I spent large chunks of time in the last two days with my friend Sharad Sharma, one of the true deep thinkers of the Indian startup eco-system. I first met Sharad when he invited me to co-chair the Nasscom Product Conclave in Bangalore with him in 2010. I really enjoyed working with him, and over the years, have come to appreciate what he is trying to do for the Indian eco-system.
Sharad, by the way, is one of the 20 odd effective angel investors who invest in the technology sector in India. While the total number of angel investors is much larger, many of them come from outside the sector, and hence are not capable of leading deals. If you look at Indian Angel Network or Mumbai Angels, for instance, a vast majority of the angels made their money elsewhere (like real estate), and often find it difficult to fully grasp what’s happening in the software, mobile or Internet businesses, let alone networking or semiconductor. Thus, these lead angels are critical for the eco-system to mature.
This is REALLY exciting!
As you know, we’ve been working with many partners around the world over the last year.
This has helped us develop an informed perspective on the need for a scalable incubation system that our partners can use easily, affordably, seamlessly to launch their own incubators, with our help, anywhere in the world, but with deep ties into Silicon Valley.
And now, we present the 1M/1M Incubator-in-a-Box, a new program to support partners in how to start a business incubator.
At 1M/1M, our agenda is to help you figure out how to put one foot before the other and build a sustainable business, irrespective of financing. If you use the program the way it is designed to be used, you would be able to derive value from it on multiple vectors. Let me quantify that equation for you. >>>
Another Pune, India company, Sapience Analytics, is the creator of an enterprise class solution designed to increase productivity and create ‘automated work visibility’ across the enterprise hierarchy – with no added managerial responsibility.
If you have the stomach for it, the metal to carry on, the energy to bootstrap to a point where either you CAN get funded, or generate enough revenues and become profitable, we can help.
Just because you have been rejected by VCs doesn’t mean you cannot build a great business.
Marc Benioff was rejected by pretty much ALL the VCs he approached. Didn’t stop him from building Salesforce.com into a multi billion dollar enterprise with global impact.
What is your business model? Do you have one, or is it TBD?
Is it Freemium?