The Gray Hair Speaketh

Advice that is largely Unsolicited..

Inspiration

SanjayM_Color-0001Attending a Bar Camp, Startup Saturday and the Entrepreneurship Summit, in the last 3 weeks, took me back to 1997-98 days when we were starting up for the first time, with Homeindia.com, along with few other first-generation dot com entrepreneurs in India.

I can see the same energy now, perhaps only magnified by the changes in the economy over these years, the emergence of India as a country to reckon with, the maturity of the ICT businesses, the far larger familiarity of the technologies for students climbing out of their campuses, and of course, the awareness now, about an ecosystem that can encourage entrepreneurship.

There is another change. Me. With 11 years of hands-on Internet experience, there is a larger “intuitive” feel on the industry, there is beyond the romanticism of the business, a better understanding of business realities, of markets, of revenues and results. As one young participant respectfully pointed out, there is the “gray hair” difference.

This has inspired me to start this new blog. To share my 2 cents worth, on new startups that I see coming up. Based only on information that is in the public domain (or shared by the company in public forums), and not based on any private information that entrepreneurs share with me. With an idea to give some new perspectives. Ultimately the business succeeds because of the entrepreneurs and they need to trust their gut. But “outside” views help sometime. And which is what I strive to provide here. With only one goal in mind: to enable the entrepreneur to SUCCEED!!

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25 Comments »

  1. Even burrp.com, a local startup which was started by a Silicon Valley person by setting-up office & starting in Mumbai, has made it big. Today they’ve spread their wings to Burrp Reviews site on Hotels/ Restaurants/ Pubs, Burrp TV for Schedules of Television Telecasts and a Blog Site i.e. Burrp Blah…If you visit in.com (Most happening site currently) th’CHILL’ section has outsourced all Contents/ Information entirely from Burrp. Huge success for a small start-up firm.

    Comment by Pritesh | February 23, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for sharing, Pritesh.
      I am sure there are many interesting startup stories of this nature. Would love to see few of them also make it to good revenue numbers, with clear business models to that objective.

      Comment by Sanjay Mehta | February 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Let me know what you think of this new start up!

    Comment by Geoff Yunekr | February 24, 2009 | Reply

    • Sure, Geoff. Let me go over and then ask you some questions on it, and then do a final review.

      Comment by Sanjay Mehta | February 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. http://www.EasyOrganicProducts.com – Please give me your views on this venture.

    Comment by Priyanka Baya | February 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. Hello Sanjay,
    Wish you all the very best with your initiative (I saw about in the headstart mails).
    Since you are reviewing Startups (and internet apps). Ask you to have a look at our travel search website 90di.com and cover it, if you find it interesting.

    Regards,

    Comment by Khushnood | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  5. Hello!

    I read about you on “On Start-ups” in LinkedIn. I’m not sure if you review sites that are non-India Heritage, but thought I would ask anyway. I would love your views on my new site (just launched Feb 2, 2009). This is my first solo venture.

    In reading your other reviews, I felt you were spot on!

    Thanks for your time and consideration! I’m sure you will have many insights that I have completely overlooked.

    Lorena Stanley

    Comment by Lorena Stanley | March 9, 2009 | Reply

    • Dear Lorena,
      There are at least 3 startup reviews already done here, which are not of Indian origin. Will be happy to look up yours as well, as review it here.
      Thanks for the kind words about the other reviews.
      – Sanjay

      Comment by Sanjay Mehta | March 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hello Sanjay,

    We just launched this gaming website. Would really appreciate if you can review it.

    regards
    Deepak

    Comment by Deepak Saxena | April 4, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi Sanjay,

    Your insightful review on our recent launch at http://brandadda.com would be much appreciated…

    regards

    Tej

    Comment by Tej Arora | April 5, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hi Sanjay

    The website url is http://www.playing11.com

    regards
    Deepak

    Comment by Deepak Saxena | April 6, 2009 | Reply

  9. We have just about finished http://uonet.ca
    The point of this project is centralize the process with real tools, that can be used on a level playing field.
    Your opinion would be welcome.
    BRGDS
    Steve

    Comment by Steve | April 18, 2009 | Reply

  10. http://uonet.ca

    Comment by Steve | April 18, 2009 | Reply

  11. Hi Sanjay,

    I hope you received our website URL, if for some reason, you didn’t

    here it is again,

    http://www.playing11.com

    regards,
    Deepak Saxena

    Comment by Deepak | April 21, 2009 | Reply

  12. Hi, interesting post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for blogging. I will definitely be subscribing to your site. Keep up the good posts

    Comment by Click Here to Find Out How I Lost Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  13. Hi Sanjay.

    I am sorry I have to do it through here but i need your contact details. I am the Officer In Charge of the Young Leaders’ Forum of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber and we have as our members a large number of Entrepreneurs and Young Professionals. Would love to have an event where you can talk about Startups in India and problems faced by Entrepreneurs as well as Oppertunities in Cyberspace.

    Please let me have you mail id so that I can send you more details.

    Deepanshu

    Comment by Deepanshu Bhandari | September 24, 2009 | Reply

  14. Can you please contact me at: fshah@iso.com. this is in regarding revamp of a website. thanks fenil

    Comment by Fenil Shah | March 17, 2010 | Reply

  15. Dear Sanjay,
    I was just stumbled upon your site and was pleasantly surprised with it; your reviews of online startups are particularly thought provoking. With the kind personalized feedback that you are giving, am sure your reviews make these start ups sit up and think hard.

    I am presently associated with PrepGenie, a test preparation solutions provider and I will really appreciate it if you can review the site. Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Warm regards
    Shantanu

    Comment by Shantanu | August 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you, Shantanu.
      Will try and look it up.. can u share the URL?

      Comment by Sanjay Mehta | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  16. Hi Sanjay,
    Thanks for the reply. the URLs are prepgenie.co.uk and prepgenie.com.au. I would also like to emntion that this is just the tip of the entire business idea. The business idea is pretty simple, offer innovative and tech enabled test preparation tools for niche International tests. These tests, individually, are small and hence have not attracted behemoths like Kaplan or Princeton. However, the combined market size of these tests is over 250,000 test takers, making it almost at par with the GMAT market.

    Let me know if you want any more details.

    Cheers
    Shan

    Comment by Shantanu | August 18, 2010 | Reply

  17. Hi Sanjay,

    We are a ‘product’ startup based in Bangalore, and was wondering if you would give it a look. May not be your regular cup of tea but would love any ‘gray hair’ insights.

    Regards
    Chetan

    Comment by Chetan Prasad | February 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Chetan,
      Not sure if I will get the time. But share the details anyway. And also if you happen to be in Mumbai, will be happy and easier to meet up over coffee and give you feedback.
      – Sanjay

      Comment by Sanjay Mehta | February 27, 2011 | Reply


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