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Venture capitalist @Kalaari. Committed to entrepreneurship in India, meditation, Yoga enthusiast, avid hiker and mom of two girls.
Nov 10, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
1/ Life indeed comes to a full circle, and the Maharaja is back home!

Airlines is a tough #business. I hope the recent acquisition of Air India by Tata Group brings back the glorious days of the airline. 2/ There was a time when Air India's in-flight service was among the best in the world.

The government, though, for years had been trying to sell the airline, which had racked up losses worth $9.5bn.
Nov 9, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
1/ E-Sports to make a debut in Asian Games 2022 with 8 medal events!

The #ESports industry in India is expected to grow at 46% CAGR over the next four years & cross 1.5 million players, 85 million viewers, 20+ broadcasters while reaching INR 11 billion in market size. 2/ Advertisements, Content Creation, Tournament Organizers, and Publishers will be the key to defining the evolving landscape of E-Sports in India.
Nov 8, 2021 8 tweets 4 min read
1/ There are few companies that fundamentally change consumer behavior.

@Flipkart re-defined how we shop. @zomato changed the way we ate. @Olacabs did so with how we commute. However, the most significant shift was to the way we transacted.

@Paytm pioneered digital payments. 2/ @vijayshekhar is an unconventional entrepreneur who proved that heart and effort can take you to dizzying heights of success and glory. He has become iconic to Indian #entrepreneurship.
Jul 13, 2021 4 tweets 3 min read
The total global market cap of cryptocurrencies has witnessed unprecedented growth over the last year, currently standing at $1.6T.

Decentralized Finance has been an area of focus, attracting over $65B in Total Value Locked, driven by Lending Protocols & Decentralized Exchanges. As part of the #DeepTech thesis at @Kalaari, we have been actively tracking the growth of this nascent ecosystem, with a genuine belief in its ability to change the way the world's finances are managed.
Jun 11, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to embrace crisis.

Yes, you read that right. In any entrepreneur's life, every day is a bit of a #crisis. Things go wrong, people misunderstand, conflicts occur — crisis is a constant companion. Most #entrepreneurs learn to "deal with the crisis" over time. I don't think it's enough to treat crisis as unavoidable & hence reluctantly deal with it.

To be successful, we need to proactively embrace crisis & excel at dealing with it.
Jun 9, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
जब तक सांस तब तक आस, they say in Hindi.

Roughly translating to "till there's life, there's hope". In my life, I've thought of it more like, "till there's work, there's hope." (1/6) Because in our paths, disappointments will be plenty - Investors who don't understand the vision, employees who don't share your drive, friends who think you've very high expectations, customers who aren't ready yet - none of this your fault, but all of it inevitable. (2/6)
Jun 9, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Alexander's last 3 wishes. A thread. Alexander had created one of the largest empires in history by the age of 30, stretching from Greece to northwestern #India.

He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered as one of history's most successful military commanders.
Jun 8, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Technology is eating the world.

We order food through our smartphones, shop on e-commerce websites, & learn new skills on the internet. We even consult our doctors through telehealth platforms! (1/4)

vanikola.medium.com/what-purpose-d… #Technology has enveloped us more than ever in the history of the human race. It has made life easier for people, educated them, empowered them, & freed them to experience the joys of the world.

As a tech investor, I often think about the purpose of technology. (2/4)
Feb 21, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
If you have kids (or even if you don't) you have likely watched all these animated movies. Some deep lessons sprinkled in these are worthy of thought.

Do you have a favorite line or a favorite movie?

#WeekendMusings Some of my favourite quotes:
1. “When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world." - Timon, from The Lion King
2. "When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming." — Dory, from Finding Nemo
Feb 10, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
#Bitcoin has been on a dream run growing by over 280% over a year! Given its decentralized nature, Cryptocurrency has been touted as a regulator's worst nightmare and also as the future for digital economies

Everybody has heard of #bitcoin and cryptocurrencies by now. Yet, most people don’t know enough about them and there are very few experts

@balajis, Ex-CTO of Coinbase, though has a deep understanding of this space. Here are a few points on the potential of crypto from his recent post:
balajis.com/why-india-shou…
Nov 27, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Building a #startup is tough. Picking a right co-founder isn't easy either. 7 tips that might work:

1. Find a co-founder within your inner network. The best co-founder relationship is based on deep trust, and that's based on the history of the relationship 2. Before choosing a #business partner, have frank, direct, and difficult conversations with them. Discuss who will own how much, each other's roles and responsibilities, and who gets to have the final say on what, among others