Having built a great website, how do you get traffic to your site? It is one thing to have product or service relevant content, but what would be found more interesting is regularly updated content relevant to the product, industry or target groups that you wish to connect with. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one […]
How critical is Mentoring for start-ups?
From my experience of the last 12 years with start-ups, the issue is with the entrepreneurs understanding and acknowledgement of the importance of a Mentor. In most cases, a mentor is supposed to be a like a quick-fix. A first time entrepreneur needs to understand that a mentor is like a partner, hand-holding you to […]
Muscle Capital : Delivered
I am not a car guy. I had my last car for 15 years and put over a quarter of a million kilometers on it, but a couple of months ago I bought a Tesla. It felt like a piece of history so I had to have it. It is thrilling to be able to […]
Accelerator->Angel->VC flow is still struggling to find its equilibriu...
I had fun moderating the panel on early stage financing at India Internet Day. Vccircle has an interesting article. The key issues are as under: 1. Too few deals are progressing from accelerators to angel, and from angel to Series A. Only 5% of deals going from accelerators to Series A might not be very […]
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 […]
HR Ideas : Fresh Talent Acquisition, Campus Hiring, Tests for Hiring, ...
In this blog post we would focus on one of the key aspect of any building fresh talent pool for growth. Every growing organization cannot ignore this essential method for talent building. This method is successful based on the Job market, Industry awareness & Social Influence on the Young Generation in that market. There are […]
“Accelerators should not try and be all things to all people”
At the recent Venture Intelligence APEX’13 Summit, Sateesh Andra of VenturEast Tenet Fund provided what I thought was very useful guidance to entrepreneurs on which type of early stage investor to approach – depending on the type of company they were creating. Accelerators should not try and be all things to all people. They are […]
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Tech Startups: We are NOT on our own
As much as Vijay would like us to be left on our own, doesn’t look like we have that option 🙂 The budget seems to continue to impede the pace at which Indian entrepreneurship wants to grow. Some key elements below. The tax passthrough status to angel funds is welcome. It seems that this immediately […]
MobilePOS – a few questions
One of the primary reasons for this post on mobilePOS – is that we as a company are being inundated with requests from various mobilePOS start-ups from India, Europe and US, who seem to be replicating/inspired by the Square Inc. model and want to leverage , ‘Our network of merchants’. To explain ‘Our network of […]
Tata Social Enterprise Challenge – Call for Nominations
Tata group and IIMC have launched the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge. Key highlights: â€¢ National level competition to find Indiaâ€™s most promising social enterprises â€¢ Identified social entrepreneurs to be offered mentorship support, funding opportunities and an opportunity to be incubated at IIM Calcuttaâ€™s Incubation Centre â€¢ Teams need to have an early stage venture […]