Category Archives: Strategy

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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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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Year 2017, Conferences, and the Competitive Environment


      When sorting through the many badges from 2017 conferences and meetings I attended (and I have had just as many temp office passes as stickers not in this lot), I suddenly became aware how much time I invest … 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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Keys to Effective Powerpoint Presentations to Potential Investors


Last week, I observed various presentations to raise funding for software technologies to genome-data analytics.  Virtually all failed to deliver an effective message to attract experienced investors.  Ever since I.T. companies developed software applications that can facilitate putting together powerpoint … 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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