NY Times Announces 8 "Cutting-Edge" Companies, 5 Years Too Late

Last Thursday morning, as I was browsing headlines on The New York Times, I saw an article entitled, “Which Start-Up Could Be the Next Big Thing?” That’s a serious newspaper and an exciting topic. Coffee in my left hand, mouse in my right, I clicked on through. After the author created…

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Tags: Startups

Are You Buying Low and Selling High?

In last Friday’s article, I talked about how capital gets distributed, and to whom, when a start-up is acquired. Based on all the emails our subscribers sent us requesting more information, it seems I touched on a hot topic! One of your recurring questions was about a company’s valuation – i.e., the…

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September 7th: Your $50 Million Payday?

Slipping a tight blazer over his tee-shirt, the entrepreneur bounded onto the stage. He glowed with confidence as he presented the vision for “Qwiki,” his technology start-up: Qwiki would automatically create short videos on search terms like Albert Einstein orLady Gaga. With sight, sound and motion, the search experience would become entertaining…

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Tags: Crowdfunding Early-stage Investing Techstars Ycombinator 500 Startups

The Worst Investment I Ever Made

The champagne was flowing. Music filled the air. Beautiful people were dancing, lounging, and having the time of their lives… That’s the image I had in my head when I wrote a check for what turned out to be the worst investment of my life. Dim Lights, Big City I…

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