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DigitalOcean helping startups grow and scale through its Hatch program

Hatch Founders’ Circle by DigitalOcean got prominent members from the start-up community under one roof to foster learning and networking

DigitalOcean, the cloud computing platform for developers, organized Hatch Founders’ Circle, an event marked by talks for a curated audience of founders, investors and start-up enablers at WeWork, Mumbai. The objective of the event was to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to learn from each other and an opportunity to connect with other high-potential founders and investors.


The event included a fireside chat with Arihant Patni (Managing Director, Ideaspring Capital), and a Hatch Founder Stories session where founders Manoj Gudi (Founder and CTO, GetFocus), Anil Amesur (Founder and CEO, Transportex), and Sanket Sarang (Founder and CTO, BlobCity) shared their experiences on a myriad of topics, including fund raising, overcoming business challenges and how they scaled their businesses. The event also saw Amit Sarda and Natasha Tuli (Co-founders of Soulflower) share their unconventional growth story and an investor panel discussion with Rajesh Sehgal (Managing Partner, Equanimity Investments) and Anu Aggarwal from Indian Angel Network.

Speaking about the event, Mr. Prabhakar Jayakumar, Country Director, India – DigitalOcean said, “DigitalOcean is dedicated to supporting the next generation of startups get their projects off the ground. Collaborating with the community is part of our DNA and Hatch is our global incubator program to support startups as they launch and scale. Founders’ Circle provides a platform for startups enrolled into the Hatch program as well as other high-potential startups to share best practices, learn from each other and network with the investor community. Happy to note that startups who attended the event found their interactions at Hatch Founders’ Circle as being both insightful and beneficial.”

Some of the key highlights of the event were:

  • In a candid fireside chat, Mr. Arihant Patni shared his experiences of working with the Indian technology sector since the 80’s and the learnings through this journey. He also spoke about the changing landscape of the investor community in India and shared tips on how founders should manage and strengthen their relationship with investors. He also touched upon the exciting opportunities that lies ahead in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it applies to the health tech, fintech, and consumer sectors.
  • The Investor panel discussion with Mr. Rajesh Sehgal and Ms. Anu Aggarwal de-bunked some common myths associated with fund-raising. The panel also spoke about pre-requisites a startup should meet before looking to raise investments and also shared tips around valuation and best practices to work with the angel and VC communities.

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