Aniruddha Malpani
Aniruddha Malpani Aniruddha is Director at Solidarity Investment Advisors
  • When You Have To Shut Down Your Startup One of my founders just called me. He was feeling extremely guilty and ashamed about the fact that he was going to have to shut his startup down because he couldn’t make ends meet. He had tried every option he could think of, but everything had failed. He was embarrassed and was scared that I would berate […] 8 min read February 22, 2017
  • The Problem With Passionate Founders Investors know that trying to pick the right startup to fund is a hit and miss affair. We do a lot of due diligence and analysis, but the truth is that it’s usually a gamble because it’s impossible to predict which one will succeed, and which one won’t. After all, at such an early stage, there are […] 3 min read February 21, 2017
  • Making Sense Of VC Valuations – A Guide For The Perplexed In the startup ecosystem, VCs are the cock of the walk. They’re at the top of the pecking order because they are the ones with all the money. All investors aspire to become VCs because they are the big boys – the alpha males who have the financial firepower to back unicorns and become amazingly rich in […] 7 min read February 19, 2017
  • Why Do Most Startups Fail It’s a sad fact of life that the vast majority of startups are doomed to fail. If you stop to think about it, this is quite surprising. After all, entrepreneurs who choose to found a startup are usually bright, confident, and willing to take on risks. Even though they know that the startup mortality rate […] 4 min read February 17, 2017
  • Data Analytics-The Wheat And The Chaff Data analytics has become a hot area , and everyone wants to know how they can use machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) to make better decisions. We are drowning in data, and want to know how we can make use of it intelligently. How do you transmute Big Data into knowledge and then […] 2 min read February 14, 2017
  • Why Are Indian Angel Investors Too Risk Averse Lots of Indian entrepreneurs feel that Indian investors are very backward and timid. While they’re happy to fund copycat clones, they’re not willing to back a courageous solo entrepreneur who has an earth-shattering idea which can change the world. Lots of them compare Indian funders unfavourably with fabled Silicon Valley investors who are known to sign […] 3 min read February 12, 2017
  • Creating Financially Viable Startups – Which Problem Should A Startup Tackle? A startup founder starts with a clean slate, which means he can tackle any problem he selects. Often this is a problem he is very passionate about solving – but he hasn’t bothered to find out if anyone will pay for the solution. This is a big issue with techie founders who create a clever […] 4 min read February 10, 2017
  • Million Dollar Valuations And Mixed Feelings It can be quite inspiring to read the success stories of first-generation entrepreneurs who’ve grown their company from scratch and made millions of dollars by selling it. These are the founders who provide hope for the next generation of entrepreneurs, and everyone wants to emulate their success stories. But we also need to remember that these […] 2 min read February 8, 2017
  • How To Not Get Funded There are lots of articles which advise entrepreneurs as to what they need to do in order to impress investors so that they get funded. There are guidelines on how to seek introductions to VCs; how to prepare their pitch; how to polish their business plan; and how to answer objections and not lose hope. There […] 3 min read February 7, 2017
  • Founders Need To Grow Up Once An Investor Says Yes Raising funds from an investor is a major burden for any startup founder. When you finally do encounter an investor who says, “Yes,” and is willing to sign a check, that’s a huge hurdle which you’ve crossed, and you feel like celebrating. In fact, you should celebrate, but remember the yes is just the beginning […] 2 min read February 5, 2017
  • The Importance Of Doing Anti Reference Checks We all know that one of the most difficult things to do is to judge the honesty and integrity of a startup founder. If you choose to back someone who’s either a crook or who’s incompetent, you’re going to end up in deep trouble. The problem is that you’re not going to realise this until […] 3 min read February 3, 2017
  • Why Entrepreneurs And Investors Need To Wear Bifocals Every startup is an experiment, and since the future is uncertain, it’s never clear which path they should take. Startups are agile and nimble, and they have lots of opportunities, because they are starting with a clean slate. While this can be very exciting, this also means that the danger is that they can get lost […] 5 min read January 31, 2017
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