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Technology Entrepreneurship in India - Teams
Technology Entrepreneurship in India - Generating Revenue
Technology Entrepreneurship in India - Raising Capital
Equities, ETFs, F&O
Oct 2011: Equity Risk Premium for India
Jun 2011: Investing in Indian equities
Technology Enterprises in India
Nov 2010: Technology investment in India - WATER
Aug 2010: Technology enterprises in India - 3 avatars
Risk Capital for MSMEs
Mar 2010: Risk mitigation for investors in MSMEs
Mar 2010: Why don't (Indian) MSMEs get risk capital?
Feb 2010: Angel investing - Will it work for Indian MSMEs?
Feb 2010: What's so special about innovative MSMEs?
Feb 2010: Where do Indian/NRI (V)HNIs invest?
Feb 2010: Funding options for innovative MSMEs in India
Jan 2010: Innovative MSMEs in India
(Last revised Apr-2012, Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Every successful VC has a list of traits/factors they like to see in technology entrepreneurs. These usually include determination, patience, integrity, expertise, adaptability, salesmanship, and the like. Each person has case studies to justify their list, but these lists do not always overlap.
Academics like to debate on whether entrepreneurship can be taught; the old nature vs. nurture debate extended to startups. There may or may not be an entrepreneurial gene - even if there is one, it is quite difficult to identify it or measure traits such as grit and creativity.
But as an investor or founder, you need to have your own check-list of traits that you believe are vital to venturing success. Unless your investees, co-founders and/or early employees exhibit (most of) these, you are in for a rough(er) ride.
Technology entrepreneurs in India need an additional set of (tactical) skills, such as: