Dr. Dhruv Nath, Director, Lead Angels Network; Author, The Dream Founder

Dr. Dhruv Nath, Director, Lead Angels Network; Author, The Dream Founder

  • Dr. Dhruv Nath is the Director of Lead Angels Network.

 

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Overview

Starting a Business is one of the biggest challenges any entrepreneur will face. There are many questions to answer at the very beginning when starting a business, but the most difficult one is the question of what exactly you want to do. Dr. Dhruv Nath, Director, Lead Angels Network; Author, The Dream Founder is here to talk about the same.

00:33- About Dr. Dhruv Nath

  • Dr. Dhruv Nath is the Director of Lead Angels Network.
  • He was earlier the Senior Vice President of NIIT.
  • He has been a professor at the Management Development Institute or MDI Gurgaon.
  • He is the author of The Dream Founder and the Co-Author of Funding Your Startup.

03:41- What is the difference between Angel Investor, Venture Capitalist, and a Private Equity?

  • An Angel investor is a person who invests money on his own. It may be through a network.
  • In the world of startups, they want to make that money, but they do not have the time, so they would give it to a fund manager, that is a Venture Capitalist.
  • An angel investor can take higher risks whereas a VC invests in the later stages to avoid that risk.
  • Private equity is similar to VC, but it is a much later-stage investment.

07:26- When should one decide to raise the money?

  • It is not necessary to raise the money.
  • You should use your own money to build a product and prove it in the market.
  • Customers’ money is more important than investors’ money.
  • Make sure the customer is willing to give you money.

09:56- About Lead Angels Network

  • Lead Angels Network was founded by a team of three originally from IIT Bombay.
  • The network has made over 40 investments in the recent past including successful startups like ShopKirana, SuprDaily, MarketPulse, UnoFinance, GoDesi and SmartCoin among others.
  • Lead Angels provides end-to-end financial services to Indian startups through its angel investing network- for seed funding- Lead Angels Network, advisory services for Pre Series A & series A funding- Lead Advisory and compliance and strategy related services- LA Management & Professional Services-LAMPS and Lead Angels Academy for entrepreneurship education.

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You can connect with Prof Dhruv Nath | LinkedIn

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  • Dr. Dhruv Nath is the Director of Lead Angels Network.
  • He was earlier the Senior Vice President of NIIT.
  • He has been a professor at the Management Development Institute or MDI Gurgaon.
  • He is the author of The Dream Founder and the Co-Author of Funding Your Startup.

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