Archive for January, 2012

APPLE – Mind Blowing Facts

• Apple reclaimed the title of the world’s most valuable company $415B vs Exxon Mobil’s $413B (Yahoo Finance)
• The $97.6 billion in cash that $AAPL has is higher than the market value of 448 of the companies in the S&P 500. (Capital IQ)
• This was the 2nd highest profit quarter of any company ever. ExxonMobil’s Q3 08 profit of $14.8 billion needed $147 barrel oil and $140 billion in revenue. (WSJ)
• Sales rose 73% to $46.3 billion — so much for the law of big numbers working against them (CNN/Money)
• In 2009, Apple sold more iPhones than it did in 2007 and 2008 combined. In 2010, Apple sold more iPhones than it did in 2007, 2008, and 2009 combined. Last year, Apple sold 93.1 million iPhones, slightly more than it did in in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 combined (Matt Richman)
• Apple’s profit of $13.1 billion was equal to their revenue in Q4 2010
• If Apple was a country, its market cap would make it 29th biggest nation, its annual revenue would make it the 52nd, its cash position 66th, and its earnings 79th, in terms of GDP (Global Macro Monitor)
• Apple’s profits ($13 billion) exceeded Google’s entire revenue ($10.6 billion)
• Apple has now sold 315 million iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices running its iOS software (CNN/Money)
• Google would activate 59,653,187 Android-based devices during Apple’s fourth calendar quarter. Apple has said that iPod touch sales make up more than half of all iPod sales. That means Apple sold at least 7.7 million iPod touches. And that number, plus 37.04 million iPhones and 15.43 million iPads, means iOS outsold Android last quarter. (Matt Richman)
• Apple sold three times as many iPads as Amazon sold Kindle Fires (Tech Crunch)
Credit: Barry Ritholtz

ETNow Venture Capital outlook for 2012

Interesting panel moderated by Sudhir,

Discusses 2011 and the emergence of ecommerce, other investment themes in tech enabled businesses, exit expectations and where we are headed.

Acquisition of an online bus booking site

If anyone wants to dilute majority stake in a revenue earning online bus booking site please get in touch .Acquirer wants the target entrepreneur to continue run the business.Acquirer has other bigger plans to club bus booking with airline tickets and prepaid mode of selling.

Co-working Space in Gurgaon

Is there anyone in the startup community in gurgaon – having co-working space for a 2-5 member team? Couldnt get much information elsewhere, but hoping to get a response on venturewoods. You can reach me at

Thanks a ton and a wish a very happy new year 2012 for the startup community!!

Canaan announces fund IX

Canaan is pleased to announce its ninth fund – a $600M global early stage tech oriented fund. We will continue to invest in healthcare and IT, and across US, Israel and India. Details here.

India Venture 2012 – What’s Ahead?

Happy 2012 to all readers. 2011 has been an eventful year for venture capital in India – perhaps a record year in terms of overall volume of financing. More importantly, traditional growth equity firms stepped in and provided later stage support to venture backed companies, which augers well for entrepreneurs and venture industry. While in the middle of the year, valuations, especially in ecommerce were beginning to look heady, over past 90 days we have seen some sense return – in the long term, thats good news. Predicting a year out is always tough, but seems like venture capital is getting its roots entrenched – hoping for a great year 2012.

2011 was actually a bit of a disappointment on the exit front. Public markets were choppy throughout the year in India, and globally in the latter half. We track a pipeline of a dozen plus venture backed companies (largely internet related), which could be half a billion or more in value – however, the primary exit theme for most of those is IPOs. So 2012 outlook might again be driven more by health of the markets, than by availability of a good pipeline. Investors may start thinking about diversifying their exit options – both in internet companies where traditional thought in India has been around IPOs (for lack of M&A market), but also in terms of looking at investment areas where the dependency on IPOs is lesser (good old outsourcing).

In terms of themes, 2011 was clearly the year of ecommerce. Interestingly, every year over past 5-6 years has had a “never before, never after” flavor to it – 2006 (Mobile VAS), 2007 (Education, Real estate), 2008 (Healthcare, Retail), 2009 (Microfinance), 2010 (Rural, Agri) and so on. Not many themes have continued the momentum – I do hope ecommerce does. And for 2012, may be we will be back to Mobile VAS (yes, times are changing there), or may be finally Enterprise/SMB software. Any bets?

One element that has continued to keep the confidence going around is increasing quality and quantity of startup entrepreneurs. Here’s wishing 2012 continues to build on that!