Monthly Archives: August 2010

If HP is Headless, Then Is Dell Brainless? Acquisition Lessons for a Startup

We can’t take credit for asking that provocative question which references the battle for 3Par –but it leads us to the following question: What can a startup learn from this battle of the titans? The lesson is simple: know your … Continue reading

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Rethinking Competitive and Complementary Positioning

Who knew that 3Par was such a hot commodity? Not anyone on Wall Street or the IT research group community.  One week Dell is bidding $1.13 billion for a company valued on the NYSE for $605mm, and the next week, … Continue reading

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What Can A Startup Learn From The Departure of Mark Hurd?

Last week we wrote on open letter to Michael Dell suggesting that he call Mark Hurd (ex-CEO of HP), and bring Hurd to Dell.  Since we wrote that note, some additional revelations about Hurd have come to light; namely, that … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Michael Dell – Call Mark Hurd

Michael, It’s time for a bold move.  Pick up the phone and call Mark Hurd before he signs a non-compete and takes home $40mm plus in severance.  While the media bemoans Hurd’s departure, identifies a possible replacement, and talks endlessly … Continue reading

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Will Traditional Angels Take Advantage of the Current Entrepreneurial Gold Rush?

Several months ago, we began the process of meeting with various local angels, an investment bank, a couple of local VCs, a VC fund focused on Texas ETF companies, as well as numerous startups looking for funding.  Our thesis was … Continue reading

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What Are Your Metrics?

Twitter this post By Richard Piotrowski CFA Last week, we wrote about whether your startup is focused on discovery and learning, rather than on business plan execution.  We referenced a local startup that has significantly changed its UI four times … Continue reading

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