Five must haves of a successful online marketplace

By Sergio Monsalve, Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

I have spent more than 15 years of my career building, investing in, advising, and studying online marketplaces.  I am convinced marketplaces possess very unique and fascinating characteristics, which are often counter-intuitive and easily misunderstood.  By “marketplaces,” I am referring to a central exchange of goods or services whereby a large fragmented supply/seller base meets in one concentrated place to sell to a large and fragmented demand/buyer base. Continue reading →

Tips to survive the twists and turns of raising startup capital

By Vinod Murali, Managing Director, SVB India Finance

Optimism levels are currently extremely high in India surrounding the general elections. There’s a clear undercurrent of expectation of a stable and decisive government which makes me wonder about the scenario of a hung parliament with no clear direction.

While that is one of the possible outcomes, in most recent conversations, the positive expectations are discussed with passionate detail. The downside is shrugged off with a sense of inevitability and disdain. It makes me wonder whether as a culture, we prefer to focus on hope and expect that other problems will sort themselves out in due course. Continue reading →

Venture capital’s summit push

By Alok Mittal, Managing Director, Canaan Partners

It is now my eighth year in succession of claiming a great year for venture capital. I have been in the business for all of eight years. But then, I am also an amateur marathoner and a climber. And in all of these three trades, it takes years of perseverance to scale the summit. As I look back on 2013, I am more convinced than ever of the decisiveness of this moment. Continue reading →

Why Asian wireless operators score lower on innovation

By SR Raja, Founder Trustee, Mobile Monday Bangalore

The prevailing differences between wireless service operators and mobile value-added services companies on issues of scale and revenue share have become a key impediment to innovation among operators. As a result, south Asian operators rank lower on the innovation scale compared to peers in Western and East Asian markets. Continue reading →