Category Archives: Venture Capital

Schlocky Crap Peddled As Investment Research. Ten Points of Suspicion

As a former Wall St. analyst, it’s easy to spot really bad research reports marketed as “investment research”.  The problem is that it’s not as easy for the non-investment layman to recognize bad investment research.  As an entrepreneur, you know … 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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Getting Paid To Have An Opinion

As a stock market analyst working for an investment bank, we were paid a lot for having an opinion about a lot of things related to companies and their growth opportunities – or lack thereof.  Since we had achieved a … Continue reading

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Being A Purpose Maximizer, Not Just a Profit Maximzer

I first saw this video about a month ago. The moral of the story here is that organizations need to treat people like people, not just horses.  The best organizations are those that have a transcendent purpose, and provide their … Continue reading

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When Does A CFO Know It’s Time to Leave?

As a former Wall St. analyst who regularly ripped apart financial statements of public companies, and as a former CFO of a startup technology company, who had to scramble to make payroll every two weeks, there is a limit.  To … Continue reading

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Austin Angel Investors, Come Back to the Center!

A couple of weeks ago, a local writer penned a blogpost entitled “Where Art Thou, Austin Investors?”  The basic premise of Carla Thompson’s piece was that despite the entrepreneurial activity in Austin, few of these companies are getting funded.  She … Continue reading

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