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Choose carefully whom you co-work with! (published for Linkedin)

Co-working spaces are all the rage these days. Everyone and their uncles are starting co-working spaces for entrepreneurs and freelancers.  The proliferation of such offerings shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone though. We are amidst an entrepreneurial revolution. According to a 2010 report by...
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‘Cash on Delivery’ isn’t broken! Stop fixing it! (published for Linkedin)

A recent article in Economic Times points to the problems faced by online players in delivering their goods and services on cash-on-delivery (CoD) basis. I cringe everyitme I read such an article. Since 2007, there’s an all-too-common narrative about the cash-on-delivery model in online retail. CoD is...
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Flipkart pioneers ‘app-as-a-service’ (published for Linkedin)

Flipkart recently ‘relaunched’ its mobile site and received immediate vindictive commentary. As you’d recall, after Myntra went app-only in May this year, there has been a raging debate on whether India’s consumer Internet firms should ditch websites (both desktop and mobile) in favor of mobile...
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How I know that you don’t have a billion-dollar idea? (published for Linkedin)

I get exposed to a lot of startup ideas due to the nature of my work. It is exhilarating to meet so many young and smart entrepreneurs trying to solve real problems in unique and interesting ways. As I talk to more and more startups...
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What redBus gets right that your startup doesn’t? (published for Linkedin)

I am in love with redBus. There. I said it. I love redBus not only because they’ve built a fantastic product solving uniquely Indian problems, but also because the approach they’ve taken to build the company offers multiple insights for a range of startups globally. Here’s...
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Why Ola crushes Uber in India? (published for Linkedin)

Call it occupational hazard, but I can no longer be a consumer of a service without thinking about the design language of the business and the entrepreneurial vision behind it. I have recently moved to Bangalore – the silicon valley of India – to work...
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Investors don’t bet on you…they hedge on you! (published for Linkedin)

It is no secret that same set of investors invest in similar type of companies.  They invest in startups and hedge their investments by investing in similar business ideas run by different people.   It is a big lie when investors say that they are...
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BigIdea2015: Amazon for services (published for Linkedin)

Almost all the things – from books to smartphones, and from clothes to home decor – that I’ve bought in the last 3 years, be it in India or in the US, have been through the online platform. Needless to say, I am very comfortable...
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Goldilocks period for Indian start-ups (published for Linkedin)

In the last 5 months, I have attended multiple conferences and talks/sessions held by The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) – a trade association of Indian Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), and 91spingboards – coworking hub...
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Short Facebook (published for Linkedin)

Facebook has 1.35 billion users (without China) and did 3 billion in quarterly revenue. Annualized, it’s about $10 per user of monetization. One would guess there’s plenty of room to grow from there. But there’s a possible bearish case for Facebook. A disproportionate amount of FB revenue –...