The India sports footwear and activewear market is currently at $9B, and is expected to grow to $20B by 2025. Despite the immense growth potential, the majority of this market is still highly unorganized.

Source: Avendus

Global premium brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Puma have not been able to…


More than 50 million people around the world consider themselves to be creators. Yet, for most of history, they struggled to reach their audiences effectively and monetize their creativity and services.

If you were a filmmaker, you needed a production house to distribute your movies. If you were an artist…


Accident is the name of the greatest of all inventors, to paraphrase Mark Twain. From microwaves to chocolate chip cookies, from the pacemaker to the potato chip, so many different objects that have become part of our everyday lives owe their existence to serendipity.

Take, for example, the case of…


The first women who really influenced my life were those that I never got the chance to meet — my grandmothers. I only knew them through the stories that my parents told me, and those stories made them completely unrelatable. My father’s memories of my paternal grandmother are filled with…


Work-life balance is hard to strike. Structuring my life, breaking it into parts, and sticking to routines has helped me stay focused, grounded, and consistent. I find the discipline of routine liberating and empowering.

All of us have struggled to maintain the balance at some point. When that unfortunate phase…


Google fired Margaret Mitchell, the AI ethics co-lead at Google Brain. Mitchell’s co-leading colleague, Timnit Gebru, had been fired too amid controversy. Both women were critical of Google’s diversity hiring record during the two years they worked together.

Lack of diversity inspired me to think of how power dynamics play…


Some of the most successful startups are an outcome of various business pivots.

Airbnb began by renting mattresses. Slack was initially a video game. Twitter started off as a podcasting platform.

Recognizing when to pivot is an essential skill that all entrepreneurs must develop.

My recent poll on pivots resulted…


What was it that made me support a certain start-up?

It’s a question I get asked a lot. Kalaari has had the privilege of working with many great founders at start-ups such as Myntra, Snapdeal, Dream Sports, Simplilearn, Upstox, Urban Ladder, Zivame, Cashkaro, Bluestone, Magzter, Creditvidya, and others. …


I recently posted about the general lack of awareness and solutions for many of the pertinent health challenges faced by women and was overwhelmed with the response.

Roughly 61% of respondents believed Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS, is one the most critical challenges faced by women today. For those who…


Technology is eating the world. We are surrounded by technology more than ever before in the history of the human race.

Most of us own multiple devices. We demand real-time everything. The public square has relocated to Twitter. So much of our lives are now virtual that “in real life”…

Vani Kola

VC @Kalaari. Committed to entrepreneurship in India. Yoga enthusiast, Daily Meditator, Occasional runner & mom of two girls.

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