For entrepreneurs looking to raise external capital, its worth checking out Scott Maxwell’s post on how entrepreneurs should evaluate a VC, beyond just the ability/willingness to write a check. According to him, the critical factor is the ‘fit’ between both parties. While his 9-points to assess fit are somewhat long-winded, his broad message makes intuitive […]
Ray Ozzie memo to Microsft staff http://www.scripting.com/disruption/ozzie/TheInternetServicesDisruptio.htm
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 […]
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 […]
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 ?
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 […]
There is a double issue of business week highlighting China and India, and some of the online extras are good. Check it out! The Asian cover story is on hot growth companies.
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 […]
MediaBay, a leading digital media and publishing company specializing in spoken word and premium audio entertainment, today announced that it has reached an exclusive agreement with HT Media Ltd., one of India’s leading print media companies, to offer daily digital audio downloads of a condensed version of its English-language newspaper, the Hindustan Times. Branded the […]
I know its a relatively old one, but its also something not be missed. Here it is. The message – Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
6 Corporate Lessons Corporate Lesson 1: A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. After a few seconds of arguing over which one should go and answer the doorbell, the wife gives up, quickly wraps herself up in a towel and runs downstairs. […]
Hi, I am a Band of Angels member and can be reached at email@example.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 […]