The Orbit Shift Podcast

S01E09: Rahul Chari, Co-Founder & CTO of PhonePe on how startups can bounce back from Covid-19, avoid growth hack hell, and balance agility and compliance

November 03, 2020 Freshworks Inc. Season 1 Episode 9
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S01E09: Rahul Chari, Co-Founder & CTO of PhonePe on how startups can bounce back from Covid-19, avoid growth hack hell, and balance agility and compliance
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The Orbit Shift Podcast
S01E09: Rahul Chari, Co-Founder & CTO of PhonePe on how startups can bounce back from Covid-19, avoid growth hack hell, and balance agility and compliance
Nov 03, 2020 Season 1 Episode 9
Freshworks Inc.

On Monday, payments startup PhonePe said that it has crossed 250 million registered users with over 100 million monthly active users. The Bengaluru headquartered startup became one of India's biggest payments startup in a short span of six years. 

PhonePe's co-founder and chief technology officer Rahul Chari spoke to Vinod Chandramouli of Freshworks about how the company stays focused and sticks to the mission even when there are distractions. Chari, who was earlier a top engineering leader at Flipkart, also talks about the lessons from his career. 

He also discussed

⚡️ How startups can bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic and settle tech debt

⚡️The biggest learnings from his career

            - Compressing learning cycles

            - Lessons from Flipkart’s first ‘Big Billion Day Sale’ 

            - Continuous platformisation to avoid growth hack hell

⚡️The next phase of growth at PhonePe

⚡️ Balancing agility and compliance using a core system and peripheral system model

This episode was originally recorded as part of the AgainstAllOdds startup summit conducted by Freshworks for Startups. 

Get $10,000 free credits to use Freshworks products by joining the Freshworks for Startups program. Click here to check eligibility. 

About the Guest 

Rahul is the co-founder and CTO at PhonePe. He is a serial entrepreneur in the consumer internet space and has built PhonePe into one of India’s fastest-growing and largest fintech companies. He comes with over two decades of experience in consumer internet and enterprise software space. He has strong experience in building world-class tech platforms for web-scale, continuously scaling systems to deal with hyper-growth and evolving the processes and practices to meet the demands of a fast-growing organization.


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The Orbit Shift Podcast is Powered by Freshworks Inc. a global SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo, California. 


Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian  

Show Notes

On Monday, payments startup PhonePe said that it has crossed 250 million registered users with over 100 million monthly active users. The Bengaluru headquartered startup became one of India's biggest payments startup in a short span of six years. 

PhonePe's co-founder and chief technology officer Rahul Chari spoke to Vinod Chandramouli of Freshworks about how the company stays focused and sticks to the mission even when there are distractions. Chari, who was earlier a top engineering leader at Flipkart, also talks about the lessons from his career. 

He also discussed

⚡️ How startups can bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic and settle tech debt

⚡️The biggest learnings from his career

            - Compressing learning cycles

            - Lessons from Flipkart’s first ‘Big Billion Day Sale’ 

            - Continuous platformisation to avoid growth hack hell

⚡️The next phase of growth at PhonePe

⚡️ Balancing agility and compliance using a core system and peripheral system model

This episode was originally recorded as part of the AgainstAllOdds startup summit conducted by Freshworks for Startups. 

Get $10,000 free credits to use Freshworks products by joining the Freshworks for Startups program. Click here to check eligibility. 

About the Guest 

Rahul is the co-founder and CTO at PhonePe. He is a serial entrepreneur in the consumer internet space and has built PhonePe into one of India’s fastest-growing and largest fintech companies. He comes with over two decades of experience in consumer internet and enterprise software space. He has strong experience in building world-class tech platforms for web-scale, continuously scaling systems to deal with hyper-growth and evolving the processes and practices to meet the demands of a fast-growing organization.


Sign up for regular updates from The Orbit Shift Podcast.


The Orbit Shift Podcast is Powered by Freshworks Inc. a global SaaS company headquartered in San Mateo, California. 


Host and Producer - Jayadevan PK

Assistant Producer - Shashwath J

Audio Engineer - Rajesh Subramanian