mirage

I have been part of multiple funded startups. As a stakeholder, we are chasing a mirage: An investor bets on growth for the future. A founder sells his equity at a premium showing the total addressable market and disruption. On most occasions, this does not work out and, the company shuts its doors. An investor […]

Atrium, lessons

Justin Kan opened up about his journey of building Atrium, a company working on disrupting Legal Tech and helping more transparency. The company is no more; Justin returned the rest of the money to his investors.  In the video post on YouTube, he mentioned things he learned after its failure. I have added some of […]

pace

As a founder, I am reminded about the pace of shipping, iterating, and closing. It gets growth and advantage over competitors. It results in raising quickly and building a high-growth startup and, surge in valuation. Being part of the startup and VC ecosystem, I have noticed one big moat, the pace of closing deals. Last […]

customers

What amazon does differently than its counterparts is: obsession with their customer’s delight and satisfaction. I was going through this post and saw the YouTube video below. Jeff Bezos defined the entire company’s focus on customers and explained over a napkin. As companies or startups grow, they go on raising subsequent rounds of funding. An […]

together

One positive side of a small startup is the bond, togetherness. Everything else comes afterward. The happy, sad moments, cry, laugh, and celebrations we are all together in it. The first sales close, customers appreciation mail, Whatsapp message. It forms a small part of our life’s journey. After all, nothing is permanent. Money decides your […]

Interview

We have been interviewing interns for two-quarters of paid internships. I have been noticing a trend in most of the CVs: AI and Data analytics. I am not going to blame the students as they are just getting out there and acquiring familiarity. What worries me is almost everyone wants to do AI and, most […]

founders

It is easy to give advice to a founder or criticize them when things go south. As long as he/she takes care of stakeholders’ interests, everything acts as a utopia. As an employee, consultant, investor, or press, it is easy to get annoyed over the founder’s action. I am not saying all founders are perfect. […]

control

Leadership is not about control or being right. It is about having beliefs and allowing peers to work independently. It will energize a team to go at any length and succeed. I am seeing a trend where leadership has ended up in micro-managing peers. Being always right has taken over working together. It also means […]