Archive for the 'knowledge base' Category

Learnings from RIP Startup’s founder initiative

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Startup is tough but moving on from a RIP startup is even tougher. At this particular time, founder goes through many things/ thoughts – blaming others/ blaming situations/ blaming oneself / RIP reasons and many more. We have observed that at this time, the founder needs 2 types of healing – professional and emotional. And [...]

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Be More: Focus on Customer Experience!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Originally posted on October 29, 2010 by @nandinih at nandini.me I’ve not written about a movie or a television commercial in a while, though they are one of my favorite topics of discussion. A recent advertisement i saw prompted this post. The latest (not sure if its latest, but the one that’s on air these days) Titan, Be More [...]

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Startup Madness

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

(This article is jointly written by Sameer Guglani and Nandini Hirianniah) In recent days, while working with the MVP portfolio companies and reflecting back on the days of madhouse, we have identified this phenomenon we are calling ‘startup madness’. It’s visible and present from the time when you start thinking of your million dollar/world changing [...]

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Online marketing: Free press release sites

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

There was an internal discussion between our portfolio companies about “free press release sites” and their effectiveness. I thought it will be a good idea to share the learning with readers of this blog . Thanks to Sahil and Himanshu for  initiating and contributing Question: There are so many free press release sites out there [...]

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Finding a good match

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

As an early stage startup, your selection of investors or advisers will have a significant impact on your future.  How to identify these guys who will produce the best results over time? Here are some points to think about: Are they better at identifying future trends and making targeted investments? Are they better connected and [...]

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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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