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Future Outlook

July 2018

We are very optimistic about the future given that the fundamental building blocks for aiding growth of the early stage ecosystem are in place. Proliferation of co-shared workspaces, incubators, accelerators, investors and entrepreneurs, all being supported by industry and government, is a harbinger of maturity and growth in this ecosystem. For India to become a force to reckon with on the global platform, we need to build overall infrastructure in the country (brick and mortar)…

Equanimity Entrepreneur - Samant Sikka, Co-founder, Sqrrl

July 2018

We would like you to meet Mr. Samant Sikka, Co-founder, Sqrrl, one of our portfolio companies.

Sqrrl is a mobile only app based investment platform, available on the Android & Apple App stores that went live in March 2017. It allows users to invest in top performing mutual funds based on their investment needs, risk horizons & goals. Through Sqrrl, you can invest as little as INR 1 in the best performing funds. Further, with a…

Equanimity Insights

July 2018

As investors, we get the opportunity to meet thousands of entrepreneurs each year. As far as we can tell, every single one of them is passionate about their idea, believes it will create immense value and wealth by creating a positive change. They have spent hundreds of hours planning the details, have sought out mentors and well-wishers to get their advice and are on their way to give concrete shape to their dreams. The question…

H1 2018 - A Busy Time For The Early Stage Ecosystem

July 2018

Post the heady days of 2015 and 2016, we have remained in a consolidation phase. This has meant a slow pace of deal making with investors asking a lot more questions around the business models, scalability and unit level economics among many other aspects. This has also meant that entrepreneurs are focusing more on creating businesses rather than merely focusing on valuations. Given the reset in expectations from both sides, deal quality has improved significantly…

What's Happening at Equanimity?

July 2018

It has been a busy 2018 for us at Equanimity.

Equanimity conducted its first close at a little over US$10 million and we are now deploying this capital in some handpicked early stage firms. We have put together a rock solid team of 7 full time professionals, and designed our own proprietary platform which is a collaborative tool that does a wonderful job of providing real time updates on the deal evaluation process. Further, we have…


Blogs

Angels and Moneybags (Different Investors and Their Motivations)

• 13th Mar, 18  

We know that all investors are not the same and this is very true in the startup ecosystem. I have had the experience of dealing with a lot of co-investors - institutions, as well as individuals, and family offices. Let me focus on individual investors this time. If I have to categorise individual investors into buckets, I would primarily put them into two: Angels & MoneyBags. Angel investors are the ones who play the role…

 

Investor Interactions with Startups

• 9th Mar, 18  

Of all these players involved with startups, allow me to focus on the investor community and how this has grown organically over the decade or so that I have been involved here. In late 2006 and early 2007, when I cut my teeth making my first startup investment, we had a loose group of friends and like-minded individuals trying to support some entrepreneurs willing to risk it all by setting up their businesses in new-age…

 

India’s Startup Ecosystem

• 22nd Feb, 18  

India today is the 7th largest economy in the world (US$2.4 trillion GDP)  and the Indian startup ecosystem is the 3rd largest behind US and China . Indian market cap at 101% of GDP is also the 8th largest . By some accounts, the Indian startup ecosystem seems to have come of age. With over 3,000 startups being set up every year, India seems to have become the hot bed of innovation and growth. About…