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20 ventures you can start with Rs 5 lakh!



Ronojoy Banerjee, Outlook Money



October 26, 2007

In 1995, Sabeer Bhatia started Hotmail with his idea - of a free, Internet-based email service that can be accessed anywhere in the world - and seed capital from pioneering venture fund Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The service was commercially launched on 4 July 1996. The idea found takers, 8.5 million of them by December 1997. That month itself, Microsoft Corporation, the world's largest software company, bought it off him for a whopping $400 million.

That's the power of a good idea. In the last decade, businesses like Hotmail have rewritten the rules of starting a new business. The first idea that has been junked is that you need a large amount of capital to get it off the ground. The second concept to go was that you must make a tangible product to sell. Their demise has been helped in no small measure by the increasing access of the common man to the Internet, as well as by the emergence of the services, rather than manufacturing as a huge and fast-growing sector. Further, the emergence of angel investors, venture capitalists and private equity funds has made it easier, although still not easy, to fund a new venture. The first new requirement for new-generation businesses is what old advertising hands would call the big idea, the ability to spot unmet needs for products or services.

One, two, clean a shoe ... Take the case of Mumbai's Sandeep Gajakas. He saw a lot of otherwise cleanly dressed people going around in expensive, but dirty, footwear. That was because age-old methods were not good enough for cleaning hi-tech branded shoes that used different materials and textures.

20 Businesses You Can Start With Rs 5 lakh Or Less

http://www.rediff.com/money/2007/oct/26spec1.htm


From India, Coimbatore
Very nice post from Peer as usual. All I can say is that at a young age, anybody with an entreupreneurial spirit would do well in most of these businesses but excellence and long term survival depend more on passion for the business as explained in one of the points in the link- http://mypyp.wordpress.com/
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