Nistha Tripathi

Bestselling author of No Shortcuts, and Seven Conversations
Founder of Scholar Strategy

Wall Street techie turned Entrepreneur, Educator and Writer

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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Meet Nistha

A successful Wall Street professional and early employee in Manhattan startups, Nistha returned to India in 2012 to start her own Indian entrepreneurial journey. After a couple of attempts, she found success in Scholar Strategy, an education counseling company that prides itself in helping 100s of students getting into top universities across the world including Harvard and MIT. This unique lifestyle business allows Nistha to work only 6 months a year, spending the remaining time traveling and writing.

Her first novel, Seven Conversations, interpreted Bhagvad Gita in a modern context and gathered rave reviews. With 35,000+ followers, and 6M+ 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.

Previously, she studied Computer Science at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign and dropped out of MBA program at NYU Stern where she organized Stern’s first Entrepreneurship Summit inviting the likes of Seth Godin.

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

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

Rare Insights from 15 Successful Startup Founders

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

What happens when we choose happiness over convenience?

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?