Category Archives: Management and Capital

Red Flags


While participating at an NYC healthcare conference, I noted with extreme interest a presentation by an industry expert who related that there are several “red flags,” independent from each one, during early clinical trials that demonstrate that the therapy, in … Continue reading

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Background checks and Entrepreneurs – should background checks be applied to early-stage entrepreneurs and companies?


During my actual experience with an early stage tech company undergoing IPO due diligence by E&Y, a top four accounting firm, in preparation for an IPO, the accountants informed the company that it would also follow through the due diligence … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the International Technology Oasis


On August 15th, 2018, Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s leading incubator for many decades, had announced that it would establish its first international incubation operation in mainland China. (https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/14/y-combinator-china-qi-lu/). Tim Draper of Draper Fisher & Jurvetson, another Silicon Valley establishment, has … Continue reading

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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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Teams to Attract Investors


A few days ago, a growing VC firm was pitching for additional capital from limited partners, where I was part of the audience.  In demonstrating the criteria for early-stage companies they invest in, and they emphasized this characteristic, the “team” … Continue reading

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