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Why VCs Steer Clear Of Family-Run Startups
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Professional CEOs at startups: Quick wins or mission control?
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Can Startups Revive Manufacturing in India?
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AadhaarPay card will ease digital transaction concerns: India inc speaks
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Start-ups want government to keep it simple in Union Budget
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VC funds favouring B2B businesses over B2C
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Wake up and smell the coffee
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In forties? It’s not late to join the start-up bandwagon
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The tribulations of a mid-career entrepreneur
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Govt cautious about showing its affection for start-ups

Why VCs Steer Clear Of Family-Run Startups

Remember the hit flick Band Baaja Baaraat? The 2010 film, which made Ranveer Singh an overnight sensation, is about two friends who start a wedding planning business but the girl (as it happens in Yash Raj Films) falls in love with the boy, who has been led to believe that business and love should not[…]

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Professional CEOs at startups: Quick wins or mission control?

As the Indian start-ups world matures, it is starting to imitate its US counterpart in many ways. Right from introducing business models that have been tested in the American market to going after aggressive market share acquisition, some would have thought they have seen it all. And then change of guard happened. Poster boys of[…]

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Can Startups Revive Manufacturing in India?

That India is a fertile land for start-ups is well recognised and acknowledged globally. The start-up behemoth – Sillicon Valley – has primarily catered to consumer internet businesses such as e-commerce, and apps for daily consumption in transport, food, travel, education and media consumption. With the emergence of India as a global services leader, the[…]

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AadhaarPay card will ease digital transaction concerns: India inc speaks

The Union Budget 2017-18 presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is a positive budget in my opinion. There are quite a few high points like the focus on digital economy, clear path to job generation, increase in innovation in education sector, and for the first time ever, political funding as a topic in budget presentation.[…]

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Start-ups want government to keep it simple in Union Budget

It’s that time of the year, and the markets are abuzz with expectations from the Union Budget 2017. In the wake of demonetisation and GST implementation, all eyes are on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who will deliver the Budget on February 1. While fast growing sectors like auto, manufacturing, services, IT etc view Budget[…]

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VC funds favouring B2B businesses over B2C

Being approached by a Deepinder Goyal or a Sachin Bansal to invest in their new consumer-focused venture at an early stage will probably be every investor’s dream come true. It must seem like they have hit the jackpot. But historical investment statistics suggest otherwise. Barring a couple of anomalies, none of the founders of the[…]

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Wake up and smell the coffee

The Brexit vote in UK was not as much against Europe as it was against mainstream politicians and against immigration. The Remain side had the leaders of all three main parties while the Exit side was led by a motley crew of cross party politicians. The Remain side had an economic argument as their main[…]

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In forties? It’s not late to join the start-up bandwagon

I am in my late 40s, left my corporate job in early 30s and since then then have been a part of start-up ecosystem donning different hats – an entrepreneur, prop investor and now an early stage fund manager. My peer group, who passed their IITs in late 80s – 90s and are now C-level[…]

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Govt cautious about showing its affection for start-ups

The finance minister (FM) rose to present the Union Budget 2016-17 and along with it rose my heartbeat. In the run-up to the Budget, the investor community was hopeful about getting tax exemptions on angel investing, and start-ups were hoping for tax rebates and ease of doing business. The FM had something for everyone. It[…]

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