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Best of Bootstrapping: The VC-Entrepreneur Compensation Disbalance

Posted on Friday, Jul 5th 2019

The compensation disbalance in the Venture Capital / Private Equity world remains quite stark. Take a look at the chart a friend once sent me showing some concrete data on VC compensation, and Private Equity industry performance.

VCs without much of an operating background constitute a trigger-happy lot, operating based on spreadsheets rather than experience or intuition. Of course there are exceptions, and VCs like John Doerr and Mike Moritz have created enormous value, and have effectively helped build the ecosystem as we know it today. Nonetheless, the few rounds of Silicon Valley Gold Rushes have made it possible for opportunists who have also managed to flourish.

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Best of Bootstrapping: How RainmakerForce CEO Mack Sundaram Bootstrapped Decisively to $5 Million+

Posted on Friday, Jun 14th 2019

Mack has built a successful business optimized for autonomy and profitability. Excellent navigation!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s go to the very beginning of your journey. Tell us where you’re from. Where did you grow up? Where were you born and raised?

Mack Sundaram: I was born in South India in a village near Chennai. I spent some time of my childhood in Chennai and Pondicherry. I later went to school in New Delhi. Since then, I moved over to the United States where I had an opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in Economics. That’s where the transition happened.

We’re a middle class family from India. There was a lot of support and pressure for doing well in education. I appreciate my parents for doing that, but there was always the push to find something that you really like to do. I still remember my parents telling me many times as a child that I’ve got to find something.

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Colors: Rice Terraces, Summer

Posted on Saturday, Jun 8th 2019

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 – Rice Terraces, Summer

Rice Terraces, Summer | Sramana Mitra, 2013 | Water color, Brush Pen, Ink and Pastel | 12 x 18, On Paper

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Best of Bootstrapping: Death by Overfunding

Posted on Friday, Jun 7th 2019

Funding = Success, right? I wish it did. But entrepreneurial tracks are littered with carcasses of dead startups that were very well funded, some to the tune of hundreds of millions. As a case in point, watch this 2 minutes 31 second video: Death By Overfunding.

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Colors: Las Casas en el Bosque Mexicano

Posted on Saturday, May 18th 2019
Las Casas en el Bosque Mexicano | Sramana Mitra, 2013

Las Casas en el Bosque Mexicano | Sramana Mitra, 2013

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 todayLas Casas en el Bosque Mexicano

Las Casas en el Bosque Mexicano | Sramana Mitra, 2013 | Water color, Brush Pen, Ink and Pastel | 12 x 18, On Paper

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Colors: Las Casas de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Posted on Saturday, May 11th 2019
Las Casas de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Sramana Mitra, 2013

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 todayLas Casas de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Las Casas de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico | Sramana Mitra, 2013 | Water color, Brush Pen, Ink and Pastel | 12 x 18, On Paper

Related Reading: Build Me This Travel Planning App, Please!

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Colors: Las Casas de Guanajuato, Mexico

Posted on Saturday, May 4th 2019
Las Casas de Guanajuato, Mexico | Sramana Mitra, 2013
Las Casas de Guanajuato, Mexico | Sramana Mitra, 2013

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 todayLas Casas de Guanajuato, Mexico

Las Casas de Guanajuato, Mexico | Sramana Mitra, 2013 | Water color, Brush Pen, Ink and Pastel | 12 x 18, On Paper

Related Reading: Greed Has Built. Will Greed Also Destroy?

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Colors: Rough Sea, Aquamarine Night

Posted on Saturday, Apr 27th 2019
Rough Sea, Aquamarine Night | Sramana Mitra, 2017
Rough Sea, Aquamarine Night | Sramana Mitra, 2017

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 todayRough Sea, Aquamarine Night

Rough Sea, Aquamarine Night | Sramana Mitra, 2017 | Water color and Pastel | 18 x 24, On Paper

Related Reading:The Next European Renaissance

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