How Can You Tell If An Angel Investor Is “real” Or “fake”?

Angel Investor

It has become quite fashionable to be an angel investor. The last 5 years has seen an increase in the number of registered angel investors on various platforms – from a mere 3000, we are at over 25K in the US alone. That begs the question – do we have more people who have become… Continue reading How Can You Tell If An Angel Investor Is “real” Or “fake”?

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The Perfect Startup Team: Asterix And Obelix

STARTUP TEAM ASTERIX AND OBELIX

As a child (and even now) I was a huge fan of Asterix and Obelix. I would spend hours reading and re-reading Asterix and son and imagine what it would really be like if I had special magic powers. The possibilities were endless.The names were funny. The fights were amazing. The adventures were awesome. I did believe… Continue reading The Perfect Startup Team: Asterix And Obelix

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Its a “marketing Problem”, The Product Is Actually Good – The Engineer’s Myth

MARKETING PROBLEM

I have been clear in my preference for hacker / developer / engineer founded companies. I prefer developers since they can actually solve the problem using tools at their disposal without having to “hire” people they dont understand anything about. The biggest challenge of backing hacker founders, though is that once every so often (more… Continue reading Its a “marketing Problem”, The Product Is Actually Good – The Engineer’s Myth

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How To Survive The Sine-curve Of Emotions At Your Startup?

SINE-CURVE

I have mentioned several times that working in a startup is like a sine-curve, or a roller-coaster rider. Its multiple ups and downs every hour, day, week and month. It takes a special kind of maturity to handle them as they come and not lose focus of your goal or the near-time milestone. I have tried… Continue reading How To Survive The Sine-curve Of Emotions At Your Startup?

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The Indian Startup Ecosystem Should Look At Israel As A Role Model

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I love Israel. Having been there 7-8 times over 5 years when I worked for a company (Mercury Interactive, acquired by HP) that had its development center there, I believe they have some of the best developers, product thinkers and execution oriented folks. They are also amazing at marketing. They have successfully convinced the world… Continue reading The Indian Startup Ecosystem Should Look At Israel As A Role Model

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Self Inflicted Wounds Cause Burnout Among Entrepreneurs

SELF INFLICTED

Envy. That’s the word of the day. Try to avoid keeping up with the Kevin’s. That’s the digital entrepreneur equivalent of keeping up with the Joneses. I know many entrepreneurs who are constantly comparing themselves to other fellow founders and wondering a) how did they raise money for “xyz” company, or “how did they raise money… Continue reading Self Inflicted Wounds Cause Burnout Among Entrepreneurs

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