Monthly Archives: March 2014

Does it Pay to be a Technology Startup in Europe or SiIicon Valley?


During the last several weeks I have heard several debates on why should European technology companies establish themselves in Silicon Valley.  The pro-European or anti-Silicon Valley advocates believe that technology engineers are more cost effective in Europe and comment that … Continue reading

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The Total Addressable Market (TAM) Redux


The first step any business plan is to identify the Total Addressable Market (TAM) for its product.  And I still find many neophytes cannot determine what that should be.  The next step, equally important, is estimate what market share of … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley EcoSystem: the misconceptions


At a San Mateo conference dealing with mobile healthcare, I met a gentleman, whom I asked about his current job status.  His reply was that he was a “CEO of one startup, the CFO of another, but I make my … Continue reading

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Startups: Foreign and domestic corporate governance laws are not homogenous, and don’t expect them to be


While attending a seminar on European startups, one commentator criticized the Balkanization of corporate governance law throughout Europe. I was perplexed. True—whenever I dealt with the rollout of any entity in Europe, I regarded each country as sui generis – … Continue reading

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Zombie Companies, or How not to get Bitten


In my continuing series on “Zombies”, I need to address the classification of Zombie companies in Silicon Valley.  A Zombie company is very much like a Zombie, keeps walking around aimlessly until it dies. Once bitten, it is an “irreversible” … Continue reading

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My Zombie Musings about Convertible Promissory Notes


The many ways a company can raise capital reminds me about the wide variety of Zombie movies.  Now I see that there are Zombies in Cuba – who, of course, grunt with a Spanish accent, and in Equatorial Africa, where … Continue reading

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