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November 22 2011
by Todd Hixon

Down With The 1%! Whoever They Are …

Unless you live in a deep cave, you’ve probably heard that the “1%” (top 1% of U.S. households ranked by income) enjoys a large percentage of U.S. after tax income (about 20% in 2007), famously documented by the CBO* (link). The Occupy Wall Street protesters imply that the 1% is mostly Wall Street traders and ...

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October 14 2011
by Todd Hixon

How Entrepreneurs Can Survive and Prosper In The Political Crisis

We’re in the midst of a political crisis that has been a century in the making:  in the U.S. and Europe the bill has come due for a welfare state that demographic trends and escalating health costs make unaffordable, which has been financed with debt and future promises.  The political system is mostly seeking ways to ...

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September 27 2011
by Todd Hixon

What the Political Crisis Means For Entrepreneurs

The recent downgrade of U.S. sovereign debt, and the ongoing debt crisis in Europe stem from a century-in-the-making political crisis, which is creating big economic uncertainty: inability to borrow could throw major countries into recession, and interest rates, tax rates, and government spending will see major change that is hard to predict. The crisis will ...

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June 8 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Feature-Not-A-Company

I wrote a post yesterday about the general euphoria in the tech market.  One of the signs of things are heating up is the large volume of startups that are pursuing niche product strategies.  Consumer internet is a busy space and in a race to differentiate themselves, startups are positioning themselves in tighter product spaces. ...

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June 7 2011
by Thanasis Delistathis

Pinch me: is it 1999?

I attended TechCrunch Disrupt a couple of weeks ago and the scene was abuzz with talk of a new tech bubble following the LinkedIn IPO, on the heels of privately traded Facebook shares at exorbitant valuations.  The Groupon IPO filing last week helped reinforce the feeling that things are heating up. So, are we living ...

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May 31 2011
by Scott Johnson

Way Too Early – On Market Timing

Market timing is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for venture success.  Obvious, right?  The problem is that timing is obvious only in retrospect.  Predicting how markets will evolve is an art, and probably is the single most important job of a venture firm.  Boiled down to its essence, our role is to help companies ...

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May 12 2011
by John Backus

E-Commerce 2.0: The Birth of Companies Worth $50B in Market Value

A new wave of e-commerce is upon us, but most people do not yet understand it. No, I am not talking about fashion flash sales here (though Gilt, Moda Operandi and Zulily are building very valuable businesses here.) And no, I am not talking about the wave of discount group buying that Groupon, LivingSocial and ...

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May 2 2011
by Scott Johnson

Waste = Opportunity

Waste is something I abhor.  Waste of time, waste of resource, I love funding businesses that help others be more efficient and stop waste.   Time wasters are fertile ground for new business ideas.  If anyone is wasting your time, think about how that happened and create a solution for it. Resource wasters are also ...

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April 27 2011
by Scott Johnson

Color, Valuations, and the Winner’s Curse

My friend Kevin Lewis is a professor at Duke Business school and he sends out a feed of interesting abstracts describing recent research that I sift through every  day or so.  Today I found this one: The Bidder’s Curse Ulrike Malmendier & Young Han Lee, American Economic Review, April 2011, Pages 749-787 Abstract: We employ ...

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January 30 2011
by Todd Hixon

The Hidden Truth About The Rich

Unless you are a media hermit, you have surely heard that: The distribution of wealth has become much more unequal in the last 20 years.  Relatively few rich people control most of the world’s wealth, and this threatens to undermine democratic societies. “Rich” people means bankers, hedge fund managers, private equity managers, corporate CEOs, and ...

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