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Kunal Pandya

MD & Group CEO - NCrypted

Kunal Pandya
Kunal Pandya is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and startup evangelist. He has helped build and scale up number of startups and businesses from the ground up. Apart from NCrypted, he serves as an advisory and is on the board of several of our client companies that we partner with.
Kunal is also the chief mentor at StartupGuru, which is a startup pre-school and runs a startup incubator for early stage tech startups and non-technical founders.
Startups and entrepreneurship is what Kunal's life has been from last 20 years or so. From building products to scaling businesses, from finding vital validations in a startup's early journey to getting the market fit, from understanding what customers want to knowing what investors are looking at, from the user interfaces that can win awards to the UX that gets the most conversions, from 'solopreneurship' to handling 500+ strong teams, from a small DIY team to setting up processes and automation rules to manage large departments, from bootstrapping to angel investing, from raising funds from friends and family to venture capital funding, from single tier programs to enterprise level systems that scale, from straight-line conversions to growth hacking, from direct sales persuasion and negotiation techniques to selling for the masses - Kunal has literally done it all the startup way - from the ground up! And he is committed to share his knowledge with other budding entrepreneurs and businesspersons who share the same vision of making an impact globally.
As part of NCrypted and as an advisory to several other companies, Kunal's role has been instrumental in some key client success stories. NCrypted's greater portfolio companies find it relatively easy to get the initial traction and scale up at rapid speed. Over 30 of our portfolio companies have succeeded in securing funding to move on to the growth stage. NCrypted's portfolio companies have raised over US$650 million in total funding and counting (Dec 2021).

Kunal directs our global initiatives and is the key responsible person for the overall vision, execution and growth of NCrypted.

Apart from NCrypted Technologies, Kunal Pandya is also the chief mentor of StartupGuru Venture Advisors. He is also an active advisor, investor and board member of several of our portfolio companies. Kunal maintains his blog at and The NCrypted Blog where he often writes on topics related to the overall startup ecosystem, funding, investment and about his analysis on trending startup business models.

P.S. In case you'd like to know how our name NCrypted got coined out. 

Here are the latest articles written by Kunal on our official blogs:

Latest posts by Kunal Pandya on our Blogs

The First Class of the Indian Internet Startups

Long before Flipkart, Paytm and the likes of Snapdeal came, India quietly witnessed the launch and demise of many relatively unknown startups that can be contributed to laying the foundation of the startup ecosystem in India.[...]

9 things to consider before starting up your internet business

As published on - Starting a startup or a business venture requires long-term technical, functional, financial and emotional commitment. Here are the 9 most important factors that I've personally experienced, and believe that a founder or entrepreneur should keep in mind before getting started with their startup journey. [...]

Top 7 Revenue and Business Models for Internet Startups

Entrepreneurs most of the times get puzzled when it comes to defining a firm business model and revenue strategy for their internet startup website. Quite surprisingly, many business owners often overlook this very important aspect of starting a business and get into a catch 22 situation later on. [...]

The real story of Ritesh Agarwal, OYO Rooms

As published on NDTV Gadgets 360 - The startup journey of OYORooms' Ritesh Agarwal and his early association with Kunal Pandya of NCrypted and how the concept pioneered the hotel booking market in India. In this opinion cum interview published on NDTV Gadgets, Kunal explains how NCrypted's accommodation booking solution, BistroStays, powered the early version of today's OYORooms that helped Ritesh raise his Peter Thiel fellowship and some of the early venture funding rounds, and then what lead to the betrayal and break up.

The Business Model & Economics of OYO Rooms

The business model of the over hyped budget hotel network OYO Rooms doesn't make sense to me for many reasons. The next decacorn (a private company valued at over US$10 billion) in waiting appears to be the next bye-bye story to me. In case you didn't know, we were the technology partners of OYO Rooms [...]

Is building an app the same as starting a business?

We often make the mistake of thinking that simply having a website or an app built is equal to building a startup or the entire business. We think that if the site or app is great, and if we do a little bit of social media sharing, users will start flocking in by themselves. In this video, Kunal explains why this is entirely wrong. [...]

Should you build a mobile app first or a mobile friendly website?

Internet entrepreneurs know by now that the future of the web is mobile. But, that does not mean web is dead, and mobile simply does not mean only mobile applications as well. Is it better to get started first with a mobile optimized website or a mobile app rather? [...]

Uber Business Model? Insights into How Uber Works & Revenue Analysis

Uber has taken the on demand economy vertical by storm. Formerly called UberCab, the startup was founded in 2009 in San Francisco by Travis Kalanick and Gerrett Camp. Both the[...]

How much does it cost to build an app like Uber?

The cheapest and fastest way to go to market with your own on demand taxi booking app would be to go with an Uber clone service provider, customize it a[...]

How much does it cost to build a website and an app like Airbnb?

A ready-made vacation rental script from NCrypted costs only $749 for the Enterprise Edition. And it has all the standard features along with an advanced admin panel console to let[...]

Is it a good idea to start my internet business with a ready-made mobile application?

There are several ready-made and do-it-yourself (DIY) mobile app platforms popping up nowadays. But how much should you trust such platforms for a serious business? Many times clients request for.[...]

Why you should not work with freelancers from freelancing sites such as Elance, Upwork, Freelancer

"Should we hire a freelancer for the development of our product?" This is a good question entrepreneurs, startups and businesses ask often. The answer in most cases would simply be a big 'NO'. Let us discuss why. Your project is a team work and not an individual task Outsourcing your entire project [...]

What is a mobile friendly website and why is it important for your startup business?

What is a mobile friendly or a mobile-ready website? A mobile friendly or rather mobile optimized website is one that displays correctly on smartphones, tablets or mobile devices. Mobile friendly site could either be a mobile-optimized version of your website or a responsive website. What is responsive web design (RWD)? [...]

What is Website Cloning

Website cloning refers to getting inspired from a successful website idea and 'copying' that concept to create a new website 'clone' that not only has majority of the same features that the reference site had, but adds new unique features of its own. Website clone scripts of popular websites allow aspirant entrepreneurs to create and [...]

Hybrid Website Clones - Merging Website Clones, Ideas and PHP Scripts

"I have a business idea of creating a crowdfunding website and want to integrate a freelance marketplace script with further customization?" "I want to build a vacation rental website but for equipment only and want to have a new design as per my requirement?" "I want an auction website developed with a fundraising platform integrated [...]

Fundraiser Enterprise is now Live!

We are delighted to announce that Fundraiser Enterprise Edition is officially launched. This innovative platform will enable you to start your own crowdfunding website similar to Kickstarter in minutes! It has the[...]

NCrypted website clone services vs 3rd party clone scripts - Check out the difference!

The internet is full of readymade scripts available for sell at unbelievable cheap rates. Whether you are looking for a site similar to Facebook (a Facebook clone you might want to call), Groupon clone or any other popular website clone, there are readymade 3rd party scripts available for sell online by a variety of vendors. [...]

Why your outsourced projects go wrong?

Many of us who've worked with offshore outsourcing companies and/or freelancers often end up thinking that we have perhaps selected the wrong guy for the project. While in more than half of the times you'd be right, many a times you are wrong. Nobody likes to take the blame on his/her own shoulders. Your outsourcing partner company will blame it back to you and you will blame it to them and it will never come to a conclusion. Almost 70% of the modification projects that we get from first time clients is due to the fact that their previous developers left the project half-done in order to pursue some other interests of their own [...]

Kunal Pandya at the International Quality Convention

Kunal Pandya on Quality Management for Websites

Kunal Pandya (CEO - NCrypted) receiving the International Quality Crown Award


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