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I run an IT Security consulting firm based out of India. We started off from scratch in 2001 when I was 21, and have offices in Mumbai, Bahrain, and UAE. The idea behind the blog is to share the stories of how we run the business, the deals we make, the deals that break, the heartburn, and the sheer joy.

The Ultimate Startup Guide

The Ultimate Startup Guide is an e-book that provides answers to all your questions related to starting and growing a business in India. Everything you wanted to know about entrepreneurship in India from ideation to registration to marketing to hiring. The book contains a large number of practical examples, anecdotes, interviews, and motivational material to help you get started, and to grow rapidly in a booming Indian economy. If you've got the idea, this book will help you through with the execution and realize your dreams. Here are some of the key questions you will find answered in this book:
  • When starting a business, what are the legal issues involved?
  • What form of incorporation is better suited to which type of business?
  • What tax issues are involved?
  • How do I start a business and what are the pitfalls?
  • How do I market my business in the absence of significant funding?
  • How do I get funded?
  • What are the basic accounting concepts I should be aware of?
  • What is a business plan and how should I build one?
The brief table of contents of the book is as follows:
  1. Getting started
  2. Ideation
  3. Forms of Enterprises
  4. Funding
  5. Basic Accounting and Taxation
  6. Import and Export Licensing
  7. Trademark and Patenting
  8. Rules for NRIs and Foreigners
  9. Building a Business Plan
  10. Marketing on a Shoestring
  11. Website and Branding
  12. Women Entrepreneurs
  13. Templates
To order the Ultimate Startup Guide - email me at kkmookhey@gmail.com.

Details of the book are:
Title: The Ultimate Startup Guide
Author: Kanwal Mookhey
Pages: 150
Additional: Companion CD contains numerous templates for building your business plan, calculating cashflow, preparing profit and loss, and balance sheets, preparing invoices, your resume and profile, marketing material, websites, contracts, and many other useful and motivational material.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Indian entrepreneur news update

Here's some interesting news from around the country about Indian entrepreneurs:

The Mumbai underworld chooses soft targets: The financial year ended March 2006, and everyone's filed their income tax returns. At least the advance tax. A CNN-IBN report says, someone in the IT department leaked out information about the high-flyers, and they're now getting extortion calls from the Mumbai underworld. Thankfully, I am out of the country and don't take my cellphone on international roaming. Given their cut-off criteria, someone like me would probably be on that special list.

Interview with Jasjit Sawhney, founder of Net4India: Interesting interview with Sawhney, where he talks about his varied background in law and forex, before coming to India to launch one of the most successful ISP's we have. Note their venture into the PCO business, which is pretty low-tech, but must've appealed. Adds to my constant refrain that entepreneurs need not always look at high-tech stuff. Some of the best ventures are those that fill a niche, regardless of the technology. They're also strongly venturing out into the Middle East and South East Asia. Looks like a good time to approach them for potential partnership talks!

Ah, the dream looks like it might be coming true: As I have often evangelized earlier, the true rise of the Indian economy (India Shining and all that) depends greatly on the number of new enterprises that start and grow. This article talks about a significant increase in the number of new entrepreneurs, primarily in the "advanced" states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh. I think West Bengal is a state that will far exceed expectations in this regard. The commies aren't sitting quitely. What is even more interesting is that the growth of entrepreneurs in rural areas has outstripped that in the urban areas. Looks like this time the Green Revolution will refer to the color of Rs. 500 notes!