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Sramana Mitra
Sramana Mitra is the founder of One Million by One Million (1M/1M), a global virtual incubator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. She has a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Entries by Sramana Mitra

Why Is Peter Thiel NOT a Fan of the Lean Startup Movement?

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 11:43 AM


This question was recently discussed on Quora. I wrote an answer there, which I have expanded on for this post.

Most likely because of its short-term oriented view.

The weakest point of the methodology, in my opinion, is the excessive emphasis on quick...

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How Hard Is Entrepreneurship Really?

(2) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 11:30 AM


There's a really good story on Inc. on the dark realities of entrepreneurship. Not the rah rah, everything is so wonderful kind, but the brutal emotional truth: The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship. Read it.

Successful entrepreneurs achieve hero...
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What Are the Most Common Ways Startups Destroy Themselves?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 10:57 AM


Chasing investors instead of customers is the most common way startups destroy themselves. It is a perfectly avoidable path to destruction.

Over 600,000 companies go out of business every year in the US alone. Infant Entrepreneur Mortality is a massive problem. Here are...

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Who Makes More Money: A Bootstrapped Entrepreneur or One Who Raises a Lot of VC Money?

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 2:04 PM


The answer is, it depends.

There are some off the charts success stories like Facebook, Google, and some others where the entrepreneurs raised huge amounts of VC money and also ended up creating huge amounts of personal wealth.

In the cases where the...

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Why Do I Keep Hearing No From Investors?

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:03 PM

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If you want funding, you need to start with a business that is fundable. Ask any serious advisor or investor and you will get an absolute truth: 99 percent of the ideas as they come are not...

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Focus on Sustainable Growth, NOT Growth at All Cost

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:38 AM


You may have read my recent piece, Billion Dollar Unicorns: Box Struggles in its Public Avatar, where I discussed how this darling of the VCs is finding the public market rather unfriendly:

Their stock is trading at $13.71 with a market capitalization...

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State of the Entrepreneurship Union: The Disease Has Become an Epidemic

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 11:01 AM


I have always been bullish about the spread of entrepreneurship as a global phenomenon. My organization has worked diligently towards propagating the lessons learned from successful entrepreneurs to those coming after, on a global scale. It has been thrilling to watch the world...

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Infidelity in the Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:36 PM


Ashley Madison, the web site that uses the tagline "Life is short, Have an Affair" is in the news for a hacking incident whereby the names and email ids of its 32 million registered users have now been exposed to the public.


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Why I Cook, And Suggest You Do Too

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:39 AM


Recently, The Atlantic did an interesting story: Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food? It asks the question, why do people post so many food pictures on Facebook and Instagram, for instance.

"[Eve] Turow's theory is...

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Feminist Father vs. Chauvinist Father

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 12:38 PM

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We hear a lot of complaints about sexism and chauvinism in 21st-century Silicon Valley. I want to share some stories from India in the mid-20th century. It may sound prehistoric, but it wasn't that long...

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Future of Education: Three Conversations

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 12:57 PM


There is a lot going on in the educational technology market. In our effort to bring you continued insights in that market, we would like to bring to your attention three recent roundtable discussions:

Future of Higher Education with Prof. Anant Agarwal, CEO...

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Man and Superman

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 1:25 PM


I have recently discovered a source of immense pleasure: National Theater Live. Every few weeks, we get to see a world class play, live streamed from London's National Theater, right here, at the Menlo Park Guild. On June 7, we got...

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Tech Trends to Watch: From Second Silicon-Valley Gold Rush to Angel-Investment Bubble

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 11:56 AM


The technology industry is the most exciting phenomenon in America today, other than, perhaps, the prospect of energy independence. The latter, however, doesn't get the same kind of glamorous coverage from the media that our personalities get. In particular, technology entrepreneurs have led...

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Leadership and Brilliance Are Not the Same

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 2:25 PM

When "How I Lead" was suggested as a topic, I had to pause to consider how my thinking has evolved on the subject. How did I lead earlier in my career? How do I lead today? What has changed? What has remained constant? How do I synthesize what has worked...

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When Should You Move to Silicon Valley?

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 12:30 PM

The question continues to come up often in our work with global entrepreneurs, so further to my earlier Harvard Business Review piece, I will add more color to it. First, here's a recap from the...
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Is Technology Dehumanizing Society?

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 9:15 AM


In my recent trend piece, From Second Silicon Valley Gold Rush to Angel Investment Bubble, These Are the Tech Trends to Watch, I concluded with the following thought:

The Dehumanization of Society: Technology has created tremendous opportunities...

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Looking Forward to the Real Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:51 AM


I am one of those people who doesn't like bubbles. Right now, we're experiencing a bubble in Silicon Valley with funny money driving weird, unproductive behavior.

Some people want this party to go on.

I don't.

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Develop a Point of View, Write Regularly

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 7:40 PM


For this year's graduating class, I have a suggestion.

You see, when I was 22, the Internet did not exist. Blogging did not exist. Social Media did not exist.

But the class of 2015 has all these tools at their...

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How to Dramatically Slash the Cost of College Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 7:46 PM


The exorbitant cost of higher education is a recurrent topic of conversation, concern, and discontent these days. Against that backdrop, an announcement from edX and Arizona State University caught my attention last week. ASU and edX announced a program called Global Freshman Academy:

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An Entrepreneurs' Guide to Good Mentoring

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 12:24 PM

These days, everyone seems to be a startup mentor. Whether they have ever done a startup or not, whether they have ever raised money or not, they are ready to advise entrepreneurs.

As you are navigating through your options, consider these points as guidance in finding a good mentor to...

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