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Investor-Startup Ecosystem

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The blog post is motivated by an article by knowledge@wharton business school with the title “The Next Generation of Investor-Startup Ecosystem“. I have written a lot about the need for Investors to be empathetic to Startup Founders and how value gets destroyed when that does not happen. I have seen it too often that Investors arbitrarily change the dynamics of a discussion with the Entrepreneur

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Learnings from CEO Bootcamp - Dealing with Fear and Failure

Learnings from CEO Bootcamp – Dealing with Fear and Failure

cae3272cacc61eb07d81c3e66bc057b3As an entrepreneur you are constantly fighting the grips of Fear, Doubt and Failure. It is a natural part of being on a journey that is low on data and high on uncertainty. I wanted to share the learnings from the CEO Bootcamp, the first day we discussed the 5 mistakes CEOs make and how to deal with them. We were made to deal with our Fear and Failure thoughts during the second dayof the CEO…

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Day 1 - CEO Bootcamp

Day 1 – CEO Bootcamp

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I started writing this post on the first day of the CEO Bootcamp, but the bootcamp was so intense on me personally that I could not sit down to write the rest of the program. I will do that in the coming days. This has been one of those life changing week and event.

I wanted to document and share the pre-work that I…

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Getting to Yes

PersistenceI was reminded yesterday of a blog post that I wrote a while back about True Grit, the persistent, relentless push forward quality that I see everyday in Entrepreneurs who get it. I have been talking to some of the institutional investors who have been interested in participating in the “Alternative Asset Class” that is the name used by Banks, Pension Funds and other financial institutionsif you…

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Best of times to be an Entrepreneur and Venture Investor

Best of times to be an Entrepreneur and Venture Investor

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I cannot emphasize enough the exciting opportunities that are in front of us. In case you have not noticed, Andreessen Horowitz announced the closing of a $1.5 Billion Andreessen Horowitz Fund IV. Yes, that is a Billion. In addition to that True Ventures closed a fund for $350 Million. The announcement by a16zis what inspired me to write this blog post. Here is an excerpt…

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Meniga - A Startup Profile

Meniga – A Startup Profile

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Meniga is one of the companies that came out of the financial collapse of Iceland. It is a Whitelabel Personal Finance Management software that is primarily used by banks and financial institutions to enable their end customers to better manage their finances. I have watched the company grow from strength to strength and I believe last year was huge year for them in terms of…

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