Category: Venture Capital and Private Equity

Rainbows in the World of Venture Capital

Little girls love to live in a make-believe world. I know this because I have one – a little girl that is. She understands that teddy bears don’t have feelings, that the moon isn’t made of cheese, and she grudgingly understands that unicorns don’t really exist, though a part of

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Two Things the US Government Got Right

In a shocking and uncharacteristic display of common sense, the US government has recently managed to pass two laws which are an absolutely fabulous idea. The legalization of marijuana in the US is the first one. I say this not because I’m a closet pot smoker; I don’t even reside

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Industry Standard be Damned!

Some 12 years ago, on my first trip to China, I found myself pleasantly surprised by almost everything I saw. The high quality and low cost of accommodation, the fantastic roads, and overall infrastructure. I found a friendly people with a truly surprising level of wealth. It was a country

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No Thanks, Call Me When You’re Dead

It’s no secret that Mark and I work with a lot of start-ups. In this capacity we align closely with various accelerators, incubators, venture capitalists, bankers and the attendant flotsam and jetsam in the early stage capital markets. All of the above mentioned folks are typically focusing on working to

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The Ramifications of Convertible Debt

For many early stage companies two oft-used financing mechanisms are convertible debt and preferred equity. The former typically provides investors a discount to subsequent equity raising on the conversion – sometimes at a set price, other times at an adjustable price – and the latter is, well…preferred, and a topic

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Venture Capital in Cambodia?

Frontier market venture capital and private equity is a unique niche. Therefore, when I first met Christophe Forsinetti, co-founder of DEVENCO, I knew I had to invite him to speak at our Cambodia Meet Up. His presentation was well received.   A little background… A relatively young Cambodian Frenchman, Christophe

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