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A nice article and a great piece of news

First the great piece of news: Elements Akademia got included in Gen Next India’s Hottest Start-ups (just 16 companies!):

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Click here to read Elements’ story

…and here is the article (strong words but very thought-provoking): How I Judge Investors.


June 12th, 2010 Posted by | Entrepreneurship, FAQs for Entrepreneurs | no comments

Characteristics of Great Investors

Chanced upon this great post by Matt Blumberg on “10 Characteristics of Great Investors“.

Should be read by ALL investors, I think.

I am listing my favourite five of the ten characteristics below:

  • Great investors know how to give strategic advice without being in the operating weeds of a company
  • Great investors get to know whole management teams, not just CEOs
  • Great investors invite you to do diligence on them by giving you a list of every CEO they’ve ever worked with and asking you to pick the ones you want to talk to
  • Great investors ask great questions
  • Great investors don’t publicly take credit for the success of their investments, even if they were major drivers of that success

Thanks Matt.

September 5th, 2009 Posted by | FAQs for Entrepreneurs, Venture Capital, What VCs really do | no comments

In case you are wondering what I did on Valentine’s eve…

I was here…talking to a bunch of bright people and listening to some great ideas…


Could anything have been more exciting?!


February 19th, 2009 Posted by | Entrepreneurship, FAQs for Entrepreneurs, India, My Presentations, Venture Capital, What VCs really do | no comments

On “The Funded” and putting a mirror to one’s face*…

I was going to check out The Funded* today but discovered that Jason has beaten me to it!

The site does not have many European funds but does briefly mention London Seed Capital, Atlas and Index – sadly nothing on Amadeus.

I have nothing to add to what Jason has written except to re-emphasise the following (this is for entrepreneurs and start-ups):

If you’ve dealt with (and preferably received funds from) a VC, I would recommend you post your experience on The Funded.

As for me, I will try and see if we can get a nice entry for Amadeus 🙂


P.S. Thanks to Barak for a great title and to Loken for the link (in response to my earlier post

May 8th, 2007 Posted by | FAQs for Entrepreneurs, Venture Capital, Venture Capital in Europe, What VCs really do | 2 comments

Everything you need to know about Venture Capital…

Ben Holmes of Index Ventures recently gave a presentation at the FOWA Conference in London which builds a neat story around “Everything you need to know about Venture Capital“…

The slides are up on slideshare – worth viewing.

Saul Klein and Fred Destin have also blogged about this.

February 26th, 2007 Posted by | Entrepreneurship, FAQs for Entrepreneurs, Venture Capital, What VCs really do | no comments

More questions than you can think of!

In my continuing series of FAQs for Entrepreneurs, I came across this gem…fellow blogger Ventureblogalist‘s wiki titiled VC101 with some great links on various VC and Entrepreneurship related topics here  (Hat Tip: Max)

Two of my favourites:

Microsoft will acquire my company” and “VC Primer from an Entrepreneurs’s POV” 

On James Quist has a nice story with some guidelines on bootstrapping and raising capital. As he says:

During our journey, we identified three important guidelines for successfully bootstrapping a company.

Guideline #1: Before starting a business and taking capital, validate your products with real customer pain

Guideline #2: Bootstrap for the right reasons, raise capital for the right reasons

Guideline #3: When you decide to raise capital, find good partners to help grow your business major shareholder.

Another nice one: A basic (and simply explained) introduction to venture capital by Tom Smith, Partner at Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds…and finally, Rodi Guidero of VantagePoint has a nice list of FAQs on’s site:

Meanwhile, Rhiannon Evans, who runs TiE’s Mentoring programme has very kindly linked this category on the TiE Members Page…Thanks Rhiannon…

Comments welcome, as always (especially from any entrepreneurs out there).

January 25th, 2007 Posted by | Entrepreneurship, FAQs for Entrepreneurs, What VCs really do | no comments

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