Sanjay Mehta
Sanjay Mehta Sanjay Mehta is an active angel investor, and is co-founder and CEO of MAIA which is a business intelligence firm and is a well known name in entrepreneur circles.
  • The Handy Guide To Not P**s Off Your Investors All entrepreneurs pitching for seed-stage capital want to give a solid first impression to the investor. Yet, most entrepreneurs have no sense of articulation on what questions to ask investors in their first interaction. They either go on the offensive or become extremely hesitant. Instead of getting into a meaningful conversation, founders end up blocking out […] 5 min read March 23, 2017
  • Stayzilla Fiasco : Why Entrepreneurs Should Not Publicly Disclose Their Weaknesses Entrepreneurs are free to make their choices but not free to choose the consequences Indeed, there are no re-takes in life. However, it’s worthwhile to bring out what Stayzilla CEO Yogendra Vasupal (Yogi) could have done differently if he could go back in time and change some of his decisions. I am confident that this […] 4 min read March 17, 2017
  • VCs Learning To Be VCs Again Every other day, the media is bombarding us with news about venture funded startups for their downsizing of teams, markdowns by investors, abysmal revenue numbers or founders being replaced by professional management. Venture capital was supposed to benefit these new age companies with economies of scale to achieve nonlinear growth. The investment model seems to […] 7 min read March 7, 2017
  • Going Non-linear, Going Big… Going To Be Funded To describe something as “nonlinear” is to describe it by what it is not. What is so attractive about Flipkart, Practo, FreshDesk, Ola, BookMyShow, Oyo – the new age companies? The answer is – their Non-linear Business Growth. This phenomenon of nonlinearity occurs when entrepreneurs exploit, explore & jump to hyper growth without having followed […] 6 min read February 23, 2017
  • Why Raising Money From VCs In Seed Stage Might Not Be A Good Idea Less money raised at seed stage leads to more success. Being an angel investor, for me startup means a business which requires external funding for an accelerated business growth till it reaches to profitability. Raising funds from investors is an uphill battle for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs typically pitch to angel investors for their first cheques. We […] 5 min read February 5, 2017
  • Entrepreneurs, Use These Pickup Lines To Entice Your VC Investor This Year [Note: This article is part of The Junction Series. Sanjay Mehta will be speaking at “The Junction” in Jaipur in January 2017. Get a deep dive on entrepreneurial tricks of the trade, angel investing and more with him. Learn more about The Junction here!] Entrepreneurs feel a bit nervous when approaching venture capitalists. Everyone dislikes rejections, so always work […] 5 min read January 9, 2017
  • Investment 101: Unlocking Startup Investment For Family Offices [Note: This article is part of The Junction Series. Sanjay Mehta will be speaking at “The Junction” in Jaipur in January 2017. Get a deep dive into angel investing, the metrics of funding and more with him. Learn more about The Junction here!] Family offices (FOs) control and manage substantial fortunes of private individuals. These individuals either run […] 8 min read December 6, 2016
  • When Should Startups Practice The Art Of Keeping Secrets [Note: This article is part of The Junction Series. Sanjay Mehta will be speaking at “The Junction” in Jaipur in January 2017. Get a deep dive on angel investing, investment thesis, exit strategies with him. Learn more about The Junction here!] Secrets are hard to keep. We all know that, also understand very well that every entrepreneur, investor, […] 3 min read November 23, 2016
  • How The Right Exit Strategies Create Wealth For Angel Investors It’s not necessary to do extraordinary investments to get extraordinary exits It’s said that exit ignorance while investing in startups is not bliss; it’s rather a very expensive affair. For entrepreneurs, creating an exit strategy for themselves should never begin at a very early stage but for investors, it’s a must. Exit opportunities come in […] 6 min read October 10, 2016
  • In Defence Of My Investment Thesis An article published on Forbes.com listed me as part of the eight most prominent angel investors of India. It has increased the pipeline of deals multi-fold. I enjoy working with new entrepreneurs but with an ever-burgeoning portfolio it’s difficult to allocate time to everyone. This note is to respond to criticism that why I did not […] 3 min read October 4, 2016
  • What Goes Wrong With Funded Startups? Startup idea is not a lottery ticket A founder, armed with dreams, convinces himself and investors to believe almost anything with a mix of charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole,marketing, appeasement, and persistence. For founders, after getting funded the experience of failure is unsettling but for investors, it’s not new. Here are 10 types of founder traits that define what […] 6 min read August 4, 2016
  • 20 Qualities That Define Successful Entrepreneurs Many desire to be an entrepreneur, it’s always exciting to chart one’s own vision, be your own boss & create wealth. Idea, concept or product alone cannot assure success. The success is directly proportional to qualities that define the entrepreneur. Is a salesman, knows the critical difference between price & value Driven by speed of […] 2 min read May 29, 2016
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