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The Founder’s Guide to Finance

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Shyam Shekar

Shyam Shekar is the Founder and Chief Ideator of iThought Advisory.

iThought is a leading financial advisory firm which has strong domain expertise in financial planning, mutual fund research, investment advisory, equity research, equity advisory, and portfolio management.

He has been an angel investor incubating start-ups and he believes money must be turned into sustainable wealth.

In the year 2009, he seeded the idea of a professional firm focused in the personal finance space. Over a decade, iThought has gradually built independent teams, multi-disciplinary domain expertise, multi-asset advisory practises, and an overarching customer centric culture..

He has been a past president of the Tamil Nadu investor association and worked in the space of investor awareness, education and protection. Interact with stakeholders like SEBI, the stock exchanges and funds and devised programs, edited India’s only and oldest investment journal and talked about investing on various platforms.

His thoughts and investment thesis on investments have been widely quoted by leading publications.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Annamalai University and has a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

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Show Notes

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Understanding the word Capital [02:10 – 03:27]

 How thinking on Equity Capital has changed over generations [03:56 – 06:56]

 Best forms of early-stage capital fundraise [07:40 – 11:22]

 Differences in how capital is viewed between old and new generation [12:06 – 15:30]

 Self-awareness and humility for entrepreneurs [15:30 – 17:19]

Distributing founders’ equity [18:25 – 21:42]

Warren Buffett – Learning from him using a few ground rules [22:09 – 26:10]

Why sensationalizing investing makes it look more ordinary [26:01 – 28:44]

Why popular trends are scary? [29:18 – 31:50]

What are the biases that need to be avoided while investing? [32:47 – 35:16]

Understanding pain bearing capability and risks [37:05 – 38:48]

What is difference between money and wealth? [39:10 – 40:45]

Balancing the immediate cash vs amount of funds to be raised for a business [41:12 – 44:35]

Financial understanding and transition of an entrepreneur with first venture to the next ventures [45:17 – 47:13]

Staying rich with gains is not easy and purposing wealth [47:30 – 49:30]

How to allocate money earned from exiting a business [49:57 – 51:03]

Being an independent thinker with values and beliefs [51:20 – 53:00]

What does the world successful mean to Shyam [53:09 – 53:27]

Books that have influenced Shyam over the course of his life and career [53:43 – 54:11]

Advice to an 18 year old today [54:14 – 54:55]

Dream guests for a dinner [55:04 – 55.37]

Best piece of advice somebody has given Shyam [55:43 – 56:23]

What is something Shyam believes in nobody else agrees with him on [56:26 – 56:38]

Shyam recommend as a guest for ContraMinds [56:41 – 56:52]

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Shyam Shekar

The Founder’s Guide to Finance

Pooja Jauhari is the former Group CEO of VMLY&R India, and former CEO of The Glitch. Over her two-decade-long career, Pooja has worked with some of the biggest brands in the country and the world, and introduced powerful campaigns to society.

Pooja has worked with some brilliant people and has held important responsibilities over the past 20 years. She is the Founder of Seat At The Table, an unbiased investment and advisory initiative to invest in companies and people that are built on a purpose.

Prior to her appointment in the VMLY&R network, Pooja was the CEO of The Glitch, a high-performance creative company that has worked hard to create a workspace that is gender blind, inclusive and progressive. The Glitch was acquired by WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications company in 2017, and integrated into the VMLY&R network within WPP in 2020.