Peerzada has done a great job of reflecting our thoughts on early stage entrepreneurship, and what excites us about the Indian market. Its interesting that while we pride ourselves in being able to leverage our operating experience and help build companies, the best entrepreneurs know enough to run their businesses, and tend to involve us […]
I had often heard of the importance of cash flow and thought that I had taken adequate steps in year 1 to guard against running dry. But, when a fully charged technical team is at work, minor details like cash flow are sometimes temporarily ignored or wished away till reality stares you in the face. […]
Neeru Khosla ‘s name might ring a bell for some people. She is married to the legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. In all these years Neeru has remained firmly under the radar and took care of her family. But for the past couple of years Neeru has been diligently working away on a non-profit organization […]
I recently did two interviews with two very different but passionate entrepreneurs: Deepak Shenoy, co-founder of Moneyoga and Dr. Girish Saraph of Vegayan Systems. Over the past year or so I have spent a fair amount of time talking to both of them and have followed their journey as entrepreneurs. Deepak and I have spoken […]
How does Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), a renowned research US university foster research and a spirit of innovation among its students and faculty? How does CMU do tech transfer? What is unique about the US university system that helps in creating startups and companies? Is there something that India can learn from the US University […]
Since Alok wrote the previous post on branding I thought as a follow-up I’d post this video interview with Rohit Bhargava, who has a new book out called Personality Not Included. Rohit is Senior VP of Digital Strategy and Marketing at Ogilvy. He has a very popular blog aptly titled: Influential Marketing This interview was […]
In the US it is quite common for a startup to get its 1st round of funding from SBA (small business association) or an overdraft of $100K from the neighbourhood bank. After that if cash flows can support you should be able to get more credit from the bank. Then there are Mezzanine funds which […]
Do Indian lack a flair for entrepreneurship? When I first read that question on Trackin’s post I instinctively and vigorously did the Indian thing: shake my head in a strong no-no, that is not what I have uncovered. I think entrepreneurship is alive and kicking in India, but what is lacking is education, role models, access […]
Gopal Srinivasan of TVS on entrepreneurship
A couple of weeks ago I caught up with Rajat Gupta of McKinsey at the Pan IIT Global Conference in Silicon Valley. The theme for this year’s Pan IIT conference was “Changing the World Through Technology.” I wanted to find out about his interest and passion in health and eductation in India. What is the […]
In Part-2 NEA’s Kittu Kolluri continues to talk about entrepreneurship. He also offers suggestions on what books to read for first time entrepeneurs. It should come as as no surprise that his number one book to read was Geoffrey’s Moore’s book Crossing the Chasm.
NEA’s Managing Partner Kittu Kolluri is an engineer turned entrepreneur turned investor. I met with Kittu at NEA’s Sand Hill Road Office in Menlo Park to find out how he made this transistion from being an engineer to entrepreneur to an investor.