Imagine a scenario wherein the company's senior executives are unable to logically answer the question "What will the company NOT do?"- if so, there is a high probability that the company is 'Stuck in No Man's Land' or is following, what I call is the 'Middle Seat Strategy'. The name 'Middle Seat Strategy' came rather … Continue reading Learning from Failure (Part 2) – ‘The Middle Seat Strategy’ – Stuck in No Man’s Land
Hyper-growth is hiding flaws in business strategy and clouding the entrepreneur's ability to invest behind sustainable competitive advantage. The idea if the blog is to bring to forefront core tenets of good strategy and also, present an easy framework to communicate the same.
Everybody loves growth! Faster the better? – the first and foremost metric an investor looks to know about and arguably the biggest driver of startup valuation. Leading investors have defined startups as entities chasing fast growth (and I can’ t agree more!) – the importance of this metric is well understood, having said that what … Continue reading Chasing Growth – pursuing the right metrics at the right time
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it” A lot has been written about the concept and importance of ‘product – market fit’ – having said that, I have always found entrepreneurs yearning for some structure or simple framework around identifying, defining, measuring and improving key metrics that would enable them to claim … Continue reading Measuring ‘Product-Market Fit’ – Is your startup ‘CURWing’ in the right direction?
Over the last 6 years, I have had the privilege to work along some of the best entrepreneurial minds in the country - this allowed me to understand what each one of them was doing differently or not so differently. The following post is a summary of my findings on what differentiates successful internet companies … Continue reading 3 Cs of Profitable Growth – ‘Key Metrics to ‘kill for’ or else get ‘killed’’
The one thing I observe is common across most successful entrepreneurs is that that they doggedly watch their business metrics. And they do this to identify key challenges, seek help from investors / mentors quickly without mincing words. They then employ some of their best brains to address the right problems to come up with strategic initiatives … Continue reading Winning the Online Marketplace – Part III ‘Online Marketplace Business Metrics – The What, When and Why’