SEED TO SCALE Podcast Series by Accel

INSIGHTS #53 - Neeraj Arora on learnings from his WhatsApp journey

Episode Summary

In the podcast, Neeraj gives us a glimpse into what made WhatsApp stand out as he chose his next move after Google and walks us through some of the key decisions they took at Whatsapp that shaped their success story. To learn more about Neeraj’s story and the key founder traits that helped Jan and Brian scale Whatsapp to over a billion monthly active users with a team size of just fifty-five people, tune in to the latest episode of the Insights Podcast by Accel Notes: 03:20 – Early life and career 13:00 – The Whatsapp journey 19:22 – Rapid Fire: first-time situations 24:39 – The Facebook-Whatsapp deal 28:49 – Winning traits of Jan and Brian 34:08 – Return to investing 42:08 – Rapid Fire: fun questions

Episode Notes

In this episode of the INSIGHTS podcast, we have with us Neeraj Arora, who played a pivotal role at WhatsApp as an early employee and then as the Chief Business Officer.  

We hear from Neeraj on his early career days, non-obvious career moves, learnings from the WhatsApp journey, the multi-billion dollar Facebook- Whatsapp deal, his experiences from investing in India, and finally some advice for startup founders.

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