UnPluggd’s Startup Launch stage application is open now

UnPluggd’s launch stage has been among the most important launch stages in India. After all, companies like Freshworks, MoEngage, Chargebee, WebEngage, Instamojo – they all have launched their product at UnPluggd first.

Look ma! Who has launched at UnPluggd
Look ma! Who has launched at UnPluggd (partial list)

This time around, we took time to bring the UnPluggd launch stage, as we were really figuring out the real usecase of a stage like this: Should it be about pitching to VCs? Naah..that’s super boring! We are going back to the roots of how UnPluggd launch stage used to be – i.e. all about early adopters!

So this UnPluggd, we have 10 startups launching their product – in front of India’s most curious early adopters. The rules are simple

  1. Founding team needs to be present physically (on the stage) during the launch.
  2. You get 7 mins to pitch, followed by 3 mins of audience Qna
  3. The team needs to rehearse a day before the conf
  4. You can do any skit / any type of storytelling and that’s fine
  5. The presenting team needs to purchase the conf tickets (you will get special discount)
  6. The application form is now open – till Sep 15th. We will start sharing the results from 14th onwards.

Introducing UnPluggd Speaker: ONDC CEO, T Koshy

ONDC is all set to revolutionize India’s ecommerce industry and at UnPluggd, our goal is to ensure you get access to all the insights, key industry leaders to help you build, grow and scale your startup.

Introducing UnPluggd speaker, ONDC CEO, T Koshy. At UnPluggd, Mr Koshy will be part of the fireside chat conversation and will answer all your queries around ONDC platform.

Be there (and get your team along) as well.

Building $10m ARR business in so called “non existent” markets: Introducing UnPluggd speaker: Bizom’s Lalit Bhise

One of the themes for the upcoming UnPluggd conf is well..cockroach startups, i.e. the ones who survive, grow and scale sans noise and drama.

One of such companies is Bizom, a retail intelligence platform that empowers CPG companies with the right retail technology to digitize their supply chain ecosystem. Started in 2012, Bizom now has more than 550+ brands and 7.5 million retailers on its platform.

Bizom cofounder and CEO, Lalit Bhise will be sharing lessons learned building Bizom – esp when it comes to selling to Indian SMEs (something which is considered unsexy among VCs). Truly a cockroach startup founder, expect a lot of candid wisdom from Lalit on selling SAAS to Indian companies, finding price-market fit and a lot more!

Introducing UnPluggd Speaker: Teabox founder, Kausshal [On building a global DTC brand, profitably]

The upcoming edition of UnPluggd conference brings you lesson on building great businesses from some of the most amazing founders across different industries.

Introducing to you, UnPluggd speaker – Kausshal Dugarr, cofounder and CEO of Teabox. At UnPluggd, Kausshal will share his lessons building a global D2C brand (Teabox ships to 123+ countries) and his journey to profitability. More about Teabox 👇

Teabox pioneered the Tea D2C space by setting up a completely backend driven farm to cup tea brand focused on the international markets. It is the only brand that has a 100% backend integration at source that enables it reduce the traditional tea producer to consumer time from 6 months to 10 days.

It is backed by marquee investors including Accel and also boasts of few customers becoming investors. Highlights of its journey:

  1. First Indian brand to ship to 123+ countries
  2. Established state of the art cold chain processing solutions to ensure fresness
  3. Raised $ quickly, probably too quickly
  4. Expanded aggressively into offline pre covid. Went from 65% offline revenue biz pre covid to 100% online revenue biz post Covid
  5. Achieved profitability

Introducing UnPluggd speaker Nithin Kamath: On bootstrapping, startups, money and everything else

There are startups and then, there is Zerodha.

Apart from the fact that Zerodha is 100% bootstrapped, what’s most amazing is how Nithin Kamath and team have gone about building the business (Only 30 engineers, lots of love for open source, no PM role / do listen to Ashish Sinha’s conversation with Zerodha’s CTO, Kailash).

But as a founder, Nithin has been brutally honest about his industry, about running a bootstrapped business (and not focused on valuation) and is probably among the very few entrepreneurs who have walked the talk of investing in climate change.

Nithin is going all-in at UnPluggd, and will be of part of the fireside chat (rather, AMA) conversation with Ashish Sinha, nextbigwhat founder (Sep 23)

Introducing UnPluggd speaker: Akash (Disney+Hotstar CTO)

The upcoming edition of UnPluggd conf is laser focused on enabling you to build sustainable product-led high growth business.

We bring you speakers who enable you to think and execute at a different level. All our speakers are carefully chosen and follow the core mantra, i.e. No sage on the stage. That is, UnPluggd speakers share their experience building and growing businesses, sans generic gyaan.

Introducing Disney+Hotstar CTO, Akash Saxena

At UnPluggd, Akash will share the first principle approach to building tech products and patterns on what should tech leader focus on/ how should non-tech stakeholders work with their tech leaders. More about Akash.

UnPluggd Details.

The next edition of UnPluggd is spread over 2-days and follows a hybrid format – available, offline as well as online.

🗓 Sep 23 and 24
📍MLR Convention Center, Bangalore (JP Nagar)
🫵🏼 Hybrid Format (you can attend offline or online)
🔗 Register https://unpluggd.nextbigwhat.com

Use the discount code: ICECREAM during checkout and grab 15%+ discount.

About Akash Saxena

Akash Saxena is the CTO of  Disney+Hotstar, having built the product and the team from scratch. Disney+Hotstar has scaled in people, product and reach and holds a streaming world record  set during ICC T50 World Cup 2019. 

At Disney+Hotstar, Akash has been a key driver of building and guiding the team that has built and architected a platform that can adapt to run AVOD / SVOD and run live sports at scale.

Prior to joining Disney+Hotstar, Akash led engineering at an e-commerce player, a food aggregator and the bulk of his career was built at OpenTable. His 20+ year career is split between the US and India and he has always been a builder of startups and product companies. He holds Masters degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University, Tempe.

Of Cockroaches and Announcing UnPluggd 2022 themes (+ call for speaker nominations)

UnPluggd, India’s most loved startup and product conf is scheduled for Sep 23, 24 and the event is back offline (hybrid) after 2 years and we are immensely excited to meet you soon!

And given that the entire startup/tech community is in the middle of a (financial) storm, there is a lot more responsibility and expectations that lies with UnPluggd.

Introducing UnPluggd Themes

On to its 17th edition, UnPluggd brings you practical insights from the best doers out there – across product, tech, growth and scaling.

This time around, UnPluggd is broadly divided into following themes


The very best doers from product and engg space will share lessons learned building.

Cockroach Founders

The resilient founders who are just ‘at it’.
Building and growing, minus media noise.

Product Launches

All big SAAS startups have launched at UnPluggd – it’s time to give the new age startups a perfect launchpad!


Learn the nuances of running growth marketing (sans big budgets)

UnPluggd details + Speaker Application Form

The next edition of UnPluggd is spread over 2-days and is a hybrid format – available, offline as well as online.

🗓 Sep 23 and 24
📍MLR Convention Center, Bangalore (JP Nagar)
🫵🏼 Hybrid Format (you can attend offline or online)
🔗 https://unpluggd.nextbigwhat.com
👭 Speakers will be announced starting Aug 5th.

Register using the discount code (ICECREAM)

Speaker Application Form

We invite speakers pertaining to the above mentioned themes. As with any UnPluggd, we strongly follow ‘No Sage on the Stage’ philosophy – i.e share your experiences and perspectives, minus gyaan.

Note that the deadline to apply for UnPluggd speaking slot is Aug 10th.

Register / Buy your UnPluggd ticket

Use the code ICECREAM and grab your discount.

For any partnership or sponsorship related enquiry, please connect with us: team@nextbigwhat.com

Announcing: UnPluggd ’22. It’s time to Build, Grow and Repeat!

Ladies and Gentlemen

The NextBigWhat team is extremely proud to announce the summer edition of UnPluggd 2022.

Started in 2009, UnPluggd is India’s biggest startup and product conference and has been the choice of platform for the startup ecosystem to BUIDL, Grow and Repeat!

The next edition of UnPluggd is spread over 2-days and is a hybrid format – available, offline as well as online.

🗓 Sep 23 and 24
📍MLR Convention Center, Bangalore (JP Nagar)
🫵🏼 Hybrid Format (you can attend offline or online)
👭Total: 3000+ attendee per day
🔗 https://unpluggd.nextbigwhat.com


A lot of successful startups start (and grow) during recession times. The sheer focus on building the right product, using the right traction channels is what defines them. This UnPluggd, we are

  1. Product-driven growth, i.e .expect a great amount of actionable conversations on product, growth and retention.
  2. Web 3.0: Beyond the hype, let’s hear it out from the actual doers, business professionals and founders. Expect conversations you haven’t seen anywhere else.
  3. Entrepreneurship: Beyond the tactical noise of fundraising lies a great bit about building it right. Brace yourself to listen to some hard truths, without any sugar coating, delivered in BS-free jargons by entrepreneurs who have stood the test of time.

As with any UnPluggd conf, we let the community nominate/decide on the speakers.

Conference Ticketing + Early bird discount

The conference ticketing has begun and we are happy to announce the super early bird discounts!

Like we shared, UnPluggd is a hybrid event and the tickets are available for both venues: offline (in Bangalore) as well as online (your home).

Use the discount code ICECREAM while booking 🙂

Dates to remember:

  1. Startup application form goes live July 25th – Aug 10th.
  2. Speaker application form is live (https://unpluggd.nextbigwhat.com/apply)
  3. Sep 23,24 is when we all meet!

Contact nextbigwhat team (email: team@nextbigwhat.com) for partnership/sponsorship opportunities.