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Q&A: Tell us more about the spreadsheet guy… why did it work?

Many years ago, “the spreadsheet guy of India” gained internet fame after being featured in The $100 Startup. What was so compelling about his business idea—and does his idea still work?

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A six-figure business helping people with spreadsheets ... really.

Notes from Chris

Episode 1152
Nearly a decade ago I published a book called The $100 Startup. Two of the stories I told in that book have been particularly interesting because they come from parts of the world that aren’t often featured in business profiles.

One of them was from Rhett, my tuk-tuk driver in Cambodia. I listed Rhett’s phone number in the back of the book and said “Next time you’re in Cambodia and need a ride, give him a call” - since then, dozens of people have emailed me or posted photos of meeting Rhett the driver.

The other story in this vein is a little different, but it was about Purna Duggirala, a guy from India who branded himself as BFF for Excel. In other words, he was helping people with spreadsheets and making a lot of money from it. Today’s caller is wondering a bit about Purna. What was so compelling about his business idea?

"I’ve heard you tell the story about the guy in India who makes six-figures showing people how to use spreadsheets. Can you explain more about why this is so compelling? I don’t think it’s what most people, including myself, would think about when trying to decide on a business idea."

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