In the past several weeks, I have been astonished at the size of seed rounds that founders expect to raise in their first round. My jaw hits the table when a founder blindsides me with requests to raise seed rounds of $1 million to as high as $3-4 million!* These are the start-ups that have […]Read More The art of how much to raise
I am re-reading How to Sell Anything to Anybody by Joe Girard (book review coming soon). Earlier today, I finished his chapter on Winning After the Close wherein Joe talks about the importance of ensuring customer satisfaction AFTER completing a sale. He gives examples of how he goes out of his way to ensure that […]Read More My atrocious car buying experience is a lesson in after sales treatment for all founders!
My thorny relationship with Jet Airways took a different dimension today. They truly showed me that they were the bestest airline and their policies weren’t just unique, they had been through an interstellar black hole and had in fact predated the arrival of the dinosaurs! As a comparison to just last week I received a […]Read More A Jeth Airways’ Seth Like Experience
I am sitting at the Starbucks in Mumbai airport muttering unmentionable obscenities at Jet Airways for making yet another change to its loyalty program which devalues my membership and its JPmiles. They have now decided to keep their top-tier members out of the airlines lounges unless they purchase a certain class of ticket! So much for being […]Read More Jet Airways’ JetPrivilege: A lesson in how your loyalty program can chop off your brands feet and then shoot it in the groin for good effect
Dear Ambarish Gupta, Our company holds a very unique position between Knowlarity and Exotel. You see, we invested into Exotel when it was in its infancy, but we took up Knowlarity for our communication needs due to a better priced product. They were two different business decision(s) at the time and since we were very […]Read More An Open Letter to the CEO of Knowlarity from a Knowlarity Customer and Exotel Investor