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Entrepreneurship lessons from the Aam Aadmi Party

How could I resist Snigdha’s hint to opine on startup lessons from AAP’s historic Delhi performance! So here it goes on startupcentral. Key lessons: – Great businesses are created by playing into market shifts – Startups need sharp focus and positioning – Run a well-designed proof of concept – The founder is the best salesperson […]

VC Firm Branding – What matters?

NVCA facilitated a recent research around what matters in a VC firm brand – both what entrepreneurs value, versus what VCs think is important. Branding and Venture Capital: Key Findings from BIG:VC from desantisbreindel Note that this is a US based study. Overall the study reinforced the importance of VC firm brand, but highlighted the […]

Online classifieds – calling again

Hindu BusinessLine carried this interview of mine on online classifieds market. Online classifieds remains perhaps that most rewarding space thus far in the internet domain from an investment standpoint, on M&A (carwale, jobsahead), IPO (naukri, justdial) as well as continued companies getting to scale (matrimony, property, food). Surprisingly, it has not generated equivalent entrepreneurial interest, […]

HBR – How to negotiate with VCs

Update: 18th Oct 2013 – The slideshare link seems to be disabled. Please read here. Excellent article on how to negotiate with VCs – valuation is just the tip of the iceberg. Other terms, as well as ensuring alignment through the negotiation process are far more important. Read on… HBR – How to negotiate with […]

The role of venture capital in growing Indian ecosystem

Iamwire published this article by me around the broader impact of venture capital. I believe venture capital has had a defining role in getting first generation entrepreneurs out in increasing numbers, at the same time benefiting from that trend. In addition to entrepreneurs, the capital-exit model of venture backed companies also creates the right incentives […]

Will Delhi startups outsource tech to Bangalore?

Delhi NCR seems to have emerged as one of the strongest startup ecosystems in the country. From internet to mobility and ITES/BPO/KPO, the quality of startups is compelling. However, of late, there has been a view that the tech ecosystem is not keeping pace. I was having a chat with a friend, who pointed out […]

Is India ready for Online-only Banks?

WSJ has an interesting article on online banks. In India, there has been rightful emphasis on financial inclusion as a key direction for banking sector. However, there is a segment of current users who could enjoy the efficiency of an online-only bank. Are Indian banks ready to make that transition? Is the regulator ready to […]