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Is Your Company Risk Appropriate?

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I have often said: The problem is that too many companies are out seeking risk capital that isn't appropriate for them.

How can I support this statement? After all, entrepreneurship is the primary driver of growth and job creation in the US. From 1979 to 1995, the Fortune 500 shed 4 million jobs, while entrepreneurial firms created 24 million jo......

Full article >>> t I am an unabashed supporter of Malkiel's "Random Walk" theory - the long-term trend of stock prices will be bullish. At the same time, entrepreneurs who expect capital to flow the way it did in 2000 will probably be waiting, based on NVCA data, at least 10 years. That market isn't coming back......

Full article >>> try isn't going to cut it. And being first to market is only an advantage while you can invest to remain first to market. At the extreme, we ask software entrepreneurs how long it would take Microsoft to copy or engineer-around their product.

If you are looking for risk capital, be prepared to talk about the evolution of your company. After all, the person who is CEO now, whi......

Full article >>> or capital, offer hybrid mechanisms that may look like risk capital but don't make the same demands of the business (i.e., an affiliated angel puts up assets to secure a low-interest loan from a bank and receives warrants in return). Crafty entrepreneurs can create win-win short-term financing opportunities without taking on the onerous responsibilities of risk capital.

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