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Bala Srinivasa – Leapfrogging to a cashless economy – Bankers’ Perspective

February 28th, 2017

We recently had the pleasure of hosting P.S. Jayakumar, (MD and CEO - Bank of Baroda) and Shikha Sharma (MD and CEO of Axis Bank) at the Kstart Summit - “A Billion Aspirations”. Given all that is happening in India in the financial services space, it was fantastic to hear from two of India’s preeminent bankers and how they see future unfolding.

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India Tech Founders – Does Alma Mater Matter?

February 22nd, 2017

How much does founder schooling impact the ability to raise initial capital? Do certain schools have better networks than others? Do some schools produce founders who fare better with specific business models? Which schools have produced more founders with exits to their credit?

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Tech Startup Founders: The Data Story

January 19th, 2017

Who is the Indian tech entrepreneur? Are there traits that characterise the brave ones that take the leap of entrepreneurship in a tough market like India? Do founders with work experience fare better and does this vary by sector?

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The Future of Digital Content and Media Disruption in India - Part 2

December 12th, 2016

Globally, over $3B has been ploughed into digital media start-ups since 2015 (CB Insights data). In India, 200+ digital media start-ups have attracted about $180M in venture funding since 2013 and there has been significant acceleration in activity over the past two years with over 80 more start-ups setting up shop.

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The Future of Digital Content and Media Disruption in India - Part 1

December 5th, 2016

The mobile connectivity revolution in India is well understood. However, the change in usage patterns arising from smartphone penetration is an emerging wave. There were an estimated 377M mobile Internet users and 220M smartphone users in the country as of June 2016. This is projected to approach 500M by 2020.

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Bala Srinivasa: The Parallel Universe of Indian Fintech

August 2nd, 2016

Of the sci-fi movies I’ve had a chance to catch recently, Coherence, a gripping thriller leads the list with a brilliant premise (if you are a sci-fi fan!). In it, a cosmic event opens the door to alternate realities on Earth – to parallel universes where things look the same on the surface but where events unfold in very different ways.

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Sumit Jain : EdTech for the Next Decade

July 27th, 2016

With the ever-increasing focus on democratization and technology enablement of education globally, it is hardly surprising that ed-tech has been one of the top sectors of this decade in the minds of most investors. With nearly $8B deployed across two thousand companies, private equity investors have unquestionably thumped the table over the potential of this space. How have they fared so far?

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Bala Srinivasa: Startup India - How to hire your first head of sales - part 1

June 6th, 2016

It’s worthwhile talking about the reality of the Indian startup ecosystem from a sales leadership perspective. Most startups in the Valley, or other mature markets, have a relatively deep pool of candidates to evaluate. By deep pool I mean candidates who have worked in a technology startup environment and have had success in..

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Bala Srinivasa: Kalaari 2016 Fintech Survey Findings

June 6th, 2016

It’s worthwhile talking about the reality of the Indian startup ecosystem from a sales leadership perspective. Most startups in the Valley, or other mature markets, have a relatively deep pool of candidates to evaluate. By deep pool I mean candidates who have worked in a technology startup environment and have had success in..

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Rajesh Raju : Trying Times

April 16th, 2016

It’s tough to ignore the speed with which the phrase “the winter is coming” is gaining traction in our industry. Few things in the world are immune to alternating cycles of exuberance and panic. We face it in our daily lives, we see it at play in the wider economy.

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Vani Kola : Two Sides of the Table

January 25th, 2016

Who sees beyond the “here” and the “now”? These are people who have insane levels of passion. They live an idea to such an extent that they become irrational seers while retaining a clairvoyance that is unique. This breed of people are called “Entrepreneurs” and many among them are able to see the big picture clearly when most others can’t look through the haze.

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Vani Kola : Insider view - speed vs sustainability

August 1st, 2015

Speed – a way of life Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. This widely popular quote by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, is one of the so-called mantras of success in the modern world, especially for startups.

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Rajesh Raju : Tech bubble 2.0

July 3rd, 2015

For some time now whispers of an impending doom have been making the rounds. Of late, the whispers have turned into loud screams. Having lived through the painful aftershocks of the last bubble, I believe it’s always prudent to honestly assess the situation and make our own conclusions.

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Vani Kola : What it takes to build a global brand

June 22nd, 2015

Have you ever thought why you associate a particular brand with a certain feeling? It is essentially about what these brands promise you and how well they keep this promise time and over again. It is also about the values these brands imbibe and instil when you associate with them. It is also about the experience you expect and how consistently it is delivered.

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