Immediate gratification or Long-term play? As a startup, which one will you choose?

[Guest post by Sanjay Anandaram, entrepreneur-turned-investor and a strong advocate of entrepreneurship in India.] The young founder-CEO was excited about the email he had just received. It was from an—apparently wealthy—NRI from Canada who wanted to invest in the CEO’s…

Introductory post – Entrepreneurship in India

I am excited about writing a series of posts on “Entrepreneurship in India” for the readers of PluGGd.in. Here’s whats on the menu for the coming weeks: So you have an idea, how do you go about developing the business…

Translating ‘Tipping Point’ for Indian Entrepreneurs

I would like to thank all of you for the response i received on my previous post (Guerilla Marketing tips for Indian startups). I am glad that the article struck a chord to the readers. In this post, I want…

Ownership vs. management - Should startups really care?

Ownership vs. management – Should startups really care?

Is there a difference between ownership and management? Is it something really important for startups to get worried about? Read on (guest post by Sanjay Anandaram): The young founders of the young company looked happy. They had just finished a…

@ 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…