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Entrepreneurs: Tips for Dealing with VCs

Published: 4/28/2010 12:53:26 PM, comments: 0

I haven't read the book yet, but it comes recommended by prominent venture capitalist.  The book is just out and was written by a well-known VC:

Mastering the VC Game

Cheers,

Don Jones

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Dell vs. Apple - The Power of Vision

Published: 4/21/2010 9:40:42 AM, comments: 1

Michael Dell, when interviewed in 1997 about what he would do if he was in charge of Apple Computer, said something to the effect that he would close the company down and give all the money back to shareholders.  He thought the company was a complete write-off.

Now, Apple has a market capitalization approaching $240 billion vs. Dell Computer's $33 billion.  Apple has more cash on hand than that.

So while Dell is in the commodity computer business, Steve Jobs re-created Apple as a non-commodity computer business.  His vision is clearly more valuable than Michael Dell's.

Cheers,

Don Jones

VentureDeal

Annoying Things That Some VCs Do

Published: 4/14/2010 2:37:53 PM, comments: 0

Here's a good post on some bad habits that some VCs have:

View post here

Cheers,

Don Jones

VentureDeal

Secondary Venture Capital Firms Raise Funding

Published: 4/8/2010 2:54:40 PM, comments: 0

A number of venture capital firms that specialize in secondary investments have raised new funding. Secondary investments are when a firm purchases a portfolio of direct investments from another firm.  This is usually done at some discount to the original investment, but is helpful to venture capital firms that are looking for liquidity.

Landmark Partners recently closed its 14th secondary fund with $1.93 billion in funding commitments.

Millennium Technology Ventures has raised $275 million in commitments, exceeding its $250 million hard cap, according to a report at PEHub.

Cheers,

Don Jones

VentureDeal

Social Networks Across Geographies

Published: 4/2/2010 11:06:48 AM, comments: 0

Interesting post by a top Internet VC on whether or not social networks such as Facebook can effectively span different geographies versus more localized networks.

Read post here

Cheers,

Don Jones

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