Category Archives: Reflections

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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Hackathon

Hackathon: How a virtual event can unleash creativity and innovation

In the first of a two-part series, we hear from London Business School’s Hackathon organiser Zoe Chrysostom about her experience of organising and running the HackLBS 2021. “I never thought I’d have so much fun and learn at the same time”, a participant said. For the last 6 years, the LBS Entrepreneurship Club has opened […]

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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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AMZA team members

How to start and run a business with your two best friends

Would you start a business with your friends? That’s exactly what Ariadna Pui MBA2021 did. Here she tells her story of how she balances business with friendship, all with the added challenges of working in a remote environment. Remember those times when friendships were easy? You met at school, listened to the same music, hated […]

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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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Startup strategy planning

Startup Internships: Reflections from our business school students

Many students pursue an MBA to tap into the range of opportunities available across myriad industries and job functions. While some students start the MBA with specific entrepreneurship goals in mind, a growing number of firms – almost to a cliché – cite “entrepreneurial drive” as a key characteristic they look for in candidates. “I […]

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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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