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The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper Funded Indian Startups Hardcover – 20 Nov 2015

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The Golden Tap is a once in a generation chronicle of one of the most exciting times for the Indian economy. During the era chronicled by Kashyap Deorah; the technology startup revolution got started, had a slowdown, and then saw an amazing rise through to where we are today in 2015. What makes this an even more fascinating read is that Kashyap had a front row seat to most of the people, companies, and events that led to the entire cycle. Once you pick this up, its hard to put it down. This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the mindset of founders, investors, and the larger market as a whole. Many years from now, when my kids ask me about the tech revolution in India, this will be the book I'd point them to. --By Miten Sampat on 16 November 2015

As a young, first-time entrepreneur myself, following Kashyap Deorah for a while, I was looking to forward to reading his book The Golden Tap . Having started up in early 2013, I have been through the different phases of the recent startup phenomenon in the beginning of the hyper-growth phase, the peak and now what is increasingly being recognized as the bust, or at least a correction. I had initially not been able to wrap my head around some of the same questions that he talks about why are these companies valued so high, why are investors putting in such huge amounts of money in them, and what is the possible future of these startups in the Indian economy. It had taken me a long time to get to some perspective on these myself, but if someone is looking to understand this phenomenon thoroughly, I could not recommend a better book than this. Starting from the beginning of the internet in early 1990s, it takes you through an amazing journey of the tech industry in India. From early days of the 2000s to the beginning of e-commerce in India and the current hyper-growth phase, this book will give you a thorough understanding of how this industry has taken shape, and what is the possible future from here. There are some really insightful sections which explain how the VCs and global hedge funds operate, especially for those who are not in this industry, and more insights from Kashyap s own experience of building and selling companies in both India and US. If you are an Indian entrepreneur today, specially in the internet/smartphone industry, I think this is one of the books you absolutely MUST read in the next 1-2 months, because it can shape your understanding and perception of the global tech and VC industry in so many ways. The only way to predict the future is if you know the past really well, and this book does a really good job of explaining that. --By Kovid Kapoor on 14 December 2015

Marvelous book that takes you though 20 years of technology startup industry, booms and bursts, spanning powai valley to mountain view to everything in between. Author takes you through the insides of deal making, team building, networking, technology innovation, campus life and whatever else it takes, to make it in technology startups, he walks you through this both as a professional keenly observing what is happening around him and as a first person account of his journey of entrepreneurial triumph. Book provides a good reference to build ones understanding of what keeps the startup economy tick, with authors own way of looking at it. Towards the second half, book is more India focused, particularly on what has been happening from last couple of years. While media tells you what they choose to or what suits them, author lays is bare before you. I loved the end where author rewards his reader with many incites into what future could hold, potential path for wannabe entrepreneurs. A honest and good book , definitely recommended. --By somesh on 23 November 2015

About the Author

Kashyap Deorah is an entrepreneur and investor. Over fifteen years, he has split his time between Silicon Valley and India building global technology companies. Besides India and US, he has done business in China, South East Asia and Northern Europe. Kashyap has started and sold three companies, worked with public companies in the US and India, invested in a score of startups, and mentored many more. He started his first company RightHalf.com during his final year at IIT Bombay in 2000. After an acquisition by a Silicon Valley company, Kashyap spent seven years in the US. He returned to India in 2007 to start Chaupaati Bazaar, a phone commerce marketplace, then merged it with India’s leading retailer Future Group. In 2012, he co-founded mobile payments company Chalo and sold it to San Francisco based OpenTable, a leader in the restaurant reservations space. He is passionate about traveling to new places and telling a good story. He lives in New Delhi with his wife and three year old son.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus; First edition (20 November 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789351941521
  • ISBN-13: 978-9351941521
  • ASIN: 9351941523
  • Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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