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The Rise of Neobanks in India 

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an overview of the market with the different neo-banking fintech players in India Fintech startups in India raised a whopping $3.7 billion in 2019 alone, and for good reason. India has the highest adoption rate...
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Do I Need A Technical Cofounder? A Guide For Startups

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If you are asking the question then what you are fundamentally asking is about the kind of company you are building. Who is a cofounder anyways? This post will address this latter question, then...
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How To Truly Measure A Venture Capitalist’s Performance?

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Wall Street Journal: Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns Trail Venture-Capital Elite TechCrunch: AngelList wants to improve comparing VC fund performance with new metrics and calculator New Yorker: Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? Trying to make sense of these...
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Why Found A Startup During A Crisis? 4 Key Reasons

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At Tau Ventures we have the privilege of interacting with dozens of entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Given our focus on seed we end up disproportionately exposed to people considering executing an idea. You...
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So A VC Passed On You? 4 Ways To Turn The As*Hole Into An...

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At Tau Ventures we get 4-5 pitches a day, almost a 1000 a year, and end up investing in 3-4.  A few companies don’t get our attention because the idea is terrible or there...
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5 Important VC Insider Ideas You Need to Know

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The market has changed but it’s still a great time for startups. Unlike the stock market, there is no daily ticker of venture-backed private companies. If you’re an entrepreneur building a startup or curious about...
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Want A Good Acquisition? 5 Ways Startups Can Get A Win-Win

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A crisis puts pressure on both slowing down and accelerating startup acquisitions. Slows down because many acquirers, especially corporates, become more conservative trying to conserve cash. Case in point the week of Apr 13...
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How Startups Can Help Fix Our Broken Healthcare Infrastructure — The Unbundling Of The...

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A pandemic exposes the flaws in our society, healthcare very much included. While meaningful improvements require all 5 Ps -- Payors, Providers, Patients, Pharma, Policy-Makers -- startups can help. Big time. Entrepreneurs by definition...
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The Rise of European Fintech Startups

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Startups are now the future, and it's in the fintech industry where this growth is most evident. While places like Silicon Valley and Palo Alto come to mind for all things tech, Europe has...
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Startups And The Bull Case For GovTech

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Measuring and monitoring water, gas, electricity through off the shelf sensors and analyzing the data to detect flaws and improve efficiency.  Self-driving cars, which require extensive vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) such as lights that talk...
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Crisis? 5 Principles For Startups To Still Raise Seed

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This is Part II of a series, Part I was Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt. There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the...
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5 things you should know about Disruptive Innovation that most people don’t understand

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Do you really understand the principles described in Disruptive Innovation by Clayton Christensen? Here is a quick guide to help you. In January 2020, the business world lost a great thinker and practitioner about why...
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The Sharpe Ratio Paradox: Why Still Invest In Venture Capital?

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Sharpe ratio is a way of quantifying returns based on risk, specifically it is the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate per unit of volatility or total risk.There are some limitations,...
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Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt

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There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. A lot has been written about how startups should manage themselves in a...
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Startup Outside A Tech Hub? 3 Arguments For It

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So you are not in a top startup ecosystem like San Francisco, NYC, London, Beijing, Tel Aviv or Bangalore? Many investors will tell you that your company will suffer in terms of hiring, business...
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Party Round? When Startups Should And Shouldn’t Take It

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Party rounds, or mass syndication, is when a startup raises from multiple investors, none of which individually has a large enough stake, instead of having the traditional notion of a lead and follow investors....
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What Is The Right Valuation? 4 Core Principles For Entrepreneurs

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Deciding on the right valuation is both an art and a science (and some would say black magic). Common sense dictates that something’s value is whatever someone else is willing to pay. While that...
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Smart City: How Startups Can Succeed

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Self-driving cars that talk to roads and to each other, ensuring fast, safe and convenient  transportation. Energy generation and distribution that respond to a city’s dynamic needs. Water delivered through dynamic pricing, taking into account the...
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Mental Health Startups: Where Are The Exits?

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The mental health space is maturing as startups are starting to hit growth stage. There are also significant efforts from both The Establishment (providers / payors / pharma) and Big Tech, case in point...
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AI Startups + Fundraising = What Are The Metrics?

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What do I need to show in order to raise my next round? All entrepreneurs face that question at some point and it may be the single piece of advice they most ask. This...