The survival records of startups in the USA are abysmally low. A quarter don’t last beyond a year, while five can’t go past year five. How entrepreneurs deal with such situations is a matter of individual choice, though a lot also depends on the relations the partners have amongst themselves. Business research conducted by professors from Wharton and London analyzed data from sixty- six startups to analyze the role friendships play during such decision- making. The researchers believe that behaviours and emotions are very important to be studied. There is the significant moderating impact of friendships that stop the escalation of tensions beyond a certain accepted level. A lot of cases also see the business on the verge of collapsing, but continuing for one more go, only to keep up the friendship intact. Sometimes, this works too. The research clearly proved that friendship among the partners increases the chances of success and business viability.


Uploaded Date:16 August 2019

Among the list of the world’s leading companies as compiled by the S&P 500 Index, one finds a much younger company profile today. In the 1950s, the average company age was sixty, but now barely twenty. This has happened as a result of several startups having taken over this space. Much can be learnt from the employees at these startups. For a start, companies must start adapting to the environment, before they truly start competing. To apply this, one can begin by writing a pitch deck for oneself. Companies also need to keep track of external competition. Setting up Google Alerts to monitor others’ performance is one such way, or one may even hire an external management consulting firm to do the bidding. Whatever it is one must never deviate much from the original company mission as postulated on the corporate strategy document. All company policies need to be framed while keeping the customers on top of the priority list. A good way of tracking customer insights is to get hold of a happy and a disgruntled customer, and gauge their views on their reasons. The team leadership must think of themselves as pilots and not mere passengers. So, they must drive the operations, but from a strategic perspective.


Uploaded Date:03 July 2019

When the term Unicorn was coined in 2013, by the founder of the Venture Capital (VC) firm Cowboy Ventures, the term carried massive reputation. This is because this select list then had a mere 39 names. Now, there are 145 active unicorns as per business intelligence provided by the Pitch Book. Neither does the club show any signs of regressing, because of the ample amounts of capital available in the market. Even the valuation step- ups are expected to be meatier than ever. It now takes a mere six years to reach this club as opposed to the seven- and- a- half it needed earlier on average. As a result of all this, the term no longer carries such a special significance.


Uploaded Date:31st December 2018

Chinese entrepreneurs used to be known to be passive learners, but they are now shedding this image by becoming innovators. Earlier they were simply following on from the trends by top US tech firms. Now business innovations such as video applications and shared bikes are being launched by them. While US businesses are increasingly looking inward, Chinese firms are keener to learn from their American counterparts. There is also a difference in the model of how Venture Capitalists (VCs) do their work between these countries. American VCs are better at spotting trends, while their Chinese counterparts take in a more pragmatic, balanced view. China still needs to up its game when it comes to creativity. This where the US has a more entrepreneurial ecosystem thanks to the combination of MBA and PhD.


Uploaded Date:15 November 2018

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