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  • 1. Startup Experience
    Ankur Gupta
    Egurucool (1999-2000)
    Campus Sales Representative
    (Temp Summer Job while at college)
    Learned about startups, VC etc …
    Vegayan Systems (2006-2008)
    TiE Canaan Entrepreneurial Winner 2006
    Intel India Pioneer Challenge Winner 2007
    Funded by DFJ and Angel Investor RakeshMathur
    Thinklabs (2008-2010)
    Funded By SeedFund
    On verge of raising Series A for 3-5 Million USD.
    Startup Ecosystem (2006-2011)
    Helped organize Proto.in Mumbai Edition,
    Organized CodeCamp Mumbai,
    Organized Barcamp Mumbai 2.
    Reading blogs with focus on Indian Startup Ecosystem since college days.
  • 2. Different Things
    Motivate
    Different People
    At
    Different Points in Time
  • 3. What Matters to you ?
    1. $$$,
    2. Public praise or recognition,
    3. Impact of your work on society,
    4. Respect from your friends, family for where you are employed ?,
    5. Working on a difficult problem / domain,
    6. Respect as viable part of organization,
    7. Amazing Mentor whom you admire or an awesome team to work with,
    8. Comfortable surroundings aka office space and perks provided,
    9. Large role / responsibility,
    10. Your weird thoughts here …………
  • 4. Who or What is a Startup ?
    Is every new business a startup?
    Do service companies qualify as startups ?
    Do new business with low entry level barrier qualify as startup ?
    My Definition
    A recently (2-3 years) founded business with 1-100 employees that intrinsically excites you and can have a positive impact on lives of millions or potentially change the market dynamics is a startup.
  • 5. Stages of a Startup
    Execution
    Investment / VC Rounds
    $$$
    Employee Headcount
  • 6. Execution
    Idea Stage aka Business plan in place
    Business Registration or Legal entity in place
    End Product Ready
    Early Customer Execution
    Sustainable growth quarter on quarter
  • 7. Investment / VC Rounds
    Seed Investment
    Early Stage Investment
    Series A, B, C, D
    IPO
  • 8. $$$
    Burn Rate > Revenue
    Burn Rate == Revenue
    Burn Rate < Revenue
  • 9. Employee Headcount
    1-10
    10-30
    30-100
    100-300
    300+
  • 10. Must Ask Questions
    Salary
    Do you have any revenue at this point of time ?
    Are you break even ?
    (If answer to the above two questions are in negative. )
    Your funding would last for how many months ?
    Can I expect to get salary on time ?
    ESOPs
    Does your ESOP Plan meet Regulatory compliance ?
    What’s the size of the ESOP Pool ?
    How much am I getting and when will it be fully vested ?
    Founders
    Why did you start this company ? What do you want to achieve ?
  • 11. Heart vs. Mind
    Follow you heart but apply your mind to understand what it’s that you are in for ?
    Passion doesn’t understand logic sometimes,
    In most startups success doesn’t come despite the best of intentions, hard work and efforts,
    They say it takes approx 10 years for a Indian startup to really make it BIG. Keeping your Heart and Mind aligned to hang into the ride.
  • 12. Startups Can be
    Rewarding
    Fun
    Thrilling
    Learning experience
    Do your research before else it can be
    Pain
    Regret
    Lost Time
  • 13. Questions ?