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A “tight loose” approach

If technology as a disruptor is a given ..what is the best way to envision the next killer business opportunities? In the book “Leading the revolution”, HBS prof Gary Hamel has a quote for the new innovation solutions- Industry revolutionaries are like a missile up the tailpipe.Boom! You’re irrelevant! i.e. strategy is not the domain […]

Metcalfe’s Law/eBay

Silicon Valley tends to get quite excited about “network value” . Eyeballs, social networking and even PayPal. In India Metcalfe’s law is not popular. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metcalfe’s_law. Can Metcalfe’s law help Indian entrepreneurs create elephants ? Building company value is not just about revenues and breakevens. Baazee was bought by eBay for $50 million even though […]

The Indian Wealth Rush

If India keeps growing a lot of wealth will be created. While existing companies public and private will definitely contribute I think companies that are just starting out will play a major role. Sectors like IT outsourcing and BPO were not major a decade ago. What will the next decade bring ?

Paul Graham and the debate on founder sales

Venture Capitalists don’t like deals where their money is used to buy the shares owned by founders and other early investors. They like their money to go “into building the company” – ie, towards hiring people, building a product, etc. Unless, that is, they are desparate to get in on the deal. In August, The […]

Work Life, Night Life

An interesting (and depressing, for an oldtime Bangalorean) piece from the Fast Company Blog on the need for entertainment and cultural outlets for the city. A sobering subtext, for me, is the role, or lack thereof, of the moral police in the modern context. We are not having this discussion in the public sphere in […]

Thinking Elephants

Hi, I am a Band of Angels member and can be reached at sanjaybhargava@yahoo.com. For more on my profile join www.linkedin.com and search for me. I was an early employee of PayPal which was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion. I am interested in regular entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who want to build elephants. To […]

Debate on the investment “sweet spot”

Anand Sridharan of Bessemer Venture Partners-India and Roshan D’Silva, Managing Partner of Middle East technology incubator One Nine Three (and co-founder of IIT-Bombay incubatee MyZus Infotech), have an interesting debate going on Anand’s blog on whether late-stage, non-tech investments will score over early stage tech focused investments. Some Extracts: Roshan: India needs early stage capital […]

Why this new blog?

This blog is an attempt to bring the Indian venture community closer together. All its constituents, right from the entrepreneurs themselves, venture capital firms, angel funds, lawyers, recruiters, investment bankers, incubation cells — the list goes on. As an entrepeneur, then as an angel investor and private equity professional, I have felt that despite close […]