Happy Feet SaaS

Change is easy to miss, hard to get right. Policymakers take pride in thinking that they create markets. Many believe that the 1992 World Bank report which called India as likely software superpower was responsible for the creation of $150bn IT services industry. In emergent systems like markets, it is hard to say which inputs change … Continue reading Happy Feet SaaS

When Mario plays Soccer

Can he become a Super Mario? Everything about the future is so clearly visible when looked through the rearview mirror. Wish I knew what influenced outcomes for a tech startup founder in India. When you look back decade-long to sketch the picture from 2007 till now, leaving out the frenzy of funding peaks & disappointment … Continue reading When Mario plays Soccer

My 10000 hours in M&A and Indian startups

Many months ago I had read this wonderful tweet by Kanyi Maqubela‏, a young VC from Colloborative fund on 10,000 hours of his being a VC and I thought to myself that is good way to document one’s learning. Last 18 months my stint was as a Fellow-In-Residence (M&A) at iSPIRT (startup think tank), I … Continue reading My 10000 hours in M&A and Indian startups

We wanted ‘Google from India’ instead we got …

I was meeting a classmate from college after many years who is now a senior engineer at the Mountainview office of Google. We were toasting his 10 year anniversary at Google and our conversation shifted to Indian startups. Pretty soon his exasperated question to me was - “Where are the big startups that we have … Continue reading We wanted ‘Google from India’ instead we got …

Story of three Indian product entrepreneurs on a beach

[posted on 8 Jan 2017, migrated from ubedge.com] I get to meet and hangout with many product entrepreneurs in India across a wide variety of spectrum (wannabe, early stage all the way up to category leader). I have been one and have crossed a few early stages myself, based on my experience I see 3 … Continue reading Story of three Indian product entrepreneurs on a beach

Liquidity of Indian startups compared to US & Israel

[original post 3 Apr 2017, migrated from Ubedge.com] Recently was having a conversation with a Private Equity friend and was trying to explain the challenge that has captured my imagination and full attention, ie exits for software product startups in India. He felt that the data about the exit structural deficit that I was trying … Continue reading Liquidity of Indian startups compared to US & Israel

Choosing right market can save upto 18 months of runway

[original post 20 Sep 2016, migrated from ubedge.com] Starting point of a startup is an idea and it goes through a journey of product releases and pivots to reach its product market fit and further scale. Source of this idea is a brainstorming session or hot flavor of the season (FoodTech, Fintech etc). Sometimes it … Continue reading Choosing right market can save upto 18 months of runway