THE SERIES A CRUNCH I recently published a whitepaper on the challenges that early stage therapeutic device companies are having raising money, along with what I hope is some meaningful advice on alternative funding options. The gist of the article is that friends and family money is still fairly easy to come by. Initial seed round funding […]
A recent article from PE Hub reported the results of a survey done by Preqin that reported that in North America, only 11 percent of senior positions at private equity (including venture capital) firms are held by women. In July, Polaris made headlines when they named the only female partner currently at any of the […]
As reported in the Angel Capital Association news-letter last week, The House passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act” (TIPA) that amongst other things would exclude 100% of capital gains on the stock of small businesses acquired in 2014 and held for more than five years. It also eliminates the gain as an Alternative Minimum Tax […]
Corporate venture capital is hot…really hot. U.S. funding levels spiked in Q2 2014 to nearly $1.2 billion and public tech companies are sitting on massive cash balances. These companies are looking to parley their huge cash positions into new growth opportunities through their own venture groups in order to try and keep up with the accelerating […]
For years the big PLM and their ERP counterparts have been battling it out for control of the company master Bill of Material (BOM). ERP vendors have traditionally owned the Manufacturing BOM; PLM the Engineering BOM; leaving the end user to determine who owns the master. In our recent white paper that initiated coverage of […]
Over the last few years, both private equity and venture capital firms are taking an increasing interest in the education sector, as seen below in this chart from Pitchbook. In general, some of the differences between the investments made by VC firms vs PE firms include: VC firms are investing less money, at earlier stages […]
Jonathan Greechan, a partner at The Founder Institute, was interviewed by Business Insider. “What we have found is that if an early-stage founder can check off the ten items below, they have a solid foundation by which to start a company,” said Greechan. My take, this is as good a list as any. In my […]
Peter Alternative and Bruce Boes have developed the “Mirus Maturity Model” – a novel way of evaluating a business to determine whether and to what extent that business has matured, and to quantify the degree to which buyers would find the business to be attractive.