Observation, thoughts, and information.

Corporate Investing

01.30.15 (4 years ago)

Earlier this week, the NVCA release venture investment by corporate venture funds.  According to the report, corporate venture groups invested $5.4 billion in 775 deals to U.S.-based companies in 2014. Additional data released shows: Corporate venture accounted for 11.0% of all venture dollars invested and 17.8% of all venture deals

Founder Compensation

01.28.15 (4 years ago)

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerator’s column focused on the topic of executive compensation.  This is a hot topic in the startup world, especially when investors are involved. Christina Bechhold, co-founder of Empire Angels, has some great advice — talk about it.  Those founders who are transparent about

Open IPO Window

01.08.15 (4 years ago)

Yesterday, the NVCA and Thomson Reuters released data showing the number of venture-backed companies going public in 2014 posted the best full year for new listings since 2000.  While an IPO exit is typically the most lucrative for investors, a strategic acquisition (M&A) can result in a very positive outcome

Business Resolutions

01.04.15 (4 years ago)

It’s January, the time of year when many personal resolutions are made.  It’s also the time of year when companies should hit the reset button and take a look at the way the company is operating. In a recent Inc. column, John Boitnott explains three things your business should stop

2014: Year of the Mega-Deal

12.30.14 (4 years ago)

As 2014 wraps, CB Insights takes a look at the 25 largest tech deals that raised $9.25 billion.  Not only was 2014 the year of the mega-deal, it also marked the year that mutual funds and hedge funds made significant investments in private, emerging technology companies. How do these investment

Failure Warning Signs

12.16.14 (4 years ago)

As an entrepreneur, you should constantly look for ways to improve your company, your employees, the daily operations, and each operating division.  Take off the blinders and heed the warning signs things are going south.  Most entrepreneurs are too wrapped up in the daily grind to pay attention — this