Global Themes

On Globalization & Venture Capital

The 9 cities, 16 days whirl involving 1500 (& a bit more) youngsters!

Here are some memories from the 9 cities, 16 days whirl...that involved 1500 & a bit more) youngsters!

Here is the link to more, qualitative and detailed feedback..



RelatedAnnouncing Illuminate! and The coming Jobs War & and my own tiny effort: introducing Illuminate!


October 13th, 2012 Posted by | Entrepreneurship, India | no comments

Sobering. Very Sobering.

From Kauffman Foundation Bashes VCs For Poor Performance, Urges LPs To Take Charge

The Kauffman Foundation, which has ties to the venture industry, has issued a damning study of the business that addresses long-running concerns about poor performance..

Looking into its portfolio of nearly 100 VC funds, including what it says are some of the most notable and exclusive names (confidentiality agreements barred it from naming them), the foundation found that only 20 of them beat a public-market equivalent by more than 3% annually, and half of those started investing before 1995.

…The report also offers support for the belief that small venture funds are the most successful. Only four of 30 VC funds in the foundation’s portfolio with more than $400 million in committed capital produced returns better than those from a publicly traded small-cap stock index fund.

…The foundation promises to take its own medicine. It said it will invest in venture funds of less than $400 million whose partners have consistently shown they can outperform public markets and who commit at least 5% of the fund’s capital. It also plans to do more direct investing to avoid paying management fees and sharing profits with VCs. And, it plans to shift money from venture capital to the public markets.

May 11th, 2012 Posted by | Venture Capital | no comments

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

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