Monthly Archives: July 2010

Set the Hook before Setting the Price

High impact entrepreneurs looking for venture capital or angel financing often wonder whether their business plan and pitch should include a valuation for the deal; i.e. whether they should tell prospective investors right up front how much of the company … Continue reading

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Understanding Risk in the Context of the High Impact Startup: The Playing Field

By definition, high impact entrepreneurs tackle opportunities with high risk/reward profiles.  Most entrepreneurs – being optimists by nature – are more excited about the potential for outsized rewards than the challenges of dealing with outsized risks.  Most investors, on the … Continue reading

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Small Business and High Impact Entrepreneurs: The Same, Only Different

One thing that that strikes me about economic development initiatives and organizations in places that have limited experience with the high risk/reward entrepreneurial culture that thrives in regions with robust venture capital resources, is that too many of them don’t … Continue reading

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The Smartphone: (Vacation) Enabling Technology

Now that the summer vacation season is upon us, the usual critiques of our increasingly connected society are popping up.  People long for simpler times when going on vacation meant disconnecting from the world of work.  Well I, for one, … Continue reading

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Global Warming Skeptic: Alternative Energy Enthusiast

In an earlier post, I summarized the thinking behind my skepticism about man-made global warming.  Some readers have inferred that my skepticism about global warming means that I am skeptical about the alternative energy business.  Actually, while I am always … Continue reading

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