Is Ache Din over for Indian Start-ups?

Decoding the Sordid Saga behind the Hype, Gloss, and Glamour.

“No growth hack, brilliant marketing idea, or sales team can save you long-term if you don’t have a sufficiently good product.” – Sam Altman

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Overview

We all aspire to be rich, successful, and famous, who doesn’t? Being ambitious, having an innate desire to accomplish something notable and chasing worthwhile goals is everyone’s ultimate dream. Why follow the traditional route when you can be different? But what happens when ambition transforms into insatiable hunger and leads to “bigger-is-better” attitude? How dire could be the consequences? Certainly, one is that greed of a few had led to dreams of many being shattered. This, to some extent, holds good in the context of the current state of hitherto thriving indigenous start-ups severely hit by flawed business models, funding winter, mounting losses and depressing investor sentiment resulting in mass layoffs and shutdowns. There is a recent view that the tall tales of Indian startups is over and the biggies like Amazon and Uber can proclaim victory. Call for protection from so-called ‘capital dumping’ with risk capital drying up hints that the party is now over and one should be prepared for hell of a topsy-turvy experience. Continue reading “Is Ache Din over for Indian Start-ups?”