Browsing All Posts published on »April, 2008«

The Venture Capital Confidence Index – A Leading Indicator

April 30, 2008


Mark Cannice, Chair of the University of San Francisco Entrepreneurship Program, provided some great insight about how venture capital and venture capital activites may foreshadow overall financial market activity. In his video interview on The Wall Street Journal Online, Mark pointed out that venture capital operates at the “intersection of public and private finance,” providing […]

Angel Capital Moving to Debt

April 30, 2008


I read an interesting article on VC Experts today regarding the movement of Angel Capital from the traditional equity stake in early stage firms to debt instruments. This seems to make sense for angel investors if the payback period for their initial investments is 5-7 years or longer. And considering that following the traditional model […]

Update! University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition

April 25, 2008


I spent the day today at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, serving as a coach to aspiring young entrepreneurs and companies in developing their “elevator pitch” and venture capital presentations during the University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition. Although the competition is a compilation of student-led groups that have been vetted at […]

Is Yahoo! acquiring assets or problems?

April 23, 2008


Over the last couple of years, Yahoo! has been on a perpetual shopping spree in recent years – acquiring social media and social networking companies to boost its status in the Web 2.0 world. 18 months ago, a Business Week article by Catherine Holahan – “Yahoo’s Strategy: Growth By Acquisition” – supported Yahoo’s strategy, promoting […]

Google Valuation – Decidely Undecided

April 20, 2008


In early April when Google stock was trading at the mid-$400s, I started thinking about its market valuation and price per share. Maybe it was a good buying opportunity since coming down from its all-time highs in the $700+ range late last year. In the spirit of the analysis I’ve done in previous articles with […]

University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition

April 10, 2008


Quick update on a great event upcoming — April 24 – 26 – Hotel Kabuki (San Francisco’s Japan Town) The University of San Francisco Contest will feature 20 graduate student entrepreneur teams from around the world (MIT, Hong Kong UST, Cambridge, USF, Stanford, etc.) pitching their new venture proposals to panels of venture capitalists, top […]

Economic Arguments for Abandoning H1B Visas

April 8, 2008


Supporters of America’s H1B visa system argue that firms such as Microsoft and Google (both opposed to the existing system) should simply send these jobs overseas by expanding their current operations in places like China and India. The problem with this argument is that it does not follow economic logic. There are several economic factors […]