Anchor Judge @ Haywards 5000 Haunslay Ki Udaan, India’s First Startup Reality TV Show

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Haywards 5000 Hauslay Ki Udaan is India’s first startup reality TV Show that aims to support the entrepreneurial spirit of Indians. This initiative has been introduced by Haywards 5000 Hausla Buland Academy.

Anil Chhikara was the anchor judge for the Second Season in 2016. Haywards 5000 conducted auditions in 10 cities across the nation, which served as a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs from small towns to showcase their innovative business ideas and share their stories.

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Self-driving cars will change the way humans live, and this is how it could possibly happen

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By 2030, 95% of U.S. car miles travelled will be in self-driving, electric, shared vehicles. A historic revolution in transportation will end over 100 years of individual ownership of gas-powered vehicles and in all literal sense, devastate the oil industry in the process.

That is according to a ground breaking new research report, “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries” by Tony Seba, RethinkX co-founder and instructor at Stanford and James Arbib, RethinkX co-founder, technology investor and philanthropist. Continue reading

In conversation with Harshad Lahoti, Founder, ah! Ventures

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In conversation with Harshad Lahoti, Founder, ah! Ventures at StarUp 2017, Bangalore:

Quick chat with Harshad Lahoti, founder ah! Ventures…

Posted by Anil Chhikara on Sunday, May 7, 2017

In Conversation with Harpreet Singh, ESRI India on their Startup Program

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In conversation with Harpreet Singh, Head and Meka Kiran Kumar, Program Manager of ESRI India Startup Program about the work they are doing with startups:

In conversation with Harpreet Singh, Head of Esri India Startup Program and Meka Kiran Kumar about the work they are doing with startups… Pls connect with Kiran for more details…

Posted by Anil Chhikara on Thursday, May 4, 2017

First Customer, B2B Startups

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If you are crazily funded start up like the 0.1% of start-ups out there then this post is not for you and please stop right here! But if you are like those 99%+ of entrepreneurs who have to bootstrap with self-funding or with less than 50L to 1 Cr of initial funding, then you need to worry about how can you get your first customers. I’m talking here more about B2B Enterprise start-ups.

At this early stage of your start up with no customers, you start up has zero credibility and no track record to talk about. The only thing special it has is you, the FOUNDER! So that’s what you will have to leverage when talking to early prospects. Rather than talking about the start-up talk about your personal expertise, experience and track record.  Continue reading

CoFounder Conflict

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Research in failed start-ups show that 62% of all start-ups fail due to co-founder conflict! When a startup is riding the wave of success, it usually covers up the conflict. However, it’s only when the going gets tough do the basic differences underneath start showing up. If you haven’t prepared for conflict in your co-founder relationship, you’ll be fighting like dogs the moment when you most need to be working well together to save your startup. Continue reading

The Dreaded Exit Strategy Slide…

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This is a slide we all know we need to have in our pitch deck to investors but does not have enough meat to talk about. We all make pitches and one of the slides I have seen entrepreneurs get lost or fumble through uncomfortably is the “Exit Strategy” slide. We all know the traditional exit options (IPO, acquisition by bigger company or good old royalties/revenue share options). Don’t the investors also know these options? So why do they even expect entrepreneur to put it in the presentation? And then this deeply divided opinion that should this even be discussed or is it even valid at an early seed stage investment – a point for discussion some other time! Continue reading

In Conversation with Xavier, CEO, PRHub

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In conversation with Xavier Prabhu, Founder CEO of PRHub on importance of PR for startups:

#PR4Startups… With the pr guru himself Xavier Prabhu! To contact go to www.prhub.com.

Posted by Anil Chhikara on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Smart Money vs. Dumb Money

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For entrepreneurs struggling to raise money for their start-ups, any money looks good. But is it wise to take any money that’s offered to you? Smart money is money plus the value in terms of mentoring, guidance, opening doors, initial customers connect for validation or early adoption, strategic partners connect for market access, tech licensing, attracting other investors etc.. Basically something besides money that you would otherwise on its own willingly pay or give equity for.

Dumb money is money plus the hidden pain it comes with like low understanding of your business, having to spend more time explaining to investor than to customers when you plan anything new, adding no value as mentioned above for smart money and not understanding how valuation business is different from traditional trading/manufacturing type of businesses and same parameters don’t apply when measuring progress etc etc. Continue reading

Mentor vs Mentee

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Every coworking space, every incubator, every accelerator and every startup conference or events boasts of top notch mentors that they will help entrepreneurs connect with. However, what this in reality ends up being is just a show of names with little or no value added to the entrepreneurs. None of the top notch mentors who just have their names in the list but are not getting anything out of it can afford to give the time that’s really required to understand a startup in detail and give real mentoring. It usually ends up being a 5-10 mins interaction with others waiting in line to talk to the “mentor” and the entrepreneur getting top of the mind, off the cuff advise or “mentoring”.

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BS in our Startup World!

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Talking about the BS that goes on in our startup ecosystem and the need to be frank and talk real at the The Economic Times Catapooolt #Changemakers Delhi event:

Talking about the BS that goes on in our startup ecosystem and the need to be frank and talk real at the The Economic Times Catapooolt #Changemakers Delhi event… Thanks Mohammed Sirajuddin, Abhinav Tandon and Shabir Momin for the opportunity…

Posted by Anil Chhikara on Saturday, April 8, 2017