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A Nasscom report had recently pointed out about the dearth of hardware startups in India. Nasscom Chairman of Product Council Ravi Gururaj had correctly pointed out on the difficulties of getting it right at the hardware frontier of things.

Banks involved in the blockchain consortium R3 CEV have expressed interest in investing $59 million in the company’s first funding round, less than half its overall target, a person close to the deal said on Friday.

The 5 Phases of Cash Flow

Something that we find true for almost all the businesses we work with is that it costs their owners twice as much and takes twice as long as they'd envisioned to make those businessses profitable.

As a start-up, you don’t always have the luxury of access or big budgets as some of the more established firms, while building your brand. On the plus side, the fact that you are a young company means that you are nimble, can adapt quickly and are far more receptive to change. In the race towards making your brand’s mark in today’s overcrowded and oversaturated market, it counts to play smart. At Morning Fresh, we take bootstrapping as a fun challenge to push ourselves to create, innovate and constantly come up with strategies and ideas that can give us maximum visibility and impact with a smaller investment. Here are some of our key learnings:

New equity crowdfunding regulations that began taking effect last year have transformed the landscape for both entrepreneurs and investors in America. By enabling non-accredited individuals (the vast majority of the population) to invest in early stage startups for the first time, these new regulations have not only leveled the playing field of investing, but also uncapped a completely new source of funding for new growing companies. The new rules were a long time coming, as they were first passed by congress and signed into law in 2012. Only last year, after years of debate and discussion, did the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) actually begin to implement the first of these rules. So needles to say, it's a very exciting time to be in the crowdfunding industry.

You often hear about the knockdown, drag-out debates, between CEOs and their investors about when a startup ought to go public, or indeed whether it should at all. During the recent past (as in the past 18 months), it was common to hear the argument that going public was too onerous for fast-growing startups. Far better to raise more money in the private markets than be subjected to public market strictures, the logic went — and, pushed to its extreme, why ever go public at all?

Startup Losses and Cash Burn

“Cash burn” can be defined as the amount of money that is committed to be spent each month, irrespective of whether or not a business is generating any cash flows. For a pre-revenue startup, this would be equal to your total monthly costs and for a post revenue startup, this would be the total expenses minus the amount the business is earning each month – till of course, the business turns profitable. These expenses are for basic necessities such as salaries, rentals, utilities and communication costs as well as for expenses of a capital nature such as business build out and fixed assets.

Bootstrapping is not a new concept in the startup world, but it is surely the latest fad with more and more founders choosing to use their own funds. Entrepreneurs with bootstrapped companies have built a sustainable business enterprise relying purely on their own investment. Such new-age, self-funded startups are aiming and achieving high profits and scalability.

China always has a huge influence in the startup ecosystem. From investments and collaborations, China has been an inspiring neighbour for the Indian startup ecosystem.

The Growth Guru

Taking part in the new history being written on the wall are some of the biggest names, who not only build a name for themselves, but are now also helping others achieve growth. In a quest to find leaders who are playing a major role in advising companies on a growth path, is Rajeev Chitrabhanu, CEO and MD, JM Financial Services.