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Why Rocket Internet’s India bets misfired

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | More »

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There is a scary similarity between Jabong and Foodpanda, although one is an online fashion store and the other a food-ordering marketplace. The two ventures were German Internet conglomerate Rocket Internet SE’s biggest bets in India and followed similar trajectories–from their launch, ...

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Digital media startup Newslaundry gets funding from Omidyar, others

News Laundry Media Pvt Ltd, which runs media portal Newslaundry, has raised funding from Omidyar Network and a bunch of angel investors, it said on Monday without disclosing the amount. Eicher Motors’ former chairman Vikram Lal, serial entrepreneur Abhijit Bhandari, Seedfund co-founder Mahesh ...

22 February, 2016 | More »

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Indian telcos killed VAS business. Now they’re out to kill your business

Some of you may remember the huge hype around VAS (Value Added Services) startups in India less than a decade years ago – remember SMSing to get your horoscope for the day, or a cricket score update? The story was all about how they’d create great content for distribution on the telcos&#...

13 April, 2015 | More »

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Big ad budgets are for big losers

A little less than two years ago, Felix Baumgartner jumped from a hot air balloon 39 kilometres above the earth. He didn’t just change sky diving records – he also changed marketing directors’ notions on how to build brands. Baumgartner’s jump was conceptualized, paid for and managed by ener...

3 December, 2014 | More »

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Is venture capital killing startups?

Just the other day, I had the somewhat unpleasant job of presiding over the shutdown of one of our investee companies. Not that it was a first – I’ve ‘lost’ a dozen or so companies in the last 15 years of investing, out of 50-odd companies that time and money has gone into, and I’m [&helli...

17 November, 2014 | More »

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What do investors have to say about Flipkart’s funding, Amazon’s war chest

Flipkart announced a mega $1 billion funding round and Amazon raised the stakes by committing $2 billion investment in India to support its rapid growth in India. Flipkart’s fundraise, in particular, has set a new benchmark and a major booster for Indian tech firms. While some key VC firms which h...

31 July, 2014 | More »

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Mahesh Murthy’s tips on lean & efficient marketing for startups @ India Angel Summit 2013

Apart from a number of exciting keynotes, panels (involving more than 25 speakers including top entrepreneurs, early VCs and angel investors), and the iconic ‘Startup Walkabout’, the India Angel Summit 2013 organised by VCCircle also had a few industry veterans giving highly relevant adv...

25 November, 2013 | More »

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I don’t hate Flipkart, I just don’t think it’s the right way to build a business: Mahesh Murthy

Earlier this month, India’s largest consumer e-commerce player Flipkart.com had raised an additional $160 million (Rs 990 crore) in the fifth round of funding started in July this year, from new investors including Belgium-based Sofina, US-based Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Dragoneer Inv...

22 October, 2013 | More »

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Lean Startups: What’s the #1 reason why tech startups fail?

Am not sure it’s something many people have mentioned, but the absolute #1 reason tech startups – or for that matter – any startups fail – is… 1) they run out of money. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to have enough cash to pay your people till your customers start paying yo...

19 August, 2013 | More »

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Mahesh Murthy on how RedBus built its business bus by bus

I have had some sort of internal view of RedBus right from when we at Seedfund invested in them in 2006, and have seen the company grow into something we’re all very proud of. Please adjust for my possible bias as you read this. RedBus is as much a normal bus ticket booking site as Google [&h...

26 June, 2013 | More »

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