Archive for October, 2008

MTV Youth Icon nominee : Siva @ DhanaX

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Here is some interesting bit of news. Siva , co-founder of our portfolio company DhanaX , is amongst the 30 nominations for Pepsi-MTV Youth Icons of 2008. Yay! Pepsi and MTV, two of the leading youth brands in India, annually identify icons among Indian youth that match their aspirations. Past icons include Anil Ambani (2003), [...]

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Idea list and Knowledge base

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

Vaneet and Sarab talked to me today about a couple of useful lists/repositories which startups should maintain. Idea list A collection / repository of all ideas that pop into heads of team members or come as suggestions from someone outside the team. Goal of this list are: Ensuring that no idea escapes without proper consideration [...]

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Startup Essentials: Project and task management

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

As part of the engagement with MVP portfolio companies based outside Bangalore we do a 4 days of face to face interaction with the team every month, along with the time spent on phone, e-mail, chat etc. Currently, I am in the middle of the monthly interaction with the fachak team, which is based in [...]

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Hire the smartest people – For Free

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

MVP portfolio company SutraHR recently launched SutraJobs.com, a new job board focused only on “Startup and Emerging companies”.  The Job board is another extension of Sutra’s vision of becoming the leading people solutions company with exclusive focus on “Startups and Emerging Companies”, Sutra will be launching more initiatives like this in future. As an employer [...]

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Startup Essentials: Hire the right kind of people (and fire the wrong ones)

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

This article is reproduced from Sameer’s Blog, my personal blog. It was originally written on 10-March-2008.  Original post can be found here:Startup Essentials: Hire the right kind of people (and fire the wrong ones) Jason / Michael and bunch of other folks have been talking about kind of culture startups should have, to be able [...]

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Startup Essentials: If you have an idea, tell it to a 100 people

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

This article is reproduced from Sameer’s Blog, my personal blog. It was originally written on 27-January-2008.  Original post can be found here:Startup Essentials: If you have an idea, tell it to a 100 people This post was jointly written by Sameer and Nandini Many entrepreneurs working on new ideas, seem to live with this assumption [...]

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Oh my god! What will happen to startups?

Friday, October 17th, 2008

This is the common thought right now: “Oh my god! What will happen to startups?“. We have heard a variation of this question from all over the place – bloggers, media, investors, startup employees, startup founders, folks considering doing startups, etc. YC’s Paul graham has published Why to Start a Startup in Bad Economy Here [...]

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Startup essentials: Law of learning and openness (New role, new rules)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

This article is reproduced from Sameer’s Blog, my personal blog. It was originally written on 24-January-2008.  Original post with all comments can be found here:Start-up Essentials : Laws of learning and openness (new role, new rules) Every startup has a core team, consisting of the founders (or just the founder) plus other key early employees. [...]

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Start-up essentials – Fearless decision making

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

This article is reproduced from Sameer’s Blog, my personal blog. It was originally written on 02-December-2007.  Original post with all comments can be found here:Start-up Essentials – Fearless decision making Assuming that the team and the idea both have the potential to be successful, the single most important factor that determines the success or failure [...]

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Joining a pre-VC startup

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

This article is reproduced from Sameer’s Blog, my personal blog. It was originally written on 25-October-2006, during my days @ madhouse. Original post with all comments can be found here: Joining a pre-VC startup Madhouse is talking to a number of exceptionally talented individuals for senior/middle management positions. Some of them have expressed apprehensions around [...]

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