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Dear Entrepreneurs,Ventures are both exciting and hard. Since the beginning of this year I've interacted with several Pune-based startup founders to help understand the challenges they're facing and what can be done about it.In many cases, founders struggle with the areas where they don't have prior experience. Not too long ago, I organized a session for entrepreneurs called "…See More
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Nikhil Karkare replied to Santosh's discussion "Don't Give Up" - A short post on keeping your motivation alive for products.
"Good post. I would suggest reading "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries too. That gives a good perspective on MVP, optimizing and so on. I also feel that entrepreneurs give crazy attention to details, which is why the product many times…"
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"Don't Give Up" - A short post on keeping your motivation alive for products.

Dear founders,As someone who's created more than three products over eight years I know the journey can be hard. I've seen far too many founders give up on their product ambitions and switch back to a job, or start up a services company. From my own experience, there have been several instances where I've been tempted to give up. The tragedy with giving up is that the learning is discontinued and can't be effectively crystallized into results. Here are a few lessons on not giving up on product…See More
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From Eric Ries' blog under Creative Commons...

However, every once in a while, I come across someone who consistently corrects other people's mistakes. Someone who seems to get it. And who am I to complain if that someone happens to be a giant robot dinosaur named FAKEGRIMLOCK? As it turns out,…


Posted on December 16, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

POCC at a Glance - April 19th

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The startup in focus this week is Pineapple Innovative Solutions – a venture that takes care of the IT and…


Posted on April 18, 2011 at 9:30pm

What makes a Great Advisor?

I've written a blog post on my experiences with good Advisors and Mentors. The post could be useful to Startups and Entrepreneurs that are looking to get Advisors and additional help at the top.

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Posted on April 1, 2009 at 3:43pm

Nurturing the Pune Startup Eco-System Through Communities

I’ve been helping the Pune OpenCoffee Club bootstrap itself here in Pune. The community is designed to help Tech. Startup enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, developers, advisor's, Investors and everyone else create a central place for networking.

Pune also hosts a number of other organizations aimed at Entrepreneurs - CSI-Pune, SEAP, TiE, NASSCOM to name a few. How is this different? To begin with, the OpenCoffee Club is an informal format. In other words, anyone could announce and arrange… Continue

Posted on March 19, 2008 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

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At 10:15am on March 13, 2014, mketans said…

Hey Santosh,

Its been a long time since I met you at persistent a couple of years ago. Can we have a separate page or  focused group for non IT/ITES startups/businesses? I know IT/ITES is the opportunity that most people look for, but there are a few who are purposefully looking for opportunities and guidance in areas other than those. For them, this forum is a challenge looking out for the kind of discussions they are looking for. Its like trying to find a needle in a haystack of IT/ITES related discussions and posts. Can we try having a separate focus group/page for a few days at-least and see the response to it. If it doesn't add value we can revert back to how we have right now.

At 6:20pm on January 30, 2014, k.retu said…

hi santosh

this is retu.i want some information .could please tell me .

At 1:04pm on March 11, 2013, Harshal Gupta said…

Hi Santosh,

Would like to meet and discuss few things with you in regard to promote entrepreneurship through social media in other states of India.

Please mail me on



At 1:24pm on February 24, 2013, Chandana Bhowmick said…

Dear Santosh,

This is a great idea, Yoga is for everybody and I am always eager to teach. Let me know how I can help.


Chandana Bhowmick

At 11:21pm on December 14, 2012, aniruddha.lakhkar said…

Hello Santosh, you have done an amazing work by creating such website for startups. i am just graduated with dream of entrepreneurship and glad to let you know already i am gettn gud results of site.

Thanks a a lot.




At 5:06pm on October 5, 2012, Roshan Desarda said…

Hi Santosh,

Thanks for starting punestartups. It is really helping startups from Pune just like what and does for PAN India. Yes, we definitely can have a talk over phone or discuss over email.


Roshan Desarfa

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Twitter : roshya

At 1:03pm on October 4, 2012, Anand Vardhan said…

Thanks Santosh for the friend request.

look forward to meet you all on 6th.

At 3:53pm on August 9, 2012, Kapil Bhutkar said…

hi Santosh, 

excellent efforts !!! 

At 5:01pm on August 5, 2012, Mitesh Bohra said…

Hi Santosh, I had prior commitments hence couldn't come. Hopefully we will meet in the next one.




At 12:15pm on July 24, 2012, Aditya Rao said…

Hi Santosh!

Thanks for this - looks really interesting! Definitely going to try and make it.


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