No room for half-heartedness

I recently wrote a piece for MINT on my journey as an entrepreneur and my lessons from it. Reproducing it here, and in the process restarting this blog. Time will tell, if I can keep this up. — Access to good healthcare is critical. India’s National Health Policy draft 2015 intends to make it a fundamental right, yet millions in India and billions around the world struggle for this every day. Even those with access have a frustratingly poor experience. In a world where one can book seats in a theatre or a cab literally at the speed of thought, finding doctors is unbelievably tough. Healthcare records management are a pain too—you either don’t get them or if you do, you have to maintain fat files and often doctors won’t have the time to go through all your reports, severely compromising the quality of healthcare you receive. Blog Continue reading “No room for half-heartedness”

No room for half-heartedness

A Morpheus portfolio company’s feedback

“With due respect to the Morpheus guys but I have never seen a single post from any of the ex-morpheus companies detailing how it helped (or not helped them). Because of this I just dont know what value they bring to table”sushrutbidwai

“I was just thinking that we should get some Morpheus guys to post a short testimony here. You know, as we are the Indian Entrepreneur Community, they must be interested”rick_2047

These are 2 comments on a recent post – “Morpheus’s Batch 6 – Startup Acceleration Program Application is now open!”, on Hackerstreet.

Yes, that’s a fair enough argument. So this is me, Shashank ND from Practo.com, Morpheus Batch 3 (July 2009) sharing my thoughts on how we are benefiting from being part of the Morpheus Portfolio Companies : Continue reading “A Morpheus portfolio company’s feedback”

A Morpheus portfolio company’s feedback

How the government is killing Indian startups

Some of the recent moves by the Indian Government & its associated Institutions are hurting Indian Startups real bad.

Here’s how –

1. No Automatic Online Payments, thanks to ‘3D Secure’- RBI says, “We will not allow businesses to charge credit cards automatically, even if the credit card holder authorizes such a permission. Each time a transaction is done, a manual intervention by the card holder is necessary.” This is DUMB. This prevents companies from billing a customer on regular intervals automatically. This is inconvenient for the users and kills SaaS companies. Continue reading “How the government is killing Indian startups”

How the government is killing Indian startups

10 Changes

1. Stopped buying / reading newspaper and magazines. Dependent on web
Reason : Stale news, editorial content

2. Quit Facebook
Reason : Irrelevant information, time & focus sink

3. Decreasing use of Google Reader. Dependent on Twitter as a replacement
Reason : Better content at faster pace

4. Started a blog in 2010. Focused on startups, web, technology
Reason : Brings clarity to thoughts

5. Stopped using Read it Later. All articles read on Instapaper. Period
Reason : Simple wins. Always

6.  Started reading fiction. ‘Atlas shrugged’ was the first one.
Reason : Common Sense

7. Zero dependency on the local system. Information is online. OS, drivers, setup files on ext hdd and online
Reason : Local is lost. Need Web OS

8. 99% of all bills / expenses paid online  (Damn Maharashtra Electricity Board)
Reason : Netbanking makes running a company 80% easier

9. iPhone, my best investment ever
Reason : Trust only technology companies – Apple, Amazon, Google

10. All my offline applications are internet based
Reason : Refer reason 7 (More of a filler point)

10 Changes

Student Entrepreneurship

I was recently invited to speak on ‘Student Entrepreneurship’ at TIE Entrepreneurial Summit 2010 in Delhi. My co-panelists,  Vijay Shekhar Sharma (One97), Ashish Kapur (Yo!China) and panel moderator Mahesh Puri (Outlook)   shared their journeys as young entrepreneurs. It was heartening to see that almost 80% of the audience were composed of students and all of them were eager to start their own business. Awesome.

I was unable to share all my views on this subject, so here we are. Lets start by defining ‘Student Entrepreneurship’ (SE). SE is a business started by a student while pursuing his/her education. Continue reading “Student Entrepreneurship”

Student Entrepreneurship

Comparison of Online CRM Solutions

I needed to decide on an online CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution for Naabo. Here are a few of the posts that helped me decide.

http://www.cloudave.com/link/javelin-shooting-an-arrow-into-crm

http://webandyou.avelient.com/2009/05/14/customer-relationship-management-crm-javelin-for-your-small-business/

http://zebugroup.com/2009/03/3-reasons-why-we-picked-batchbook-as-our-crm-tool/

http://www.budeco.nl/en/budeco-the-making-of/about-the-selection-of-an-online-crm-system/

Finally went ahead with capsulecrm.com

Comparison of Online CRM Solutions

Amazing Posts

Building and selling a software/application/service/product is more than just building and selling features.

A common mistake which sales guys do is to feel that more features relate to more chances of sales. For the sales guys this must read from ‘Ignore the Code’ – Removing Features

A common mistake most tech guys do is to feel that sales are based entirely on the product. This post by Steve Blank is a must read for all the Tech guys – Convergent Technologies: War Story 1 – Selling with Sports Scores

Amazing Posts