Category Archives: Strategy

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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Profitable Internet Business Models


Once, San Francisco was the home of a startup that, well-funded initially, employed a bunch of engineers to realize designs of products submitted on-line.  Besides the ubiquitous, well-designed website, it staffed itself with an army of personnel to realize its … 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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Is the average taxpayer subsidizing those wonderfully, successful Silicon Valley companies much too much?


The typical Silicon Valley company has attached itself to the coattails of taxpayers or older established companies, all in the name of disruptive technologies.  Without these tax incentives, would these companies be so valuable, or, worst, ever get off the … Continue reading

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The Barbarians are at the Gates in Silicon Valley


Various newscasts are assailing the fairy tale stories and Ivory Towers that originate from Silicon Valley.  As one of the largest gorillas in technology, Google has been slapped with a US$2.7 billion fine for anti-trust violations. The other technology gorilla, … Continue reading

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