Category Archives: Capital and Management

Suckers, Bitcoins, and Investments


Right after finishing lunch with the USPTO director, Jon Dudas, at the Alexandria PTO head office, I bumped into a Physics patent examiner on the metro. He related to me his quandary on why various investments were being made for … Continue reading

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Websites to Research for Technology Business Plans


When writing strategic plans, one needs corroborative data to insert into the cells in one’s spreadsheets.  For example, I once reviewed a Russian business plan where a driver received US$600 a month.  Personnel costs represent a huge percentage of the … Continue reading

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Is the average taxpayer subsidizing those wonderfully, successful Silicon Valley companies much too much?


The typical Silicon Valley company has attached itself to the coattails of taxpayers or older established companies, all in the name of disruptive technologies.  Without these tax incentives, would these companies be so valuable, or, worst, ever get off the … Continue reading

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What do Silicon Valley and the Italian dish, Pasta Carbonara, have in Common?


A seasoned SV entrepreneur and his younger colleague invited me to an Italian lunch in downtown San Miguel, California.  As a preliminary introduction, he mentioned he had met Steven Jobs on one opportunity. He then ordered a well-known dish, Pasta … Continue reading

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The Barbarians are at the Gates in Silicon Valley


Various newscasts are assailing the fairy tale stories and Ivory Towers that originate from Silicon Valley.  As one of the largest gorillas in technology, Google has been slapped with a US$2.7 billion fine for anti-trust violations. The other technology gorilla, … Continue reading

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For 89 Bucks, anyone can be a Founder!


When I relocated to Silicon Valley, I noted the usage of the ubiquitous sobriquet, “Founder”, next to the titles of CxOs for many startups.  Interestingly, anyone can register a C-corp for the total cost of $89 fee in the State … Continue reading

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The Dilemma Facing Internet Content Platforms


In a recent NY Times April 2017 article on Facebook’s content dilemma, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/25/magazine/can-facebook-fix-its-own-worst-bug.html?_r=0, the author didn’t really hone in on what has led to this strange situation.  From day 1, newly established Internet companies always relied on one major component … Continue reading

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