Throwback to The Advantage Dialogue (TAD) 2018’s Bengaluru Chapter

The Advantage Dialogue (TAD) was founded upon a dream. A dream of shared vision, a dream of a community that united by a common goal – to be better from today, a dream of a shared network based upon meaningful dialogues, breaking the shackles of customary gyan monologues.

The latest of chapter of The Advantage Dialogue (TAD) was hosted in Bengaluru – the Silicon Valley of India. We were overwhelmed by the massive turnout of the event. Each and every participant was the face of this power-packed dialogue.

The Opening Keynote:

The opening key note was presented by Alok Patnia, Managing Partner at Taxmantra Globals, who graciously moderated the sessions in co-ordination with Paritosh Sharma, CEO of In the keyonote, Alok gives three 3 mantras which Taxmantra has developed as a culture:

  1. Customer Wins = You Win
  2. Create Value for customer and be a part of your customer’s Entrepreneurial journey
  3. Use the help of technology, process and people to expand your business

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Dialogue #1 –What should founders take care of w.r.t taxation and compliance across the various growth stages of the company

Alok , accompanied by Rahul Agarwalla, Taxmantra South took over this session to explain the aspects that the founders should take care with respect to taxation and compliances across the growth stages of their companies. Some  prudent insights were shared and some common mistakes made by start-ups were pointed.

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Dialogue #2 – #TAD2018 with Shradha Sharma

Shradha needed no introduction. She touched upon the nerves of the aspiring start-ups as well as connected with the experienced minds in the audience. She discusses the various facets of the entrepreneurial journey of a founder, their ups and downs, the rocky road ahead.

She also shared her tit bits on the fund raising scenario and the dos and don’ts of them along with the emerging face of the start-up hubs.

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Dialogue #3 – What does it take to build global products from India?

A panel of India’s fiery product start-ups took it on their shoulders to explain how India is going global and how building a product needs efforts. Panel comprised of Narayan Tendulkar (, Gaurav Dahake (, Om Thoke (Webfosys Group), Pawan Gupta (, Paritosh Sharma ( This was such an interesting panel sheerly becuaseof its diversity. While one startup dealt with AI, the other dealt with e-commerce comparatives while another dealt with digital and brand creatives.

This panel shared their own experiences of taking tough decisions, building a global product from India, marketing strategies and so much more.

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Dialogue #4 – The India Singapore Bridge

This dialogue was spearheaded by Alok and our Singapore partner, Kenneth Ho. Alok and Kenneth explained the nuances of starting and running a business in Singapore, its edge over India with respect to the tax and compliance geography and how Singapore has become the most desirable startup hub over the years.

India Singapore bridge offer was also released.

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Dialogue #5– Funding – When, How and from Whom?

This came straight from the horse’s mouth. Akshay Bhushan (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Kalpana Dubey (Angel Investor), Dipanjan Purakayastha (HyperXchange), Alok Patnia and Paritosh Sharma formed this panel and shared their insights on the fund raising scenario.

This panel post mortised the stages and factors that should guide a fundraising exercise –

  1. suitability and comparability of debt and equity funding
  2. how pitch desk is one of the most crucial deciding factors
  3. individual tips and advices from investors on how the review process goes on at the investor’s end.

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In all, this was a super productive day spent and thanks to the amazing turnout, we will be conducting nationwide TADs this year too. Stay tuned for the upcoming event in your city.

Closing Key Note

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