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Investor Ecosystem

I was curious and wanted to know what all transpires within the investor ecosystem. Since SEs wouldnt be of much help in this regard so what better place to ask than VentureWoods. To keep it within the scope of the site, ‘investors’ can be restricted to mean angels and non-corporate VCs. However it would be […]

Would you buy a used dotcom?

Interesting Wired article — a VC trying to dig up all the old dotcom ideas to see which ones may fly now. Essentially the environment has changed with more broadband, consumers willing to buy on net, effective internet search, and lo! eyeball revenues in terms of Adsense. Interesting thought, and an exercise absolutely worth doing. […]

Rang De Basanti

I saw this movie over the weekend and was very impressed by how a strong social message ( Zero tolerance for Corruption) and the need for the youth to play an active role was delivered in an entertaining way. The thesis that the new exploiters replacing the British are corrupt politicians is probably not too […]

AARP + Senior Living

I still have a year before I turn 50 and can join AARP the American Association of Retired Persons. My Dad was visiting me and he keeps talking about the need for Senior living facilities like Sunrise. Does India present an opportunity for something like AARP and/or Sunrise. With all the real estate funds being […]

Prosper + 600000 villages

Sometimes elephants get created by connecting disjointed inputs. An entrepreneur Narain sent me this article from Business Week. This is like an eBay for loans. I also saw an advertisement in the paper where Ministry of Information & Technology is interested in funding SCA ( Service Centre Agency) which will manage CSC ( Common Service […]

DealFlow in India: What does it look like ?

Hi everyone, I am new to this blog. For a quick intro, I am a student pursuing the Sloan Fellows program in Innovation and Global Leadership at MIT ( and was most recently in a startup called AirTight Networks (, venture-backed, HQ-ed in Mtn Vw, CA and incubated entirely from India, where I ran Asia-Pac […]

Commandments & VCs

On this blog and a few others, i see a flurry of activity by VCs putting out commandments for wannabe entrepreneurs. Particularly, any thing which has the word “commandment” (ten commandments for entrepreneurs) or “not to” (how not to write a business plan) is sure to ignite my interest. I read, learn and try to […]

Barcamp in Delhi

We are organizing the first ever Barcamp in this part of the world. BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. Barcamps have become pretty popular lately and many have taken place […]

3GSM – skype+nokia?, IM push

Grapevine has it that skype will announce their nokia client here at 3GSM – free calls on 2.5G and beyond. Push from GSM Association to provide interoperable instant messaging – with sim based authentication and presence mgmt, besides low spam because caller pays. Makes me think – will the future PC be a mobile phone […]

3GSM – Mobile Innovation Forum Live!

Reporting live from 3GSM in Barcelona – amazing scale – 50000 delegates 5 Companies presented in first session of mobile innovation forum. 3 in mobile video, 1 in OTA updates, 1 in voicemail-to-sms. Liked Mobitv – all the video guys seem to be lacking technology differentiator, and these guys seem to have made up by […]

IIM – L catches Startup Fever

Interest in entrepreneurship is quite high at IIM Lucknow. Here is a quote I received from a student at IIM – Lucknow. In fact, this year in IIML there has been a mass exodus by the students towards startups. 6 people are signing out to start their own company. Another one student is joining a […]

Startup Campus Recruitment

In GISIL as we look at our people needs we think we need a mix of fresh and experienced people. At the premier management campuses you have experienced as well as fresh people. In the engineering campuses most of the people would have no work experience. I may in the next few weeks talk at […]