Adora Cheung is a Partner at YC. Before working at YC she cofounded Homejoy.
Y Combinator invests a small amount of money ($150k) in a large number of startups (recently 200), twice a year.
Learn more about YC and apply for funding here: https://www.ycombinator.com/apply/
00:00 - Intro
00:45 - What is Meesho?
2:45 - Why not just sell directly to consumers?
4:30 - What are the macro trends in Meesho's favor in India?
6:55 - A trust deficit market
8:20 - How does Meesho help users get online and start selling?
11:10 - Most impactful user stories
13:15 - Growth drivers
15:15 - Balancing growth and quality
16:50 - What if Facebook copies Meesho?
18:15 - When did Vidit and his cofounder know they wanted to start a startup?
20:45 - Their first startup idea and the inspiration for Meesho
25:05 - When did they know Meesho was working?
26:45 - How hard was it to pivot the business and how did they manage it?
29:30 - As a CEO how does he stay in touch with users?
34:15 - How has Vidit's role changed over time?
36:20 - How has he learned to be a CEO?
37:55 - What mistakes have they made?
39:00 - What was his best decision?
39:40 - What's a strong opinion he had about running a startup that he's changed since running Meesho?
41:10 - How has the Indian startup ecosystem evolved?
42:45 - Big problems worth solving in India
42:30 - Can foreigners come to India and start a startup?
44:35 - Best advice for aspiring Indian founders
45:45 - After Meesho, what's the most exciting startup in India?
46:45 - Why is Delhi the best IIT?
47:40 - What's a must read book and why?
48:35 - What's a startup idea he'd be working on if Meesho didn't happen?
48:50 - In 100 years, what does he hope Meesho is?