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Salil   Deshpande
Salil Deshpande
Partner, 
Bay Partners
Almost everyone can see the major trends from a mile away. And they take years to play out, providing sufficient opportunity for entrepreneurship and investment. Death of newspapers and transition to online media; transition of software to SaaS and open source; virtualization and clouds; applications over social graphs; political and financial tailwinds behind energy efficiency, are a few opportunities to name.

However, I prefer not to chase trends per se, and rather, focus on the sectors that I know and understand. That forces me to accept sector performance as a baseline, and create extraordinary businesses within the sector, to outperform.

Advice to entrepreneurs
There are always new areas of opportunity, and now is a great time to start a business. Among many random pieces of questionable advice what I inadvertently dole out to entrepreneurs is: your first business should not be venture-backed, but your second business should be.
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Reader's comments(3)
1: Well said, universe is full with new opportunity, entrepreneurship should be there.
Posted by:Dr J K Nigam - 21 Sep, 2012
2: Mr Sameer i know these questions were not put by u to me but i wish to advice you...M doing my MBA right now...I know how to make a business plan if you want me to send a soft copy of "how to make a business plan" i can send it to you...just give me a test mail to my email id which is vijay.vijjvin@gmail.com

And as far a VC is considered i cant suggest you much but VC dont usually fund that huge amt that ur looking for, for a fresher...the VC fund for a startup entrepreneur like you are scanty
Posted by:Sirigiri Vijay Santhosh - 24 May, 2010
3: 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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