I am back with my favorite funding news of last week! I had shared my purpose in starting this weekly post, and I have received much positive feedback. Therefore, I was eager to dig into the top news from last week to share with you today. Last week was a stellar week for fundraising, with […]Read More My Funding Picks from Last Week (W48)
I am starting a new section for my blog. Every Monday, I will share my favorite early-stage startups that have raised money (i.e., <Series C) in the last week. This exercise is a win-win on several levels: It helps me develop the right habit of reviewing deals that took place last week. I am going […]Read More My Funding Picks for Last Week (W47)
Waking up to the unearthing of a 2,000 crore scam at Karvy Stock Broking was precisely the sort of news fintech entrepreneurs and investors did not need. Ironically, this news would flash within a few hours of Andreessen Horowitz’s Anish Acharya and Seema Amble publishing a brilliant discussion on Does Zero Fee Trading Pay Off. […]Read More Is the Karvy scam the knockout punch to the fintech boom?
Earlier this week, I wrote an email in which I explained the reasons why I was passing on a deal that my team and I had tracked for more than three months. The eventual reason for letting go of this deal finally dawned on me when I re-did the calculations for the cost it took […]Read More Discovering the true cost of acquring a new customer
No one can doubt that the Indian PE/VC ecosystem is going through a golden run. The amount of money flowing into the ecosystem is breaking records –records set just the previous year! If I narrow the PE/VC down to just “start-ups” then Indian start-ups have raised $11.3 billion this year – up from $10.5 billion […]Read More Navigating the Indian Seed Landscape
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
Hey founders, today I’m going to address a crucial topic: When to update your investors with bad news. If you’re an entrepreneur and running a business, you will have to give bad news at some point. There are many ways to give bad news. One of them is not to give any news at all, […]Read More How to deliver bad news to investors
Recently, I had a long conversation with someone about the challenges I faced working with an obstinate founder that they referred to me. The person countered that the founder was passionate about their business idea, and I misunderstood their passion. I disagreed with their assessment. During the week, I have contemplated the difference between obstinate […]Read More The passionate vs the obstinate founder
Over the weekend, I was a guest of Baljinder Sharma, a serial entrepreneur and a highly respected individual in the India & Africa startup scene. He put together the first India Africa Entrepreneurship & Investment Summit in Mauritius. The event started as an idea to create a bridge between two ecosystems that houses over 1/3rd […]Read More The Indo-African perspective on the role of mentors in your startup
There are very few things that I do not love about venture capital but taking a founder through due diligence is one of them. I have written about the importance of due diligence in the past and a best-case scenario, due diligence should not take more than 30 days to complete. But realistically it takes […]Read More Be prepared for due diligence BEFORE your fundraising!