I believe every individual and business must focus a percentage of their resources on moonshots. Moonshots are experiments that strive to achieve what almost seems foolish to pursue, but if they succeed, it will not only make the experimenter a rockstar, but also further mankind’s quest for knowledge. Google uses a part of its resources for such projects, the driverless car and the Google glass can change the way we live in this world.
These investments are risky and enough knowledge and research needs to be done before jumping into your next product development, business expansion or alternative investments in real estate, art, angel investing and derivatives, but it is worth the effort for you and the society.
Most online businesses are very clear why they exist – to solve a problem for their customers. If they have raised funds (internally or through an angel/VC) they have convinced their stakeholders of their business model, passion of the initial team/founders and potential of their business/idea. However, the basics of business to thrive remain the same whether online or offline. Below, I’ve attempted to highlight the top 3 measure that must also be considered before deciding to start up or invest in a business.
My first lesson on joining business was that cash flows decide if you will exist in the next financial period. Cash flow from the core business is a vital sign of the health of the business, but if the business requires high capital expenditure every year then it must be weighed against the cash flows from the core business. Despite having low profitability companies like Amazon.com or Tesco UK have large net positive cash flows due to positive working capital and command large valuations.
One of the biggest challenges for companies is to find the right talent to execute plans of growth. Very little importance is given to human capital Continue reading