• What makes a startup venture fundable?

    There are a multitude of things that help make #startups attractive to #angel #investors & #venturecapitalists. In this video, I shared 3 things that I think are critical to a startup being venture fundable. There are a few things that should be on the checklist of any startup before they think of approaching investors other than friends and family. The first is TAM or “Total Addressable Market”. VCs need big markets to support big companies. A better understanding of VC economics would help explain this a bit better but for the moment, just assume that VCs need big exits otherwise they go out of business. Big exits are usually via…

  • 4 Tips for raising money for your crypto/blockchain or tech startup

    In this video, I answer a viewer’s question about raising money to take one’s idea and turn it into a reality. The question was focusing on ideas in the crypto/blockchain world as well as more traditional tech startups. I share 4 things I believe are important before one starts fundraising. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the InvestStream YouTube Channel and turn on notifications. Related Posts:Venture Fund EconomicsInvestStream US-India Episode 1“Show Me The Money”: India’s Big Promise to VCsWhy India is the Next Frontier for MobileMeeting Indian Startups Applying to 500 Startups Accelerator Batch 6

  • “Show Me The Money”: India’s Big Promise to VCs

    According to CBInsights, there are seven Indian startups are already valued at more than $1 billion. If you include Micromax, Mu Sigma, and InMobi, the number would be ten. Merely 2 years ago, there were only five unicorns. It won’t be long before large exits confirm India’s ability to deliver meaningful returns to startup investors. There have been more than sixty mergers and acquisitions in India’s tech sector worth more than $800 million in just 2015. Indian IPOs increased nine times in 2015. Also in 2015, “21 IPOs were launched on the BSE, the Bombay Stock Exchange, compared with five in 2014, the highest number since 2011, when 37 IPOs were launched.”…

  • Why India is the Next Frontier for Mobile

    Unmodified picture by Ramesh Lalwani under Creative Commons 2.0 All over the world, opportunities are flourishing for mobile development (and investment). In some countries, like the U.S.,64% of adults owned a smartphone in 2015. In China, 68% of adults have a smartphone. Yes, these countries still offer room for growth. But not like India. Indian use of smartphones is rapidly growing. Google-sized companies will be created over the next decade to satisfy user demand, which is significantly more than in the U.S. and China over the same time period. Here’s why India is primed for massive mobile growth. This is why we are getting more aggressive in India. Mobile Growth All Over the…

  • Meeting Indian Startups Applying to 500 Startups Accelerator Batch 6

    Good morning Founders! You might have heard that 500 Startups recently announced a public application process. This is the first time we’re accepting applications for all companies that want to join our accelerator. In the last batch of the 500 Startups Accelerator, we had four great companies from India. The highest number from any country outside of the US. I’m hoping India can be represented just as well in the upcoming batch which starts in April 2013. If you’re doing something exciting in education, jobs/employment, travel and you’re looking at markets in India or globally then you may want to put in your application soon. We will consider all applications,…