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 – Sand Storm IV
Sand Storm IV | Sramana Mitra, 2020 | Watercolor, Pastel | 9 x 12, On Paper
Sramana Mitra: Were you going to grad school with some money?
Dharmesh Shah: The acquisition price was around $15 million. One thing I stumbled about money is that the first $4 or $5 million is life-changing. During undergrad, I was working full-time the whole way through. It took me seven years for what should ideally be a four-year degree.
When I went to grad school, I made the deliberate decision that I was going to be a real student. I didn’t have to work. I always had this aspiration for MIT. It’s why I moved to the Boston area. I moved to Boston in 1999 and didn’t apply at MIT until five years later when I was able to sell my prior company.>>>
San Banerjee, Co-founder of ADDA, talks about her entrepreneurial journey as a bootstrapped entrepreneur tackling heavily funded competitors.
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During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Ben Narasin, Founder and General Partner at Tenacity Venture Capital, a new Seed fund.
As for our entrepreneur pitch, we had Davide Balbi, from Cassino, Italy, pitching Agricoltura, a farming venture.
Next, we had Charvi Garg from New Delhi, India, pitching the PontApp, a scheduling app that she needs to position more precisely.
You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:
Sramana Mitra: Your portfolio is almost entirely enterprise-focused companies, right? You do B2B enterprise businesses?
Karthee Madasamy: That is correct.
Sramana Mitra: Let me underscore what you are saying. When we started getting into this COVID mode of doing business, the buyers were not used to buying technology just based on a Zoom meeting. This is true unless it is a small deal size telesales-oriented sales flow.>>>
Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of HubSpot, discusses his entrepreneurial journey with candor, humility, and generosity. Wonderful conversation, this is Part II.
Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO of HubSpot, discusses his entrepreneurial journey with candor, humility, and generosity. Wonderful conversation, this is Part I.