Tag Archives: business strategy

Entrepeneurship is Sailing

For centuries we’ve asked the question, “quantity or quality” but in the world of entrepreneurship there hasn’t been a definite answer. Do you want to start a huge company or a controlled local one? Put out the most product at the lowest price or the expensive yet customizable, organically grown …

Dodd Frank: On the Books

We are all familiar with the Dodd-Frank Act, but regardless of our opinions on it one thing is clear: it’s going to happen. It represents the most comprehensive financial reform measures taken since the Great Depression, and with such a massive reform comes massive changes. Specifically, in the way your …

Investing Yourself

If it were easy to be a venture capitalist, it would be a much more common resume listing. Being able to identify new and innovative technologies and then generate a high commercial return, at an early stage, is not something you are born with.   And then taking a role to …

Investing in Sharing

As a venture capitalist, you invest in the future. The deals that you make can’t be unmade, and those that you don’t might be huge successes under the guise of a competitor. Hindsight is the only way we can see clearly, and VCs must rely on their vision of the …

Blood, Sweat, and Living Out of Your Car

When someone signs on to start their own company, they dive into a pool of competitors that is very tough to swim out of. Deciding to be an entrepreneur requires hard work that will redefine hard work. It will be a while before the company takes off, and before it …

Term Sheets and Timing

After you’ve received interest from a few venture capitalists, you might feel on top of the world. And you have a reason to feel that way—these are smart, focused people whose job it is to find companies that have the potential to be the best. That means you’ve been doing …

Sink or Swim… Or Float

 Which came first—the venture capitalist or the company? This question is a lot easier to solve than the ages-old debate over the chicken and the egg. Yet lately entrepreneurs have forgotten the answer, tying the two together as inseparable organisms. Companies have been around since the dawn of civilization, when …

If You Build It

The question, “What does it take to make a successful company?” runs through every entrepreneur’s mind before he or she dives into the task. After all, anyone familiar with the sport of start-ups and finding investors knows that not all good ideas win. Some fall away despite their potential, just …

How Social Media is an Accelerator for Private Equity and Venture Capital Firms

A common consensus among some financial services (private equity and venture capital companies) professionals is that it is not necessary for their firms to become involved in social media. Maybe this was the case a few years ago; however, more and more Venture Capital and Private Equity companies are hopping …

Is Investing in a Private Equity Firm the Best Option for Best Buy?

The question currently challenging Best Buy is whether or not staying public or going private would be in the company’s best interest. Richard Schulze, the founder of Best Buy, is the largest shareholder even though he recently resigned from the company’s board of directors. The Wall Street Journal recognizes Best …