The option pool
Why designing your option pool is important to your capital raising exercise
Deriving benefits from ESOPs
A three-part ESOP series aims to walk you through the gamut of concepts and ideas that have evolved through business cycles and the rationale for such evolution
Understanding liquidation preference
As an entrepreneur, one should not be too hung up on just valuations while negotiating with an investor. Important clauses in a term sheet, like the liquidation preference clause, require careful analysis by the promoters
Standardising the seed round term sheet
With the legal documentation process for startup entrepreneurs getting complex, a standard set of seed series financing documentation could help simplify the process to a large extent
Work around anti-dilution
The anti-dilution clause can be dealt with in a manner that best minimises its impact
The tug of war
Understand the ‘drag along rights’ that an investor and promoter have to come to terms with while the former exits a company
THE MECHANICS OF A TERMSHEET
First in a series of articles that simplifies a term sheet, clause by clause, helping the investor and promoter steer clear of ambiguity
Negotiation is a skill critical for all startups. Here are seven tips on how to make your deals successfully
Start smart with a startup lawyer
On day one, startups need to make some crucial decisions. A very crucial one, which is quite often overlooked, is to hire a lawyer. A lawyer will assist in taking the seven important legal decisions that can make or break a startup
The Snapdeal Pivot
In January 2013, Snapdeal had a mere US $100,000 in the bank, a small chunk left after it had burned through almost all of the US $57 million it had raised since September 2009. Th...
Transformation by design
Polaris’ Arun Jain has engineered a unique strategy at the mid-sized financial technology company, incubating a robust products company from within a running services entity. He ...
In coffee, we trust
Tata Starbucks is the coming together of two iconic brands. 34-year-old Avani Saglani Davda, the company’s CEO, explains to us why her game plan for Starbucks in India is to “g...
Where there’s traction, Money will follow
Deepinder Goyal, founder and CEO, Zomato, shares a great working relationship with investor Sanjeev Bikhchandani of Info Edge for one simple reason: Bikhchandani is more entreprene...
Playing 20 Questions with Mittu Chandilya
The AirAsia India boss discusses his interview experience with Tony Fernandes, his firm-and-fair management style and why it is crucial to be a serial innovator to win in the aviat...
Where ownership and management are different
Dr. Ranjan Pai, Managing Director, Manipal Education and Medical Group, has led the professionalisation of the Group by consciously empowering his senior managers, seeding several ...
Building a Happy Company
Ashok Soota-led Happiest Minds Technologies has woven happiness into its business process. Find out how you can do it too....
Narayana Health’s ten-year plan
Narayana Health’s Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty wants to rewrite India’s healthcare story. His personal mantra: it is pointless talking about all the advancements in healthcare if peo...
Creative Dialogue on Scaling Up
Cognizant’s Lakshmi Narayanan indulges in a creative, freewheeling chat with L. Kannan and Vijay Babu of Vortex Engineering, a solar-ATM manufacturer....
"Businesses don’t go anywhere, people do"
Mindtree’s Subroto Bagchi urges entrepreneurs to think of their journey as a process of continuously creating infrastructure – physical, intellectual and emotional. He specific...