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Ajit   Nazare
Ajit Nazare
Partner, 
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Different Areas of Interest

* Greentech: Within Greentech, energy efficiency in form of green building materials and smart grid and wastewater management look most attractive.

* Mobile internet: We see a number of consumer and business applications for the mobile phone unleashed through the iPhone and other smart phones. We also see the mobile Internet users out number the PC Internet users world wide in the next few years. In countries like India, the mobile Internet users may already have crossed PC Internet users. This opens up limitless opportunities for entrepreneurs to create businesses.

* Hottest technologies
Energy storage technology (new battery chemistries, capacitors, and more) is an area that I am following very closely as it can revolutionize the alternative energy space. With the right storage technology, intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind can start competing with incumbent energy sources such as coal and natural gas.

Advice to entrepreneurs
This is as good a time to start a new business as ever. My advice to entrepreneurs would be to find a big technical problem that serves a large market. Gather a team and get going. Silicon valley is reinventing itself and entrepreneurs are the force behind this change.

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1: Sir, I have completed my B.E in computer science few days ago and have a very great idea of a business and I'm very optimistic in terms of the success of that business very rapidly.
But the problem is the capital required for that and I want a VC to fund this project and in this regard, i have some questions following below:
1. How can i trust a VC that after seeing my business plan, he won't invest in that project on his own and reject my proposal because for him, I have nothing but a great idea and great enthusiam to be successful in that.

2. I have seen many articles saying about the contents of the good business plan but no one has the detailed description of the contents of the business plan. So, how can I get the detailed list of the contents of a business plan.

3. How to find which VC would be my true business partner and on which parameters I should choose them. Can you provide me some references of VCs interested in investing initially 1-2 crore in a business in IT field.

4. Since I am not from a business family and havn't done MBA, Would it be better to enter in business field right now or to first do MBA and then get some experience in any company and then start my own company. I don't want to wait for 5-6 years because I have threat in my mind that if someone would start that kind of business before me, then I will loose the competitive edge i would get otherwise.
Posted by:Sameer Goel - 04 Jun, 2009

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