Boards, that do not have a sophisticated understanding of slavery legacy and anti-racism, are at a disadvantage.
Startups have a governance problem but it is solvable with good strategic thinking and knowledge of what to expect from board directors.
The cost of implementing some form of AI today is minuscule compared to the opportunity cost of inaction. After all not implementing AI today will not defer the future.
An interesting thing about being plugged into the startup world is the frequency with which one sees "new ideas". Many of them, alas, are just old ideas being rebranded or old ideas that the person proposing them is not aware of. Facebook's widely documented travails, with legislators inquiring into Facebook's role in the 2016 US … Continue reading Facebook is here to stay
This article is the twenty-first, and the penultimate, in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on August the 21st, 2017. “I failed. Now what?” Whenever I hear these words, the first thing I do is remind the founder: People don't fail or succeed, ventures do. A “failed” venture can mean various things … Continue reading “I failed. Now what?”
This article is the nineteenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on July the 12th, 2017. Is there such a thing as disagreement among founders on fund raising? Isn’t external fund raising seen as some kind of marker of validation for startups, one that sets them on the growth path like a … Continue reading Founder conflict: disagreement on fund raising
This article is the seventeenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on June the 7th, 2017. In this and the next couple of columns, I shall write about founder conflicts commonly encountered but not often easily resolved. Some are foreseeable e.g. what happens to the equity of a co-founder who … Continue reading Founder Conflict: Key Asset Ownership
This article is the thirteenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on April the 3rd, 2017. The excessive media focus on techies as startup founders often makes non-techies doubt their ability to found and build a startup and create value. Many non-tech persons I meet believe that they won’t get … Continue reading How to be a valuable non-tech co-founder
This article is the twelfth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on March the 16th, 2017. Asking for help is an essential founder survival skill. But founders often do not know when to seek help, whose help to seek, whose help to accept, and how to evaluate and pay for … Continue reading Getting help for your startup
Millennials, often described in media as hapless, poor and unfocused, reportedly dropped a cool $25 Billion on diamond jewellery in 2015. This indicator of current and future demand for sparklers notwithstanding, we are nearing the peak of natural diamond mining. It raises the question as to why synthetic diamonds have not taken off. After all, … Continue reading Of diamonds and responsible eternities