n the last few years, the huge influx of investor funds encouraged nearly everyone with entrepreneurial aspirations to give wings to their dreams. As a result, the startup ecosystem in India was thriving. But with the passage of time, while many startup unicorns have been born, at the same time, the failure rate of startups has also been fairly high.Share:
Though launching a startup has almost become a fad now, what most people still fail to understand is that they need to first get the basics right. You can just wake up with an out-of-this-world idea one day and decide to launch a startup. Many recent issues with a number of start-ups, some of them being renowned and respectable brands, have only strengthened this belief.Share:
They say there isn’t much you can accomplish without passion. Passion gives our lives a meaningful direction and drives us to achieve the impossible. Therefore, it is undoubtedly an essential prerequisite for an entrepreneur to succeed. However, the key is not to cross that fine line and become so obsessive about your goal that you can’t see beyond that since that could be the beginning of the end for an entrepreneur.Share:
With the Indian government acknowledging the huge potential of the flourishing Indian startup sector and corporates waking up to their unique capabilities, the startup ecosystem is moving towards the adequate support required to foster growth of startups, as we have witnessed in other successful early stage venture markets.Share:
Everybody, at some point in life, needs a guardian angel to lend a helping hand and steer them through the pitfalls. Startups also need a guardian angel, especially in their early stages, to get off the ground.
For young entrepreneurs who are still too small to be noticed by VCs and have run through most of their own money trying to take off, having an angel investor betting on their idea is a blessing. Although India is the third most prolific startup ecosystem in the world, barely 1% of the startups that set up shop here get any kind of funding in the early stages, apart from their own sources or family and friends.Share:
Gone are the days of the highly valued and well-funded unicorn startups that leapt high but fell later. Having burnt their fingers with unicorns, investors are now shying away from them and turning their attention to cockroach startups that are slowly, but steadily focussed on building a robust business that can stand the test of time.Share:
Launching a startup requires a lot more preparation beyond the germination of a great idea, organising some funds to get started and naming the business. It requires management skills, leadership qualities, understanding of the market and forward planning to ensure a long innings for the venture. More importantly sufficient time should be spent in sorting out some key universal fundamentals thoroughly through manageable steps, to take on a whole new industry and its specific demands. New entrepreneurs should not overlook these important preparatory steps in the excitement of launching a new business as, running a startup is a huge lifelong commitment.
Pimco Japan’s former managing director Makoto Takano has committed to invest Rs 30 crore in the Indian startup ecosystem through Gurgaon-based Green House Ventures (GHV) Accelerator. GHV , founded by Vikram Upadhyaya in 2014, funds and mentors startups between the incubation and venture capital stages, and provides them resources as well as funding between $100,000 and $300,000.Takano, who had held senior roles also at Goldman Sachs and Daiwa Securities earlier, brings with him expertise in fundraising and ecosystem building from his stint in the investment management firm.Share:
Entrepreneurs can take solace from the resilience of a man who changed our lives, Thomas Edison, who saw more failures than success in his iconic journey of discovery. Here’s how he aptly summed up his struggle, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”Share:
Criticism may be a difficult pill to swallow for entrepreneurs, whose absolute conviction in their vision is what keeps them going against all odds.
The typical qualities of entrepreneurs like passion, determination, and to an extent, stubbornness, can make it difficult for well meaning criticism to be accepted and absorbed by them.
After all it is a lonely path that a founder chooses outside the regular comfort zones of financial security and familiar businesses to launch a startup.Share: