Mar 4, 2016 On Our Blog

Despite Corrections, India’s Startup Environment Is “Business As Usual” — 500 Kulfi’s Pankaj Jain on Risks & Rewards

Editor’s Note: The following post is the third of a 3-part research series from Walter Thompson, 500 Startups Journalist-in-Residence, covering the India ecosystem. More India coverage here: Startup India: What Investors & Founders Really Think India’s Startup Ecosystem: Sure Bet or Impending Bust? 500 Startups Announces 500 Kulfi: $25M India Fund Before Pankaj Jain became a 500 Startups Partner in 2012, he lived in India for seven years, first as an entrepreneur, then as co-founder of Headstart Network Foundation, a nonprofit that leads efforts to cultivate a startup ecosystem for native entrepreneurs. Breakout startups like Ola Cabs and Flipkart made early-stage demos at Headstart events, which are now held on the second Saturday of each month in 16 different Indian cities. …


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Feb 26, 2016 On Our Blog

Startup India: What Investors & Founders Really Think

Editor’s Note: This following is the second of a 3-part research series from Walter Thompson, 500 Startups Journalist-in-Residence. (See Part 1 here: India’s Startup Ecosystem: Sure Bet or Impending Bust?) Walter will be covering key topics on international and emerging ecosystems, and mid- to late-stage startup growth. In our ever- (and rapidly) expanding world of VC content, there are a lot voices chiming on from Silicon Valley, from Silicon Valley.   We brought Walter on board because we believe — and are seeing evidence of — “Silicon Valleys” springing up in new places around the globe. Each has their own important story to tell, with actionable takeaways for all those who are listening closely, investors and founders alike. Please share …


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