Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2008«

Are Twitterers worth more than Googlers?

November 26, 2008

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Following up with an additional thought on the Twitter/Facebook saga… In yesterday’s article, I approached Twitter’s valuation from a “per twitterer” basis – arriving at an estimated value of $45 per twitterer based on Facebook’s $500 million which is really worth $150 million using the “Henry Blodget Facebook valuation discount factor.” To put the $45 […]

"No Thanks!" in 140 Characters or less

November 26, 2008

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Maybe the message was something like: Twitter: @Facebook “No can do. Thx 4 the offer.” It’s common knowledge now that Twitter declined Facebook’s “$500 million” offer. Running some numbers yields some interesting results on the offer and valuations of both companies. (We’ll come back to the quotes around the $500 million shortly…) Back in April, […]

Michael Lewis – "The End"

November 20, 2008

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Just in case you missed it, here’s an interesting piece from Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker (a book about Wall Street back in the 1980’s that you should read if you haven’t). His new article – “The End of Wall Street’s Boom”- is a new perspective on the current financial market situation. It’s about […]

Learn How to Sell

November 18, 2008

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Spent the evening in the office getting some odds and ends worked out. I often listen the the podcasts on the Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Lectures to help make the time more productive. This evening, I listened to this podcast from Steve Blank, who fastidiously suggested that company founders that can’t sell their product will never […]

Perspectives: State of Venture Capital

November 14, 2008

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This slideshare presentation developed by TheFunded.com audits the state of the venture capital capital. It’s a nice synopsis of a huge challenge – getting money to innovators. Whether venture capital industry is the answer doesn’t matter. What matters is that we continue to develop innovation as a pipeline to new technology leaps and healthier long […]

Recent Commentary on Venture Capital Trends

November 13, 2008

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From PWC’s report “Exit slowdown and the new venture capital landscape”: “In the second quarter of 2008 there were zero VC-backed exits – on the heels of five in the previous quarter which raised a thin $283 million. In the first half of 2007, by comparison, 43 VC-backed IPOs collected $6.3 billion.” From the Q3, […]

2nd Annual MIT Elevator Pitch contest

November 8, 2008

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Just picked up this link from Guy Kawasaki on Twitter. Good stuff if you have a few minutes… MIT hosted their 2nd Annual Elevator Pitch contest on October 18. Here’s the video of the event.