Early-stage investing in India: Observations of a one-year old

I made an excited jump into early stage investing on Friday the 13th last December. The 22 year old me devising randomized algorithms in Bharti Building’s labs at IIT Delhi had no idea that his …

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Why digital first consumer brands need to transform themselves into data first consumer brands

Historically, It has been hard to disrupt a consumer brand. Many of the leading consumer brands (either individual or a group) – Coca Cola, L’Oreal, Unilever, P&G, Colgate, Gucci, Nestle, …

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Building Data as a Service (DaaS) Companies: Early Learnings from Our Partnership with Slintel

Sometime in 2017, we had the opportunity to speak with Deepak Anchala, co-founder and CEO of Slintel. Deepak was building a SaaS company in the sales intelligence space. It was early days for him. We …

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Top 10 best practices to leverage your Board

Founders of a well run startup invariably have multiple balls up in the air. One of the key aspects founders need to deal with is their Board. For some founders, Board members add little value and …

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Testing hypotheses and understanding customer behavior using cohort analysis

In 2015, I was running my first startup. It was a laundry services business. We were the new age Dhobis – as my parents would call it – where customers could book the service on an app, …

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Scaling Mount Organization

This article was originally published at YourStory Building a large, sustainable company is hard, and the odds are always against the entrepreneur. Often we believe that if we find a meaningful …

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Swapping vs Charging – business of refueling EVs – (3/3)

A Li-ion battery needs to be charged regularly and can go through 1500-2000 charging-discharging cycles in its lifetime. The business to supply energy to batteries is an interesting opportunity in …

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Recharged – opportunities & challenges in the battery space – (2/3)

For an EV, battery is the most differentiating component. It accounts for 40-50% of the total vehicle cost and plays the most important role in a vehicle’s performance. It can draw the line between …

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Startups vs Incumbents – who will win the Indian EV race? (1/3)

History suggests that creation of a new automotive OEM is next to impossible. Incumbents always win this war due to the long product development cycles, high investments in supply chain, distribution …

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High Quality, Personalized, Affordable – What Tuitions Should Look Like, and Why We Invested in Swiflearn

tuition /tjuːˈɪʃ(ə)n/ noun teaching or instruction, especially of individual pupils or small groups. After-school tuitions are ubiquitous in India, being squarely in the need as opposed to the …

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