Category Archives: Early Stage

A Marshmello helmet for the better environment.

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Rekarmate is a Hyderabad-based environmental friendly startup. Taking inspiration from the Marshmello’s ( an electronic dance music producer, and DJ) ‘Give it back’ initiative, Rekarmate  gave away  few Marshmello helmets made from recycled waste as a part of fundraising. Within […]

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How investment-ready are you?

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While clearly an important caveat if and when a startup needs money, assuming there is a compelling case for investment, when is a startup “ready” for an investment. What are the parameters that investors look for, and that startups should […]

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Is technology the best way to a quick startup success/exit? 

Great news this week about a 3-year old startup from Hyderabad, Tuplejump, being acquired by Apple. They were in the big data space building a product that allowed use of nosql databases. Deep tech mumbo jumbo. But, think about it. […]

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Startup events – a boon or a bane?

Startups are always looking for that little bit of support, feedback, advise, guidance, customer reference or investor connect all the time. And this is never easy to come by. Very elusive. And probably not always very effective! In recent months […]

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Surmounting the ‘Chasms’ in Start-up lifecycle

Have been hearing about crossing the chasm forever. In a strategy discussion this week, this came up again. Now to look at assessing mature products. Not just startups. Thinking further, clearly there are chasms at all times. If not congnizant, […]

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Identifying target customer segment key

One of the important questions that many people ask is – When you have a compelling idea that is sufficiently curated, should you opt going full-time into the ‘startup mode’? Answering this question is never easy. It gets more difficult […]

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Mentoring, how best to use the time

One common refrain I hear form early stage founders is that a mentor they were seeking out didn’t respond or didn’t respond favorably.  Need to understand some reasons why, and preemptively address this when reaching out. On one hand we have […]

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ACCELERATING THE START-UP ECO SYSTEM

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ACCELERATING THE START Like they say, a startup’s journey is very lonely. Even more so in India as the startup support environment is still evolving. The local ecosystem often becomes the best friend of a new startup.  To nurture, support […]

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Is your startup addressing your users needs?

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Was at two hackathons this week. EXCITE at JNTU and the Hyderabad edition of AngelHack. Very reassuring see the very steep jump in the depth of ideas, quality of teams and the view of the markets.  From a very contemporary […]

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Inspiring and seriously enabling, PMs address. Startup India, Standup India

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Happy I decided not to got to Delhi for PM’s #StartupIndia. To be at great session at T-Hub where a large gathering listened to the concluding session and PMs address on Startup India, Standup India. To later reflect on the announcements, […]

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