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Startup of the Year Podcast

#0027 - Investor and Product Discussions with Rafiq Ahmed and Mitul Patel of Dipalo Ventures

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with Rafiq Ahmed and Mitul Patel about their new fund at Dipalo Ventures and about their experiences developing products.

Rafiq Ahmed is the Managing Director at DiPalo Ventures, an early-stage investment fund interested in connected hardware and hard tech. Rafiq also has experience developing mobile products expertise including design of Motorola Mobility's first apps, which was acquired by Google. Lastly, he was also the co-founder of Demibooks, the first platform for developing interactive book apps on the iPad (Demibooks was acquired by Education Development Corporation in 2015).

Mitul Patel is a Venture Partner at at Dipalo Ventures and the CEO at MP Consulting. Mitul has worked on a variety of projects in his career; from phones and wearables to innovative smart home applications and industrial sensors. He has also constantly pushed the boundaries of technology and innovation by submitting more than 10 U.S. Patents in the last decade.

Startups can contact Dipalo Ventures at and their website is

Frank also talks about Established's partnership with .US and suggests that veteran startup founders apply for the .US Veteran Startup of the Year award, which will be awarded in the fall of 2020 at the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit - apply now at:

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