The rise of the “sapling round” in technology startups

I was in the valley last week meeting with over 23 investors (primarily seed and series A stage). From Andreessen-Horowitz and Accel to Sigma ventures and True ventures, we had a chance to talk to partners who are looking at over 2000+ deals every year to invest in less than 10 (in the case of … Continue reading The rise of the “sapling round” in technology startups

Are there too few seed/angel investors in India or is too much money chasing too few great companies?

This is a debate that I keep having with entrepreneurs and investors alike. When you talk to entrepreneurs they correctly point out the # of angel and seed deals done in India are very few. If you remove accelerators, the number of angel funded tech companies in India is about 60 (2013) and the number … Continue reading Are there too few seed/angel investors in India or is too much money chasing too few great companies?

The toughest choice for an entrepreneur – Slow and committed vs. Fast and apathetic

Another day, another debate. This time it was Ravi Gururaj, Raj Chinai and Rajan Anandan vs. yours truly. Lets have a twitter debate copying @rajananandan and @ravigururaj as well on your thoughts. The debate is about the type of investors that entrepreneurs need now. I believe in the last 18 months, the Indian entrepreneur has … Continue reading The toughest choice for an entrepreneur – Slow and committed vs. Fast and apathetic

Getting funded by US investors vs. Indian investors – a perspective

This is another post to force the debate. I have heard many Indian entrepreneurs say that they would rather be funded by a US investor than and Indian investor. In fact most would prefer specific Silicon Valley investors. There are many pros and cons to both Indian and Silicon Valley investors. Lets do the valley … Continue reading Getting funded by US investors vs. Indian investors – a perspective

How to hack your seed round in India? Winter 2012 Edition (Bonus: List of Indian angel investors)

This post is for first time entrepreneurs who are looking to understand the maze of Indian seed funding options. If you have raised a seed round already and are looking to raise your series A, then please read the 5 step post on raising series A. If you want to raise a sapling round (after … Continue reading How to hack your seed round in India? Winter 2012 Edition (Bonus: List of Indian angel investors)

Why it is a LOT easier to raise seed money for your startup in India than silicon valley right now

If you are an Indian entrepreneur who is looking to raise seed funding for your startup do it now. There’s been no better time to raise money for technology product startups than this year and possibly part of next year. I understand the issues entrepreneurs face with Indian investors in the seed & early stage. … Continue reading Why it is a LOT easier to raise seed money for your startup in India than silicon valley right now