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Colors: Fall Snow, New England

Posted on Saturday, Nov 9th 2019

Fall Snow, New England | 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 – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – 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 – Fall Snow, New England

Fall Snow, New England | Sramana Mitra, 2018 | Watercolor, Pastel, Ink | 9 x 12, On Paper

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Best of Bootstrapping: Capital Efficient Entrepreneurs Turn $1M into $80M

Posted on Friday, Nov 8th 2019

Jeff Wilkins, CEO of Motili, has turned $1 million of personal investment, along with his co-founder, into $80 million in revenue. Pretty capital-efficient, this entrepreneur’s journey!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start with where your story begins. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Jeff Wilkins: I grew on the East Coast. I was born in Bethesda, Maryland, outside of Washington DC and moved around a lot as a kid. I spend time in Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

I went to undergraduate school back on the East Coast. I went to Duke and majored in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. I then went to the West Coast. I was at Stanford and pursued a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.


November 14 – 465th 1Mby1M Mentoring Roundtable for Entrepreneurs

Posted on Friday, Nov 8th 2019

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 465th FREE online 1Mby1M mentoring roundtable on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/5 p.m. CET/9:30 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!

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Roundtable Recap: November 7 – An Excellent Discussion on AgTech Startups in Latin America

Posted on Friday, Nov 8th 2019

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Francisco Jardim, Founding Partner, SP Ventures, a Brazilian firm focused on AgTech in Latin America. We learnt a lot about what’s happening in the sector and the region.

Logicus eMobility

As for entrepreneur pitches, up first we had Saurabh Acharya from Bangalore, India, pitch Logicus eMobility, an electric bike leasing solution.


Next, Sayander Paul from Kolkata, India pitched AutomizeApps, an analytics solution for mid-sized e-commerce companies.


Zendesk Faces Investor Ire, Freshworks Prepares for IPO

Posted on Friday, Nov 8th 2019

Helpdesk automation service provider Zendesk (NYSE: ZEN) recently announced its third quarter results that surpassed market expectations. The company continues to invest in growing its market reach even as it faces the ire of its investors.


Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Siemplify CEO Amos Stern (Part 2)

Posted on Friday, Nov 8th 2019

Sramana Mitra: What stage are you at? How many customers? What kind of adoption are you seeing and what are you hearing from the customers?

Amos Stern: We have north of 70 enterprise customers. We have raised $58 million in four rounds. Today, we have a very mature solution and market. Customers are saying that it’s a very big improvement in efficiency.


November 13 – Rendezvous Meetup to Discuss Competing with Heavily Funded Startups

Posted on Thursday, Nov 7th 2019

For entrepreneurs interested to meet and chat with Sramana Mitra in person, please join us for our bi-monthly and informal group meetups. If you are living in the San Francisco Bay Area or are just in town for a visit, we hope you will add these meetups to your calendar and join us. Pre-registration is required, REGISTER HERE.

Café Borrone
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Wednesday, November 13, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. PST, Register Here.

Cloud Stocks: HubSpot Focuses on Its Platform

Posted on Thursday, Nov 7th 2019

Earlier this week, inbound marketing specialist HubSpot (NYSE:HUBS) reported its third quarter results. While the quarter’s performance outpaced market expectations, a rather lackluster outlook failed to impress the Street. Its stock fell 6% in the after-hours trading session post the announcement of the results.