Founding a startup and running it is hard enough. Getting someone else to buy the idea and invest into it is a different animal altogether. While stories of startups raising $$$ in funding are rampant, it’s the first time entrepreneurs who struggle with knowing where to start and how to go about the process.
The Aditya Birla Group is an over a century old, $40 billion, multinational conglomerate, employing over 120,000 employees worldwide. Most employees of the company have working there for years, and a job at an Indian behemoth such as an Aditya Birla Company usually means a conventional and secure job. However, in a true manifestation of the old guard accepting the new, the employees of the many companies under the group can now give way to their entrepreneurial dreams with the company’s blessings.
Working at a startup means crazy working hours, uncertainty, and dealing with a lot of complexity, but at least you will get paid well for it. According to the 20th edition of the Aon Hewitt annual Salary Increase Survey 2015-16, early stage companies and startups will offer the highest salary increase of 15.6 per cent during 2016.
You’d think that a company whose flagship product is called “Qtiyapa” wouldn’t be an ideal candidate for investment from a big top-tier VC, but you’d be wrong. The Viral Fever, the comedy collective that has made hit online series including TVF Pitchers and Permanent Roomates, has just raised $10 million from Tiger Global. The investment values the six year old company at Rs. 270 crore.
Startups Like Ola and Uber are moving beyond just arranging taxis. How can we call an Ola, an Uber, A Zipgo or A Bike Taxi “Cab hailing apps”. Open most media articles and till date Ola And Uber are referred to as “Taxi Hailing apps” or cab aggregators” or similar, but misfitting nomenclature. Let’s call them Commutech.