Pratul Bagri, September 25, 2015
Cutting through the bullshit and getting straight to the point, a self-proclaimed local entrepreneur is sending khaali katoras (empty bowls) to venture capitalists as his sales pitch.
He sends a note inside the bowl: “Do din se Facebook post boost nahi kara sahib. (Sir, haven’t boosted my Facebook post for two days.)”
Saying that this is the best presentation he has ever made as it conveys his vision thoroughly, Rajdeep called it a “three-dimensional minimalist PPT deck that accurately informs the VCs what is required from them”.
“Look, investing is a gamble. One can never be sure of returns, if any,” said Rajdeep.
“You can wear a suit and a tie, take the investor to a nice restaurant, whisper sweet nothings in his ear, hoping maybe the guy will let you go to the third base.”
He said further: “I have tried all of this, lekin aajkal bahot nakhre ho gaye hain saalon ke (but these idiots throw many tantrums these days). At the end of the day, there is no definitive proof that an idea will see the returns or not. That is why I have stopped trying to convince them. I know my idea is great and I just need money. Hence, I am now sending empty katoras to venture capitalists.”
He added: “Bhai trust karo aur bhiksha de do. (Dude, trust me and pay up.) I think it is a bold move and conveys the type of person I am.”