271 posts categorized "CEO View"

January 04, 2011

Too-Big-To-Fail Goldman Buys Facebook Share

As a former founder and CEO of a public company, I understand why Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to raise money without taking his company public. During the dot.com bubble ten years ago, many companies, including mine, went public too soon – most before they were profitable, some before More...

February 24, 2009

When Angels Fear to Tread

It's the lack of exits that's a problem amid the deadly clamp of panic throughout the economy - a far cry from the irrational exuberance that drives entrepreneurs (and their investors) and which brings us trouble and fraud as well as greatness and "slumdog millionaires".

No matter how mu More...

February 23, 2009

A VC Says No to VC bailout

"Thanks but no thanks" is Fred Wilson's prompt response to Tom Friedman's column suggesting that $20 billion in bailout funds be More...

February 17, 2009

Internet Services Worth Paying For

Can you charge for your new Internet service? You're always up against the expectation that Internet services are free. Moreover, you won't grow as fast if you charge as you will if you give something away. On the other hand, a service has to be very large and have lots and lots of hits (or be do More...

February 06, 2009

Pay Caps are Overdue

A free market demands pay caps for those who have been insulated from failure. Should've been in the bank bailout bill from the beginning (although there shouldn't hav More...

February 04, 2009

Advice to Entrepreneurs – In Lieu of Capital

Programming contracts can fund development of your breakthrough product when no one else will; and contracts are a good way to keep eating while you pursue your dream. This strategy takes more patience than would be needed if you could get angel or venture funding to pay you (and any associates) More...

February 03, 2009

Advice to Entrepreneurs from What Would Google Do

My friend and sometimes colleague Hardeep asked:

"… the lists of details for each of those features keep getting longer and longer. If I ignore all the features I want, I will be nowhere close to where my com More...

January 29, 2009

Owning Servers is Passé

Cloud computing isn't just for little guys anymore. Both local hosting businesses and MIS-managed computer centers are likely to disappear into the clouds in the next couple of years. Small is NOT beautiful in host computers anymore. Amazon (for example) CAN do it better and cheaper than you. More...

January 15, 2009

Beware the Coyote Syndrome

Wylie Coyote sometimes runs over the lip of a cliff but doesn't start to fall until he looks down and sees that there's nothing but air under his feet. Same thing happens with companies and industries: if they' More...

January 14, 2009

Airlines Encourage Cloud Computing

When things come full circle, you know you're old. I cut my professional teeth on massive centralized computers; helped use remote access to bring computing power out of the glass room; then I retooled for the massive decentralization that microcomputers made possible; made a new career in helpin More...

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