Category Archives: Alumni voice

Fundamental Attribution Error

Stories from the Locus – How can founders change their perspective to succeed

In these unprecedented times of (using the word unprecedented) uncertainty, many of us are contemplating taking the leap of faith and becoming full-time entrepreneurs. In this edition of the Zymurgist Diaries, let’s aim to understand how Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE) and self-serving bias are the bane for start-up founders (and investors); and what can founders (and […]

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Startups that get funded

Startups that get funded: Lessons learned

Over the past 5 years, I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate more than 500 startups around the world as part of one of the best global angel investor networks, Keiretsu Forum (as identified by the Pitchbook rankings), and also as a part of one of the largest corporate houses in India and globally. The following blog highlights the differences I […]

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STORIES FROM THE SCHADENFREUDE – Recognised correctly, it could lead to your secret superpower

In these unprecedented times of (using the word unprecedented) uncertainty, many of us are contemplating taking the leap of faith and becoming a fulltime entrepreneur. In this edition of the Zymurgist Diaries, let’s aim to understand how schadenfreude is important to founders (and investors); and how can founders (and investors) use it to their benefit using […]

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Jamil Mawji: Changing lives by putting people first

At a time when calls to better protect the vulnerable in society have never been louder, it is heartening to learn of a company in the care home industry which places the interests of those in care, and their carers, at the forefront of their policy making and business planning. Jamil Mawji, co-founder and co-chairman of […]

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STORIES FROM THE HUBRIS – Confidently Overcoming “Over-Confidence Bias”

In these unprecedented times of (using the word unprecedented) uncertainty, many of us are contemplating taking the leap of faith and becoming a fulltime entrepreneur. In this edition of the Zymurgist Diaries, let’s aim to understand how founders continue to succumb to the overconfidence bias, and what they can do about it. Courage vs Over-confidence Courage […]

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Ayesha Ofori

Ayesha Ofori: Finding purpose through entrepreneurship

Ayesha Ofori knew that she had made an important journey with her property investment portfolio, moving from what she terms a “side hustle” to a principal source of income, when she discovered that she was earning more from property than with her job with Goldman Sachs. In this post, she shares how she found purpose […]

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STORIES FROM THE PARTI PRIS – Surviving “Survivorship bias”

In these unprecedented times of (using the word unprecedented) uncertainty, many of us are contemplating taking the leap of faith and becoming a fulltime entrepreneur. In this edition of the Zymurgist Diaries, let’s aim to understand how various biases trick founders and why founders continue to succumb to them, and what they can do about it. […]

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Woman with dog

10 Lessons from the Animal Kingdom for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Investors

There are many great voices but not all are human. While animals cannot speak, they can teach us amazing lessons without saying anything. These lessons are especially useful for entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, and students. Mahesh Dumbre shares 10 lessons worth pondering from the Animal Kingdom. 1. Feed the eagles and eat the chicken. This is how the […]

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STORIES FROM THE ZZZZzzzz – How can sleep make or break a startup?

In these unprecedented times of (using the word unprecedented) uncertainty, many of us are contemplating taking the leap of faith and becoming a fulltime entrepreneur. In 2020’s final edition of the Zymurgist Diaries, let’s aim to understand why founders tend to throw caution to the wind and fall victim to “struggle porn” i.e. the perception/pretence of […]

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