Screw it, I’m not going to send my kids to university when they complete their schooling years. I’m going to send them travelling, and not only that – I’m going to make them pay for it. When they inevitably spend a day, thankfully still in the distant future, throwing up
A good friend of mine met up with Derek Sivers in Singapore earlier this year and instantly turned around and said to me, “Chris you need to meet Derek, he’s completely on your wavelength and you’ll get on well.” In 1998 Derek founded CDBaby.com with $500 and sold the business
Early stage companies are always going to have upsets. Financing falls over at the 11th hour, a software glitch puts their entire launch in jeopardy, biological waste is dumped on their doorstep, resignation of a director, fraud and theft from within the company (yep, been there), a new government regulation alters the
Investing is as much about finding opportunities, profitable companies, and sound management as it is in avoiding fraudsters, ill-thought business ventures, or any of the other risks that rip investors’ faces off. Incidentally, Frank Partnoy’s books all detail flags that investors should be wary of. They’re also a fun read.
Last week we discussed some of the trends which shaped history, and how technology and geographical location played a role. Today we talk about what we think are some of the most important factors to consider in PREDICTING prosperity going forward (crystal balls be damned). I make a living without the need
It is said that there are many ways to skin a cat. Kuppy has provided us with his analysis of Mongolia here and here. Following on from this I asked an investment banker friend to provide us with his perspective on Mongolia. Sam is smart, well educated, and young. He
One of the most important things for any Entrepreneur to do is to protect their intellectual property. As such I’ve often heard it being said that entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital should ensure that potential investors sign an NDA. This is nuts. This seems to me to be akin to asking a
We’ve previously discussed the various aspects of angel investing and what we look for in a business and its management. Today I want to talk about the other side of the coin. My reason for discussing this topic was prompted by my having a quite drink with a friend recently.