What Shape of Recovery will we have?

When the Covid-19 crisis hit us we all heard about the New Normal, but few of us really understood what it meant? As time passes, we are slowly but surely starting to come to grips with this new normal which essentially...

What does it mean to be an Entrepreneur in this New Normal?

Having spent weeks in some mode of Lockdown, people across the world are now having a discussion on what will life look like going forward?

Is it the right time to become an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship is a very personal decision, and when I get asked this question by aspiring entrepreneurs, who have a potential business idea and are...

Can these times bring us back to what it means to be an Entrepreneur?

I was recently reading an article on Entrepreneur.com on “Forget Unicorns. Startups Should Be Camels”...

Being an Entrepreneurial Leader in these Times

These are unprecedented times, especially for entrepreneurs managing early stage ventures. In the past days and weeks, I’ve had multiple discussions...

How is Technology impacting Education delivery in India in today’s times?

Today most of us are experiencing the value of technology in delivering education at home firsthand. Remote learning has suddenly become very real for most of us...

Who will be the New Leaders in the New Normal?

I was recently reading a book called “Making the Impossible Possible” by Daisaku Ikeda. He wrote, “The word organization tends to bring to mind an image of a monolithic...

Do we need to have sisterhoods to support women entrepreneurs in India?

The definitions of sisterhood in the dictionary is “the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women.” Today the need to form our own sisterhood is a widely discussed topic...

Do career breaks derail your career?

Career breaks are more of a norm today than they were a decade ago, and people take breaks for all sorts of reasons, from having a baby to having a burn out. So, in a world of the gig economy where people are staying in jobs for lesser years...

Lessons from Women Entrepreneurs

I was recently reading an article on the Entrepreneur website on “Inspiring Leadership Lessons from 13 Female Founders” and realized how simple yet impactful some of the advice was. Based on my own experience of working and investing with women entrepreneurs...

What would it take to have more Women Leaders at the Top?

I was recently reading a KPMG Women’s Leadership Study that highlighted the two elements that affect a woman’s ability to lead are confidence and connections. It also showed the importance of building a women’s confidence in her childhood...

The Recent Change in focus from Valuation to Profitability

I was recently reading an article in The Mint newspaper on “How Startups Crack the Profits Puzzle”. The article gave a detailed account on how Indian startups are using several levers from demand generation to a tech led flexible supply change...

Why Startups are important for India’s Development?

Today we see funding for Startups in all sectors i.e. Fintech, Deep tech, Transport Tech, Edtech, Health Tech and Enterprise Tech among many more. In practically every industry, technology has become an enabler. On one hand we see basic infrastructure...

Can more be done in early stage funding for Edtech startups in India?

India’s online education market is expected to go from $247 Mn in 2017 to $1.96 Bn in 2021*. However, we continue to see a lack of investor funding in this space and a large untapped opportunity still to be explored....

Why Startups continue to raise money in a challenging market environment?

Startups and venture capital backed companies raised more than Rs 1 Lakh crore during calendar year 2019, 26% more than the over Rs 81,000 crore raised by equity capital markets....

How does an Investor Partner add value to your Venture?

In conversations with several successful entrepreneurs I’ve seen how many of them have seen a good investor partner deliver value to their venture. Investors are important stakeholders in your venture and your...

Why choosing the right investor partner could be crucial for your Start-up?

Bringing on board the right investor partner can be one of the most important decisions you make as an entrepreneur. While raising funds is not easy and many times you may not have a choice of the investor you get ...

Why we need more Problem- Solving Start-ups in India?

I was recently reading an article by Prof Michael D Alter, from the University of Chicago, on Startups forget about the technology. He wrote “In the startup world, it isn’t necessarily the best pr...

Why we need more Innovative Start-ups in India?

As per government data on national income, India’s per capital income for FY 2018-19 was Rs 10,534/$146 per month. While this is an improvement, we still have a long way to go, before we can say tha...

The role of a maturing entrepreneurial ecosystem in fostering startup growth in India

As per a recent study on the Indian startup ecosystem, * “In a country with a population of nearly 1.3 billion people, even niche products...

Are we improving the Gender Diversity in our workforce?

The Women in the Workplace 2018 report by McKinsey* stated that, “..two things are clear: one, women remain underrepresented, …Two, companies need to change the way they hire and promote entry and...

How to choose the right startup funding program in India?

As an entrepreneur choosing the right investor partner is one of the most important decisions you can take. I’ve seen many new entrepreneurs unclear on how they should go about choosing the right st...

Do you need Venture Capital funding for your startup?

In the first quarter of 2019, $75 billion was invested globally into venture capital backed startups. Traditionally technology has been linked to venture capitalists and we have seen several well-know...

Why we need more mentors for entrepreneurs in India?

Some of us have been fortunate to have had business mentors in our careers that have changed our thinking or taught us invaluable lessons. Being an entrepreneur is a lonely path and having a mentor wi...

Why corporate governance is something every entrepreneur should start thinking about?

I remember one of my early conversations with a leading industrialist many years back on company building. We spoke about building a company as building an institution...

The importance of managing workplace stress as an Entrepreneur

According to the Gallup Wellbeing Index, 45% of entrepreneurs report being stressed compared to 42% of other workers. In fact, a study published by Small Business Economics,..

How to generate opportunities to develop an early stage business?

As per the website www.bebusinessed.com, the first entrepreneurs can be traced back to nearly 20,000 years ago with trading being one of the first entrepreneurial ideas. During my career I’ve had th...

Entrepreneur Funding in India

As per the IBM Institute for Business Value’s survey 90% of Indian startups fail in the first 5 years and as per the report, 65% of Venture Capitalists believe that funding is one of the major challenges for these companies In spite of several start-up funding programs in India why is it that new ventures still struggle to...

Questions around Mentorship & Fund raising for First Time Entrepreneurs

Becoming an entrepreneur is not an easy decision so through this blog I would to address some basic questions that many first time entrepreneurs have asked me over the years. 1. How do I find Angel in...

Women Entrepreneurship Development in India – What would it take to have more Women Entrepreneurs in a Growing Start-up Ecosystem?

As per a recent article in The Mint, startup funding in India in the first half of 2019 touched $4.7 bn, compared with $4.3 bn a year ago. From a recent commitment by OYO...

Building an Entrepreneurial Culture – The need for entrepreneurship for growth in India

While entrepreneurship has been a hot topic of discussion with the likes of Flipkart, Oyo rooms, Ola and several other Indian startups going global and being covered vastly in the media, here I would ...

Role of Venture Capital in Fostering Entrepreneurship Growth in India

“The Indian PE/VC ecosystem has grown from $200 million in 1998 to almost $39.5 Billion in 2017, a CAGR of almost 32%.” as per the PE-VC Agenda, India Trend Book – 2018 by E&Y. Venture capitalists play an important role in developing the startup ecosystem

Why we need more Women Leaders in Indian Businesses

India ranks 3rd globally in terms of family owned businesses according to the Credit Suisse Family 1000, 2018 report, still we are yet to see a lot more women leading family businesses. As per the E&a...

Embracing uncertainty

We all usually have a life plan. Starting from our teenage years, we start planning when we will get married or be in a relationship, start our career, earn a certain amount of money, own a house, travel the world, reach our ultimate goal of what we want to be...

The power of letting go – how constantly disruptive innovation is here is stay

One always talks about letting go, in regard to relationships, when we are in a bad marriage, or a friendship ends, or someone hurts you. But I believe that this skill has uses beyond...

Lessons on entrepreneurship from our kids

The era of innovation and life changing start-ups is only just dawning upon us and we cannot even begin to imagine the type of solutions we will see in the next decade. Innovations that will not only ...

Who is today’s global indian women?

Is she the daughter in law who is always there for her family? Is she the mother who is always there for her children? Is she the daughter who always listens to her parents? Is she the career woman wh...