"These articles were originally published in VentureKatalyst, India’s first e-zine aimed at entrepreneurs, started by Sanjay Anandaram in 1999. He brings two decades of experience as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture investor, faculty member, advisor and mentor. As a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship in India, he’s associated with Nasscom, TiE, IIM-Bangalore, and INSEAD business school in driving entrepreneurship. He can be reached at "

List of Articles

“How much am I worth?” is the question that all entrepreneurs need answered at some point. The trouble occurs when this perfectly legitimate question consumes the startup team such that all energy is... Read more>>
In this Gurukul, lets look at how a VC Fund works and how VCs make money. As mentioned in the last gurukul, VC funds raise money from investors and invest it in companies. Typically, the VC fund is... Read more>>
In the past Gurukuls, we’ve looked at various startup situations from an entrepreneur’s perspective. In this and the next few Gurukuls, we’ll take a look at how the people on the other side of the... Read more>>
Approaching a VC
We now know what to keep in mind while contemplating a startup, while hiring, and while writing a plan. And you've kept all these and more in mind while structuring your startup plan. Its now time to... Read more>>
We took a detour in the last Gurukul to talk about the process of incorporating a company. With this Gurukul, we’ll get back on track. We’ll look at the Financials of a business plan. Finance is the... Read more>>
We take a detour in this issue. We've been talking about teams, plans, market knowledge, leadership, and the like the past 7 Gurukuls. Meanwhile, we kept hearing from a lot of impatient entrepreneurs... Read more>>
In the last 2 gurukuls, we looked at business plans and what they should contain. In this gurukul, we’ll focus on the key aspects of a business plan. These are the aspects that VCs will focus on in... Read more>>
Writing a business plan is easy. Writing a clear, concise and fundable plan is not. Investors are not likely to be impressed by gimmicks or by flashy and flaky presentations. If they are, you... Read more>>
This and the next few gurukuls will talk about probably the most important document an entrepreneur will deal with, outside of a last will! Namely, the business plan. A business plan gives birth to... Read more>>
In the earlier Gurukuls, we saw how critical it was to select the right team members, understand how to evaluate markets and technologies and to define products and services for specific markets. But... Read more>>
In the last Gurukul, we took a broad look at how markets and customers are to be evaluated; This is very important to internalize- especially for Indian entrepreneurs who have yet to understand that... Read more>>
In the last Gurukul, we talked of the need to have the right kind of people in your startup, what positions to focus on and what to look for in the key people and hires. Having done that, the... Read more>>
Now that you’ve decided that a startup is indeed for you and that you have the attitude, temperament and ability to deal with the ambiguities and tensions, you need to figure out how to go about the... Read more>>
In the last Gurukul, we defined what a startup is to put the rest of our discussions on startups in perspective. So, is a startup for everyone? Today with the hype, glamour, and sex-appeal... Read more>>
Entrepreneur. Venture capital. Pre and post-money valuations. Stock options. IPO. Acquisitions. And of course the ubiquitous “Startup”. All of these terms have captured the imagination of the current... Read more>>