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Dr. Bino Pathiparampil — Doctor Turned Angel Investor

By on Mar 6, 2014 in Startup Gang | 0 comments

Bino is a friend and contemporary angel investor. One of the first things that strike you about Bino is that he is a doctor who gave up the world of medicine and moved to the investment arena. A healthcare industry analyst Bino advises clients on listed stock. Bino sits on the boards of several companies such as Carve Niche Technologies and PickMe eSolutions. I have worked closely with Bino in several of the sticky situations that angel investment often gets one into. At all such times, I have been amazed by his amazing analytical ability. Here are his thoughts about the startup space in India: I Respect Entrepreneurs a Lot — I Want to Be One Too Passion for entrepreneurship and respect for entrepreneurs have kept me glued on to the start-up eco system right from very early in my career. Early on it was very informal through friends, relatives and contacts that ventured into...

Meet Investor, Entrepreneur, and Startup Enthusiast: Anirudh Damani

By on Feb 14, 2014 in Startup Gang | 0 comments

I have known Anirudh Damani for a couple of years now. He is a fellow member at Mumbai Angels and we take active interest in some of the same startups. Executive Director of the K Damani group, Anirudh has had an early start to his role as an investor and lender. What I especially like about Anirudh is the fact that is able to rapidly distill down to the most important aspects of a deal, and not get mired into the nitty gritty. If you get the opportunity to meet Anirudh, one of the first things that will strike you is his energy and affability. Recently Anirudh talked to StartUp Gang and shared his experiences about the startup space. Here are his thoughts Indian Entrepreneurs Are Weighed Down by Shackles. It is Time to Break Free. In my honest opinion the Indian entrepreneur is like a beautiful dove that has its legs tied with a 100-meter rope to a 100 kg weight of bureaucracy, poor...

President of Mumbai Angels, Friend of Entrepreneurs: Anil Joshi

By on Jan 2, 2014 in Startup Gang | 0 comments

If you are a startup in India, you have certainly heard of Mumbai Angels. And if you have heard of Mumbai Angels, you have certainly heard of its president Anil Joshi. Anil is a familiar figure in entrepreneurship events, conferences, forums, ecells, and the like. As the operations head of Mumbai Angels, he supervises the screening of well over 100 business plans a month. I have known Anil for 3 years now and am envious of his unending store of energy. At the inception of StartUp Gang, Anil Joshi shared his thoughts about his work and about the startup ecosystem. The Real Challenge Is Identifying Good Ventures to Invest In If you have identified the right ventures, all the other pieces fall into place. And that is a challenge. The selection process to go from a thousand business plans in a year to a handful that Mumbai Angels’ members actually fund requires a lot of effort. I...

Introducing Tech Guru, Angel Investor, Mentor: Manish Dalal

By on Dec 26, 2013 in Gurus | 0 comments

I have known Manish Dalal for over a year. In my mind whenever the group of angel investors at Mumbai Angels is evaluating a sufficiently complex technology piece, it turns to Manish for inputs on tech due diligence. And that should come as no surprise given Manish’s background. He is the India Country Head for Verisign, and in the past has played many senior roles at Yahoo and Motorola among others. Today Manish shared his thoughts with StartUp Gang about the tech startup space in India, and the following are his thoughts. In the Words of Manish Dalal My primary exposure to the early stage ecosystem has been as an angel investor for the past year and half. In addition, I am mentoring and advising several startups on a wide variety of platforms. Here’s How the Tech Startups in India Are Different From Those in the US Though there are exceptions to every rule, I have found...

Introducing Indranil Deb of Mobius Strip Capital Advisors

By on Aug 25, 2013 in Gurus | 0 comments

It is my pleasure to introduce Indranil Deb, investment banker, founder of Mobius Strip Capital Advisors. I have always known Indranil to be very helpful to investors and entrepreneurs alike. He is a visionary who has often predicted outcomes that others could not see coming. He gets interested in a startup when it has gone past the “prototype” stage and is either already post-revenue or rolled-out. Here are his thoughts: In the Words of Indranil Deb “My experience with early stage entrepreneurship has been mixed. The ecosystem is not one that is conducive to entrepreneurship. As a society, we do not empathize with failures. This artificial pressure to succeed (right from your family-members, friends and peers) compels early stage entrepreneurs to adopt “any” means to succeed. The Wrong Role Models Another “contagion” in the eco-system is the...

Celebrate Your Independence Day Today by Starting Up — I Did

By on Aug 15, 2013 in Opinion | 35 comments

What is the “right time” to take the plunge? When are you “ready” to turn entrepreneur? When should you burn other bridges and start up? If you are one of those who are plagued with these questions, you have been wasting time. The right time is right now. Get started! Stop Waiting for a Soft Landing Into Entrepreneurship! The problem with waiting for the right time is that it really never comes. And the reason it never comes is that it is already here! After a Few Years of Work Experience, I Will Get Entrepreneurial — That’s a Lie! Sure there is some value to amassing experience, contacts, and wealth. But can one really overlook the loss of time while one goes about hobnobbing with corporate-types? I would much rather that you start your entrepreneurial journey today. In the mid to late nineties, I would conduct admission interviews of MBA aspirants....