Mahesh Ramachandran is a successful Serial and Social Entrepreneur turned investor.
Mahesh is an angel investor, mentor, independent director supporting innovative startups and helps build the ecosystem.
Mahesh is a distinguished Sloan Fellow of London Business School.
Mahesh is Leadership Council and Programme Management Group member of FinBlue - FinTech Centre of Excellence set up by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India at STPI, Chennai.
Mahesh is General Partner of Pontaq Cross Border Innovation Fund based in the UK (Regulated by FCA) and India (Regulated by SEBI).
Mahesh chairs TiE FinTech Special Interest Group and was on the Governing Council of TiE Chennai
Mahesh is the founder of Commonwealth Inclusive Growth Services Ltd which operates in over 30,000 locations across 20+ states in India.
It handles over 10,000 crores of government to citizen benefits every year servicing over 6 million rural customers.
Mahesh is the founder and chief mentor of Trusted Donations which connects CSR and donors to verified NGOs.
Mahesh is also a visiting faculty of Indian School of Business, Krea University and National Police Academy where he teaches FinTech, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship.
Mahesh holds an MBA from the University of Westminster, Sloan Masters in Leadership & Strategy (Distinguished Sloan Fellow of London Business School) from the University of London.
Mahesh heads the London Business School Alumni Club in Chennai.
Mahesh is part of Stanford SEED Transformation programme and acts as Mentor in Stanford Spark initiative
Mahesh Ramachandran brings with him several decades of rich & varied experience in the field of Entrepreneurship, Investing, FinTech, Rural Marketing, Digital Transformation, Leadership, Mentoring & Governance.
Mahesh Ramachandran entrepreneurial ventures include peer to peer foreign exchange portal, targeted advertisement and digital payment solution and financial inclusion. His areas of interest include Machine Learning, Game Theory, and Systems Thinking.
Mahesh hails from Thanjavur, South India and loves Coffee, Coding, Carnatic Music and Comics.
I advise startups to scale
I help founders scale their startups.
There are several resources that are quite useful which I have gathered over the years.
Before you jump into building a business plan, make sure you have clarity on your business model.
Try to answer these three questions:
1. Who is your customer?
2. What is your value proposition? What problem are you solving?
3. How do you make money?
If you want to have a structured way to think about how to build a business model the Business Model Canvas could be a good place to start.
Once you get to understand the 9 basic building blocks, you can deep dive into each of these areas and try to expand on these.
Here are some of the books and online resources that could help:
Are you looking for business plan templates? Better to try www.liveplan.com
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