Aniruddha Malpani
Aniruddha Malpani Aniruddha is Director at Solidarity Investment Advisors
  • How To Piss Off Your Investors While there are a lot of areas of friction between founders and funders, one of the trickiest areas is that of sharing information about what’s happening at the company after the funds have been transferred. As investors, we expect the founder to keep us informed about how the company is progressing on a regular basis […] 5 min read January 11, 2017
  • The Secret Sauce To Delighting Your Funders Raising funds is a major milestone in the history of every startup, and you should congratulate yourself for doing this successfully – after all, only a very small percentage of founders manage to get to this stage. After you’ve patted yourself on your back, accepted the congratulations which pour in, and issued the press releases to […] 4 min read January 8, 2017
  • Why I Invest In Both Startups And Listed Markets I am an active investor both in the listed space, as well as in startups; and as an angel investor, I have a soft corner for social impact investing. Lots of my friends in the share market don’t understand why I want to invest in startups. They feel the listed space is far a better […] 4 min read January 3, 2017
  • Why Corporate Employee Wellness Programmes Fail I attended a RoundGlass Forum on employee workplace wellness on 17 Dec 2016. I was invited by Dr. Marcus Ranney, and I was very impressed that he had managed to get so many people to spend Friday afternoon in the RoundGlass office, discussing this topic. This was a diverse bunch and included heads of HR departments […] 8 min read January 1, 2017
  • 3 Customers Every Startup Founder Needs To Delight Every startup has three customers, but this is something which lots of startup founders don’t seem to realise. The most important customer is, of course, the person who’s going to pay you for using your product or service. This should be your primary focus. If you can delight him, 90% of your battle is won. However, […] 3 min read December 27, 2016
  • Which Metrics Should Founders Track? As an angel investor, I get to see lots of pitches. Many founders take pride in providing very detailed financial models, with lots of figures and very complicated business plans. The problem is that my eyes start glazing over very quickly, because this is too much information at this stage. On a first date, I really […] 3 min read December 25, 2016
  • Funding 101: When Should You Raise Money? I recently attended the FinTech India 2016 Workshop at the invitation of Village Capital as a mentor. It’s quite exciting to participate in some of these workshops because you get a chance to hang out with clever optimistic entrepreneurs who are out to change the world. Hopefully, if the rules of chemistry apply to the […] 5 min read December 24, 2016
  • How To Get An Investor To Respect You Founders need to wow funders in order to get them to sign the check, and as we know investors are smart guys. This is not because they have tonnes of money, but it’s because they’re used to dealing with smart founders. They see lots of pitches day in and day out, and they’ve got good […] 3 min read December 20, 2016
  • How To Remain Calm, Cool And Collected – Zentrepreneurship Entrepreneurs need to master many skills in order to create a successful startup. They need to be able to create a product, sell it, raise funds, manage employees, and comply with governmental regulations. It’s a long list, and you need to be good at all these things if you want to succeed. It’s hard to become […] 2 min read December 18, 2016
  • Funding 101: How To Woo An Investor As a founder, you know that raising money can make or break your startup, which is why this is such an important milestone. It can be intensely competitive because there are lots of founders who want funding, and not enough funders. You need to get an investor to fall in love with you. Think of it like playing […] 4 min read December 16, 2016
  • Should Founders And Funders Become Friends? As an angel investor, the reason I invest in a startup is because I believe in the founder. I feel that he has a product which can solve a paying customer’s pinpoints, which is why I hope he will make me a lot of money in the process of running his startup. During my due diligence, […] 3 min read December 11, 2016
  • Why Being A Startup Founder Can Be A Lonely Job Founders often find themselves isolated and alone. You have to make multiple decisions all the time, because there are so many fires you need to put out on a daily basis, and you find it hard to keep your sanity. It’s common to feel depressed – for example, when your star programmer leaves for a higher […] 2 min read December 9, 2016
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