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India needs startups for social causes

Strategy Expert Comments Let me share the story of Anna Hazare. Anna Hazare, after retirement from the Indian army, started improving the ecology and economy of the village of ‘Ralegan Siddhi’ using h …

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem & Learning from European Renaissance for Startups

Strategy Expert Comments The ecosystem matters for startups. Let me present two interesting examples. The Medici family was a big banking family of Florence in Europe. They financed a lot of artists w …

The right ‘hedging the risk’ for startups

Strategy Expert Comments Let me share a funny incident with you. A guy is advised not to mix drinking and driving. Next day, after getting drunk, he leaves his car in the parking of…

Pivot: The curious case of Tendulkar and Kumble for startups

Strategy Expert Comments You are in a difficult situation. Let me share two interesting examples. Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be a fast bowler and Anil Kumble wanted to be a batsman. But both…

Implementation challenges for startups

Strategy Expert Comments: It’s not good to see you bickering and fighting. But don’t be upset, it happens in many startups. Let me share an interesting perspective and a funny incident. Everything loo …

Crowd sourcing for startups

Strategy Expert Comments Let me share with you a recent interesting development in India. In India, entering into politics requires a lot of money. Established political parties can generate the huge …

One important learning from Two and a Half Men for financial strategy for startups

Strategy Expert Comments Here is an incident you can benefit from. In one of the episodes of Two and a Half Men, one of the main characters – Alan – collects money from his relatives…

Startups learn how ‘not to make’ a pitch from screen test scene in movie Rang de Basanti!

Strategy Expert Comments: You have an interesting discussion. Let me share a hilarious incident. In the famous Hindi movie ‘Rang De Basanti’ there is a scene in which the director is looking for actor …

Social media per se is not marketing strategy!

Strategy Expert Comments Hold on for a second. Sometimes we get addicted to certain things so much that we miss the big picture. This crazy incident from the book ‘Strategic Humour: Democratising Stra …

Startups, beware of blind love for technology at the cost of marketing

Strategy Expert Comments: Well, you are falling into the same trap many of the youngsters are falling into. In the recent past, one major marketing strategy success is that of Brand Modi in 2014 gener …

War for talent in startups & organizational culture

Let me share an interesting incident. It is common knowldge that many people in the public sector banks in India were not very work-oriented and efficient. These banks offered a voluntary retirement s …

Startups beware of flawed interpretation of environment!

Strategy Expert Comments: Whenever there is a new technology there are too many new entrants and many of the startups fail miserably. It happens because their assumptions of the environment and their …

Learning strategy from Chak De India for startups

Strategy Expert Comments: Let me share learning from an interesting Hindi movie Chak De India. In the movie, the protagonist Shahrukh Khan is coach for Indian Women Hockey team which was in a pathetic …

Startups beware of paralysis by analysis !

Strategy expert comments There is a hilarious scene in the movie Namaste London where the lead actress Katrina Kaif and her family go to meet a boy in Hyderabad for a marriage proposal. This is…

Startups don’t be fooled by Vanity Metrics

Are you using Vanity Metrics? Strategy Expert Comments: Let me share a hilarious situation on a traffic signal.  Fatafat Singh was caught by Traffic Police for drunken driving. Traffic Police: You sho …

Learning niche focus and entry strategy from Special 26 for Startups

Are you targeting a broad market or a niche segment? Strategy Expert Comments: You are going in the direction in which many startups go and make mistakes. Let me share some interesting learnings from …

Learning opportunity sensing and leveraging from Donald Trump for startups!

Strategy Expert Comments: You have an interesting situation. In the recent US elections, Trump was elected president. However, there were not many people who thought that he was going to win the elect …

Learning resilience from Hindi movie Guru for startups!

Strategy Expert Comments: Your team looks good but one more suggestion. Let me share an interesting scene from the Hindi movie Guru. There is a courtroom battle scene and the jury seems to be going…

Mixing yoga and omelet-making sessions for escaping from kidnapper!

Strategy expert comments: There are various approaches for innovation. One of the popular approaches is Medici Effect. Let me share a hilarious incident from bollywood movie “Coolie”. The hero Amitabh …

Ideation with Innovation for Startups

Are you innovative? Strategy Expert Comments: All of us are more innovative than we think we are. Let me share a hilarious incidence. There was an advertisement in the newspaper. It said, “Are you an. …