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The 2016 Periodic Table: Enterprise Ready Startups

GreyOrange, InMobi and Freshdesk score high; CarlQ, CloverBoard, and klickH score low

Photo Credit : Microsoft Accelerator,

Microsoft through the work of Microsoft Accelerator has created a list of startups that are most ready to scale to the size of an enterprise. Then they went about placing them in a periodic table like Dmitri Mendeleev did with the elements.

Here’s how you decipher the periodic table: the two letter derivative is the symbol of the full name of startup, below this appears the name of startup appears in full in smaller font size. The tiny number appearing on the left of each box is very important. That’s the score for how enterprise ready the startup is – higher the score the more enterprise ready they are.

The table has been compiled using data available as at October 2016.

The accompanying note to the periodic table also says:

“This time, we decided to take stock of a phenomenon which has been growing rapidly in the country: the enterprise – startup partnerships. Over the years, the need for digital transformation has created a demand for startup technologies across all sectors, lowering the entry barriers for the startups.

However, during our conversations with enterprises and startups, we could see that the identification of a startup who has the product and team which can scale up as per the enterprise’s needs and deliver continues to be a challenge. In other words, determining the ‘Enterprise Readiness’ of the startup is the bottleneck.

In this study, we have focused on those startups that are serving large and small enterprises through deep and complex technological solutions. There are no readymade tools to measure the success and maturity of such startups.

We based the evaluation on available data to lend objectivity to the analysis, we aggregated the data to represent the key metrics for enterprise readiness [which] used some largely proxy measurements and inferential scores, and includes some elements of subjectivity. Our methodology, inspired by the e=mc2, focuses on Enterprise Readiness Score, and is measured based on three parameters – customer traction, funding and size of the company.”

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