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Vani Kola is a Managing Director at Kalaari Capital, based in Bangalore, India. Her leadership at Kalaari centers around her commitment to the development of entrepreneurs and her conviction that Indian companies are poised to become global players. Vani brings 22 years of Silicon Valley experience as a founder of successful companies to her role as a mentor and enabler of startup companies in India. She serves on several company boards and speaks widely on entrepreneurship and leadership.
For many years, I have avoided publicly discussing the ways in which my gender has impacted my professional life. Although there have always been challenges, I have succeeded not because I dwelled on those challenges, but because I refused to allow them to derail the pursuit of my goals.
15 April 2016
What do entrepreneurs, astronauts and artists have in common, other than they begin with syllable ‘Ah’. Take astronauts. Some moments are indelibly imprinted in our minds.
13 April 2016
“What makes a good entrepreneur?” I looked up the answer with maximum number of views on Quora. Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora, says, being a good communicator is the defining attribute of a successful entrepreneur. It is about conceptualizing a great idea and communicating it immaculately to get a team excited and inspired by it.
6 April 2016
Imagine this for a moment: all that you see, hear, smell and taste are nothing more than electric impulses in your brain controlled by an enormous machine which needs to keep it engaged even as it powers itself from the bio-chemical energy of your body. These impulses keep you happy. It’s like you are in bliss forever. But, are you really happy?
30 March 2016
“And then Gandhi came. He was like a powerful current of fresh air that made us stretch ourselves and take deep breaths; like a beam of light that pierced the darkness and removed the scales from our eyes; like a whirlwind that upset many things, but most of all the working of people’s minds.
23 March 2016
I vividly remember the first time I met Ratan Tata (well, who wouldn’t). My schedule was such that I had to drive into Mumbai straight from a board meeting in Pune. I had arrived 2 hours early for the meeting. As I was waiting, I worried that I wouldn’t have anything interesting to say to […]
16 March 2016
Dharma, the religious and moral law governing individual conduct, has played a silent everyday role in my upbringing. Bed time stories by my father, a master storyteller, were about Indian epics that imparted this notion of Dharma through parables. Our household was strict and puritanical in its daily rhythm. I now realize how much this […]
8 March 2016
Kstart wants to work with amazing entrepreneurs who have disruptive ideas and dream of building the next generation of game-changing companies.
15 February 2016
Speed – a way of life Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. This widely popular quote by Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, is one of the so-called mantras of success in the modern world, especially for startups. Speed seems to fascinate everyone. It has become […]
18 August 2015
Startups like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola, Quikr and JustDial are all technology companies trying to re-imagine some old traditional sectors and solve some hard problems in India, they have created great brands along the way too.
22 June 2015
The name says it all A billion dollar company is still something magical and rare, elusive and exclusive. And hence they have been called the ‘Unicorn club’, named after a mythical animal which doesn’t exist except in legends. Unicorn club is a serious business of changing the world through innovation and being valued highly in […]
8 April 2015
Technology, in both its evolutionary form and in its revolutionary form, has changed our lives drastically. In recent times, some of the products and services that have transformed the way we live, such as Tablets, smart phones, the Internet, social media etc., have been a result of revolutionary innovation. Great innovation led by visionary leaders […]
17 November 2014
Who is the biggest e-commerce player in the world? Who are the e-commerce giants in the US and China? The most common answer to these questions is always Amazon and Alibaba. But are these two the only leaders in e-commerce market? Have they created monopolies in the markets they exist in? Is there a chance […]
7 November 2014
Cisco. WhatsApp. Alibaba. What’s the common underlying thread in their stories? These companies are all icons of the Venture Capital industry. Let’s take a quick look at the rough estimated returns generated for the industry: Cisco went public in 1990 with a market cap of $224 million and their estimated market cap as of 2010 […]
7 October 2014
Are you an entrepreneur looking to raise venture capital? Your pitch meeting is extremely important. Here’s a veteran VC, Vani Kola, sharing some dos and don’ts, and the most common traps entrepreneurs fall for while pitching to investors. Brace yourself for an engaging anecdotal article. Components of a ‘Pitch Perfect Deck’ There is nothing like […]
1 September 2014