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Innovation, Google & Employee Retention

June 29, 2007


[Author’s note: A new article on this blog regarding Google employee retention is also available.) A recent Wall Street Journal article – “Start-Ups Make InroadsWith Google’s Work Force” has many people in the technology and business community clamoring with regard to Google’s innovation and employee retention challenges. Google has long been a source of personal […]

Breeding Partnerships

June 26, 2007


Last week, I traveled to Canada (including Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon) with a representative from the Ministry of Agriculture of Kazakhstan to continue work on a current project we are undertaking. The representative is the director of an agricultural research facility in Astana, and the goal of the trip to parts north was to discover […]

"Your ideas are wrong, but. . ."

June 21, 2007


The second of the key concepts presented at the SVASE “Leveraging Service Providers” lunch event was: “Any idea you have is the wrong idea. But then you learn from running the idea and figuring out what works.” This concept was introduced by Christopher Keene, and I nearly laughed out loud in agreement. I thought immediately […]

"Entrepreneurship is a team sport."

June 19, 2007


Last Thursday (6/14/07), I attended the SVASE “Leveraging Service Providers” lunch event hosted at DLA Piper’s office in San Francisco. The speakers of the event were Christopher Keene, CEO of Active Grid Software and Radu Barsan of Redfern Integrated Optics. A couple of key concepts were presented throughout the course of the discussion. The first […]

Tech Events – Silicon Valley/Bay Area

June 11, 2007


Launch Silicon Valley was held last week at the Microsoft Mountain View campus on June 4-5. I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout of both entrepreneurs and venture capital representatives. Of the presentations that I attended, the Digital Media group was the most interesting to me. The presenting companies included – EyeJot, fix8, SnapJot, Yodio, […]

Private Equity in Education?

June 8, 2007


Laureate Education accepted a $3.5+ bln offer from an investor group that includes KKR. With regard to Laureate, I am curious to see if and how private equity begins to creep into the public education arena – private equity is already purchasing mega-sized infrastructure projects such as toll roads and bridges. It is not much […]

Private Equity & the Publishing Industry

June 4, 2007


Apax acquired Thomson Learning for over $7+ billion – nearly the same sale price as Chrysler! Pearson plc recently acquired eCollege for approximately $500 mln., despite Pearson’s strategic partnership with Blackboard, Inc., a direct competitor to eCollege. Additionally, this price reflects a value nearly equal to eight times revenue and 20 times EBITDA. I am […]