Browsing Category Entrepreneurship

Making Sense of ICOs: The $100M Seed Investment

For the most parts, ICOs sound and look like the modern day gold rush. An ICO or an Initial Coin Offering is the imperfect blend of an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and Crowd Funding. Although it’s been in existence for the last 4-5 years, it started gaining colossal popularity in 2017. For instance, just last year companies like Tezos raised $232M, Filecoin raised $257M, Bancor…

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The case for self-awareness and humility in entrepreneurship

If you spend a few minutes reading online advice to entrepreneurs, one thing becomes clear from the start – entrepreneurs are encouraged to be arrogant. ‘Fake it till you make it’ ‘You can be often wrong, but never uncertain’ ‘You have to be your own walking billboard’ ‘Steve Jobs was arrogant’ And the list goes on and on. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Start-up…

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How to create [business] opportunities

I met with several (aspiring) Bhutanese entrepreneurs and students during my short trip back home last week. While I was generally impressed with this newfound energy, curiosity and willingness that now seem to permeate the streets of Thimphu – I was overcome with a sense of helplessness whenever I was asked this question. ‘What new business opportunities do you see in Bhutan?’ I get asked…

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10 pieces of wisdom from the man who refuses to age

As we gear up to celebrate my dad’s birthday next month – we are reminded of a running joke in the family that we will be celebrating his annual 62nd birthday. At first, it was a joke intended on occasions where he parades around in his military jacket – proclaiming proudly that it still fits perfectly some 5 decades later. Other times I’d notice him…

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How Amazon’s innovation culture can be incorporated at your Startup

There hasn’t been a hotter business topic than Innovation for the last couple of years, yet I am a little surprised that so few founders invest in actively nurturing innovation at their companies. You’ve probably achieved long strides in other aspects of your business like reengineering the supply chain, boosting product quality, and rolling out fancy frameworks like the lean 6 sigma. These efforts have…

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Are you still relevant in 2017?

When the Luddites of the early 19th century first started campaigning against the mechanisation of weaving, their fears were probably fueled more by their overstressed imagination, rather than streamlined statistics. But a recent study done by the Economist Intelligence Unit suggests that the Luddites were right all along. Recent developments in technology signals that a world run by robots and AIs are not so farfetched…

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