Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

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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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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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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Why is Fred Wilson (USV) excoriating convertible notes and SAFEs that finance early stage companies?


In a recent blog, Fred Wilson concluded that early stage investors and founders would be better off being financed directly with equity in its early stages rather than through convertible notes or, the recent Silicon Valley hybrid, the SAFE. http://avc.com/2017/03/convertible-and-safe-notes/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Continue reading

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What the New England Patriots could have taught Theranos!


In a well-known quote by Theranos’ CEO, Elizabeth Homes, she stated that “I think that the minute that you have a backup plan, you’ve admitted that you’re not going to succeed.” Of course, we all know what happened to her … Continue reading

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When to hire an in-house counsel?


Someone asked the simple question of when to hire an outside counsel or attorney.  And I answered accordingly. Here, instead, I would like to quickly address of when to hire in-house counsel.  In many early stage companies, I have noted … Continue reading

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