I just finished reading “The Dhandho Investor” by Mohnish Pabrai ( the man behind Dakshana). I enjoyed it and it stimulated some new thinking.

I also looked at my investing in India over the last two years. On a portfolio with 85% exposure to equities I managed a 45% CAGR(cumulative annual growth rate). I guess that may be just about okay. ( this is all in just a few boring stocks)

Will my angel investing give me anywhere close to that. I doubt it. This is what makes angel/seed investing tough in India. I hope to by investing both time and money improve my odds. I have abandoned the “spray and pray” approach where you put small amounts if you like the idea or team and trust the entrepreneur. This approach also relies on if xyz and pqr are also investing then I feel good about investing.

An excerpt from a quote from Kahlil Gibran ( full quote in book)… “You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself you truly give”

The full quote is more about giving selflessly to the needy ( I am atleast ten years away from that phase if I ever get there) but the first few lines lead me to think more of a heavy involvement model and not a “spray and pray” model.

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