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Vani Kola : Learn to Unlearn A resolution for 2015

January 1st, 2015

The New Year marks new beginnings, new learning for most. But in the run up to 2015, I mapped out things I wanted to unlearn. Unlearning is something I stumbled onto after becoming a venture capitalist. All my life, I have made conscious efforts to learn, learn and learn. The whys and how's of technology, the ins and outs of business strategies—I was onto it.

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Vani Kola : Building a billion dollar company in India

April 8th, 2015

The name says it all A billion dollar company is still something magical and rare, elusive and exclusive. And hence they have been called the ‘Unicorn club’, named after a mythical animal which doesn’t exist except in legends. Unicorn club is a serious business of changing the world through innovation and being valued highly in recognition.

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Vani Kola : Insider view - speed vs sustainability

August 1st, 2015

Speed – a way of life Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. This widely popular quote by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, is one of the so-called mantras of success in the modern world, especially for startups.

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Ratan Tata : I have a dream of an India where everyone has equal opportunity

February 10th, 2015

If the last decade saw the IT revolution in India, this one is well on its way to witnessing the startup revolution. The Indian startup ecosystem has never been more vibrant and abuzz with opportunities and expectations. Today, not only has starting up become an integral part of our culture, but new age entrepreneurs have also excelled in the art of scaling up and establishing their businesses internationally.

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Rajesh Raju : Tech bubble 2.0

July 3rd, 2015

For some time now whispers of an impending doom have been making the rounds. Of late, the whispers have turned into loud screams. Having lived through the painful aftershocks of the last bubble, I believe it’s always prudent to honestly assess the situation and make our own conclusions.

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Entrepreneurship Lessons I Learnt from Scientists

August 13th, 2015

No, it’s not an oxymoron, certainly not at a fundamental level. To my mind, both scientists and entrepreneurs are in a creative process. Both start by experimenting with an idea, move forward by ‘pivoting’, and if failure stares at the finishing line, they brush off and get back to experimentation.

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Vani Kola : What it takes to build a global brand

June 22nd, 2015

Have you ever thought why you associate a particular brand with a certain feeling? It is essentially about what these brands promise you and how well they keep this promise time and over again. It is also about the values these brands imbibe and instil when you associate with them. It is also about the experience you expect and how consistently it is delivered.

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