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The Power of Shut Up!

Sitting with my lovely wife recently in a hospital waiting room (don’t ask) flicking through magazines, she showed me a picture of an elderly woman, a famous celebrity. Now, let me say that I care for celebrities and follow their movements in the same way I care for and follow the

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Starting Up in Myanmar

In a world simply drowning in debt, the most egregious debt ever recorded in the worlds history in fact, we find ourselves with a unique situation where previously backward broken shell shocked countries such as Myanmar have one element of risk which we can eliminate from our risk profile when

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IQ, IP and 8 Commandments of Corporate Governance

Recent dealings with a company led me to think about the relationship between corporate governance, creativity, innovation and what it takes to create or indeed wreck a successful enterprise. A result of having been involved in well over 100 private equity transactions (I’ve long ago stopped counting), Mark no doubt

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Shark Tank on a Chair Lift

You’ve probably seen one of those ridiculous TV shows where some guy or girl has to pick from a lineup of potential partners. Contestants compete with one another to “win the affection” of a chosen bachelor or bachelorette. An hour long dinner date or a walk on the beach and

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A Bull Market in PR

The World Cup is on. I sat and watched a game on the weekend with my son. “Dad, that guy completely faked that fall. Couldn’t the ref see that?” My son, who watches precious little television noticed immediately how many of the players were pretending to be hurt at the

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These 7 Traits Make For Great Entrepreneurs

There is a scene in the movie “Madagascar”… Skipper: “We’ll fix it.” Alex: “How are you gonna fix this?” Skipper: “Grit, spit and a whole lot of duct tape.” This attitude epitomizes one of the traits we look for in founders. Great businesses are not dumb luck, they’re usually the

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