OwnDay and how the company has been progressing over the years capturing the eyewear market, Creator Cloning and why it's getting more popular, a look into 'Work From Home' in 2022, TikTok venturing into music and what it means for its counterparts and other audio apps, and the latest controversy of WazirX's ownership with reference to Binance.

Suchita recommends a show: 'The Bear' (on Hulu)

Varun recommends 'Darlings'; and the book 'Surrounded by Idiots'.

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Aug 10, 2022
Navigating Marketplaces, Instagram VS The Internet, & Indian Coffee Brands
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This week, Think Fast delves into some more layoffs as industries struggle to keep afloat, Zomato's stocks and restructuring bits, Nas Academy's latest funding, Kotak Hurun's list of wealthiest women, and Spotify's growing numbers.

Further, Varun & Suchita talk about Navigating Marketplaces as a brand and some strategies to do so impactfully, a few updates from Ola as it shifts focus and resources towards it's EV vertical, Instagram taking into consideration user feedback and retracing it's tik-tok-ish layout, and finally a look at India's rising and thriving Coffee brands like Rage, Sleepy Owl, and Blue Tokai.

Check out the Navigating Marketplaces story from The Hard Copy Newsletter: Part 1 & Part 2

Suchita Recommends a Coffee Brand: VS Mani & Co. while Varun recommends watching 'The Gray Man'.

They also unanimously talk about Yashraj Mukhate's latest mix on the Ranveer Singh X NDTV video.

The song Varun sang in a competition: Vareva Emi Face

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Aug 03, 2022
YouTube India hits Billion, Nike turns 50, & Sula IPO
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The week that went by was all about powerful women with India electing Draupadi Murmu as the President and Savitri Jindal's net worth ballooning 3 fold. In this episode of Think Fast, Varun & Suchita also talk about the rise in investments in Plant-Based Meat, some more news from the Good Glamm Group, Sports screenings exclusively on Fancode, and a certain love for Addis Abbaba- the capital of Ethiopia. Also, a gentle reminder about Varun turning 40 in 3 weeks!

Further, they cover YouTube's business crossing the Billion Dollar mark and what strategies might have worked or bombed, Swiggy's top management order seeing a little restructuring and reassessment, Sula recently filed for an IPO so a sneak peek into the story of India's Napa Valley, and how Nike has caused a positive cultural renaissance and will celebrate 50 years.

Suchita recommends a book: ShoeDog by Phil Night

Varun recommends a podcast: Batman Unburied

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

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Jul 27, 2022
Bio-Tech ft. Ultrahuman, 'Wish' & Impulsive Commerce, & Family Offices
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We begin the episode by gossiping about Sushmita Sen & Lalit Modi, like everyone else is doing, online & offline (Guilty, right!) Further, Varun & Suchita discuss layoffs at Microsoft & hiring Freeze at Google, Evan Williams quitting as the CEO of Medium, VCs tightening their pockets and India's 104th unicorn, Airtel in talks to acquire Gaana, Blinkit and Zomato's impending collaboration, and Unacademy's Performance Marketing strategy.

Lots happened in the world and in the week's top stories, Varun & Suchita discuss Ultrahuman and fellow bio-hacking tools with reference to the Indian Market, the pros and cons of Family Offices, Travel accessories featuring Mokobara, and Impulsive Commerce highlighting a SF based app named 'Wish'.

Varun Recommends eating Curd Rice with Chilly Chicken while Suchita recommends a book: 'How Brands Grow' by Byron Sharp.

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

You can follow Varun Duggirala on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/varunduggi and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/varunduggi

You can follow Suchita Salwan on Twitter at https://twitter.com/suchitasalwan and on Instagram at https://instagram.com/suchitasalwan

Check out video episodes on the Think Fast YouTube Channel.

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Jul 20, 2022
Vauld Shuts Down, Good Glamm Group Restructures, & Predictions 2022 Followup
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In this episode of Think Fast, Varun & Suchita discuss Elon Musk abandoning the Twitter deal, the Sri Lanka protests and ongoing economic crisis, the assassination of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Ashneer Grover's new venture, Byju's funding woes, and some more exciting stuff from the week gone by.

They further dissect Good Glamm Group's restructuring, why Bangalore was ranked as the least liveable city in India in a recent report, and how FinFluencers promoted Vauld, a Crypto company that recently shut down leaving its investors stranded. Further, they take a look at the predictions made back in January this year to see if any of it has come true or otherwise.

Varun Recommends a movie: Vikram

Suchita recommends an episode: Koffee With Karan S7 E1: Alia & Ranveer

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Jul 13, 2022
Reliance's Succession Plan, Pinterest, Twitter, & Plant-Based Meat
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Varun is back on this week's episode and tells us all about his recent trip to London and Suchita is inspired to take a vacation herself as well. They discuss Plum's recent investment by Rashmika Mandanna and then digress to talking about Jeff Bezos' yacht woes. They inform us of the entry of Pret-a-manger in India while trying to get the pronunciation right.

A few tries later, they move on to talk about the week's bigger stories starting with Ed Tech in India as their struggles continue. Further, they discuss the plant-based Meat industry in India and where it stands currently; regarding Pinterest's change in leadership and how underrated the platform is, Twitter and its experimentation with a new long format called 'notes' that might also be editable, and lastly about Reliance's leadership handover to the next generation of the Ambanis and what it holds for the business.

Understand Decentralised Education here.

Varun Recommends:

Young Rock | Stranger Things Season 4 | KGF 2

Suchita Recommends:

Article by Russ Roberts | Only Murders In The Building S2

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

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Jul 06, 2022
India's Creator Economy, Zomato X Blinkit & FB Goes TikTok
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While Varun is enjoying his stay in London, Amit joins Suchita on this week's episode of Think Fast. They begin by discussing the Roe V Wade judgment, Uber's struggles, RBI's recent mandates with respect to BNPL, and give us an update on some recent acquisitions.

Suchita recollects a recent article by Shephali Bhatt that talks about recent stats in the Influencer Economy space and why they might not be accurate, the Creator Economy and new trends in the same, and how Facebook might be working towards a TikTok style Algorithm. Amit tells us about the new laws in the TelCo space and the recent Zomato-BlinkIt merger.

Check out the episode with Shephali Bhatt here.

Amit Recommends 'Hustle', a Basketball film starring Adam Sandler.

Suchita Recommends 'Dave Chappelle: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor'.

Varun & Suchita also answer a few listener questions on the show. Do share yours on the below-mentioned handles.

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Jun 29, 2022
Minimalist VS Ordinary, Revlon Files for Bankruptcy, & SonyLIV's Success Story
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In this week's episode of MidweekMadness, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing Elon Musk's All Hands with the Twitter fam, Ashneer Grover being back in the StartUp scene, Extra-Marital Dating App Gleeden thriving in India, Tencent buying Binny Bansal's Flipkart stake, a game show inspired by Squid Game, and Chaayos's latest funding.

Varun gives us the details of the IPL Media Rights Auction- key players and winners, Suchita looks into Revlon's recent filing for bankruptcy and what happens to Minimalist now that Ordinary has launched in India, and a recent thread by Dukaan's lead criticizing Shopify and some discussion around its truth and approach, SonyLIV recently celebrated 2 years and saw phenomenal growth- so a dive into the strategy and numbers, and a look at how startups are solving for ED and the likes, and tackling taboos and awkward conversations.

Suchita recommends the Netflix Docu on JLo named  'HalfTime'

Varun recommends some playtime with kids.

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Jun 22, 2022
Physicswallah, Sustainable Tourism, Hustle Culture & Kyra
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This time Midweek Madness begins by discussing the weather of Mumbai & Delhi, and whether Elon Musk bought Twitter or not. Further, they talk about Cred's rising valuation, Gucci taking China seriously, UPI befriending Credit cards, India's love for Puma, the proposed 4 day work week in the UK, and some interesting advertisements.

Varun & Suchita Think Fast about India's fresh unicorn- Physicswallah and their noble & humble business venture, Purplle's gradual growth, and recent funding; also Pepper Content's business model and them raising decent capital for expansion, Raj Shamani's Twitter post and the callout to toxic hustle culture, Meta-influencer Kyra's adventures on Instagram, & the rise of sustainable tourism in India.

Suchita recommends a book and a band:

Book: Anna by Amy Odell

Band: Girlhood ('It Might Take A Woman' & 'The Love I Need')

Varun Recommends Taking a Holiday.

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Jun 15, 2022
Ola's Fall, Dream 11's Rise, & Sheryl Sandberg's Exit from Meta
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Varun & Suchita begin this week by remembering KK & his music and discussing the Amber Heard- Johny Depp verdict. They further talk about Spotify's White Noise Podcasts and their popularity, Blue Tokai's launch in Japan, the controversial Layer Shots Perfume ads, and some Zomato stats.

Further in the episode, they 'Think Fast' about Sheryl Sandberg's 14-year journey in Meta and the news of her exit; Urban Company's business and how it is going strong- the changes made in their MO to accommodate pandemic induced challenges, and striving to build an ethical and sustainable business model; Dream 11- rise in popularity, usage, and revenue; Ola's struggles with juggling the Cab & EV verticals and it's way downward; and Country Delight's recent funding and a look into the company's business.

Tune in for all this and much more.

Varun recommends a playlist on Spotify: 'Nature Stroll'

Suchita Recommends a podcast episode: Invest like the Best ft. Ashwath Damodaran.

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Jun 08, 2022
Sequoia's Heads Up to Founders, Boutique Searches, & Podcasting Hits a Billion$
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In this week's episode of Think Fast, Suchita begins by telling us about her recent getaway to Srinagar & Varun starts with the closing of IPL 2022. Further, they chat about the Dolce & Gabbana partnered Kourtney & Travis wedding, Balenciaga X Adidas collab, Vir Das' new Beer, NYT Article about Glossier CEO, and much more.

This week's analyses include how the future of search is boutique, dwindling Social Commerce, the Podcast industry hitting the $1Billion mark, Sequoia's presentation informing founders of the startup winter, the fallout of Metaversity's co-founders, and an apparent rift in Udaan's top management, and Adam Neuman's startup.

Suchita Recommends a vacation to Srinagar and a stay at Qayam Gah.


Varun recommends watching Top Gun Maverick on the Big Screen.

Article: The Future of Search is Boutique

Article: Sequoia's Warning

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Jun 01, 2022
Only Fans, What's Next For D2C, & Community Biz ft. BlissClub
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On Think Fast this week, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing the Twitter sting operation and how the company has been in the news for some time now, and not for the best reasons. Further, they talk about Jack Ma pulling out of PayTM & Ankiti Bose getting fired from Zilingo.

Suchita's stories include Community Led business featuring BlissClub- is it a reliable and sustainable business model; Exploring D2C businesses in India and segments with growth potential including kids' health, sexual health, lifestyle management, etc, and exploring Masstige brands in India- their present-day standing and the corresponding evolution of the Indian consumer.

Varun tells us about Only Fans- how adult creators have found comfort in the platform but how that also has been giving them a sort of, negative image; Smytten's latest funding from Fireside Ventures, and how small cities have been driving Multiplex growth.

Varun recommends exploring the old school in a time when new, innovative (and digital) designs are the norm.

Suchita recommends a newsletter 'Lean Luxe'

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May 25, 2022
StartUp Winter, Lady Gaga VS Skims, & Patreon's Creator Survey
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In this week's episode of Think Fast, hosts Varun & Suchita begin by telling us about Ather Energy securing funding, Apple's latest hire- an ex-Ford employee, some more Elon Musk, First Cry delaying their IPO, and how White Hat Jr's employees quit on being called to the office.

Further, Suchita deep dives into the rise of Athleisure and its foray into sub-segments like activewear, Tennis wear, and so on, the Sneakers market and how it's been growing and attracting not just the millennials but the older folks as well, how Jens and Emma Grede have been accelerating Celebrity led brands including the likes of the Kardashians, and Lady Gaga relaunching her own brand after a tryst with bad timing and decisions.

Varun looks at a creator survey led by Patreon and its interesting insights, the peak of Start-up winter with brands like Swiggy, Zomato, and Meesho slowing down to conserve cash, and Instagram's foray into NFTs.

Tune in for all this and more.

Suchita Recommends a book: Anna: The Biography by Amy Odell

(https://www.amazon.com/Anna-Biography-Amy-Odell/dp/1982122633)

And a show: Bling Empire Season 2

(https://www.netflix.com/watch/81039144?source=35)

Varun recommends a show: The Lincoln Lawyer

(https://www.netflix.com/watch/81335096?source=35&trackId=254743534)

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May 18, 2022
Wingreens, Good Glamm, and Spotify & Influencer Podcasts
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This week on Think Fast, Varun & Suchita get into a little Mumbai-Delhi squabble and share some more Elon Musk news. Suchita talks about the  ongoing Abortion Rights case in the US, and the LIC IPO.

The big stories include Wingreens' latest acquisitions, Good Glamm's fresh stakes in Raymond's consumer business, an update on Desi Thrasios, Spotify's positive outlook towards the India Market, Influencers turning podcasters and attracting brands, and Snapchat's drone Pixy.

Varun recommends the 'Not Lost' podcast while Suchita recommends 'The Flight Attendant' on HBO Max.

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May 11, 2022
Zilingo Drama, Amazon Prime's Show Slate & The Future of Shopping
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This week, Varun & Suchita begin by discussing Elon Musk's full buyout of Twitter and Suchita highlights some key happenings in the startups & Business space. In the Think Fast segment, they talk about all the drama happening at Zilingo, Amazon Prime Video's recent announcement of their upcoming shows and collaborations with major production houses, the Resale economy and how it's growing faster than Retail, Nandan Nilekani's latest project with the GoI after Aadhar & UPI, what the future of shopping looks like, and Instagram's latest features to help Creators scale. All this and much more.

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May 04, 2022
Analysing Cashify, D2C Cool Down & Web3 Moves to Dubai
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This week, Varun & Suchita begin by diving into the recent events in the Pan Masala universe and take us through some interesting acquisitions in recent times.

The conversation further revolves around Netflix's loss of subscribers and their decision to track down password sharing, the growing number of celebrities who have been investing in brands, Cashify's business model and future plans, how tough Indian regulations are resulting in an exodus of Web3 entrepreneurs who are moving to Dubai, a Sequoia letter that informs us of the company taking notice of allegations against the founders of companies they have invested in, and what challenges have D2C brands been facing in staying afloat in a post-pandemic scenario.

You can refer to the Sequoia letter here

Varun recommends reading a book, any book that gives you joy and adds value.

Suchita recommends Selling Sunset Season 5

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Apr 27, 2022
Trouble at Startups, BookMyShow's Rebound, Spotify & Live Audio
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This week's #midweemadness is fueled by the previous week's midweek madness- Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt's Wedding where Varun and Suchita discuss clothes, the 'window' aspect, and much more. This week, they deep dive into Netflix's buttons and some fun stats, Ad Revenue and what a money-making strategy it is, some more discussion from the Elon Musk and Twitter love story, how EComm has seen a dip in business while offline is slowly picking up again and how BookMyShow is slowly seeing the light of the day, what happened to Clubhouse and Greenroom, and finally a rundown of the hiring and firing trend in startups.

Varun recommends: My First Million Podcast 

Suchita Recommends: The DropOut 

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Apr 20, 2022
Elon Musk + Twitter, YouTube X Podcasts, & The All-New Tata Neu
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This week was quite the whirlwind with some very interesting collaborations and announcements. Varun & Suchita kick off the midweek madness with BharatPe folks washing their dirty laundry on LinkedIn and the new but same old Sabyasachi X Starbucks collection. Further, they discuss the new Super App Tata Neu- is it worth the hype?, Elon Musk becoming the largest shareholder in Twitter, so now possibly what next?, Asian Paints' latest acquisitions and their attempt to foray into categories beyond just colour, YouTube's interest in podcasting and the steps taken towards making the platform more inclusive, DailyHunt's progress story, and finally a take on a recent Gaurav Munjal interview.

This week they recommend Newsletters:

Varun asks us to check out the 'Thousand Faces Club' Newsletter while Suchita suggests 'The Sociology of Business'

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Apr 13, 2022
Zakir Khan's Biryani Brand, PVR + INOX, & Lessons from NYTimes
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This week, cure the midweek blues with Varun & Suchita as they have some more fun around the big slap in the Oscars that echoed around the world, routine weather check for Delhi & Bombay, Games 24X7 achieving the Unicorn status, and Companies delaying their IPOs given how tepid the markets are.

They Think Fast about lessons businesses can learn from the NYTimes as they aim to cover and empower the entire English speaking population in the world, about the PVR-INOX merger and the CitiBank-AxisBank association, about Zakir Khan's Biryani Brand and Ekta Kapoor's Home Decor bestsellers, Cool Collabs like Omega X Swatch & Ganni X Juicy, and about Reliance's acquisitions in the Fashion space.

Suchita Recommends (besides avoiding Bridgerton S2): Dua Lipa's Podcast 'At Your Service'.

Varun recommends 'The Bibliotherapy Project'

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Apr 06, 2022
Acquisitions in FinTech, Fantasy Sports & WFH vs WFO
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In this episode of Think Fast's #MidDayMadness #HumpdayHappiness, Varun & Suchita begin by giving us important and interesting updates about Varun's trip, Delhi weather, Kunal Shah, Balle Balle Land etc. 
(Please Note: Suchita is referring to InstaCart, and not InstaMart)

In the Think Fast segment, Suchita begins by listing down the latest FinTech acquisitions followed by Varun taking us through Reliance buying a stake in Clovia, the innerwear market, and Diageo's association with NaoSpirits. Further, they discuss the rise of Fantasy sports in India, especially with the IPL, ISL, and the likes gaining popularity; and also debate whether Work From Office is better than Work from Home. They also discuss Meesho's pivot from being a reseller to going D2C, and Varun is suspicious of Zomato's 10-min delivery and thinks it could be an April Fool's joke.

Varun recommends Dunzo and its realistic timeline of delivering things. And he also mentions Polka Pop Sparkling Water.

Suchita recommends Pistola Agave

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Mar 30, 2022
Zomato-Blinkit Merger, No Code Products, & Audio Industry with Amit Doshi
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In this episode of Think Fast, Suchita is joined by Amit Doshi, Founder of IVM Podcasts. They discuss the recent developments in the quick commerce industry in India, especially when Zomato & Blinkit are eying a merger and try to bring in some examples from abroad to see how are they faring; Trell was under some trouble recently with its investors and basis that there was going to be downsizing, they discuss these happenings and how CEOs should manage such situations; SEBI drafting new rules for IPOs and how positively or negatively will they affect; Mumbai's new climate action plan, No Coding Software like Webflow and much more.

For the Deep-Dive segment, Amit tells us about the rise in Audio apps, the evolution of audio content, and what the future looks like.

Amit Recommends: Book: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Suchita Recommends: Show: WeCrashed

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Mar 23, 2022
Titan & Noise, Navi & Swiggy eye IPO, & DeepDive: F&B industry with Gauri Devidayal
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This week, it's mainly Suchita thinking fast since Varun is holidaying as mentioned in the previous episode.

In the first section, Jalasmi, the producer, joins Suchita as she takes us through the week's highlights in Business, Tech, Startups, and more. They discuss the upcoming Navi & Swiggy IPOs, celebrity investments, Serena William's venture raising capital and the lack of women in VC, Titan looking to acquire Noise wearables, and Myntra's partnership with Zalora.

We brought the Deep Dive segment back and invited Gauri Devidayal- the restauranteur and co-founder of the Food Matters group to discuss everything about the F&B Space. She tells us the challenges of the business, how the pandemic affected business, and the struggles with getting back on feet, exuberant rents, delivery apps and their relationships with establishments, consumer behavior, and much more.

Suchita's Recommendation: Article: How Glossier Lost it's Grip

Love Is Blind Season 2

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Mar 16, 2022
Pet Care, Mental Health & IG-TikTok Duration Confusion
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This week on Think Fast, Varun & Suchita talk about 2 growing categories- Mental Health & Pets. Suchita gives us a rundown of why mental health apps have seen a rise, especially as a result of the lockdown when offline sessions were not possible, and the trend just continues thereafter. She also analyses the significant growth in the pets category with a rise in food products, grooming and daycare services, and more. Varun discussed how Twitter has been eyeing India as a potential market that can accelerate its growth, INOX's partnership with ESports to bring the stadium experience to theatres, especially in smaller cities, and Instagram laying IGTV to rest while TikTok letting users make 10-minute videos. All this and much more.

Suchita Recommends:
1. Russia's War on Ukraine (The Atlantic)

2. Honestly with Bari Weiss: Russia's War on Ukraine: A Roundtable (Podcast Episode)

Varun Recommends:

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Mar 09, 2022
Audio Erotica, Drama resolved at Indigo Airlines & More Metaverse News
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On this episode, Varun & Suchita Think Fast about The leadership dynamics at IndiGo airlines- what conspired and what concluded; the rise of Audio Erotica with reference to Pocket FM and how has the trajectory been so far, a low-key unicorn founder Supam Maheshwari and his smart moves with his companies; Meta's special VR program Horizon and its performance so far, Singapore based but China-backed Shopee's possible ban and Indian retailers' reaction to it, and Coinbase CEO's SuperBowl ad- it's analysis and reactions.


Varun's Recommendation: Reacher on Amazon Prime

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Feb 28, 2022
Gehraaiyan, Acquisitions & Investments Galore, Pooja-Verse & The Rock's Tequila Supremacy
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We are experimenting with a slight change in format and would love to hear from you!

Bringing a series of the week's top stories in just the Think Fast segment are Varun & Suchita who talk about Disney+ Hotstar's swelling Subscription numbers, Gehraaiyaan- talk of the town & Twitter, Jio investing in Glance, Mama Earth acquiring the hair products business of Bblunt, Cult acquiring Gold's Gym, Bollywood's foray into the Metaverse and The Rock's Tequila Tuesdays.

Suchita Recommends the book 'Becoming Trader Joe'

Varun Recommends John Coogan's Youtube Channel

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Feb 21, 2022
Content 2 Commerce, Biz Controversies + Ishaan Preet Singh on Subscription Model
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In the week leading to Valentine's, some companies got a lot of love, some folks got a lot of hate and we got a lot of stories to bring to you in this episode of Think Fast with Varun & Suchita.

They discuss a Metaverse shaadi, Ola's scaling issues, and some Crypto updates followed by a rapid-fire on Twitter's downvote button, Peloton's possible acquisitions, rounding up Shark Tank S1, Times Internet's recent disinvestment, and Zomato's BNPL model. Suchita probes into what Content to Commerce is, and Varun lists all the drama around Ashneer Grover, the ScoopWhoop case, John Foley, and Jeff Zucker.

And we have a guest- Front Row's Ishaan Preet Singh who gives us a masterclass on the Subscription Model- how it has existed since long and has just gone digital and boomed, how brands try to retain consumers via loyalty programs, and much more.

Fins Ishaan on Twitter @ishaanpreet

Check Out Front Row at (https://frontrow.co.in/)

Varun's book is out!

Suchita Recommends AirMail

Varun Recommends The Book of Boba Fett on Disney + Hotstar

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Feb 14, 2022
boAt, Warikoo & Creator Monetisation + Budget 2022
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In this episode of Think Fast, Varun & Suchita begin by listing the most significant developments in Tech & Business, discuss harassment in the Metaverse, and how H&M might be giving competition to Ikea.

In the short segment, Suchita profiles Ankur Warikoo with respect to creator Monetisation while Varun gives us some highlights from 2022's Budget.

And they deep dive into the success, profits, strategies, and the upcoming IPO of the company boAt.
Tune in for an insightful episode.

The Podcast episode mentioned by Suchita: Honestly with Bari Weiss- Tiger Mom won't stop roaring 

Suchita's recommended articles:
(https://thehardcopy.co/rebrands-of-2020-21-part-1/)
(https://thehardcopy.co/rebrands-of-2020-21-part-2/)

Varun's Recommendation: The Creative Elements Podcast

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Feb 07, 2022
Netflix India, Uday Shankar's Return, + All Things NFT with Nameet Potnis
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In this episode, Varun and Suchita end the month with a detailed analysis of Netflix's struggle to get a hold in the Indian market and Uday Shankar's return into the Biz and Media world with Viacom18. They also touch upon some interesting developments- like Reliance trying to build a Nykaa rival named 'Tiara', Air India's 'gharvapasi' as Tata takes over the reigns, Swiggy's promotion to becoming a 'Decacorn', and Caroline Speigel's Audio erotica company- Quinn.

In this episode, we feature Nameet Potnis, founder of DrumWorks, and someone actively involved in the Web3 space. We ask him all our queries around NFTs and it's no less than a masterclass into understanding what they are and how can a layperson get involved.
All this and much more in this insightful episode.

Find Nameet on LinkedIn | Twitter

Sign up for 'The Token Dispatch', a platform to learn about NFTs, decentralized finance, and the blockchain.

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Jan 31, 2022
The Beauty Industry, Instagram's Subscription Model plus Karthik S. on the Advertising & Communications Landscape
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As we feel settled into 2022, Varun & Suchita talk about some interesting acquisitions and fundings, like that of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, and The Label Life's by GOAT Labs. They discuss Ashneer Grover taking a break, Airbnb CEO experimenting with the digital nomad life, Tata's foray into digital payments, etc. In the short segment, Suchita takes up the Beauty & Personal Care industry while Varun explains Instagram's newer initiatives for creators.

For the Deep Dive segment, Karthik Srinivasan joins us on the episode. He is a communications consultant who analyses brand communication & marketing initiatives and has the best insights. They discuss personal branding and reputation, brand stories, woke culture, publicity, regional content, and much more. He also highlights some well-known campaigns, audience reactions, and why some get the bouquets and some get the brickbats.

Karthik S. can be found across social media as @beastoftraal
and his website (https://beastoftraal.com/)

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Jan 24, 2022
Live-Audio, Nutraceuticals, plus Shephali Bhatt on Internet culture
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In this episode, Varun & Suchita begin by listing some noteworthy stuff in the world of acquisitions, fundings, celebrities, etc. They have a brief appreciation session for the show that's making waves- Shark Tank India. Further, it's a shallow dive into the world of Nutraceuticals by Suchita, and Live-Audio by Varun.

For the deep-dive section, they are joined by Shephali Bhatt, Tech & Culture reporter with Mint, to talk about trends on the Internet. She tells us about the Meme culture, short and long format content, the popularity of the story format, influencers, creator economy, and much more.

Shephali can be found on social media:

Article: Memes


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Jan 17, 2022
Alco-Bev, Fashion, House of Brands, & Apple’s 3Tn$
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The first week of the new year wasn't great with the third wave of Covid just falling upon us like a Tsunami but when it came to Business, it was a tornado of fundings, and Varun & Suchita list out a few of the most significant ones. Further, they discuss Apple's 3Tn Market Cap, Bezos' CharaghDin uncle look for NYE, Blackberry being laid to rest. In the short segment, they cover the evolution of the Indian Alco-Bev, and Fashion segments, and finally deep dive into GoodGlamm's next step and India's Thrasio models. All this and much more served fresh!

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Jan 10, 2022
Deep Dive: Hybrid Work, E-Comm, & The Movie Biz
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It's 2022 (already)! As we ease into the year's pace, Varun & Suchita discuss Instagram considering its users' suggestions and how it can expand into India Inc. on a large scale owing to the absence of TikTok and the popularity of Reels; and a French LVMH taking on an American Tiffany's. They deep-dive into the hybrid working model and WeWork's progress, a little more about the bustling creator economy and having side hustles, chalk out the growth, and future of the E-Commerce sector, and end with some insights from the Movie Business.





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Jan 03, 2022
Predictions 2022: Home & Kitchen Boom, Creator Economy, M&A’s and Lots More
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On this year-end special episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita give their predictions on what lies ahead for the world of business and startups in 2022! From the rise of creator-led brands and the emergence of LinkedIn as a major player to the home & kitchen segment, the health, wellness and fitness category and much more...Tune in to find out what to expect from the year that lies ahead.

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Dec 27, 2021
Year in VC with Sajith Pai, MyGlamm x Miss Malini, Fabindia & Beyond
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In this episode of Think Fast, Varun & Suchita are joined by Mr Sajith Pai- Director, Blume Ventures. He tells us about the year gone by with reference to VC and funding. He begins by talking about covering the white spaces in EdTech which is a hot category in the present time, and goes on to tell us the segments where fresh opportunities lie and how can aspiring entrepreneurs tap into them. Further, we ask him about his predictions for 2022.

Varun & Suchita discuss Third Wave Coffee's latest round of funding, is Elon Musk deserving of the 'Person of the Year' award, and the exciting Map My India IPO. They also dive deep into the GoodGlammGroup X Miss Malini deal and Fab India's slowdown with the possible reasons behind it. And last but not the least, how can we not talk about the most awaited marriage of the year that recently concluded, that of Vicky Kaushal & Katrina Kaif. So, stay tuned!

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Dec 20, 2021
10 Min Delivery, New In Edtech & Meeta Malhotra on Consumer Brands
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In this episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita are joined by Meeta Malhotra, founder of The Hard Copy, to discuss India's rising consumer brands. Meeta also shares her insights into what kind of brands should we keep an eye out for heading into 2022. The two also give their hot takes and take a deep dive on the rise of quick commerce and 10-minute delivery services, India's ed-tech sector and the future of schooling via a digital medium.

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Dec 13, 2021
NFTs in Music and the rise of Social Commerce
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In this episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita give their hot takes and take a deep dive on NFTs in music and how they benefit the artists, on a number of mergers and acquisitions, including those by Pristyn and Cred. The two also discuss the rise of social commerce in India and take a quick look at the large number of new-age consumer brands that have emerged in the Indian markets. This and a lot more on the latest episode of Think Fast!

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Dec 06, 2021
The Paytm IPO Fallout, Taylor Swift's Re-Releases and India's Latest Unicorns
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In the first episode of Think Fast, Varun and Suchita give their hot takes and take a deep dive on: Taylor Swift re-recording her albums, India's latest unicorns - and the speed with which they have been coming out, the Paytm IPO fallout, the latest season of Shark Tank India, and much more.

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Nov 29, 2021
Introduction
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Hosted by Varun Duggirala and Suchita Salwan, Think Fast is a podcast about the latest trends and conversations happening in the world of business, media, content, marketing and beyond. Suchita and Varun sift through the clutter and unpack the biggest stories to give their hot takes and also dig into the broader picture of where things are going.

It’s a fast talking, no holds barred take on everything and anything around the world of business!

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Nov 18, 2021