Entrepreneur Mistake from Not Knowing the Investor

May 24, 2010

I am constantly surprised when I see an Entrepreneur presenting to a group of investors and they make a real minor league mistake. The one I encountered recently was a company who passed out a Fact Sheet and in the Pro Forma Financial Projections indicated that the financials were available via an NDA. The first, […]

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Politicians at Work – Jack Reed (D) Senator, Rhode Island

May 12, 2010

About a month ago, I wrote about a nonsense statement that Senator Reed made about making it a requirement that all funds, including Venture and Private Equity, with >$30M under management, should have to register and report to the SEC. His rationale was that these funds can have an adverse effect on the global financial […]

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This Week In Venture Capital, Worth a Look or Listen

May 12, 2010

Recently, Mark Suster, General Partner @ GRP Partners Venture Capital firm, took over as the host of This Week in Venture Capital a weekly Internet TV show/podcast. The link takes you to a recent show with Jim Armstrong a managing director of Clearstone Ventures. One of the things I am always stressing is that entrepreneurs […]

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Is Social Media a Fad?

May 11, 2010

I put this post up on StartupCoast, but thought I would also put it up on the buzz. There are still quite a few entrepreneurs and business leaders who think that Social Media is a passing fad. I think this is an extremely short sided viewpoint. Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics, is certainly agrees. He […]

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Finally, Some Sanity in the Financial Reform Bill

April 25, 2010

I ran across a post at Tech Flash, Seattle’s Technology News Source, that says that Senator Dodd’s Financial Reform bill has changed the two provisions that would have negatively affected entrepreneurs search for early stage investors. Originally, one provision sought to raise the limit of an accredited investor from $1M to $2.3M. The current language […]

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Another Ludicrous Statement by a Politician about Venture Investing

April 10, 2010

Fred Wilson did a post today responding to the ludicrous assertion by Senator Reed about how $30M venture funds might pose a threat to the global financial environment. Is there something in the air around the Capital in DC? Where are these insane thoughts coming from? Check out Fred’s post @ ://www.avc.com/a_vc/2010/04/venture-capital-creating-systemic-risk.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AVc+%28A+VC%29.

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Fueling Job Growth, Bailouts vs. Startups

April 5, 2010

There was an interesting article by Thomas Friedman in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times on Saturday. The focus was on our immigration policies especially on foreign workers, but there were a couple of interesting statistics included. One was from Robert Litan, Director of Research at the Kauffman Foundation which focuses on stimulating […]

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Government Funding for Small Businesses, Fact versus Truth

April 4, 2010

As I was watching Christina Romer, Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, on Meet The Press this morning, I thought about something that I first heard from Maya Angelou who said “Sometimes facts get in the way of truth“. Ms. Romer was talking about how the stimulus is working and how an […]

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What is Driving Senator Dodd in His Financial Reform Bill?

March 28, 2010

I was catching up on reading through blogs when I came across this post on Venture Capitalist’s Fred Wilson blog AVC http://tinyurl.com/y8nm5vy. If you are an entrepreneur who is currently or will be looking for early stage financing or a person who provides early stage capital, then you need to understand what is being proposed […]

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Talking to Entrepreneurs – Bay Schmooze IV

July 12, 2009

One thing that I like about talking with entrepreneurs is when you realize that a lot of what you know and take for granted is completely new to someone else. Two of the conversations I had yesterday were with entrepreneurs who are very early in the creation of their new busineses. Both are focusing on […]

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Bay Schmooze IV – Interesting Concept

July 12, 2009

Yesterday morning I joined a large number of entrepreneurs and some investors in a rather interesting setting. Marco Thompson, who is very well known in the San Diego business community especially for creating unique venues to showcase entrepreneurs, put together Bay Schmooze IV at the end of Mission Bay park. It started at 7:30 AM […]

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