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(Don’t) Go West Young Entrepreneur

After launching my career in and around the high impact entrepreneurship space and venture capital in Silicon Valley in 1985, I moved on to North Carolina in 1990. After an .. exhilarating? … run as a venture capital investor (fund … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs with (Bad) Attitudes

Many high impact entrepreneurs have outsized personalities.  They combine a big ego with incredible creativity, drive and energy.  Pretty much all of them that I have known have had at least one serious personality … quirk.  That said, there are … Continue reading

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Foundational Issues for Prospective Angel Investors

The angel investment community in Wisconsin has been growing steadily for several years now, and given the limited availability of professional venture capital in the State this is good news.  My purpose today is to offer some of the newer … Continue reading

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Ben Bernanke Channels the Weimar Republic

Okay, Ben Bernanke has a tough job. The economy is still in the tank, at a time past business cycles suggest it should be rapidly accelerating and back on the long term growth curve. The political process is broken, and … Continue reading

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Financial Forecasts: Budgets and Plans

Financial forecasting is something pretty much every entrepreneur knows has to be done, and also something many entrepreneurs don’t understand. The problem, I think, is that entrepreneurs (and a fair number of investors, for that matter) often confuse two quite … Continue reading

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Seed Convertible Debt: Thoughts on the Default Conversion Price

Convertible debt financing structures, with or without equity kickers, are a popular choice for many seed stage entrepreneurs and investors.  (Disclaimer: this blog is about first money in seed investments, and not about the many other situations where convertible debt … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Investment Banks

In my previous post, I suggested, in my customary direct manner, that when it comes to finders and their fees, most early stage high-impact entrepreneurs should say no.  I wanted to clarify that my comments in that post are directed … Continue reading

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