Culture & Company Building

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Sid Shah

Arranged with witty office banter, and the weekly team lunches, Lightbox truly reflected what they were here for; to support innovation that enriches lives. With a culture that promotes thinking, questioning and collaborating, their space and their people weren’t here only to be the next biggest VC, there was heart behind it.

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What’s worth scaling up?

The advice to entrepreneurs is to experiment, fail, learn and repeat. Try things at a small scale and at a low cost, and quickly assess if they work or not and then take a call on what is worth scaling up. The experiments should either stop or continue based on consumer feedback.

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Advait Ruia

During my time at Lightbox VC, I had the freedom to work on things that interested me. I came away from these experiences having a new understanding of the startup ecosystem. However, the value of Lightbox is not only in the jobs you perform but also the people you meet.

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Somnath Das

Everything I learned at Lightbox was relevant and contextual. I had often wondered what it takes to create a world-changing business and how great companies are different from not-so-great ones – at Lightbox, I got answers to some of these.

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Being an entrepreneur is sexy… for those who haven’t done it

There’s this great visual most people have of being an entrepreneur or a founder. It’s a poster of a young college dropout, next to the logo of a billion-dollar company they founded, surrounded by famous people and, money.

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Where next will they cast the tax net?

I respect the government’s desire to increase the tax net, curb black money, money laundering and build transparency in our tax system. What I don’t understand is why they make us a part of a guessing game with unheard of potential levies from time to time?

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Indian Summer

Across many boardrooms and TT tables, discussions still focus on valuations, fund raising and unicorns.  Stop it. It’s time to focus on building real businesses and stop worrying about what’s the valuation of my company. 

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Differentiation – the key to sustain a business in a highly competitive market

A business without differentiation quickly becomes commoditised weakening margins. Operational improvements become a hygiene factor in highly competitive markets.

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Differentiation – the key to sustain a business in a highly competitive market

A business without differentiation quickly becomes commoditised weakening margins. Operational improvements become a hygiene factor in highly competitive markets.

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Enable innovation, not protect legacy

We are technology investors, building new business models. This approach has served us well, but in the modern climate where technology is disrupting traditional industries.

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