I deeply respect Vijay Anand for taking the superb initiative of starting and building Proto.in. In fact it is the push that is helping us see other other initiatives coming up viz HeadStart.in and hopefully many more. But guys can you manage your times to see that the startup crowd has access to either Proto.in … Continue reading "the woods are lovely, dark and deep. but …"
Decisions make or break startups. So how do you decide whether or not to attempt that project with a lucrative markup? How do you decide between two different alternatives? Who should i marry July or Emily? Turns out that you can analyse the costs and benefits of your decisions, within a “Rough” framework to arrive … Continue reading "Cost-Benefit Analysis: Startup Decision Making For Geeks"
Yesterday, we were having a discussion on a possible kiva-like play in India which will help connect two very disparate but mutually enriching communities and what kept us puzzled was inspite of the value being created, the revenue-generating mechanism for us was nowhere in sight. Taking any sizeable cut from either of the connecting communities … Continue reading "Value vs Revenue for startups"
Ok i know your embarassed they made you wear a gown and a dorky looking hat with a horse tail kind of thingy hanging from it. And I know you are beyond furious that they actually made you go on stage infront of your entire class in that ridiculous outfit to accept your degree. In … Continue reading "Entrepreneurship for students II: 11 things to do before you leap"
The end of your “good life” is tumbling towards you like an avalanche. For 20 odd years you have been living off your parents genetic imperative to feed you. But now that well has dried up, worse still everyone is expecting you to stand on your own feet. I know, I know, if life was … Continue reading "Entrepreneurship for students I : 11 reasons why you need to start now"
[Formerly ‘Taking the Leap: Job Holder to Jobless and Beyondâ€¦ – I’.] This is the first part of a two-part article aimed at job holders who want to quit and go independent. This will be about the Why? of the question while the next part will be about the How? For all the readers that … Continue reading "Entrepreneurship for the Employed – I"
Valuation is the process of coming up with the market value of a company. This means that any investor who is on the right side of sane will see the valuation of the company before he even sneezes in your direction. Yet to most techies and geeks ‘valuation of a company’ looks like ‘?%&*#$@!?%&*#$@!?%&*#$@!'(martian symbols). … Continue reading "Startup valuation for geeks"
Pricing is an issue that haunts the marketing departments at the biggest of corporations. High tehcnology startups usually have enough critical issues to deal without adding subtle implications of pricing to the mix. Ultimately product or service pricing is one of those things that can effectively make or break the future of a startup. One … Continue reading "Product Pricing For Hitech Startups: The stuff nightmares are made of"
Why do you think the same five guys make it to the final table of the World Series of Poker EVERY YEAR? What, are they the luckiest guys in Las Vegas? – Mike McDermott, Rounders Can success be planned for? This I guess is a fundamental question every entreprenuer should ask himself/herself(Yeah yeah politcally correct … Continue reading "Planning For Success"