Early Stage Funding Landscape in 2020 – Part 1
Shortly before Eid, my colleague came across a study by Wing VC about the changing nature of early stage funding for tech startups in Silicon Valley. It is their third annual study on this topic, based on funding raised by early stage tech companies from one of 21 top venture firms over 10 years. We thought […]
Early Stage Funding Landscape in 2020 – Part 2
This is part 2 of our piece on early stage funding. Part 1 explained how and why early stage funding has been changing over the last decade. We now move on to what these trends mean for Pakistani tech founders and then give our take on what will happen as we enter a new economic […]
Founders have to be great leaders
Startups, especially technology startups, are all about leadership. It’s why there are more good ideas than there are good founders – because good leaders are rare to find. Why is leadership important now? Being a great founder is no longer just about knowing how to do business or knowing how to build the tech. With […]
The Talent Pyramid
To the outsider, we’re in the market for great ideas but what we’re really in the market for is great talent. Talent is what drives the world of startups and precisely what this blogpost will cover. If you’re an emerging market founder or someone who invests in emerging market founders looking to go global, this is […]
Building A Eureka Generating Machine
Most of us in the startup world have heard the phrase “fall in love with the problem, not the solution”, but what does “falling in love with the problem” really mean? As founders, how does it make sense to love the problems when all we want is to build the solutions? In this blog, we’ll […]
Are you inside the movie or outside?
Previously, we’ve written about how founders have to be great leaders and how we identify great founders through our talent pyramid approach. Primarily, we write about founders because a large part of what we do involves founder coaching as a key component of startup development. This blog is based on an approach we use as […]
Live the problem, eureka moments will happen.
A little over ten years ago, Eric Ries wrote about “loving the problem” and the structured approach to doing this. As we work with emerging market founders, we’ve realized that another way of saying “love the problem” is saying “live the problem.” In this blog, we’ll help you discover the meaning and essence of loving/living […]
The cycle of transformation and starting up
How do startups navigate a world that is in a state of flux? What do we build and who do we build it for? To understand innovation in a technology or startup context, we must look at the cycle of transformation. By transformation we mean the evolution of domains and industries over a period of […]
The strategy skills toolbox: 120 decisions
We talk about strategy skills with our founders quite often, along with the significance of building these skills. In this blog, we break down what we mean by “strategy” and how we believe that in its simplest form, strategy is all about decision making. Make the right decisions: Strategy is future-oriented and we want you […]
The accelerator problem-solution – what we’ve learnt.
In one of our previous blogs we talked about why loving/living the problem was an essential step in finding effective solutions. We also talked about how startup founders could generate eureka moments in a systematic manner by loving the problem they’re solving. This blog looks at the problem-solution process from our perspective, the accelerator perspective. […]