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On Globalization & Venture Capital

On Globalisation and A Changing World…

I delivered the keynote on “A Changing World – Globalisatiom, Asia, India and China yesterday at ITARC in London.

I delivered the keynote on “A Changing World – Globalisation, Asia, India and China yesterday at ITARC in London. (where I had spoken last year too).  Below is an abridged set of slides that formed the backdrop to my talk (minus the images).


Comments, thoughts welcome as always.

November 9th, 2011 Posted by | Asia & The World, Conferences and Panels | no comments

A Sobering (and humbling) Reminder…

Courtesy Fred Wilson, this chart and the data below (via Mark Suster)…

…using the math I laid out yesterday (roughly 1,000 startups funded each year by VCs), this means that on average between 1% and 3% of venture funded startups get to an IPO.

To recap, 1-3% get to an IPO and 5-10% get to an M&A exit over $100mm. So 85-95% of all venture backed startups will either fail or exit below $100mm.

IPO Chart Mark Suster VC IPO M&A Data

June 24th, 2011 Posted by | Venture Capital, Venture Capital in US | no comments

Nanopost of the month…

…in which I break my self-imposed period of silence.  I have a very good reason.  I am very pleased and excited to now be formally involved in an extraordinary enterprise in India: Vindhya. Vindhya is extraordinary because:

…almost 95% of its staff of 200 youngsters comprises differently-abled and physically challenged youngsters

Vindhya BoD

Read more about them in this post on my personal blog...and wish us luck in our bold plans for the future.

March 20th, 2011 Posted by | Venture Capital | no comments

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!):

Gen. Next India's Hottest Start-ups 002

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

Building Teams – Pitfalls and Roadblocks

Presented some slides on building teams to a room-full of very keen and enthusiastic audience at the TiE Institute session last week at London Business School on “Leading High Performance Teams“..

I tremendously enjoyed Adam’s slides and his exercises…Will share my own slides on this post later…

November 11th, 2009 Posted by | Conferences and Panels, Entrepreneurship, My Presentations | no comments

The Hockey Stick Effect and getting to $50m

Christian Chabot has a timely – and sobering reminder on IPO Dashboards re. how long it takes for a start-up to achieve meaningful revenues at scale (Hat Tip: Guy Kawasaki).

As he says:

…growth conversations between VCs and management teams often cause angst. One of the reasons is that people from both groups tend to have unsubstantiated beliefs about how long it takes to build an important company.

Maybe these conversations would be easier if we simply knew how long it takes to build a successful company?

He has the answer…in this amazigng chart that I have reproduced below:

data visualization by tableau public
Christian reminds us that Microsoft and Oracle – two of the most valuable companies ever founded, in any industry, in any country took 8 and 10 years respectively, to reach $50m in sales.

October 23rd, 2009 Posted by | Entrepreneurship | no comments

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