Why Vertical Integration is my default choice of Strategy in Business

If I have a choice to build the business of my choice, one strategy which I strongly favor and adopt is vertical integration. In this essay, I will explain why I have come to this position as compared to the other approaches I have seen and done in business.

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Handling Layoffs in Startups

Many years ago, one of the startups which I co-founded ran out of money, and with the remaining resources we have, I was forced to lay off the remaining employees of the company which they do not deserved to be made redundant. That experience has traumatized me and from time to time, I reflected about the incident. It helped me to frame my thinking around hiring and how to advise people in similar situations. Here’s a framework which hope that it might be of help to those who may have no choice dealing with such difficult situations.

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Simplicity in Business

The best businesses have one interesting feature when the company’s vision and strategy are described by the founder of the company: the business strategy for the company is extremely easy to communicate but difficult to execute. Continue reading Simplicity in Business

How Great Founders have convinced me within 15 minutes

The_barren_zen_garden_in_Tenryuji_#Kyoto_#Japan_at_Tenryū-jiSometime last year during a date night with my wife, I told her that I can decide within the first 15 minutes of my conversation with a founder whether I want to invest in a company or idea. We took a list of those which I have recorded in my own spreadsheet and told her private that I would invest if I have the money and discovered that it was fairly accurate. In fact, the best investments out of my portfolio are done within 15 minutes and the rest which I took time to deliberate and ponder usually never panned out. It’s not based on some emotion or feeling. It also worked for me on startups which I don’t partake in but will have done it if I have the cash. Continue reading How Great Founders have convinced me within 15 minutes