Amazon Vs. VCs Vs. Investors – Kaun Banega Kangaal???

 

This classic poem just came to my mind with name changes:

Bezos was in his counting house,

Counting out his money;

The VC was in the parlour,

Eating bread and honey.

The E-Com Investor was in the garden,

Hanging out the clothes,

When down came a blackbird

And pecked off his nose…

I was thinking of the 2 Billion of Amazon vs. 1 Billion of Flipkart discussion last week and was applying my mind to figure – what was the fight really about?

This led me to pull out Amazon’s financials of the past 10 years, which (not surprisingly) is a story in itself: (click on the chart to expand) Continue reading

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Move Over James Bond – the Startup Guy is here!

 

My double pager in the Economic Times today (3rd August 2014) on how Startup entrepreneurs dress!!!

The complete text (with some EXTRA MASALA) starts after the image. PLEASE comment and give me feedback?!

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What Indian E-tailers can learn from IKEA

My precious double-seater sofa in my bedroom has collapsed. Errr, let me correct myself: The left side of the sofa has collapsed (given that I’ve sat on that side for years); whereas the right side looks nice and puffy. ‘In-short’ (don’t laugh at my Hinglish), my sofa looks like it’s an asteroid from Star Wars. And I am in the market to replace it. 

Now, when I say “I’m in the market”, I mean the online market. The last thing I want to do is physically run around all over Mumbai in search of the ‘great un-collapsible sofa’. 

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Move Over James Bond – the Startup Guy is here!

 

My double pager in the Economic Times today (3rd August 2014) on how Startup entrepreneurs dress!!!

The complete text (with some EXTRA MASALA) starts after the image. PLEASE comment and give me feedback?!

I was recently invited to a rather private, ‘sit-down’ dinner with Cherie Blair and her team, who were in India to raise funds for her charity. Continue reading

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What Indian E-tailers can learn from IKEA

My precious double-seater sofa in my bedroom has collapsed. Errr, let me correct myself: The left side of the sofa has collapsed (given that I’ve sat on that side for years); whereas the right side looks nice and puffy. ‘In-short’ (don’t laugh at my Hinglish), my sofa looks like it’s an asteroid from Star Wars. And I am in the market to replace it. 

Now, when I say “I’m in the market”, I mean the online market. The last thing I want to do is physically run around all over Mumbai in search of the ‘great un-collapsible sofa’.  Continue reading

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Toy Story

“Toy Story”

In therodinhoods open house on July 19, I walked around with this bizarre looking stuffed toy monkey in my pocket.

WHY?

- Was Alok being the “crazy, juvenile, stupid, ‘anything for attention’ idiot” that a few people describe him as?

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We need 10,000 entrepreneurs – not 10,000 crores, Mr. FM!

 

As featured in the Economic Times – Sunday – 20th July – 2014

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We need 10,000 entrepreneurs – not 10,000 crores, Mr. FM!

India’s latest hit, the new Finance Minister, Mr. Arun Jaitley just dropped the “F” bomb!

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