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)
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
A founding team must (not shall) display a strong belief and deep commitment to their business. The teams that constantly shift their business model on the feedback of funders eventually find themselves lost at sea. So, there are many times to pivot your business – but a failed attempt at raising a round of capital […]Read More On whose advice should you pivot?
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
It is important that founding teams declare if two of the co-founders are married to each other, blood relatives or cousins. The team can choose to reveal that after the pitch, but I prefer if the team takes the bull by the horns and reveals the full extent of the relationship before they start the […]Read More When is the Best Time to Reveal that Your Cofounder is Related to You?
I must be honest that I was not a big fan of Akshay Kumar through most of my teens. His movies centred around his martial arts abilities and he had typecast himself into a brand of cinema which I did not identify with. Then something happened 10 years ago that altered the actor’s career and […]Read More Video of the Week: The Undisputed King of Bollywood
Time and again, I have warned early-stage founders to steer clear of using the services of a banker to help raise money but unfortunately, that pandemic has overrun our ecosystem. Many bankers have made a comfortable lifestyle out of fleecing unsuspecting founders. The false dream that these 1-star bankers promise founders make my skin crawl, […]Read More The Investment Banker Pandemic
Yesterday I met a startup that I have been mentoring for the past 18 months. The founders have developed a deep tech product that has a niche in the B2B space. While their sales have not managed to light up the startup world, I can ascertain that they have developed a robust product that services […]Read More When is the Right Time to be Acquired?
Yesterday, we revamped the pitch book that we share with potential investors interested in Artha Venture Fund. Although the revamp was long overdue, I kept procrastinating until a fund manager in Hong Kong took out an hour from his day to offer me insightful critique for our 35+ slider presentation. He asked me to cut […]Read More Don’t Sweep your Failures Under the Carpet
Last Friday, Siddharth and I were in Bangalore talking to a group of entrepreneurs that were being incubated at NSRCEL. During a Q&A session, an entrepreneur inquired, “how long does it take to get money after presenting to an investor?” Siddharth had the perfect answer, “3 months if everything goes to plan but you should […]Read More What Should I do with my Business, while Fundraising?