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Venture Money Floods Into Indian Startups

Vikram Chopra spent the past three years building an online furniture-shopping site for Indian consumers that was funded mainly by annual capital injections from a German technology incubator. But during the past few months, investor interest in the site, FabFurnish.com, has soared, said the 32-year-old entrepreneur, who is based in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. Several global venture-capital firms and hedge funds have said they a...

VCCircle Venture Capital Confidence Survey 2015: "It's the beginning of a great bull run f...

The VCCircle Survey of venture capital confidence for 2015 found that the next five years are likely to be a period of great bull run for startups. VCCircle surveyed venture capitalists (as opposed to private equity investors whose sentiment we measured here) on how they see the next 12 months for VC investments, which sectors they like to invest, whether valuations are high and how they prefer to exit. The survey polled about two d...

India has a new one-man venture capital fund - Ratan Tata

After retiring as the chairman of the $100 billion Tata Group in December 2012, 76-year-old Ratan Tata is building a different avatar as India’s newest, one-man venture capital fund. With eight investments in the past year in Indian and international companies, Tata has clearly hit the ground running. And except for three, all his investments are in internet-based ventures. Tata is estimated to be worth $1 billion (Rs6,000 crore...

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Business Plans & Pitching

7 Tips for Persuading Angel Investors to Invest in Your Business

$18 billion dollars. That’s about how much angel investors provide in investment per year in Canada, according to Allan Riding, a leading Canadian expert on angel investing and professor at Carleton University, which is three times the investment rate of institutional venture capital. Yet angel investors typically reject three quarters of investment proposals sight unseen. How do you get an angel investor to invest in your business? W...

How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch

If you're an entrepreneur (or planning to be one) chances are you'll have to give an elevator pitch at some point in your career. What's an elevator pitch, you may ask? It's a 60 second overview of what your business does, made understandable for someone who has never heard of your company before. Imagine you're in an elevator in a high-rise building, going up to the 54th floor. On the 6th floor, in walks an important investor who is...

Know Your Investors: Customize Your Business Plan

The key step in scaling up your venture is to acquire external funding. While newer and more affable avenues of funding are opening up the competition amongst fund seekers are also rising exponentially. Let me be very categorical here, investors whether it’s a bank or a private investment houses like venture capitalists or angel investor are in the business of investing. It has become almost impossible to raise funding just on the ide...

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Fund Raising

5 facts about investor due diligence for startups

In the investing community, due diligence is a word that is used to describe the process of evaluating a company and its founders before making an investment. I am often asked about how I base my investment decision and the key aspects of my due diligence. While every investor has their own methodology, every entrepreneur should take note of the following five points. The head table - For every investor the management team is the mo...

Are Super Angel Investors Right for You?

Super angels raise funds like venture capitalists but invest early like angels and in sums between the two, on average from $250,000 to $500,000.

So if typical angel funding isn’t quite enough for your startup, and venture capital seems eons away, super angels might be a good in-between option.

What to Expect

In a world where VC money is the holy grail (and equally as hard to find as the holy grail), super angels are...

10 new early stage investors for Indian tech startups

The tech startup ecosystem in India has seen the emergence of a slew of new investors recently, many of whom are coming in to support with seed funding. Even as a Series A funding crunch is felt in the country with venture capital firms turning cautious, the new funds are coming in to provide an early lifeline for new ventures. “Startup investors help seed the ecosystem, as they are willing to fund with smaller amounts of capital w...

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Marketing & Social Media

How to Get Free Publicity for Your Startup?

Santa Clara: After making the bold step of entering into the competitive world of entrepreneurs, you are most likely to face the challenge of spreading the word about your goods or services to potential customers. One of the best way to get it in a very cost-effective way to build a buzz around your startup is getting coverage in the media, may be local, national or global. This can grow your company's credibility, business relationship...

Survey: Social Media Is a Must for Business

"As businesses emerge from the downturn, they are increasingly reconsidering pre-recession working practices and opting for more flexible, competitive strategies," says Sande Golgart, a regional vice president for Regus. "More and more companies are leveraging [social media] to increase the loyalty of existing customers and as a successful acquisition tool." Businesses in China and India are leaders in using social media to attract c...

The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising

Imagine that you've just completed version 1 of your product and you're preparing for launch. You’ve greased the wheels with a few bloggers, targeted some keywords with SEO, created a bit of linkbait, and scheduled the press release to launch in the morning. At this point your co-founder turns to you and says: “What are we going to do with the $300 we have stashed away for advertising?” Consider this your lucky day. The goal of th...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Bengaluru is India’s start-up capital

In a recent report published by Nasscom, it was predicted that by 2020, India will have 11, 500 start-ups that will potentially employ 2.5 lakh people. We spoke to industry specialists and discussed what factors make Bengaluru the startup capital of the country. According to Ashok Pamidi, Nasscom, Karnataka's regional head, Bengaluru contributes to 28% of the start-up ecosystem in India. Currently, India has 3,100 start-ups and 86...

20 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From hackathons and book clubs to angel investment and acqui-hires, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see the previous post here)! Share these 20 gems and insights from the week of January 4-10 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles f...

11,500 startups to come up in India by 2020

As many as 11,500 startups would come up in the country employing over 2,50,000 people by 2020, according to key findings of industry body Nasscom's (National Association of Software and Services Companies) India Start-up Report 2014. Unveiling the findings in Bangalore on Wednesday, Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar said 300 VC/PE (venture capital and private equity) and 225 angel investments deals amounting to over US $2 billion h...

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