Category Archives: co-founder

OPM – Other People’s Money


Other People’s Money (“OPM”) was the movie title about a fictional Wall Street raider, using capital from others to benefit financially. Why am I skeptical about the new fund-raising techniques revolving on virtual currencies from bitcoins to ICOs?  Or even … 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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Team, one of the 5 T’s


Just recently, I witnessed a presenter pitching to potential investors and, when referring to the efforts and ideas of the company, he emphasized the pronoun, “I”.  When investors evaluate a company, one of the key profiles to determine the value … Continue reading

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Startups Live or Die from their Spreadsheets when Raising Capital


There is a saying in the investment community that the companies which successfully raise capital must tell a compelling story.  Besides the text, such story lives and dies by the numbers in the spreadsheet.  How important are those numbers? Let … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Startups and Entrepreneurship


Everyone hears about the good things about startups – both as a founder or working in any capacity in one.  Yes – if you hit the right team and the timing is right, one can hit unexpected riches. However, that … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship, Youth Unemployment, Obama Minimum Wage


Wall Street Journal’s article ( http://online.wsj.com/home-page), “Obama Seeks to Jump-Start Stalled Plans”,(WSJ, Jan. 29, 2014)  summarizes the President’s initiatives to raise the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour to a whopping $10.10. And I, of course, pondered the impact of … Continue reading

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What is your Business Model?


This seems to be the decade for entrepreneurship. Savants encourage the development of startups and, if that startup fails, it is part of the learning process. I guess I come from the old school in developing business strategies – identify … Continue reading

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