And you know a startup is lying when they say “We are unique”!

I keep meeting interesting entrepreneurs every now and then and one of the common thread across them is the set of lies that they all live with (I am getting 3K hits a day and I am surprised most of…

How do VCs evaluate social networking startups/products?

Way back during my presentation at Barcamp, somebody asked me – “How do you define the success parameters for a social network?” While I don’t know the right answer [is there any?], here is how few VCs [to be more…

NASSCOM & ICICI’s 100+ crore Innovation fund for Indian startups

Got a tip from Sanjay regarding the NASSCOM’s innovation fund (NIIF), which will be launched in December 2007. The fund is targeted towards early stage startups. Here are the details:: — While there has been a marked increase in the…

88% of Entrepreneurs say they Are Millionaires!

88% of Entrepreneurs say they Are Millionaires!

Inc magazine conducted an interesting survey of 5000 fastest-growing private companies across US and here are a few damn interesting insights: The top motivator for starting up WAS NOT frustration over job/working for somebody else/unemployment etc – BUT the challenge…

Entrepreneurs – Don’t drink your Kool-Aid!

Here is presenting set of great insights by Sanjay Anandaraman, entrepreneur-turned-VC: · Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration: Initially described by Edison, the quintessential entrepreneur, this statement is still very applicable to all entrepreneurs. Many an entrepreneur will tell you…

VC speak> Wanted: Inexperienced but Entrepreneurs!

Here is presenting another great article by Sanjay Anandaram. Please leave your comments/questions in the comments part. Wanted: Inexperienced but Entrepreneurs! It seems like now is the best time to be an entrepreneur in India. It would seem only credible…

VC speak: What Innovative Startups should do to get funded

I am glad to announce that Sanjay Anandaram, founding partner of Jumpstartup Venture Fund has agreed to share his articles (on entrepreneurship/startups/VC funding etc) with the readers of pluGGd.in. I will be posting Sanjay’s articles and I strongly recommend you…

Online advertisements – even VCs wanna fund startups who rely on online advertising (and not premium service)

It’s expected that by 2011, online advertising will go past the newspaper advertising (see the growing demand-supply difference in online advertising). Surprisingly, VCs too want startups to rely on online advertising (rather than charge customers for any product/service). First, lets…

Provisional Patents and startups – Why should startups patent their ideas?

Pavan is CEO of Whitemoney, which specializes in Copyright, Trademarks and patenting issues. In this post, Pavan shares his views and opinions about how and why startups should really patent their ideas. On February 14th 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied…

Indian startups make it big on Red Herring 100 Asia 2007

The Red Herring 100 Asia award ceremony is on Aug 29-31, 2007 in Hong Kong. For the last decade, these lists have discovered & short-listed the most promising start-ups in the technology industry, and are highly regarded by investors, executives…