By Team Ankur

As a fund investing in transformative tech that marries profit with planet good, we are excited by the future of aquaculture.

Man has been farming aquatic organisms for thousands of years. Romans farmed oysters around 500 BCE, the Chinese practised freshwater aquaculture some 1000 years earlier, mussel farming was developed in the 13th century, and artificial breeding was discovered in Germany in the 18th century. However, aquaculture has never been more relevant, when over just the last 50 years, the world population has doubled, as has the average consumption of seafood. Not only is it relevant, it…

By Team Ankur

The Office ran for 9 seasons and showcased many nuanced and maybe exaggerated scenes that happen in workplaces around the world all the time. It left us with many sweet, sweet nuggets of wisdom, and these takeaways are specifically for founders building world-class companies.

On communication — verbal and non verbal cues:

Watch your words — Do you remember Kelly and how annoying she was at Dunder Mifflin? Being a customer service representative does require someone to be a chatterbox I suppose, so let’s give her that! In one scene, she tells Michael, “I talk a lot…

According to a November 2020 report of the Indian Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), nearly a third of India’s GDP is contributed by 63 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in manufacturing or services. Unfortunately, only 1/6th of these of these MSMEs are able to access credit from formal providers; a 2018 report by IFC — Intellecap estimated this credit gap at a staggering USD 340bn. Innovations that enable easy access to credit and other relevant financial products can help unlock the growth potential of these enterprises, with a big impact on the broader economy.

Existing financing mechanisms are…

By Team Ankur

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The need for optimising logistics in India has existed for a long time. Inefficiencies abound in all forms and factors — vehicles not being utilised to their full capacity, lack of reliable live traffic data, addresses as vague as “Behind Cantt Gurudwara” and roads being dug up without prior notice. The landscape for optimisation across the range of first and last mile is huge; and it is great to see founders pushing boundaries in an age-old space.

Companies operating in the long-haul space are aggregating supply and demand through tech enabled solutions and offering fleet optimisation solutions…

By Team Ankur

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Growth rates define success for technology startups. They are designed to grow fast since they fill an existing need and their customers are ready for them. One can choose from a variety of channels, tactics and methodologies to scale good and fast in today’s hyper connected world. Companies such as gmail (with their invite only), Airbnb (with their Craigslist integration), hotmail (with their signature feature) and Netflix which boasts around 150mm paying subscribers made only 1 or 2 moves that were out of box yet they hold them to posterity. Closer to home, companies such as Flipkart…

By Team Ankur

Being a founder and taking on the lofty challenge of changing our world requires one to awaken the Jedi within. Here are a few thoughts to help you realise your tremendous potential, from our friends in a galaxy far, far away…

1. “You know, that little droid is going to cause me a lot of trouble.” “…Oh, he excels at that, sir.“ — Luke Skywalker and C-3PO

Do you remember the first time Han Solo and Luke met? Not exactly on the best terms, right? That’s how working with people can be at times. Some will be…

The Indian payments market has historically been dominated by cash. According to an RBI publication, about 72% of financial transactions in India take place in cash (2018–19). Assuming about 7–8% of the remaining transactions taking place through paper-based instruments like cheques, we are currently at a low base of 20% digital transactions in India.

And cash is still king in rural India where access has not translated to utility as one might have hoped. Less than 5% of the total 20% digital transactions hail from rural India.

While fintech, built on a core of digital payments, remains one of the…

Covid-19 impacted lives and livelihoods globally in a horrible way. It brought to the forefront the fragility of life and inevitability of tragedy to strike when least prepared. But there were some more ready to take it on than others. Info Edge, the company that owns a host of digital first companies such as Policybazaar, JeevanSathi and invests out of its venture arm, started an MIS on the disease when the first case was reported in early Jan 2020. Given its intel on the severity of the virus, it declared a lockdown 10 days prior to the national lockdown. Sanjeev…

What does neuroscience have to do with your elevator pitch? It has as much to do with it as with the impulse purchase you make at the superstore checkout counter. And also as much to do with it as the bike or piece of jewelery your heart is set on. While not a totally random decision, it is nearly as emotionally charged and seemingly irrational.

Let’s dive into what makes the decision for us — the brain. Not the heart. The heart is 1000s times electromagnetically stronger than the brain and has powers extraordinaire but the decision making is ruled…

Every entrepreneur’s journey is not only a lonely one but also unique. They try to grasp and imbibe from others that have walked the way before them. At Ankur Capital, we follow a capital plus approach and work with our founders in strategic and tactical ways to help them in this journey. We understand that no one gets a starter kit for being an entrepreneur but we can always learn from others. Last month, we invited Deep Kalra, Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan and Beerud Sheth to our annual Founders Meet. …

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