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The founders of SZE, a 2 year old company in the Education space, wanted funding to expand and bring more colleges into their client base. The founders, Sheena and Zeena, were unclear about a) the quantum of funding that they should raise and b) about the process for fund raising. They spoke to Gyan, an expert on the funding scenario in Bengaluru…
How advisors who were notionally allotted shares may end up losing cash instead of gaining cash!
Bengaluru is seeing churn and activity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The world is changing rapidly and entrepreneurs want to seize the moment. M&A is seen as one option for smaller companies to consolidate and address the challenges ahead. Some deals work and some do not succeed. Here is a quick first-cut of the framework that I have put together when looking at any investment/M&A planned; the PBRT framework.. do check this out
As the year draws to a close, this is a time for introspection. Instead of pointing a finger at others, as the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi has said.. Be the change that you want to see. You can set trends ...and so impact society. Be the light that dispels the darkness around. Happy 2011!
Today, mentors, investors and angel investors are available in plenty in Bengaluru. There is a lot of energy and excitement in the air. While a great mentor and investor can do wonders to take your company from one orbit to the next, a bad one can deplete your energy and dilute company value. Here are some thoughts from Gyan, the super-mentor on the current scenario.. "to trigger thinking":
•· Think through the long term impact of the investors/mentors/advisors on your business when you decide to give away equity, both positive and not so positive
•· If there is a mix of investors/mentors .. try to question and understand the benefits from each of them. You may have a mix of investors from a group fund as well as individual contributions. Understand who is to be involved and how they will be involved, ie if Board seat, if role in business etc. Understand…Business and Economy | | Comments (1) 10 Aug 2010
Getset and Go decided that they did want to sell a stake in their company to the Zing Group. Read on for Gyan's advice to Getset and Go on how they should proceed to ensure that they did not lose out on the deal value and in negotiations....
Getset and Go decided that they did, after all, want to sell a stake in their company to the Zing Group and went back to Gyan, their advisor. Gyan converted this into a game of Q&A… Level 1 had been completed. As they now moved on to Level 2… Gyan gave them Level 2 questions! Would you like to see these?
Getset and Go were getting tired of running their 5 year old business, started with enthusiasm and a high level of energy. Now they had an offer from the Zing Group, who wanted to invest in their company, perhaps, even buy them out over a period of time. Should they consider this offer?
The one thing that this decade gone by has stood for is change! Change in the way we look at the world, change in what we took for granted. What can we hope in this decade? Much more change! As we enter into the new, rapidly changing environment, maybe we can take time out to reflect and introspect. Look at ourselves, see our past actions..see how far we have come.. and where we would like to go in the rapidly changing environment. Below are some points to trigger thinking as we move ahead:
Entrepreneurs have many choices when setting up a company. There have been enough debates about Top of the pyramid salaries in recent times. Gyan the business advisor, lead a different kind of discussion in a meeting. The founders present debated the issue of salaries down the line.
It was good to see the level of interest in startups and the product ecosystem in Namma Bengaluru on the first day of the NASSCOM Product Conclave and Expo 2009. Here are some points/discussions at this programme.
Valuation is just one aspect in M&A deals. Many times, entrepreneurs look at business growth from the one dimensional aspect of valuation and neglect other issues, related to regulations and tax matters. Some of these are so basic and very simple to adhere to... read on for a sample of these…
Entrepreneurs have many questions about IP protection. This is particularly relevant when innovation and creativity is involved. Read on for some detailed inputs in this guest post by Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala, co-founder Brain League IP Services, a company that was incubated at NSRCEL, IIMB.
This is the story of how four women who met through an entrepreneurship programme teamed up for a prestigious city event, that allowed them to showcase their designs. A guest post by Meera K.
Are you curious about the noise made about business plans? If yes, here is a game for you to play on writing a business plan. A game, where you get to be a virtual entrepreneur, without going into the pain of actually having a real company out there to run. If you are game for this game...read on...
Some points on the recently introduced regulations on Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
How a negotiating role play threw up some valuable insights.
This is a follow up to an earlier post related to the cost of incorporation if an entrepreneurs wants to start a company
The Management Programme for Women Entrepreneurs at IIMB draws women from across India every year in April/May. This year it also has overseas participants.
Many persons in Bengaluru want to set up their own venture. Are you one of them? Are you unsure about the kind of legal structure you need for your activities? Then read on...
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