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
This article is the eleventh in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on March the 1st, 2017. As we have discussed earlier in this column series, founders benefit from creating a scaffold, a structure that enables future success at scale, without them needing to come back later and fix things that … Continue reading Going global
This article is the tenth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on January the 23rd, 2017. A healthcare startup founder I know was in a dilemma. For a pretty sizeable chunk of the equity pie, she had agreed to take on as cofounder a tech development guy. He would in … Continue reading Risk culture and your startup
This article is the ninth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on January the 9th, 2017. To be fair, building organisational culture is usually not on many founders’ radars in the early days, when much must be done in very little time. However as I have written in earlier columns, … Continue reading Building your startup’s culture
This article is the seventh in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on Dec the 1st, 2016. A startup, while it works to make revenue with its product or service, incurs essential costs. A shoestring budget calls for resourcefulness and creativity in building the business. An earlier column discussed building the … Continue reading Startup on a shoestring: a heuristic for thinking
This article is the sixth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on Nov the 15th, 2016. “You may be a business man or some high-degree thief, They may call you doctor or they may call you chief, But you're gonna have to serve somebody”. Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan is not … Continue reading Startup on a shoestring: building the MVP
This article is the fifth in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on Nov the 2nd, 2016. Cofounder conflict over equity sharing can often cause a startup to be aborted before launch or otherwise fail quickly, as many of us who work with founders in very early stages know well. Some … Continue reading Slicing up the equity pie
This article is the second in the Startup Series on FirstPost’s Tech2 section and first appeared on Sept the 16th, 2016. Those who read my last column may have noted my ambivalence towards the “previously successful business model applied to a different market” line of thinking. That holds good for start-ups as well as people. … Continue reading Do I need a co-founder?
This article is the first in the Startup Series on FirstPost's Tech2 section and first appeared on Sept the 5th, 2016. “I want to be a founder.” Alarm bells start ringing, when I hear these words from the mouth of a person with no more definitive an idea than being a founder. It is now … Continue reading Starting something new?
Apparently female entrepreneurship events are "weep fests", according to this opinion piece published by a media startup. "Why can’t we, for once, stop looking at the whole gender thing whenever we have a roomful of women, stop talking about how tough it is to be women and businesswomen at the same time, and just talk … Continue reading Never “just business” for female founders