271 posts categorized "CEO View"

December 09, 2008

An Innovator’s Dilemma – License or Manufacture?

Dash Express, the GPS with GPRS communication for automatic pooling of real-time traffic reports and a truly open application API, is one of the coolest products I've ever owned; it clearly points the way to not only the future of not getting lost but also the next More...

December 07, 2008

Cerberus at the Gates of Hell

Cerberus Capital Management understands the virtues of bankruptcy. Much of its business has been buying companies or their assets out of bankruptcy and then reselling them as going businesses – presumably that's why they took the name of the three headed dog who guards the gates of Hades. As Cerb More...

November 22, 2008

A Time Without Exits

Marooned on an island; adrift on a ship; locked in a seedy, spooky deserted mansion; lost in a cave – these are all staples of fiction. And these are all descriptions of the times we live in from an entrepreneur or VC point of view.

All the exits are shut. No IPOs for the foreseeable fut More...

November 08, 2008

Maybe We Don’t Need So Much Credit

A friend of ours has started a "new economy" business; she makes delicious Vermont brownies and sells them online at vermontbrowniecompany.com.

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October 21, 2008

When Your Company SHOULD Spend

Cash is king. VCs like Fred Wilson are advising their portfolio companies to be in cash-preservation mode for the very good reason that more cash will be hard to come by and, if obtainable at all, may come with More...

September 16, 2008

Invent, Baby, Invent

Tom Friedman says we ought to be chanting "Invent, Baby, Invent" rather than "Drill, Baby, Drill". Forget that this is a false dichotomy (or More...

August 12, 2008

Should Your New Web Business be Ad-Supported?

Contrary to popular belief, the ad-supported model for a web business is very, very hard to succeed at. I've underestimated the difficulty of living on ads a couple of times in the my investment career. Wouldn't want you to do the same either as an investor or an entrepreneur.

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July 21, 2008

How To Lose Your Company

From an article on "net-top" computers in today's New York Times:

"'We're sitting on the sid More...

April 08, 2008

Hold the PowerPoint; Launch the Site

PowerPoint presentations won’t get you into the meeting room of most venture capitalists even though you may need a presentation once you get there. Working software that they can look at before they look at you, on the ot More...

April 02, 2008

Findability in the (un)Social Directory

If you don’t want to be found, you should have the right to remain a hermit. I can’t bring myself to pay Verizon several dollars a month to take me OUT of its 411 and white pages but I don’t want to be there, even though – More...

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