27 Feb’19

Do The Right Thing: Burning Cash Without Burning Out

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If you follow the headlines from Silicon Valley you might have encountered the stories reciting the chronic shortage in CFOs, particularly for late-stage VC backed startups who are looking to get ready for exit (IPO or acquisition).  I find these stories particularly troublesome, as one of the key assignments of a CFO in a startup […]

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17 Jul’14

Living in a Bubble? Demystifying Startup Valuations

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  Just when it seemed as though start-up valuations had peaked in 2013, the year 2014 has started with an opening shot in the form of the reported $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs by Google, followed with Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. It now looks as if this year continues the perfect-storm conditions, […]

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Business Model Innovation: Why Building a Better Mousetrap is Not Enough

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What do solar energy and personal communications have in common? While energy and communications seem unrelated industries, they have significant similarities if one considers the role of business model innovation as a precursor to success in bringing new intellectual property to market. Take, for example, two companies: SolarCity Corporation (Nasdaq: SCTY), a solar panel installation […]

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