Sequoia Tree and the Banyan Tree | Kashyap Deorah | TEDxIITRoorkee



Kashyap is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the last 15 years in India and Silicon Valley. In this TEDx talk, Deorah talks about how US companies are like Sequoia trees and Indian companies are like Banyan trees. In the last 15 years, he has spent 50% of time in Mumbai, India and 50% in the Bay Area, US building tech products and companies. He has successfully sold all 3 of his companies, besides working with several other startups in various capacities and publicly listed companies. In this talk, he talks about his experiences with doing business in the two countries and use the trees as a metaphor to highlight some of the contrasts.

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Kashyap Deorah is a serial entrepreneur and author for over 15 years during which he has built the legacy of four companies that have gone on to become very successful. Being used to the nits and grits of the entrepreneurial game, he has also penned “The Golden tap”, depicting the inside story of hyper-funded Indian startups.
With Righthalf’s successful acquisition, Deorah founded Chalo, a payments app which was acquired by OpenTable in 2013. Prior to that, he founded Chaupaati, a phone commerce marketplace, sold to Future Group in 2010. He served Future Bazaar as president for over two years, which is just another feather in his stellar cap. Currently, Kashyap is the founder of his fourth startup, HyperTrack, which has created software for tracking products or people across the globe.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at