Seriously clueless

India, private equity and more ...

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Why blog?

Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe, it’s the cheap thrill of becoming the first Indian venture capitalist blogger (if there are others before me, I apologize). The hope that there are a few souls who might actually care to read what I write. The thrill of exploring first-hand what this web 2.0 thing is all about. The challenge of coming up with thoughts that are insightful, or at the least interesting. The opportunity to reach out, professionally and personally, through a new medium. All of the above, I guess.

Since May this year, I have become an avid reader of several blogs, including those of my colleagues David Cowan and Jeremy Levine. A few have been extremely useful, as I entered the world of Venture Capital and Private Equity (notably, Brad Feld’s blog). Many have made fascinating reading. Without exception, all have told me something new and exposed me to ideas I’d have never got by limiting myself to professionally-generated content.

Most importantly, I am a strong believer in personal freedom – so long as we don’t harm or inconvenience others, we should be free to think, say and do as we please. Blogging resonates with that belief. I am happy to join this world of free expression and exchange of thoughts.

Lastly, why the title – Seriously clueless? Before you (or more likely, I) take myself too seriously, its good to remind ourselves that there’s an infinite amount of stuff that we don’t have a clue about. While its my best intention to back-up my posts (and investments) with knowledge, the truth is – sometimes I don’t have a clue and at other times, I think I do!

14 Comments:

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Gaurav said...

Hi Anand,

Your blog does shed some interesting light upon the Indian Market. But if you look at the current tech market, it consists of US-return people trying to build products for the indian market from their knowledge of the american market. On the other hand there are people who read too many blogs and are drawn to the psyche of the west and then try to build the same for India. Frankly, venture capital for development of India can work if the startup/venture is involved in building the infrastructure of this country. Iflex itself is a services company and its products have limited market in India. For the same reason, mobile content and web based market will develop if enough companies fund development/promotion of a "connected ecosystem". HLL(with shakti) and ITC (with e-coupal) are playing a major role in this market.

 
At 11:16 PM, Blogger Ben Casnocha said...

Hi Anand - great blog, good stuff. It's really needed. I look forward to reading your posts. I hope you're keep the blog updated, the true test will be in a few weeks when you "don't have time" - you will need to find an ROI on your time for posting!!

All best,
Ben Casnocha
http://bigben.blogs.com

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger Nivi said...

I added you to the VC Channel. You will pick up 300 subscribers right away through the VC Channel.

Let me know if you want off though!

You can read more about it here:

http://www.nivi.com/blog/article/introducing-the-vc-channel/

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Arun Natarajan said...

Here's why "a VC" Fred Wilson blogs:

"I think blogging is the next quantum leap in networking. Today I can "touch" 1000 people a day with the things i am thinking about, deals i am seeing, technologies that interest me, and i hear back from at least 20 or 30 of them via comments or email. That is making my job a lot easier again".

 
At 1:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello sir,

U don’t know me. I am prachi, doing MBA. I m thinking to take my dissertation on VCs. While searching that material only, I got ur blog.

Well I m thinking to take my topic, “VCs in India – Motivations and Expectations”. Kindly, if u can please guide me in this respect… some other area of VCs,

Highly oblige……

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Ravi Pratap said...

Hi Anand,

It's heartening to know that there actually does exist a member of a certain species - the Indian VC :-)

You've got some great insights, keep writing. I think your perspective on the Indian market/ecosystem is spot on. In particular, I find your observations on the technology sector enlightening because I myself am trying to understand the technology landscape in India - what kind of expertise exists, what needs to be built, etc., etc.

Incidentally, I am an alumnus of IITM too (2001) - currently working at a tech startup in Washington, DC and hope to one day create one of those IP-led, product-focussed Indian technology companies you talk about!

 
At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Murali said...

Hi Anand

Great stuff on this blog. Truly enjoyed the post on SMS shortcodes

 
At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Anand,

Iam a lecturer, and your blog povided inputs for Entreprenuership and VC in India.
But I do have my reservation that VC's are focussing on high end techie products, while the need of the hour is VC in tiny/small scale sector which is now getting risk loving and also the rural sector and notjust bio-technology.
Do let me know ur opinion.

Regards,

Abhilasha.

 
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