Case | HBS Case Collection | May 2013 (Revised June 2014)

Getit

by Ramana Nanda and Rachna Tahilyani

Abstract

Sidharth Gupta, CEO of Getit Infomediary Ltd, had just received a term sheet from Helion Venture Partners (Helion), one of India's independent venture capital firms, offering to invest Rs 200 million in return for an equity stake in the company. His dream of transforming Getit from a regional print company into a digital company with broad geographical reach was within grasp. However, Gupta had to act fast; Helion's term sheet would expire in a fortnight if unexecuted. Bank finance and trade credit had tided Getit through tough times in the past, and Getit still had a Rs 250 million bank line to draw on. Should he take the venture capital investment? And if so, what implications would this have for his family business and for him personally?

Keywords: venture capital; publishing; media and publishing; entrepreneurial finance; Venture Capital; Media; Entrepreneurship; India;

Citation:

Nanda, Ramana, and Rachna Tahilyani. "Getit." Harvard Business School Case 813-178, May 2013. (Revised June 2014.)