The Process

Ankit shared this excellent post by Seth Godin. Seth makes a very subtle but extremely powerful point about “The Process”.

  • of understanding people
  • of getting things done
  • of knowing that “leaders are servants”, the more people you lead the more you are serving
  • of understanding that “no idea is so good that it can not be improved upon”
  • of practicing humility and understanding that “humility disarms”
  • of looking at fundamentals while solving problems
  • of breaking a complex problem into simpler, smaller pieces
  • of not second guessing everyone who works with you
  • of making small checking list of things and crossing them one by one

(These are points that came to my mind about “The Process”)

New ‘aspire’ theme

Just upgraded the theme of my blog after Ankit pinged me and said

“Dude, for god’s sake. Get a cool theme. There are so many beautiful themes. Thousands.”

And he also send me this link, to look at options. So friends I have spent good 30-45 minutes in looking, choosing and installing the “aspire” theme and thats what you are experiencing right now.

What do you think? It sucks? Looks amazing? or something in between…

Let me know in comments…

Startup Evenings: Now in Bangalore

Start-up Evening” events are organized by the MVP gang  with support and help from a lot of friends in the community. The first startup-evening was in held Mumbai earlier this month. We were more than houseful on the capacity, crowd was good and interesting discussions took place. Read coverage here.

We are excited to announce the first “Startup Evening” in Bangalore:

Guest(s): Founders of Picsquare – Manish and Kartik (More here)

Date: 05 Feb, 2009 (Thursday)

Time: 06:30 pm – 08:30 pm

Venue: South Bangalore

Audience: Start-up founders (MVP and non-MVP start-ups)

Format

  • Event will be attended by 15-20  founders of start-ups from the MVP portfolio, partners portfolios and other founders
  • There will be guest(s) of the evening who will share his / her experiences and interact with the start-ups in an informal manner
  • The guest will typically be an experienced entrepreneur / investor / a person from the start-up ecosystem
  • There is no fee for attending but participation will be only by invitation
  • No more than 20 participants will be allowed to keep the focus of the event

Interested in participating ?  Want to host a start-up evening? Have more questions?  Write to nandini AT morpheusventure DOT com or leave a comment below.

We dont need no Education. Just give us the money.

Excellent post from Dave – HATS OFF.

Dave has done BIG FAVOR to the new / first time entrepreneurs by speaking naked truth. Many of them are doing a great job but at the same time they really need to be shaken up.

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Here is some of what I see / hear / encounter in the Indian Startup scene and some unwanted TIPS:

– Just give me money and I will take care of every thing else (TIP: guys come to back to reality, it takes a lot to build a business. You gotta build something really significant with out external money and prove yourself, before expecting someone else to write a check)

– I have been working hard and smart for 6 FULL MONTHS, how come customers and VCs are not falling at my feet (TIP: be prepared to rot for another 12-18 months, before people really start noticing you)

– I am doing every thing right but these damn customers , bloggers are not getting it, someone should throw water at them.  (TIP – look inside, review your strategy and execution)

– I have talked to 5 VCs but they dont seem to get my product because they are fools / have vested interests / are incompetent etc. I am sure the next one I talk to will have better sense and will write be a check. Please dont tell me that I need to fix / improve anything on my end (TIP: No comments)

– I got funding, therefore now I am successful. I can spend as much as I want and have all my management stay in 5 Stars and travel Business and blah blah

– I have been running this business for 2-3 years, about time some body comes along to buy my business or give me 5 Million dollar funding (TIP: hey guys, value of your business is not a function of how long you have been runnding. Value comes from : market share, customers, revenues, traction, branding etc etc)

I dont mean to disrespect entrepreneurs, infact those are the creatures I respect the most. But some reality check will surely improve things, would love to hear from you…

Influence: The only thing that matters

(Live from Prithvi cafe – Mumbai, written a few days back)

Concept
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– Every one has a circle of influence
– Every customers who loves your product/service will influence others around him in a positive manner
– Every customer who hates you will spread a negative influence
– Naturally some people will have larger circle of influence and  some smaller
–  Similarly some customers have a strong force of influence some not so strong

Exercise
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– P = sum of all the ‘positive’ circles
– N = sum of all the  ‘negative’ circles
– Resulting circle, R = (P – N)

Questions
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– Is the resulting circle posetive?
– Is it large enough ?
– Is it growing?

End of the day
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– Highest  priority for  you should be to continously work on  increasing   these individual posetive circles (P) and eleminating / reducing negative circles (N)
– Size of the resulting circle (R) and its growth rate is the only thing that matters

So what does you equation look like…

My advice to hospitals / clinics / doctors

(written a few days ago)

I am right now sitting in the waiting area of a Reputed hospital in Bangalore. I came in at 0915 pm for a 0930 pm appointment which I had booked earlier this morning. Its 1000 pm right now, doctor just came into the hospital is he seeing the guy before me.

I have seen same thing repeat across many hospitals I have visited for one reason or other and IT SUCKS. The doctors just never come on time, in fact they think its their responsibility to come late. And while you are waiting , getting irritating: the hospital staff makes no pro-active attempt to share any information about ‘when will the doctor come?’.  The irtiration increases further when you go yourself and ask about the doctor’s whereabouts, they totally ignore you.  If you persist and may be scream on them, they will give you some vague info – wait 10 minutes. What the f****,  my time is as important as any doctors time?

Finally the doctor comes (usually 30 minutes or more late). You go and see him. Like a fool you may expect to hear an apology for making you wait. But no surprises here – nothing like that happens, they behave like nothing is wrong.

I do understand that there is scarcity of good doctors, same guys see people in 5 different hospitals / clinics all day. At times there will be genuine reason because of which they are late.

My advice to all hospital / clinics / doctors is:

– build a buffer for unexpected delays
– dont make it a habit to take patients for granted
– when there are delays, the staff should keep waiting patients informed
– doctors who come late Should posetively apologize to the patients

I care about  the medical community, they are doing a great job and hence I thought it is my duty to openly share it with everyone, hoping that it can be fixed.

First Start-up Evening: Mumbai 20 Jan 09

Announcing the FIRST ever Start-up Evening:

Guest(s):  Alok Kejriwal, founder & CEO of Games2win (more here) , Deap Ubhi, Founder and CEO of Burrp (more here)

Date:    20 January, 2009 (Tuesday)

Time:   7pm – 9pm

Venue: South Mumbai

Audience: Start-up founders (MVP and non-MVP start-up founders)

Interested in participating?  Want to help in organizing a start-up evening? Have more questions?  Write to nandini AT morpheusventure DOT com

Launching “Start-up Evenings”

The MVP gang is launching “Start-up Evenings” with the support of a few firms who are involved with start-ups and a lot of friends in the community.

The First edition of Start-up Evenings will take place on 20 Jan-09, Tuesday in Mumbai.

Concept

The idea behind “Start-up Evenings” is to facilitate “close interaction” between founders of young companies and experienced folks, allowing the founders to learn from the champions (the tricks and hiccups of the trade), and to network.

The event will be monthly, with one edition each in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

We did some sessions as part of our founders meet and saw that it was extremely useful for the founders and hence by popular demand decided to conduct regular “Start-up Evenings“.

Format

  • Event will be attended by 10-15 founders of start-ups from the MVP portfolio, partners portfolios and other founders
  • There will be one guest of the evening who will share his / her experiences and interact with the start-ups in an informal manner
  • The guest will typically be an experienced entrepreneur / investor / a person from the start-up ecosystem
  • There is no fee for attending but participation will be only by invitation
  • No more than 15 participants will be allowed to keep the focus of the event
  • Typical timings: 0700 pm – 0900 pm

This is a non-profit initiative and we would love to hear from you if you would like to collaborate on it. There is no requirement of any sponsorship for these events, since we are going to keep them quite bootstrapped. Some of things which can be help would be:

  • A conference room / venue at your office for these events once a month (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore)
  • Arranging / suggesting speakers
  • Spreading the word amongst start-up founders
  • Anything else

Feel free to share your thoughts / feedback on the initiative. If you are interested in helping / contributing in any way, write to nandini AT morpheusventure DOT com

A wish is granted: Crederity launches consumer services

If you are a genuine online citizen, a online job seeker, or an individual looking for a partner online. You may have been looking for a way to showcase / highlight the trustworthiness of your profile and claim advantage over the fake / fraud online profiles. Your wish has come true.

After successful introduction in US, an MVP portfolio company, Crederity is launching its consumer services in India.

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  • You can create a FREE account here.
  • Add your credentials (address, education, experience and more) and have Crederity verify them for you.
  • You will get a “Crederity Card” which you can proudly display on your site, blog,  online or offline resume, social networks, online matrimonial profile or anywhere else you want.
  • It instantly highlights the “trustworthiness” of your profile and markets your profile to help you stand out and improve your prospects.

The team has worked hard to create a seamless service experience for both businesses and individuals. Any feedback from you will help to improve further. Go ahead, give it a spin and share your views.