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Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions About Accelerators

Posted on Thursday, Nov 10th 2016

As I’ve written about extensively, there is a very real knowledge gap on both sides of the early stage start-up game. First-time entrepreneurs lack the seasoning to steer through turbulent waters. Inexperienced friends and family (and, increasingly, crowdsourced investors) lack the ability to gauge the viability of a business, or to mentor naïve entrepreneurs. I’ve come to believe that this knowledge gap is best filled by savvy accelerators. However, there are over 7,500 business accelerators/incubators around the world, and most of them fail.

Here are several 30-second videos answering the most common questions I’m asked about accelerators that can help you navigate and make informed decisions.

Why Join a Non-equity Based Accelerator?  

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Your Thoughts on Ageism in Tech?

Posted on Friday, Nov 4th 2016

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What Do You Truly Enjoy About Your Job?

Posted on Friday, Nov 4th 2016

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What Do You Use or Do Today That is Ripe for Reinvention? How Would You Change It?

Posted on Friday, Nov 4th 2016

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From $100k to $1 Million: 10 Videos to Watch

Posted on Friday, Nov 4th 2016

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You’ve got customers. You’ve got some level of validation. You’ve got, perhaps, a reasonable degree of product market fit. If you have managed to get past $100k in revenue, that tells me that you have some sense of who your customers are, why they are buying what you have to offer, and how to sell to this customer base.

Entrepreneurs whose revenue falls between $100k and $1 Million experience a very specific set of challenges while following the light at the end of the tunnel. For such entrepreneurs, I have recorded a series of 30 seconds videos addressing their unique concerns. >>>

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Some Small-scale Startup Ideas for Indian Entrepreneurs

Posted on Thursday, Oct 27th 2016

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To help inspire Indian entrepreneurs to spot opportunities for startup businesses, I’ve shared several startup ideas with the lens of developing small, bootstrapped businesses this year. Some of these ideas take a second, smaller-scale look at projects that I wrote about back in 2009 in Vision India 2020 and were originally designed to scale to very large numbers, to become billion dollar enterprises. These ideas are specifically written for Indian entrepreneurs, but could also be adapted to other markets as well.

  • High Quality Eldercare In India – Back in 2009, one of the projects I had developed was called Care. The premise of the project was that the number of millionaires are increasing in India by leaps and bounds. At the same time, many of these families have need for in-home caregivers to take care of their ill, mentally-ill, or elderly family-members. Care would provide trained in-home caregivers in domains such as Alzheimer’s. And Care would source its staff from among women in disadvantaged situations – battered, abused, abandoned women who needed safe, secure family situations to be part of. I took another look at this project and found the idea to be quite amenable on a smaller scale.
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5 Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 12th 2016

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Mobile devices, especially smartphones, are growing their footprints at an unprecedented scale. Alongside, the mobile app proliferation is gaining tremendous adoption. At the same time, social media is profoundly changing all aspects of business and social communication. The following industry leaders guide us through the developments in Mobile and Social, as well as offer suggestions for new venture opportunities.

  • Rob Chamberlin, Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of DataXoomThis conversation highlights how businesses overlay mobile virtual networks on top of wireless carrier networks for specific use cases.
  • Christopher Dean, CEO of SwrveThis discussion delves into the depths of what can be tracked and what is being tracked in maximising the impact of mobile apps in industries like travel and hospitality, retail, gaming, etc. It’s a very good view into predictive and analytics-based targeting, real-time actions based on specific business goals, and the related domain. Very interesting conversation!

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5 Thought Leaders in Big Data

Posted on Thursday, Oct 6th 2016

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Today the significant opportunities for entrepreneurship currently exist in the application layer of the Big Data industry. The platforms and plumbing are already in place.

The most exciting opportunities are going to be available to those entrepreneurs who harness the power of big data, but couple it with intense domain knowledge in specific areas of business. These five thought leaders are good examples of how to do that.

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