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Sree Vijaykumar
Sree Vijaykumar
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Several unicorn founders are facing the tough dilemma of a dirty term sheet vs a down-round. A down-round is when investors reduce the valuation of a company compared to the last fund-raising round. A dirty term sheet is when there are terms like guaranteed IPO returns, ratchets, PIK Dividends, liquidity rights buried in the investment term-sheet. A dirty round is a lot more dangerous than a down-round because of the complexity of possibilities that could 'explode' in the future. Future investors could get spooked by dirty terms and refuse to invest. A high paper valuation on dirty terms could also mislead founders, employees and past investors on what the true worth of their shares are. Entrepreneurs are scared about employee morale when faced with a down-round. However, the alternative - a higher valuation, with dirty terms hidden in the deal might be even more dangerous - Comment


Sree Vijaykumar
Sree Vijaykumar
From the Editor's Desk
Cafe bars are the grown-up versions of coffee shops. As the youth evolve, they are looking for experiences beyond your typical Cafe Coffee Day. Cafe bars like 'Social' or 'Mockingbird Cafe' fill this niche, with both better food and ambience. They also encourage you to hang out, with free wifi and other goodies. By keeping pricing reasonable, they attract a larger client base. All-day dining and a lounge experience at night keep them occupied longer hours, increasing revenue. While the cafe bar will not be as ubiquitous (higher set-up costs) as coffee shops, India might just be ready to see more of this new format - Comment

Sree Vijaykumar
Sree Vijaykumar
From the Editor's Desk
It costs a bank Rs 48 to handle a bank premise-based transaction, Rs 18 to handle an ATM transaction and Rs 1 to handle a mobile-based transaction. Banks clearly have an incentive to get people to transact on the mobile phone. Mobile wallet startups like PayTM, given their technology advantage, lack of legacy, and wide network of merchants and consumers, are well positioned to overtake traditional banks when it comes to mobile transactions. RBI's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) promises to make it easier for consumers to use their mobile phone to transact with merchants. Add in the PM's Jan Dhan Yojana and India has an opportunity to get the 200 million plus unbanked into the banking system - through the mobile phone! How quickly we move to a cashless economy will depend on ease of use (still some work to be done here) and marketing and communication that informs and builds trust - Comment

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