Manoj grew up in India, was hired on the phone and started his career in the US in the 90s. Manoj and I have a very special connection. We never met, he shares most of my blog posts and we wrote back and forth a few times. I felt that my podcast is a great opportunity to finally connect with Manoj and figure out what he's doing.
During the show (which was recorded at an airport) we talk about what Manoj does and gets paid for and what he does in his free time and does not get paid for.
He basically gets paid for helping banks getting connected to startups and the other way round. This led to numerous collaborations, IPOs and mergers.
During the show Manoj explains how they find teams, how long it usually takes to close a deal with a major bank and many more things that are relevant if you want to work with big corporations (not only banks).
He also mentions how banks can hedge the risk of doing business with small VC backed companies. An interesting point I hadn't considered before.
In his free time Manoj tries to build up ecosystems in regions outside of major entrepreneurship hubs, such as Silicon Valley, Boston, New York or Tel Aviv.
He shares an interesting process on how to theoretically build startup ecosystems in the future (and present) and how to attract and keep talent.
Unfortunately, Manoj had to catch his flight. Otherwise I would have asked him quite a few more questions that popped into my head after his last answer.
But you can listen for yourself and figure that one out.. :-)
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Cool stuff Manoj wants you to check out:
"It's not about being perfect. It's about being yourself."
I call interesting people from all over the world, hit the record button, we talk about their stories and I put it online.
Simple, raw & uncut..