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With the growing engagement of almost half a billion online gamers in India, estimates show that the online gaming industry is bound to reach a billion dollars in terms of revenue in the foreseeable future, consequently ranking India as one of the top 10 markets globally. This indicates huge prospects for entrepreneurship, employment and a strong collaboration between technology and innovation. As this industry picks up momentum in digitization, regulating the industry remains a top priority for the government and industry stalwarts.

The industry identifies the need to have a harmonized regulatory system which applies to all online gaming stakeholders unequivocally. Self regulation, which is adopted by most existing players, appears to be a promising starting point enabling transparency, integrity of systems, and safety and security of players. It furthers the overarching duty of online gaming platforms to ensure responsible advertisement of services and ethical execution of the gaming business. …


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Having a dream gives you a purpose to grind. While it is enough on most days to sustain your productivity, some days are harder. There comes a point in an entrepreneur’s journey where he/she feels overwhelmed, demotivated, or unsure about the next step. The problem exists even for founders who have sufficient resources, an experienced team and the desired startup venture capital. Moreover, it is cited as one of the top 20 reasons a startup fails. While passion, determination and grit have immense power, they alone are not enough for continuous effort. …


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Disclaimer: This research note is an analysis of information available in the public domain and is purely informative in nature. No part of this document is to be construed as legal advice or legal opinion.

As a flourishing market, the domestic outlook of online gaming shows potential to establish a lasting impact as an industry. Online gaming, both as a sector and as an industry, appears to promise great opportunities not just to users/players but to entrepreneurs and content creators alike. …


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Two heads (or more) are often better than one, especially in work environments. Entrepreneurs all over the world prefer to team up with someone rather than to ride solo — especially before they decide to take their startup to the next level and scale up. A 2015 study on venture capital consulting conducted by The Rotman School of Management demonstrated that a new venture is more likely to succeed if its founder builds a bigger and more experienced team.

Similarly, entrepreneurs who are looking to invest in Indian startups are eager to understand a team’s ability to use their combined strengths and execute business ideas. Two of India’s most successful investors, K Ganesh and Sunil Kalra, spoke with Economic Times about what they look for in startups. Where Ganesh believes that a venture must have at least two co-founders who will support each other throughout the process, Kalra always seeks strong teams of motivated entrepreneurs who are passionate about the impact of their work. Moreover, according to Kris Gopalakrishnan, chairman of Axilor Ventures and one of the seven founders of Infosys, entrepreneurs should start a company with co-founders if they want to hit the right chord with the best investment firms. …


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Are you from an IIT, IIM, or an Ivy League university? Or from Google, Microsoft, or JPMorgan Chase? Whatever your answer is, you have an idea about the difference such names can make in what lies ahead for you. The same is true when fundraising.

We tend to believe that if a founding team has a stellar past record with similar prestigious institutes, they should easily qualify as the ideal choice of investors. However, the name startups bring to the table is only a good proxy of their potential, not a guarantee.

If you have ever shared your pitch with a startup venture capital firm, you know how competitive it can get. Only a handful of startups make the cut out of thousands. The one thing that helps VCs pick the right ones is seeing a demonstrated ability of the founding team to brave all odds — and that doesn’t always come from world-renowned institutes. The question hinges more on what you did, not where you did it. …


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You’ve come a long way from growing your startup. From a mere idea in your head, to a proposal on a paper, your startup takes a giant leap for the big world, when you are ready to pitch your idea to a team of investors. All the days that lead up to the presentation, are a jumble of emotions: you are excited and yet apprehensive of their reaction to all that you’ve built from ground up — Am I dreaming too big? Is my idea realistic at all? Is it too early to be approaching an investor?


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Founders are defined by their passion to build a business, provide unique solutions, and materialise ideas that are capable of making a change. Yet statistics show that only 1 out 10 founders succeed. Why do the remaining 90% go wrong?

Here’s why: They dive into the game without realising its demands.

Plenty of founders get the initial research right — where to start, how to find the right investor, how ripe is the market they are targeting, etc. However, things such as timing, availability of capital, managing finances are hard to factor in completely.

The mesh that the startup ecosystem is only becomes apparent once founders inhabit it. And by then it’s often a little too late. …


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The angel investing scene in India has undergone a massive transformation over the past decade as entrepreneurs turned angels have invested back heavily in the Indian ecosystem buoyed by their exits. From less than 50 angel investors a decade ago, the Indian start-up ecosystem has recorded angel investments from more than 2,000+ angel investors (DataLabs by Inc42). The Indian angel community counts serial entrepreneurs like Sachin Bansal, Kunal Bahl, Kunal Shah as well as corporate honchos such as Rajan Anadan and Mohandas Pai amongst its esteemed list.

Beyond just offering cash, angel investors add a host of other values to early-stage start-ups — their ability to validate the business model, offer advice on blitzscaling the start-up and connect with the first batch of customers are an invaluable asset for any early stage founder. Against such a backdrop, it is imperative for any founder to gauge the value-add that an Angel brings to their start-up as well as the track record of the prospective angels he/she would like to bring on-board. While qualitative value-add is subjective and will depend on founder-investor relationship, we have tried to provide a deeper understanding of their track record over the past 10 years throughout this article. …


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When you flip through a magazine that boasts of 30 top entrepreneurs under 30, you are likely to find faces of men staring back at you. However, despite what we see, we must realize that entrepreneurship is indeed gender-neutral, and since access to capital is not, the society tends to associate only men with business. Investing in Indian women entrepreneurs is not only needed to empower more women, but women also need to actively participate in India’s growth story to create a more sustainable economy. As per the venture debt and lending platform, Innoven Capital — funded startups with at least one female co-founder dropped from 17% in 2018 to 12% in 2019. …


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I was a fresh graduate of IIM-Ahmedabad with a job offer in hand for Bain & Company. Life was good. But I had a few months until I had to join. So I decided to dip my toes into the startup ecosystem. Having worked with a few startups and a VC firm earlier, this was something I had always been interested in.

Soon enough, I learned about an internship opportunity at Eximius Ventures — a newly founded venture capital fund — through an alumnus of IIM-A. It was just what I needed to gain more hands-on experience and explore my interests further. I had a couple of calls with founder Pearl Agarwal and the team. After understanding more about the responsibilities involved, I became keen on being a part of the firm. …

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