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Colors: Basque Hermitage, Awe

Posted on Saturday, Mar 28th 2020

Basque Hermitage, Awe | Sramana Mitra, 2018

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about art and culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of art – one of my paintings – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Basque Hermitage, Awe

Basque Hermitage, Awe | Sramana Mitra, 2018 | Watercolor, Pastel, Brush Pen | 9  x 12, On Paper

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April 2 – 479th 1Mby1M Mentoring Roundtable for Entrepreneurs

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 479th FREE online 1Mby1M mentoring roundtable on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/4 p.m. CET/8:30 p.m. India IST.

If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat.

You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend here. Register and you will receive the recording by email, even if you are unable to attend. Please share with any entrepreneurs in your circle who may be interested. All are welcome!

Bootstrapping a Perishable Meat Business To Significant Scale: ButcherBox CEO Mike Salguero (Part 2)

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

Sramana Mitra: What were the business metrics with that $500,000 and with that $1.2 million? How was the business moving?

Mike Salguero: When we first bought the website, it was a subscription business where the maker would pay an annual fee to be on the website. We scaled it pretty well. We had a whole team of salespeople and had all these leads.


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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstraps Using Services from Poland to a US SaaS Company

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

Booksy CEO Stefan Batory started a software development company in Poland with a few other partners. Today, he’s running a high-growth, VC-funded SaaS + marketplace business in the US. Awesome journey!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s go back to the very beginning of your journey. Tell us where you’re from, where you were born, raised, and in what kind of background.

Stefan Batory: I’m from Warsaw, Poland. I was born and raised in one of the poorest parts of the country. I got a scholarship and went to a high school here in the US back in 1994.


478th Roundtable Recording on March 26, 2020: With Shruti Gandhi, Array Ventures

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

Roundtable Recap: March 26 – It’s Therapeutic to Discuss Business in These Troubled Times

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

This morning, we had an excellent roundtable discussing businesses from around the world.

First, we had as our guest Shruti Gandhi, General Partner and Founding Engineer, Array Ventures, a fund focused on deep tech, enterprise-facing ventures.


As for entrepreneur pitches, we started with Nishanth Singh from Troy, Michigan, pitching Edfone, an EdTech venture. We advised Nishanth to focus on B-to-B.


Elastic Investing in Product Upgrades for Enterprises

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

The global Enterprise Search market is estimated to grow 13% annually to $9 billion by the year 2026 from $3.72 billion in 2019. The continued adoption of cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) are driving the adoption of hosted enterprise search solutions across organizations. Elastic (NYSE: ESTC) is a leading player in the open source Big Data search sector.


Serial Entrepreneurship in Ad and Content Networks: inPowered CEO Peyman Nilforoush (Part 2)

Posted on Friday, Mar 27th 2020

Sramana Mitra: What was the name of your ad network?

Peyman Nilforoush: NetShelter. 

Sramana Mitra: What years were these?

Peyman Nilforoush: From late 1999 to 2008. In 2008, we raised $26 million in venture capital. We moved to San Francisco in 2009 and started building out the company and scaling it out. We ended up selling the company in 2013.