Trying To Become Great At What You Do?

Trying To Become Great At What You Do? Here’s What Might Be Blinding You. One of the most common things I see people get caught up in, when exploring any subject in detail, is the following: They’ll get obsessive about scoops up pre-Series A funding from Sixth Sense Ventures

Online marketplace for wedding venues and vendors, has raised an undisclosed amount in pre-Series A funding from consumer-centric venture fund Sixth Sense Ventures. In November, the startup had raised about $1 million (around Rs 6.7 crore) in angel funding from a group of

Motorcycle touring startup Motoziel to raise $3 mn in next fiscal

Motorcycle touring startup Motoziel plans to raise up to USD 3 million in the next fiscal to expand its vehicle fleet. “We are looking at raising about USD 2-3 million next year to expand our fleet size. We plan to

Shark Books for Shark Entrepreneurs!

Shark Tank is an American reality television series that premiered August 9, 2009, on ABC. The show is a franchise of the international format Dragons’ Den, which originated in Japan in 2001. Shark Tank shows aspiring entrepreneur — contestants make

Your Startup Is About To Fail ~ Slideshare

Sometimes you think you are on the right path and everything is going smoothly… then out of nowhere, an unexpected obstacle stares you right in the eye. What do you do? Below are some early warning signs that you might

Is Your Startup Obsession Like Having A “New Girlfriend” Syndrome?

When I quit Edelweiss Capital to start my startup business, many people including friends & family were very excited as well as nervous about my new business and how I will be doing something new — “Be my own boss”, making my

Lazylad’s ‘built-to-last’ business model for n-commerce

Competition and practical problems are knocking each and every sector of e-commerce. Hard times have begun to bite neighborhood commerce, more commonly known as n-commerce, as is evident from the fact that of late, prominent and heavily funded players have

Success and Failure

Humans like to look at others and say whether someone is successful or not. As much as we enjoy talking about successes and failures we do not have the ability to accurately define success and failure. Honestly, it is hard

Startup India plan can translate the country from job-seeker to job-creator: T V Narendran

The ‘Start up India’ plan launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently can translate the country from a nation of job seekers to a nation of job creators, Tata Steel Managing Director (India and South East Asia), T V

Norwest Venture Partners to step up India investment

Norwest Venture Partners, one of the largest venture capital firms globally which has invested USD 700 million (about Rs 4,730 crore) in the country so far, will step up startup investments here in 2016. “In the past 15 to 18

Liberating mankind from one more dirty chore…

Pick My Laundry, a premium washing and dry cleaning service leverages mobile-based technology to connect with the customers. Through a phone call, web booking or the company’s app, customers can book a pick-up of their laundry from their door step for

Definition of Startup, According To Government #StartupIndia Action Plan

Please download full Startup India Action Plan from Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion here.

PM Modi’s StartUp Action Plan: 3-Year Tax Holiday, Rs 10,000 Cr Fund & Much More

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a slew of incentives to boost start-up businesses, offering them a tax holiday and inspector raj-free regime for three years, capital gains tax exemption and Rs 10,000 crore corpus to fund them. He also

IAN invests Rs. 3.5 crore in car pooling app Orahi

Indian Angel Network ( IAN) has invested Rs 3.5 crore in Gurgaon based carpooling app Orahi. The company, which has over 45,000 registered users in Delhi-NCR, plans to use the funds to strengthen its technology platform and expand operations to

Media-Tech startup ZAPR raises funding from Flipkart, Saavn, Micromax and Mu Sigma cofounders

Bangalore based media-tech startup, ZAPR, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by Flipkart, with participation from Saavn, Micromax and Mu Sigma cofounders – Dhiraj Rajaram and Ambiga Dhiraj. This round also saw participation from existing investors – Dinesh

Significant traction in startup investments in 2015: Grant Thornton

Investment momentum in startups has witnessed a rapid rise in the last five years and in 2015, over 600 companies got funded with more than $2 billion being deployed by PE and VC funds. According to assurance, tax and advisory

Unicorn India Ventures Invests in Inter-City On Demand Cab Aggregator Startup Roder

Early stage startup VC fund, Unicorn India Ventures has announced its first investment of Rs 1.6 crore in an inter-city on demand cab aggregator startup Roder. Delhi based startup formerly known as InstaCab was launched in December, 2014 by 3 IIT

You Should Stop Looking for Venture Capital

We want what we can’t have. And yet it can be argued that your chances of success are greater if you stop looking for VC money and focus your energy on bootstrapping your business and attracting customers. Sharing a Slideshare

Government approves Stand Up India plan for SC, ST and women entrepreneurs

The Union Cabinet today approved the Stand Up India Scheme to promote at least 2.5 lakh scheduled caste, scheduled tribes, and women entrepreneurs through banks. The Stand Up India Scheme will be a refinance window through Small Industries Development Bank

To Support Startup India Intiative; Uber launches Mentorship program for Indian Entrepreneurs

Supporting the Prime Minister’s vision to make India a global start-up hub, Uber has announced its latest partnership with Invest India called ‘Uber Exchange’ on Wednesday. The partnership will provide mentorship for Indian entrepreneurs in the execution of their ideas. This

Startup Village set to launch 2nd phase, plan to support 10,000 startups

After the successful first phase of operations, Startup Village here is aiming to align itself with the Centre’s ‘Startup India’ programme in the second round during which it will scale up activity pan-India. The ‘Startup India’ programme, to be launched

IIT-Guwahati lads launches CarPM app to make car owner’s lives a little easier

To curb rising pollution level in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided to introduce odd-even scheme starting from January 1. A trial of the scheme will run till January 15. You can imagine the impact of this scheme on

Amazon India Signs MoU With NIESBUD to Fast Track SME Growth

E-commerce major Amazon India has signed an agreement with the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) aimed at encouraging SMEs to grow business profitably online. Under the MoU, and NIESBUD will work towards spreading awareness on

Wipro to Acquire Viteos Group for $130 Million

Wipro on wednesday said it will acquire the US-based Viteos Group for $130 million (nearly Rs. 861 crores), a move that will help the country’s third-largest IT services firm strengthen its position in the capital markets outsourcing space. “Wipro has

European Startup Accelerator, Spark10 to invest $100 million in Indian startups

Spark10, a European startup accelerator, is gearing up to invest $100 million in Indian startups over the next two years. Initially, it will support 10 startups in the city with investments and mentoring before going to other cities. Spark10 is backed

Fear Of Change Vs Career Opportunity — Is This Bump Worth A Jump?

Beep, beep, beep!!! Your morning alarm blubbers you out of your dream filled sleep and let you know that it is MONDAY. Those blissful moments of your warm bed shatters your mood as you remember about the pile load of

The success habit I wish I knew 18 years ago

How the top 2% think. Literally. Most people live in a reactive state. They work on stuff until someone distracts them. Then they react to what the other person needs. That’s true at home and in the office. And it’s

Google Sees Opportunity For Developing Products In India and taking them global

A strong mobile devices market and interest in technology present a good opportunity to build products in India and then taking them global, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said today. The India-born executive, who took over as head of one of

Why Success Always Starts With A Failure

We love to hear comeback stories – the kind of the stories where people rise … fall … then arise again. It feels like a fairy tale, but these stories have happened for real. Yes there have been such stories

Is inventing something new necessary for startups?

Do you have to invent something completely “new” to have a successful startup? Absolutely not! Most of the great startups of our time were evolutionary, not revolutionary. Google’s search engine was certainly better than the dozens that came before it,

Hey Mr. Entrepreneur; That’s Okay To Be Called Wacky!

Recently I asked a fellow member at the party, a budding entrepreneur, just what it makes them so passionate about their work. Not just him, I have few in my circles who are successful business owners and have repeated the

Sudhir Menon, Atul Hegde launch $50 million startup fund to invest and mentor earlystage start-ups

Industrialist Sudhir Menon and Digital Marketer Atul Hegde have joined hands to launch a $50 million start-up fund. The two have formed Rainmaker Ventures, which will invest in start-ups in India and three more countries. Rainmaker Ventures has set a target

5 Business Tips to Go From Startup to Grownup

Look, whether you’re excited about your brand new startup or you’re starting to lose excitement from objections, conflict, lost revenue or a bad business plan — none of that matters. The reality is you can’t grow your startup to a grownup without

Government sets up mechanism to support startup businesses

A mechanism known as SETU to support all aspects of startup businesses and other self- employment activities has been set up by the government, Lok Sabha was informed today. Union Minister for Skill Development Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the National

Startup valuations to settle once economic sense takes over: Chanda Kochhar

With concerns being raised over sustainability of high valuations commanded by startups, ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar today said the “euphoria” will settle down once economic sense takes over. “I believe finally the values have to come out of or based on the underlying

Cafe Coffee Day Partnering With Swiggy For Home Delivery

India’s largest Café retail chain Café Coffee Day has tied up with Swiggy, one of the hottest Bangalore based Food Delivery startup . CCD will have its plethora of coffee and short eats available to be ordered through the Swiggy app.

India could see about 11,500 startups being established by 2020; Experts

As the Narendra Modi government focuses on helping the startups in the country grow, India could see about 11,500 startups being established by 2020, say industry trackers. Not just that more about Rs 15,600 crore or $ 2.25 bn could

Harsh Business Lessons You Don’t Want to Learn the Hard Way

You can learn these precepts the way most people do — by getting them wrong and setting yourself back. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And the more quickly you pick them up, the more successful you can be. Much

India needs to encourage entrepreneurship, new ventures: Ratan Tata

Former chairman of Tata Group Ratan Tata today said India needs to transform itself into a place that supports entrepreneurship and should cultivate an environment that enables setting up of new businesses. He also advised budding entrepreneurs to think about

Beauty & Wellness Startup raises seed round of US $ 250K from Hong Kong based Swastika Co Ltd

Gurgaon based, a 3 months old beauty and wellness startup has raised US$ 250k in seed funding from Hongkong based company Swastika. Stylofie is an online marketplace through which consumers can discover salons/spas near them, read up review and

Things I’d do differently next time around if I was to start another company

I love reading blogs by founders who try to give back and share what they’ve learned building their companies, so today I’ll try and do the same. When I look back over the last 15 years building 4 different companies

Is The Bubble Bursting for India’s Online Start-Ups?

Hundreds of layoffs at several Indian start-ups have sparked fears the bubble is starting to burst for the country’s e-commerce companies, amid claims by analysts that many of them are overvalued. Restaurant search website Zomato, food delivery app TinyOwl and

Shri Ram College of Commerce sets up incubator for startups

One of the top colleges in India Shri Ram College of Commerce has set up a first-of-its-kind incubator for students to help them set up their own startups. According to Economic Times, Delhi University college is also tweaking its policies

Indian start-ups tie up with larger companies to expand locally and abroad

Start-ups in India are taking a partnership route with larger companies to expand their customer base, locally and abroad. On Monday, Practo, a health care start-up that helps patients fix appointments with doctors, tied up with Uber, the global app-based

The Value of Thought

Do you know why Achimedes came up with the ‘Archimedes Principle’ in his bathtub? Not because he experienced it. Its because that was the only place where he could THINK peacefully! My obsession with thinking began when I started writing

The traits that make a great sales person great!

The only way to make it big in this economy is pursuing, “SALES” career. It is the only thing that pays. As per the famous quote goes, “Sell or be sold”. If you are not good at hiring, your business

‘Medical & Healthcare-related Technological Breakthroughs to Create Scope for Startups’ : Ratan Tata

Tata Sons’ chairman emeritus Ratan Tata on Thursday said medical and healthcare-related technological breakthroughs would present the wave of opportunities to Indian startups. “To me the next exciting thing on the horizon is likely to happen and different from the

Wellness services startup Gomalon acquires salon and spa booking portal, Bookmyspa

Gomalon, a startup that lists wellness services in Bengaluru, has acquired two-year old salon and spa booking portal, bookmyspa, in an equity deal of about Rs 12 crore. “We wanted to scale further and needed a strong board guiding us

How Two Non-Technical Cofounders Grew & Sold Their Startup for Millions

The Hair of the Dog is a sports bar located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Like most sports bars in New York, it has an ungodly number of televisions, a beer pong table and 3.5 stars on Yelp.