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From idea pitch to life-threatening calls: how two aspiring entrepreneurs got mixed up in a bizarre funding tale

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From idea pitch to life-threatening calls: how two aspiring entrepreneurs got mixed up in a bizarre funding tale

Two technology professionals had dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. When Minance’s founder floated a LinkedIn post about a possible start-up opportunity, they responded. What happened next is bizarre and scary.
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18 Jun 2020 8 Mins Read 8 comments
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It began as an entrepreneurial dream. Soham Soumya Sarkar, who studied engineering at a Kolkata-based private engineering college, and Pankaj Mahanty, an engineering graduate from a Gujarat-based college, had been working for a global cybersecurity firm in Bengaluru for almost four years. Both were in project management roles, but what they actually wanted was a shot at starting their own
A detailed questionnaire sent to Anurag Bhatia did not elicit any response till the time of filing this story. “We wanted to get our startup funded and you know that whatever the investors say, you accept it. Now, it’s impossible to trust anyone. We are really scared,” says Sarkar. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)
It began as an entrepreneurial dream. Soham Soumya Sarkar, who studied engineering at a Kolkata-based private engineering college, and Pankaj Mahanty, an engineering graduate from a Gujarat-based college, had been working for a global cybersecurity firm in Bengaluru for almost four years. Both were in project management roles, but what they actually wanted was a shot at starting their own A detailed questionnaire sent to Anurag Bhatia did not elicit any response till the time of filing this story. “We wanted to get our startup funded and you know that whatever the investors say, you accept it. Now, it’s impossible to trust anyone. We are really scared,” says Sarkar. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)

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