The wait is over. The first morning of talks at SURGE is finally here. Day one sees some pretty incredible speakers taking the stage.
Here are five talks in particular that you won’t want to miss.
Rohit Bansal – Co-founder – Snapdeal
Snapdeal: the billion dollar question – Centre Stage – 10.10am
The driving force behind Snapdeal, one of the hottest Indian companies on the planet, is here to tell us about what’s next on the Snapdeal journey and how the virtual marketplace is poised to take over.
The company has raised $1.9 billion in funding and is now India’s largest online marketplace for goods such as mobile phones, electronics, computer peripherals, apparels and cosmetics. Rohit joins Sourav Majumdar, Editor at Forbes on Centre Stage.
Mahesh Murthy – Managing Partner – Seedfund
Spend zero, gain more – Marketing Stage – 10.35am
Seedfund is India’s leading early-stage venture capital fund. Marketer and investor Mahesh has made successful investments in companies such as Compassbox and Geodesic. He contends that the brands that are the biggest online, ironically, are the ones who spend the least.
With the availability of social media and other free channels, is paid advertising the most surefire way to fail? Mahesh chants with Shashank Bengali, Mumbai Bureau Chief at the Los Angeles Times.
Anisha Singh – Founder & CEO – mydala
Hunger games – turning the odds in my startup’s favour – Marketing Stage – 11.50am
Mydala was an early daily deals phenomenon, then the deals craze faded. Founder Anisha Singh outlines how her startup became a mobile player, and why getting stars in the cricket and Bollywood worlds in her corner became key.
Anisha is a big champion of female entrepreneurship – she actually began her career on Capitol Hill working with the Clinton administration helping women entrepreneurs raise funding for innovative women-led businesses. At SURGE she chats with Harsimran Hulka, Associate Editor at Tech in Asia.
Luis Von Ahn – Co-founder & CEO – Duolingo
Luis builds systems that combine humans and computers to solve large-scale problems that neither can solve alone. What do you do after you’ve invented the CAPTCHA and sold two companies to Google?
Free language education for the world – Centre Stage – 12.05pm
DuoLingo has been named Apple’s iPhone App of the Year and has raised over $83 million to date. Join the co-founder as he reveals the role of computer science and machine learning in optimising the human learning process in ways that were previously impossible.
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