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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.
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 Aug 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 Jun 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 […]
08 Apr 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 Nov 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 […]
07 Nov 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 […]
07 Oct 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 […]
01 Sep 2014