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Monday, September 23, 2013

R&D conference at MIT Features Presentations by Leading Experts

Startups and Inventors – Consider participating as a startup exhibitor in this year’s MIT R&D conference on November 13-14. The conference features research presentations by leading experts and provides opportunities to network with MIT faculty and industry executives. In addition to general sessions, attendees will choose among multiple concurrent tracks with themes.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Top Silicon Valley Advisor Explains The Key Rules Behind Every Great Startup Idea

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 […]

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Is Your Business Mature?

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.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Private Equity breaks out the Picks and Shovels

With rising valuations driven by a bull market and competition from strategic buyers, private equity firms are increasingly rolling up their sleeves and digging into deals that will require a little more effort in order to achieve their target returns.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Private Equity Exits were down in 2011. PEGs are holding investments longer.

A recent study by Pitchbook and Grant Thornton has discovered that Private Equity groups are holding on to their investments for longer, 4.8 years is the median “hold” time as discussed in “Private Equity Exits Report: 2012 Annual Edition”.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

5 Disastrous Moves That Will Botch Your Pitch

Entrepreneurs are passionate about their business. Sometimes overly so. Read this terrific article on how to avoid several common mistakes that will ruin an otherwise successful pitch meeting. From FastCompany, by FC Expert Blogger Josh Linkner, 12/6/11

Friday, September 23, 2011

Short Term Performance Drove Up Venture Returns in Early ’11

Venture capital performance continued an upward trajectory as of the first quarter of 2011, the improvements were seen across all time horizons, with the exception of the 15-year numbers, and were driven by the strong one-year venture capital return of 18.5 percent.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Leveraged Loans for Take-Overs and LBOs are Back

Banks have again started to provide large bridge financings for deals, and in some case keep all of the lending business for themselves rather than spread the risk over a syndicate, an indication of just how competitive the world of corporate and commercial lending is becoming. Take for example the JPMorganChase $20 billion unsecured bridge loan to fund AT&T’s $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom.