Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Burn Rate During a Startup’s Early Stages


Investors hope to see from the startup’s cash management during its early stages to be spartan and reasonable during its early stage operations. An investor would be anxious to see a startup burn through cash too quickly on high salaries … Continue reading

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Regulations? What regulations?


A recent Yahoo news announced the death knell of two startup companies: “New airline rules regarding smart luggage claimed their second victim this week. Raden announced that it was shuttering after the largest American domestic carriers said they were imposing … Continue reading

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How to make huge bucks as founders and early investors through an unprofitable, public company? Look at Spotify and the first IPO player at that game, Viatel.


    Just this week, Spotify went public directly priced at $132 a share, even when, with revenues of US$5 bill., it sustained losses of $1.5 bill. One analyst even gave the buy target at $180 a share!  (At this … Continue reading

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Does Technology alone make a Company?


While conversing with a VC analyst, she claimed that she had a team of 21 Ph.D.s to evaluate the merits of a technology. She seemed impressed but critical of their evaluations since they were extremely conservative.  I thought that a … Continue reading

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The Pink Elephant in a Fund Raising Presentation


While reviewing the presentation from a U.S. company raising a Series B or C financing, I quickly jumped into the team description and spotted a mistake in the academic credentials of one member of the executive team – it stated … Continue reading

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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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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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