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Murli Ravi
Interests: cycling, table tennis, yoga, reading, writing
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Photo credit: Jon Rawlinson We need more soft landings in Singapore, India, and other markets in SE Asia for start-ups that fail to fulfil their initial promise. Why? So that more potential entrepreneurs and start-up employees will actually take the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose. Over the past year I’ve chosen Must again and again. And it was petrifying.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at Greek Complexity
No, really. Not a prank or a joke or mathematical sleight of hand. Look. How can this be? The proof was obvious the moment the guy wrote down the equations for S1 and S2 early into the video but that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "Ranked No. 609 in the world with an estimated worth of $2.8 billion, Adani runs India’s largest port, a power company and a commodities trading business. A large chunk of his business is located in Gujarat, and the government... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Greek Complexity
An answer I wrote to someone's question on Quora is currently racking up about 1,000 new views per day. Completely unexpected! The question was: What is the most bizarre job interview you have ever been party to? You're not a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: 'Rather than asking “How can we raise wages (and hence spending power)?” or “How can we make Singapore more affordable?”, many rose in a spirited defence of our apparent affordability, seeking to poke holes in a survey that approximates... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "At a shareholders meeting on Friday, CEO Tim Cook angrily defended Apple's environmentally-friendly practices against a request from the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) to drop those practices if they ever became unprofitable." More: http://ift.tt/1bVOgHT This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "“What’s your iPhone strategy?” That’s one of the questions Vuclip CEO Nickhil Jakatdar frequently got asked when he was trying to raise money for his company over the years." More: http://ift.tt/1pyvyd5 This is an auto-generated post from my reading... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at Greek Complexity
I've recently started reading about a whole bunch of topics outside my own domain. I've always done this actually. I'm just doing it in a more measured and purposeful manner now. I don't quite read a book a week yet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Greek Complexity
The size of the investment was under $5M according to one source. Content-related businesses have started to become ever more popular in recent times. Witness Buzzfeed and the like. More: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/220359/wpp-takes-stake-in-percolate-expands-social-marke.html A few other tidbits from Mediapost: WPP was also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "Apologies to all those to whom this is already well known. But, I know many of you have never hired a head of marketing before. And as soon as you get your MSP (Minimum Sellable Product) out the door,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "Funds launched by the likes of Alibaba have been lambasted as parasites that are endangering China’s economic health by a prominent commentator, the latest salvo in a battle that pits new online funds against the traditional banking system they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines." More: http://ift.tt/1gaC9pH This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Greek Complexity
We've all heard about why it's important for entrepreneurs to be passionate about what they're doing. But passionate investors? Mark Suster explains why entrepreneurs should seek out investors who share their passion. Investors who will go the extra mile and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Snip: "This week, Target's CEO appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss the recent breaches that led to the loss of 40 million credit card numbers, as well as information pertaining to 70 million customers." More: http://ift.tt/1iJ6DPb This is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "Chris McKinlay was folded into a cramped fifth-floor cubicle in UCLA’s math sciences building, lit by a single bulb and the glow from his monitor. It was 3 in the morn­ing, the optimal time to squeeze cycles out of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at Greek Complexity
An entrepreneur asks: What happens to all the portfolio companies when a VC has to close shop? Short answer: nothing happens. Companies are independent of their shareholders. Long answer: this situation isn’t likely to happen for one simple reason. VC... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at Greek Complexity
Here's a fairly common question: When pitching to a VC, should an entrepreneur include plans based on anticipated future rounds of funding or should the projections and deliverables be based on only the current round that is sought? There isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Greek Complexity
From a longer interview: WSJ: How do you get behind startups with no business model? With Pinterest, how do you get from zero revenue to a $3.8 billion valuation? Mr. Andreessen: There are two categories of companies like this. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "I found out my new college e-mail address in 2005 from a letter in the mail. Right after opening the envelope, I went straight to the computer." More: http://ift.tt/1nLWQMi This is an auto-generated post from my reading list. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "I know this piece is going to be controversial, and might lead to several heated debates. But, as part of my endeavor to remove information barriers between entrepreneurs and the VC community, I will still go ahead and write... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Greek Complexity
First-time entrepreneurs who're out to raise their first or even subsequent rounds of funding don't always realise that they can (and should) do DD on their prospective investors, not just the other way around. Why don't they realise this? The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "Twitter has experienced a few highs and lows as a public company since announcing its IPO in November." More: http://ift.tt/1bz6kBR This is an auto-generated post from my reading list. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "After years of speculation, one of China’s top e-stores, JD, has filed to list publicly in the US. According to JD’s filing with the SEC, it’s aiming to raise up to $1.5 billion with its US IPO." More: http://ift.tt/1bBFmJK... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Greek Complexity
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Snip: "As in romance, a solid relationship with food may benefit from time apart. The "every-other-day diet" involves one day of eating whatever you want, followed by a day of eating very little. Of this year's eating fads, intermittent fasting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Greek Complexity