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)
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
Over the last weekend, AVF Associate Nikunj married Chandni in a beautiful and intimate ceremony that took place in Vapi. The newly-wed couple looked like they were made for each other and I wish them the best for their married life together! A bunch of us from Artha attended the nuptials, witnessed many memorable moments […]Read More Nikunj’s Wedding and a Business Idea
I was part of the final jury that was judging business models at a weekend hackathon in Jabalpur. It was a massive event with almost two hundred teams competing to build the best solution to different problems. I was impressed by the progress that some of the teams made in the short span of 40 […]Read More My Jabalpur Visit Confirms that Bharat is Booming!
Over the last 3 weeks, I attended 3 family office conferences, where I was one of the very few Indian (India-based) family offices/venture capitalists representing our nation. At these events, I noticed that many global investors are keen on investing money in India, but sceptical from having burnt their fingers the last time around. Some […]Read More Rewriting the India Investment Narrative
I have been finding ways to manage the dual stress of entrepreneur and venture capitalist through 7-day breaks with the simple objective to ensure that I am (almost) completely off my digital devices I have time earmarked every day to read books I am disconnected from work, especially my emails I am pursuing a hobby […]Read More Perfecting the Vacation Auto-Response
There is a serendipity in deal-making once one summarises the events that lead to its closure. Today, as I announce our investment into Haazri, that is how I feel. My first interaction with Haazri was unbeknownst to me, during the long hours that I spent at Yash’s office ordering numerous cups of the chai that […]Read More Why did we Invest in Haazri?
Amid all the din surrounding the Wizard of Omaha’s endorsement of Paytm’s pole position in the Indian Paymentech space, an endorsement which must be the proudest moment for any entrepreneur, but the day belonged to another Indian. This is the story of an Indian runner who has (reportedly) never won a gold in any national […]Read More Hats off Manjit Singh!!!
It took a lot of painstaking effort and careful planning to ensure that I would be in my hotel bed in Hyderabad between 11:30 pm and 12 midnight so that I would be fresh for the conference I was attending today. Bad weather coupled with lousy pilot scheduling resulted in a 4-hour delay, most of […]Read More Who Will Save India from Bad Customer Service
A heated political debate has been brewing between two accomplished lawyers, namely the last two finance ministers of India, P Chidambaram and Arun Jaitley. The debate began on the backdrop of the data released by the National Statistical Commission which stated that the GDP growth rate under the UPA was higher than the current GDP growth under the NDA government. Of the various arguments that have been put forth by different parties of the political spectrum, I resonate most with the arguments put forth by ET’s Saubhik Chakrabarti in the article “UPA vs […]Read More Making Sense of the UPA vs NDA Economic Growth Debate