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How (Not) To Name A Company In The Digital Era

 Tronc – How (Not) To Name A Company In The Digital Era by Knowledge@Wharton Got game with your name? In the digital era, executives are discovering that there is more at stake in selecting the right name for a company, product or service than in the pre-Internet era, but the…

What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts

What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts by Joshua Mayers, PitchBook If you’re looking for one resource to catch up on all things U.S. venture, you should check out our 2Q U.S. Venture Industry Report (it’s free!). If you’re looking for the quick version, we’ve compiled…

Balance of Trade: The Secret to Profitable Referral Relationships

Referrals are the life blood of many businesses. This is especially true in professional services. Ask any attorney, accountant, consultant, real estate agent, or other professional, and they will confirm that the majority of their new business comes from referrals. This is also true of most employers. Ask any HR…

The No Fail Tactic for Winning Over Investors (or Hiring Managers)

In the great scheme of raising money for a startup, trying to get your dream job, or win a lucrative sales contract from a hiring manager, it all comes down to one or two compelling advantages you can offer that the other candidates fail to offer. What might that be?…

Exit Strategies: What’s Your Business Worth & How to Sell it for the Maximum Price?

I was honored to give a workshop on Exit Strategies yesterday at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. Great turn out and a solid group of entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. Here are the slides. If I can provide additional context, please reach out to me.

Magic Leap – VR Headset Patent Design Is Not Final Product

The world anxiously awaits what Magic Leap, one of the top funded companies in the world — located right here in sunny Florida — is going to release. Launching the next wave in VR products and services, or one of history’s most spectacular startup flops? Inquiring minds want to know….

BizBuySell – The Demographics of U.S. Small Business Buyers & Sellers

Looking to buy or sell a business? That’s what we do!

Wealth Transfer Strategies for Entrepreneurs’

The Entrepreneurs’ Wealth Transfer by Anne Bucciarelli & Ashley E. Velategui – AllianceBernstein It takes great effort to build a fortune—and great effort to pass it on to your kids (or others) without the taxman taking a big bite. This case study shows our analysis of four potential wealth transfer…

M&A Trends

Morgan Stanley Chief Digital Officer Naureen Hassan says the key challenge for broker-dealers and other financial firms is meeting the expectations of both advisors and clients — not competing with robo offerings. “The financial technology revolution … is a myth. It’s just another step in the continual evolution” of the…

19 Startup Lessons from 19 Years Working with Startups

Today marks the 19th anniversary of my company, StartupBiz.com. That’s a lot of chapters…a lot of lessons. Figured I would share a few. It’s Friday, I’m celebrating with a glass of wine and reminiscing. Grab a glass and join me. (Thank you, BTW, to all my friends, colleagues and connections…

How to Sell Your Idea for a New Product or Service

Have you ever wanted to get paid for your ideas, without the trouble or risk of starting a company, raising money, or dedicating your life to them? No need to be humble, admit it, you’ve had some great ideas in your lifetime. You may have even seen one of your…

What Every Startup Founder Can Learn from The Music Legend Prince

“Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” ~Prince Today we mourn the passing of Prince Rogers Nelson – Prince…the Artist Formerly known as Prince…the one and only Prince. He was only 57 years old. He was one of a kind. I came to…

Majority of Kickstarter campaigns fail despite high-profile successes like Vanhawks

Despite a handful of high-profile successes, industry data show the majority of Crowdfunding campaigns fail, with most commercial ventures hosted on the web platforms never shipping a product to market. That’s not to dismiss the social and economic value of social funding, said Ali Zahid, a 22-year-old entrepreneur who is…

How to get the best deal out of your business breakup

Like everyone else who writes about winding up your business partnership, Jared Hecht notes that things will go a lot easier if you have a signed partnership agreement that anticipated how your once-rosy partnership might end. But that’s not very helpful for those perennial optimists who were sure a handshake…

Making Sense of Silicon Valley and Its Invisible Blight

Wall Street may be the heartless pillager of the American dream, but at least it has a sense of humor. The chaps in sweat-soaked Turnbull & Asser shirts trading weather derivatives have to know that what they do to earn a buck is preposterous, but as long as they’re not…

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