Pop Quiz, Monday with Ash Narain, Founder & CEO at Marquee Equity

Ash Narain

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.

I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

Can you please tell everyone your name?
Ash Narain

What is your job role?
Founder & CEO

Tell us about your company?
We’ve raised capital for ourselves and others – and we know its hard. We’re here to simplify parts of that process for entrepreneurs. We help companies get their due diligence documentation ready, identify relevant investors, reach out to them and get meetings – leaving founders to spend time on running their businesses, while we do the legwork in streamlining these previously time-consuming tasks for them – as a service as a software 😉

What do you love most about your job?
Speaking to hundreds of entrepreneurs each month

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
The thrill of victory

How do your co-workers inspire you?
Our engineering team has capabilities I would never have. They’re superpowers as far as I’m concerned. It’s inspiring to work with some of the smartest guys in the space and build stuff with them

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We’re a remote team that promotes and thrives on freedom, openness, and ownership. Like work, we have fun remotely, sharing experiences. I could be at a golf course while someone else could be on an island in Vietnam while we brainstorm an enterprise software company’s Series A round. That’s fun.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Staying grounded after all the success, we’ve had and keeping it about the mission as opposed to the trappings.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Several. Here are a few:

a. A no deal is better than a bad deal

b. You’re as good as your team – make sure they’re in it for the long haul

c. The reasons for doing a product/startup/company are very important – the right reasons will eventually win

d. Rules and processes and culture that work at large companies don’t work at startups

e. Spend extra time hiring – its better ROI than firing

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Don’t compete with me

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:




Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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