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Think like an investor to make them chase after you

Did you know that a majority of successful start-up deals for VCs resulted from start-ups that the VC’s identified, and not the other way around? (Think anti-portfolio!)  “Don’t take VC money unless you have to!!” Ironic and paradoxical coming from an investor? Daniel Kranzler, an experienced Silicon Valley VC who has mentored and invested in …

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East African Diaries: My Experiences at the MIT D-Lab Co-design Summit 2019 – Uganda

“This sounds exactly like the business model of Startup X, back in India!” I exclaimed, when I heard a young Tanzanian startup founder describe his startup to me. Despite the 3000 miles between India and Africa, some things still remain the same in startup world! I find myself amidst a diverse group of social enterprise …

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Hiring an Incubation Manager? Use this Checklist to Identify the Right Person!

Incubator Managers play a crucial role in how a startup evolves through its initial days. An incubation manager’s skills can make or break startups’ potential and future… In short, they are responsible for guiding their startups towards sustainability and investability. Since they are the highest-touch interface between startups and the incubation, they play the most …

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‘And That’s Okay’ – What We Need To Tell Our Entrepreneurs

Starting on an entrepreneurial journey is not easy. There are a lot of expectations attached to being a founder – you are expected to walk and talk like the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, you are expected to hustle 24×7 and grow rapidly, hit a billion dollar valuation, and whatnot. Such expectations pressurise entrepreneurs …

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Making B2B Sales Less Onerous for Startups

Capria VentureBasecamp spent time with Pravin Agarwala, founder and CEO of a successful startup, BetterPlace and we unearthed some practical tips to answer those questions about B2B sales that everyone faces, but no one asks! Here is a glimpse into that conversation. “Sometimes, we end up seeing every B2B deal as a transaction – it’s …

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The Incubation Cheat Sheet: Finding & Engaging Mentors

If you are an incubator or accelerator operating in an emerging startup ecosystem, you know how hard it is to run a mentor-driven incubation/acceleration program when there are few mentors readily available to support the startups through their journey. Sometimes you even come across mentors who have not been where the startups are and are …

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