Why Indian VCs should blog actively?

As I was planning to attend the Tie-ISB Connect this year, I decided to look up the various panelists online to understand who I would be meeting. I found most of them on LinkedIn, great! But, I found that most of them did not blog. I think it is a loss to the Indian startup community and probably, to the VC community too! Here’s why I think so…

1. VC-thinking process – way before an entrepreneur starts to create pitch-decks, they are looking at who to pitch, how to pitch, what is the right etiquette and more often than not, who is interested in the same domain as where they are starting up. Basically, they are looking for the “inside scoop” on what VCs think is a good pitch and what kind of team composition is apporpriate and so on…The VC websites only show up the “finished goods” – someone here got $$$ and someone there got more $$$ as funding. How, what, where and more importantly, why not – are good insights can more easily be shared on personal blogs (to whatever extent possible!)

2. Know-thy-VC – This is an oft-repeated theme at most startup meets and what better medium than the blog to get to know someone before you commit to take the funding? I’m assuming not everyone has a direct face to face access to the VCs while mulling their startup venture. (Also, reading a blog is not a substitute to reaching out, networking and knowing someone in person, it is just a first step) Over time, you can get to know what they are thinking, why and how they make their decisions. This will be a wealth of information for the startups at one end, and on the other might act as a self-filtration mechanism based on who has or not done their homework during the process of reaching up to the VC!

3. Moving beyond the one-session intervention – A blog will extend the touch points of the VC for the wannabe entrepreneur community from the  “one-session” panel discussion or the hosted networking event to a stream of thoughts, active conversations via comments and rating systems. This will encourage more people to startup as it will begin a process of demystifying startup and investment process.

So, this post is a special shout out to the Indian VCs who already blog – Thank You, and to those who don’t, to start a “blog habit” and enrich us with their thoughts and insights.

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1 Response to “Why Indian VCs should blog actively?”


  1. 1 Saurabh November 10, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Hello Sreeja,

    I guess I won’t agree any less with your views, but if we start counting Indian VCs we would very soon run out of names. Infact, I would bet that the exact number is only in 2 digits (<99) and the average age of an Indian VC is 45+, which defines a reluctance to move towards the concept of social networking and free information sharing.
    In my experience with Indian VCs so far, I have hardly seen any VC sharing his views in public. Infact, they are too secretive type, totally opposite of the global equivalents. I guess Indian start-up ecosystem is still in the nascent stage and we can expect some changes happening in next 3-5 years.
    I would love to see more VC firms coming in to provide the support system, and more inputs both from Government and private sector.

    Regards,
    Saurabh


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