It has been fourteen days since VG Siddhartha took his life. In that time, the entrepreneurial ecosystem has heard arguments from several vantage points to understand the cause of the stress that led to his untimely demise. It is stomach-churning and thought-provoking stuff. Various arguments attempted to place the cause of VG’s entrepreneurial distress onto […]Read More Let’s talk about entrepreneurial stress
In many cases, food-tech founders extend their line of products to capture as many customers as possible, if they aren’t convinced about the size of their target market. There is a business case for extending into multiple product lines to provide complementary options to a loyal target market, but the decision to go wide right […]Read More The Udupi Approach
After what seems like an eternity, the relationship manager of one of the largest private banks in India sat down with me to understand my grievances with this bank. Recently, I moved one of our business accounts to a competitor bank and that triggered the RM of the current bank, to question why I was […]Read More What a Bank Should Do for My Business
There is a serious funding crunch in the early stage start-up ecosystem. Therefore, founders should get prepared to deal with the prospect of a raising a flat round or in many cases, a down round. The reasons behind the funding crunch are clear but there is also a fair bit of profligacy in the valuations made […]Read More The Down Rounds are Coming
Today is the last day of the Rise 2018 conference. This year’s conference had over 15,000 attendees where I received and handed out over 200 business cards, just like I do at every other conference. However, every time I meet some great people at an event, I end up losing contact with them and it isn’t until the next time I bump into them that we speak again. Tired […]Read More The 24x7x30 Networking System
During my interview with Sudhir Chowdhary of the Financial Express in August 2017, I emphasized my excitement about the catalyzing effect that GST & Jio are going to have on the $2.2 trillion Indian economy. That excitement has been materialized by AVF’s 4 out of 5 investments being a part of the consumer sector. In […]Read More Which Sectors is India’s Bullish Market Running Towards?
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
A quick disclaimer: The use of he is for both sexes The views below are totally my own without any intention to hurt anyone’s sentiments or beliefs. Any reference to that effect, I apologise for as it is not intentional. There are adaptations below from the Bhagvad Gita that I am currently studying, however, there […]Read More Are you prepared for the Journey of Entrepreneurship?
I have wanted to write this post for a very long time but kept putting it off for some good reason best known to the subconscious. However, the attack on e-commerce by the tax-man was the spark that ignited this story. As it is normally the case, some law that was written in goodness-knows-which-generation is […]Read More Screw Amendments… Rewrite the Law !