• STARTUPS
    Can protein startups and their investors take on Big Cow?

    For many of us, our first experience with fake meat involves rubbery tofu that tastes more like sneaker sole than seared filet. As we forage on, next come the veggie burgers, the soy dogs, the meatless meatballs, the caramel-brown vacuum-sealed lumps called field roasts. Eventually, we grow accustomed to these chewy, protein-dense, vaguely meat-like foodstuffs. […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    Top 5 Personality Traits Investors Look for in an Entrepreneur

    People often ask me what kind of personality traits successful entrepreneurs possess? I’ve always maintained a mental list, based on my observations over years of meeting with entrepreneurs who have founded, scaled and exited businesses. To explore this further, I thought it might be interesting to gather the perspectives of professional investors at venture capital funds […]

  • STARTUPS
    Agri-tech startups have a field day as farmers, investors sow seeds of growth

    In Indian agriculture, the scope—and application—of technology has long been limited to genetically-modified crops, high-yield seeds and, of late, a handful of sophisticated tools like aerial images and GPS technology. Needless to say, a lot of challenges that farmers faced remained unresolved, partly because there were no problem-solvers around. But that’s fast changing. Leveraging rising […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    Gimlet’s New Podcast Puts You Right in the Room as Entrepreneurs Pitch Their Businesses to Real Investors

    Pitching a new business can be incredibly stressful or incredibly rewarding. The Pitch, a new podcast joining Gimlet’s lineup, puts listeners right in the middle of the process as entrepreneurs pitch their new companies to investors. “The Pitch has the high stakes you expect from reality TV,” said creator and host Josh Muccio, “but you don’t lose the intimacy.” […]

  • NEWS
    Why Are Angel Investors So Undiversified?

    The Angel Capital Association’s latest research effort, the American Angel Campaign, highlights how woefully undiversified the typical angel investor is. The median angel made just two investments in 2015, the research effort’s initial analysis reveals, and had made only ten investments in his or her lifetime. This is a huge problem. As super-angel David S. […]

  • NEWS
    How to Get Ready to Make Your Pitch to Investors

    Benjamin Franklin said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Those words are just as true today as they were when he said them.  When your business is poised on the brink of scaling up, when you absolutely need money to take your company to the next level, you’re going to have to […]

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    Investors stay unconvinced about Tech Mahindra’s recovery

    Graphic: Ajay Negi/Mint Tech Mahindra Ltd’s shares have risen by about 3% since it announced results last week. It was a rare instance of an Indian IT company reporting a positive earnings surprise. Revenue grew by 1.5% in dollar terms, after adjusting for incremental revenues from acquisitions, according to Nomura Research. This was ahead of […]

  • NEWS
    How Startup Investors Can Take Advantage of the International Entrepreneur Rule

    The Obama Administration has proposed amending the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations (PDF) to allow select foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States for a period of two years to build their companies here. Because I suspect that many venture capital firms already have plans to take advantage of this rule change, I […]

  • ENTREPRENEURS
    Male Investors Aren’t the Only Ones Biased Against Female Entrepreneurs

    In a recent Wall Street Journal column, John Greathouse argued that female entrepreneurs might hide their gender when seeking fundraising. This article generated a firestorm of criticism, leading Greathouse to apologize for his comments. While Greathouse’s op-ed wasn’t a great column and deserved criticism, the negative reaction to it missed an important insight. The source […]