January, 18, 2017

Is Entrepreneurship Hard?

I am writing this note one day after the 2nd edition of The Smart CEO-Startup50 Conference & Awards, which turned out to be a wonderful event with over 200 founders of India’s Top 50 startups attending the awards night at Taj West End, in Bengaluru. Not to forget the Conference preceding it, which had a line-up of some very successful entrepreneurs and investors from across the country, sharing valuable lessons on building a business for the long term.

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The IPO Story

The journey of three entrepreneurs from the ideation phase to scaling up and, eventually, a listing in the public markets.

Poornima Kavlekar

Nothing less than perfect

Nidhi Agarwal, founder & CEO of Kaaryah, has spotted a major gap in the women’s western wear segment: lack of enough size options. This Ratan Tata-backed firm, is now doing whatever it takes to sustain its early progress and build a long-term brand, with its western wear portfolio in 18 different sizes.

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The wave of artisanal coffee in India

With a large chunk of the Indian diaspora still sipping on instant coffee or Chai, Blue Tokai has a unique challenge ahead of itself, in educating its customers about the rewards of resorting to artisanal, freshly brewed coffee

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Taking healthy strides

Healthstart and Roundglass Partners funded, Obino, an e-Health & Weight Loss Coach, is taking strong strides through referrals and reviews by existing users. It aims to evolve further by using artificially intelligent technology and algorithms to super-personalize the health coaching experience and also scale the productivity of its coaches with human-assisted intelligence

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Differentiating in the cluttered world of fashion e-commerce

UK-based online fashion brand, Koovs, wants to stand out amidst the ecommerce crowd by offering affordable western fashion sensibilities. The company’s CEO, Mary Turner, is clear that she’d have done well, if she occupies even 10 per cent of the Indian fashion ecommerce market, within a few years.

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Building a bootstrapped ed-tech venture

The founders of Edureka had a simple thought while setting up the company: Find the right teacher, and any course will automatically be effective.

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Marking the Indian Terrain

In conversation with Venkatesh Rajagopal, founder and Chairman of Indian Terrain Fashions

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Insurance for the Digital Age

Accel & SAIF-backed Coverfox is making deft moves at keeping its platform digital-ready for the Millennial generation. It’s success strategies? Simplicity of product and platform which result in speedy navigation & transactions, and a paced foray into commercial car insurance for the Ubers & Olas of India.

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Shoot down ideas at your own peril!

The author believes ideation in outlier marketing is about being bold when proposing an idea and keeping the process going despite there being uncontrollable consequences during execution

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Private Equity investments down by 50% in Q3’16

Although Q3’16 recorded US $3.2 billion in investments across 125 deals, it is 50 per cent lower than the Q3’15 figures which touched an all time high of US $6.5 billion in investments across 224 deals

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Treating Cancer the more effectual, less experimental way

An Indian medical technology firm, Mitra Biotech, is revolutionising cancer treatments in India and world over, with its kingpin technology, CANScriptTM, which offers personalised cancer therapy by matching drugs to cancer patients and vice-versa

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Why InnAccel Is No More a MedTech Incubator

InnAccel, which was initially founded as India’s first medtech incubator turned the tables when founders realised that most ventures in India were not solving a critical healthcare need, which would prove sustainable to all stakeholders. Now, as a product innovation company, it has set itself a goal of launching 25 critical products in India by 2025.

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