About QuickFix – a startup from Guwahati

While mentoring start-ups, came across an a interesting start-up from Guwahati -‘Quick Fix’ , which is a demand service aggregation platform. Sharing this story because his strategy of market penetration has important lessons for start-ups. Mukul Barman’s bootstrapped startup ‘Quick Fix’ had to go through the initial hiccups of deciding on the target market, zeroing […]

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Livelihood through honey processing

Yet another refreshing and learning experience in Diyun (Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh) with an expert on beekeeping where an induced cluster on honey processing was initiated by IIE with the support of OIL CSR. After a two year period of handholding for taking up honey as an additional income generating activity, it now seems […]

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The Game of Startups: Lessons from ‘Game of Thrones’

Startup has become a buzzword today. Until March 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and promotion (DIPP) had 9000 registered start-ups .Beyond the registered number, it would be signifificantly larger.The trend today is to discuss more about start-ups  then about stock markets.News is more about Walmart acquiring Flipkart, battle between Ola and Uber etc.India today has […]

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Entrepreneur characteristics that can kill a startup

Starting a business is tough work. There are countless obstacles that stand in the way of enabling aspiring entrepreneurs to fulfil his/her entrepreneurial dream. Some deadly characteristics that one needs to avoid. Laziness: There is absolutely no room for laziness in entrepreneurship. There is no one else who will pick up the slack. Ofcourse, when […]

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Entrepreneurship Has No Age

It is often perceived that entrepreneurship is for the young crowd. However, age shouldn’t be a determining factor that stops one from pursuing their dreams. While it is always good to start early,it is also seen that founders above 40 years are increasing in large numbers and are also succeeding. –Startbucks was founded by Gordon […]

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Why people take to starting a business

The number of people starting their business has increased significantly in the last few years. The most common reason for starting a business is identification of a business opportunity. There are also a range of other factors which may encourage an individual to set up their own business Financial reward for entrepreneurship The opportunity to […]

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Entrepreneurs and Emotional Intelligence

Business is built on relationship and to succeed, entrepreneurs must also hone their emotional intelligence or ‘EQ”. EQ is the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotion .This enhances their problem solving abilities and is the strongest predictor of performance. When we let an emotional reaction cloud our decision making process, our perception is […]

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Coping strategy for start-ups

Startup founders are often stressed and anxious .This is often because of a common perception of a ‘startup’ being a miracle worker, who innovates and is naturally focussed and hardworking. The unseen pressure creates inner conflict and sometimes mental illness. Founders, start-ups and the whole community need to prioritise mental wellness and signal on sustainable […]

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Startups in 2019

With a number of Unicorns and ‘Soonicorns’ that have emerged in the year 2018, startup’s  began showing signs of maturity. Indian startups raised $12.68 billion in equity funding plus $1.14 billion in debt financing in 2018 across a total of 864 deals. The newsmakers include Flipkart, Ola, Big Basket, Udayan, Sharechat, Swiggy, Zomato, Curefit, Policy […]

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