Moving to America and Being a First Generation Immigrant
We kicked off the conversation with a reflection on the quote, “First generation immigrant guilt hits harder the older you and your parents get.”
Ankur shared the intricacies of moving to America, fulfilling his parents’ dream, and trade-offs involved. This journey not only shaped his personal growth but also laid the foundation for being an entrepreneur. America played a huge part in his business journey, providing unmatched opportunities for growth and success.
Quitting Teachable: A Nine-Figure Exit
A significant milestone in Ankur’s journey – the nine-figure exit with Teachable. A moment of triumph that could have paved the way for a leisurely hiatus, but he chose to get back into the entrepreneurial trenches and create Carry.
Lessons as a Second Time Founder
As a second-time founder, Ankur is trying to keep things small for as long as possible. He’s all too familiar now with the challenges of running a larger company. His ego has taken a back seat as he is now more focused on the greater good.
Growth Strategy for Carry
Ankur shared his distribution-focused approach with Carry. Surprisingly, Carry opted to spend zero dollars on marketing initially. The strategy? Building partnerships, leveraging personal networks, and prioritizing the perfection of the product before an extensive marketing push.
Pleasure as his motivation
His core motivation – pleasure. Ankur shared the significance pleasure in work, relationships, and overall life experience, the founder emphasizes the value of creating a meaningful and enjoyable journey.
Morning Routine for Optimal Pleasure
His morning routine is designed for pleasure and enjoyment. He enjoys the simplicity of outdoor activities to a varied workout and engaging in meaningful calls.
Structure and Productivity
An office setting with a motivated team is crucial for his productivity, as well as the importance of a shared sense of purpose. While deep work is a rarity as a CEO, he embraces interruptions, working in shorter, focused segments.
Life-Work Balance is a Myth
Ankur has a unique perspective on work-life balance. He advocates for integrating work and life seamlessly, instead of having a strict separation between the two. The distinction between work and life becomes should be less pronounced, so you’re living in harmony.
00:18 – How did Ankur end up in America 01:30 – Focusing on career or spending time with family 02:15 – Starting a new business after a successful exit 04:00 – Focusing on product or focusing on distribution 05:08 – Over 50 employees can suck 06:05 – No money spent on marketing 07:50 – What drives Ankur Nagpal 09:23 – How Ankur constructs his day 10:15 – Most productive environment 11:56 – The illusion of work in a startup 13:01 – Building relationships with customers 13:56 – Founders vs investors 15:32 – Being a better investor 16:20 – Biggest piece of relationship advice 18:55 – The fear of hitting send 20:50 – Canvas of your life’s work
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