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Useful Lessons In Business and Fundraising

UL0018 – The Role of the Environment in Nurturing Entrepreneurship

My belief is that entrepreneurship can be developed, taught, and nurtured. Often, the latent entrepreneurial talent never gets discovered unless the environment is conducive to unleashing that potential or unless the person sees the light with more knowledge and greater exposure, including the development of a different mindset right from his or her school days. Our problem in Singapore was ...

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UL0017 – Never Lie, Always Be Honest

When you are a new company, the most important thing is to build trust. You are a newcomer with no track record and you need people to come and pay money for your work. The thing is for people to come and buy, there has to be an element of trust, that you are a genuine group and the products ...

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UL0016 – Why the Environment Around You is So Important?

Life as an entrepreneur can at times be very stressful and frustrating. There are many times you feel like giving up and just throwing in the towel, because of a problem you cannot solve. This gets worse when you are alone. The wrong thoughts come into your mind, swaying you to give up on all your work and to take ...

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UL0015 – The Old for the Dot Com Business

This excerpt has been taken from “The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship” written by Mr Inderjit Singh. (Chapter 14: Lessons Learnt During the Dot Com Days, Page 225) This story shows how being a young entrepreneur was considered important in the dot com days. Together with a group of fresh graduates, we started a dot com company. They were all ...

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UL0014 – Think Big, Start Small

It is the entrepreneur’s vision for their idea, that gets them jumping out of bed every morning. It is the driving force that pushes them to achieve more than norm. Entrepreneurs have big dreams, they look at making something that will change the world; helping to improve people’s lives. They know they have the capability to make that change and ...

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UL0011 – The Importance of Presentation Skills

I started my career in Texas Instruments (TI) and it was a great company to learn from. In fact many of us jokingly used to call TI, a Training Institute (TI). For me I learned two very important things which helped me in my entrepreneurial journey. First was that there is no problem that could not be solved. As an ...

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UL0010 – The VC Trap

This week the focus of discussion is the trap a VC very cleverly sets for entrepreneurs and the factors entrepreneurs should keep a watchful eye on when dealing with them. An entrepreneur comes across many challenges in the process of setting up a business and fund raising is one of them. There are plenty of options for securing investments but ...

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UL0009-How do you Read the VC’s Response?

I have come across many entrepreneurs who get excited after a meeting with a Venture Capitalists(VC). Most of the time they will tell me that the VC is interested in their venture and there is a good chance that the VC will invest. Most of the times the VCs end up not investing. I usually discount such feedback from entrepreneurs ...

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UL0008 – Venture Capital

Venture Capitalists (VC) are a subset of Private Equity Financing. In contrast to Angel Investors who invest their own money, VC’s manage a fund (pool of money), they raise the money from wealthy individuals, companies and pension funds. A VC firm will raise a fix amount, say $100 million and will use that money to make investments in companies. Usually ...

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UL0007 – Angel Investing

An angel investor is someone who provides financial backing for small startups. As Venture Capital (VC) firms usually look to invest in the millions of dollars range, the angels are looked upon to back entrepreneurs at an earlier round of funding, after the FFF (Family, Friends and Fools). They usually provide funding from fifty to the hundreds of thousands of ...

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