Nistha Tripathi


Nistha’s first-person stories make vivid the effervescence that characterizes entrepreneurship in modern India” – Prof Tarun Khanna, Harvard Business School
Entrepreneurs rarely open up as candidly as Nistha has gotten them to. Kudos to her” – Allwin Agnel (Founder/CEO at

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Nistha is on a mission to make business books interesting to read. Her last book No Shortcuts featured stories of 15 successful Indian entrepreneurs because she was tired of turning to Silicon Valley books for advice on building startups in India.

Previously an engineer from University of Illinois and MBA dropout from New York University, Nistha worked on Wall Street and with a few fast-growing startups in Manhattan where she developed a taste for business strategy. She organized NYU Stern’s first Entrepreneurship Summit that featured the likes of Seth Godin and Chris Dixon. After returning to India, Nistha founded India’s leading career consulting community – Scholar Strategy. It has helped 600+ applicants get into top MS and MBA programs in the US including MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. As of today, she is an active career coach (certified with NeuroLeadership Institute, USA), acclaimed author and a prolific speaker. She has given talks at leading startup events and college startup fests.

Her first novel, Seven Conversations, interpreted Bhagvad Gita in a modern context and gathered rave reviews. With 100,000+ followers and 12M+ views on her answers on the popular American QnA based website, Quora, Nistha writes extensively on careers, entrepreneurship and pursuing one’s passion. Her articles have appeared on Entrepreneur, Times, DailyO, DNA, Tribune and other leading media outlets.

Apart from running Scholar Strategy, she conducts aspirational talks for students and writing workshops for bloggers. 

Launching her book No Shortcuts at WeWork, Bangalore

I worked with Nistha for several years – she has a tremendous intellect and a fearless entrepreneurial spirit.

– Ken Wilson, CEO, Tower Research Capital Markets


No Shortcuts features remarkable ‘one-on-one interviews’ with 15 successful and ambitious founders of India

Where so many mortals fail, what makes few entrepreneurs tick and make their mark in history?

This curiosity led Nistha to pursue those who rose from humble beginnings yet making a dent in the big startup universe. This book is a record of that eighteen-month journey.

In her incisive one-on-one interviews with 15 ambitious founders of India including Girish Mathrubootham, Nithin Kamath, Jaydeep Barman, Gaurav Munjal, Tarun Mehta and others, Nistha uncovers the decisions and insights that led these startup founders to find their unique roadmap to success.

Read the never-heard stories of Freshworks, Faasos, Unacademy, Zerodha, Slideshare, Pulse, Aspiring Minds, Madhouse/Morpheus, Akosha, Ather Energy, Instablogs, Greyb, LikeaLittle, Wingify and Fashiate.

Seven Conversations is a thought experiment on life and existence. The characters might be fictitious but their questions are not.

For Meera Sachdev, choosing a divorce at an early age of thirty over comfortable and convenient life was a leap of faith. Leaving her successful career and friends behind in United States, she returns to India where she is now reduced to ‘a failed woman who could not save her marriage’. As she begins to ask the real meaning of life, her call for help is answered by none other than Krsna – the Lord who is all-attractive. Her odyssey will take her through temples of Vrindavan, a deserted land and Himalayas as she discovers her deep spiritual roots.

In seven pivotal conversations with Krsna, friends, father, teacher and herself, she rediscovers life, love and her own identity. Beware, after reading the book, you might dare to choose happiness yourself. Are you prepared?