@ NASSCOM Product Conclave – Most of the startups have technical leadership, but not business leadership

Summary of talks from VC panel@Nasscom Product Conclave (Sudhir Sethi of IDG Ventures, Alok Mittal of Canaan Partners, Ashish Gupta of Helion Ventures, Srini Vudayagiri of LightSpeed ventures] IDG’s Sudhir Sethi shared some interesting stats: Out of 600 plans that…

Early Stage Technology Entrepreneurship and Incubators in India

Guest post by Sramana Mitra. Sramana is a serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant. If you are a startup and have your opinions/inputs on incubation funds, please share. — My first experience of technology entrepreneurship in India was in 1994 while…

Startup inspirations from Viswanathan Anand

Startup inspirations from Viswanathan Anand

What inspirations can startups derive from World chess champ, Viswanathan Anand? Patience? Consistency? Well, chess is more than a mind game and here are Vishy’s golden tips that can be applied to any startup/business: Don’t get too absorbed in the…

Are Indian startups thinking BIG enough?

Are Indian startups thinking BIG enough?

Are Indian entrepreneurs thinking big enough? Here is a great article from Sanjay Anandaram, entrepreneur-turned-VC. A must read for Indian entrepreneurs/startups. For Indian startups I remember reading an Akbar and Birbal tale many years ago. In this story, Akbar and…

For startups, it’s all about the timing!

Timing is everything. In a startup situation, it is sometimes the only thing! Given that all else is equal (ceteris paribus as the economists like to say in Latin), timing is what makes the big difference. There are two aspects…

Guest post: Why did Lightspeed take AskLaila bet?

[Subodh is a veteran entrepreneur and is CEO/Founder of YouMagix, a startup working on user-generated listing service. A passionate entrepreneur, Subodh will discuss VC/funding related aspect of starting up in India.] Why did Lightspeed take AskLaila bet? Ever since I…

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…