Sandeep Jain is Founder and CEO of Leela Labs, whose free Leela app enables users to discover, review, and stream podcasts and spoken audio content. We asked him about his time earning his MBA at Haas, and about some of his startup's challenges and opportunities.
Q. What have you carried from your Berkeley experience to your work in innovation/entrepreneurship?
A. My education at Berkeley helped me to make fewer mistakes in real life. By understanding complexities of sales (distribution channels, pricing), marketing and business strategy, I found it easier to understand why things around me are the way they are -- this is really important as most of us [in the MBA program] have tons of business ideas in our heads. Understanding which ideas to say no to and picking the right one (for you) is what a great education helps you do. Most important, Berkeley taught me to never give up and always be the best.