Why are investors unapproachable & unresponsive? And how to fundraise from them?
Why are investors unapproachable & unresponsive? And how to fundraise from them?
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There are several grievances early-stage founders have against startup investors, especially related to approachability & communication. Some of them are — investors never respond to emails, they can at least acknowledge founder emails, they vanish after first call or meeting, and worse, they are snobs. Of course there are other criticisms, like investors don’t know what they’re doing, they fund bad startups, they don’t respect cash or profitability, etc. — but these are topics of another post.

Coming back to the complaints on approachability & communication, the answer is that these are both right and wrong. Some investors are good at this, some are bad.

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Isn’t LinkedIn very cluttered nowadays?
Isn’t LinkedIn very cluttered nowadays?
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Linkedin is useful but extremely cluttered now, especially if you accept lot of connection requests (founders/ startup folk for me). Great posts used to surface easily earlier in the feed, but now it’s a chore to find even one good one.

Linkedin should have a setting where you don’t automatically follow every new connection, but can pick and choose who to follow.

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Why Meesho is in our anti-portfolio
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In today’s Livemint, Globevestor’s co-founder & Partner, PN Raju writes about a successful company that’s in our anti-portfolio – Meesho. Here’s the complete article on Livemint.

Sometimes as investors, we don’t see the strength of the underlying trends as well as the entrepreneurs, so it’s useful for us to hear out and learn from them. If you’re building a venture to take advantage of some strong underlying trends in a sector that not many people see, ping me!

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Basic accounting errors founders make
Basic accounting errors founders make
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Of late, have come across multiple early-stage startups making a basic accounting error. While digging their choppy monthly revenues, I realized these startups book revenues in the month cash was received, and not when the product/service was delivered. While this seems very tactical to founders early on, it’s important.

Examples – a SaaS startup charged & booked annual revenue upfront, while clients could cancel any month with refund.

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Reverse Pitch for AI startups
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In today’s Livemint, I wrote about some of the areas we’re looking to invest in at Globevestor. In this article, the focus is on ‘AI at workplace’ companies. You can read the article on Livemint here.

We believe that for businesses to thrive in the future, human intelligence and artificial intelligence (AI) will need to work in tandem. And that the next wave of ‘AI at workplace’ startups would help employees become better at their jobs.

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