Archives / June, 2005

Wouldn’t it be great . . .

Wouldn’t it be great if you could subscribe to the comments of certain blogs (or better yet, to certain posts) in your reader?  I’m going to add it to my wish list (we’re actively working through these sorts of ideas at both Newsgator and Feedburner). I must have reached some kind of critical mass in…

M&A – A Corporate Development Perspective

I recently asked my friend Daniel Benel if he’d consider contributing to my M&A series. Daniel was a banker with Lehman Brothers (in NY and Tel Aviv) an  is now a corporate development exec at Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT). Despite having never bought one of my companies, he’s a great guy with a smart corporate development mind…

Bike to work day

Today is bike to work day in Boulder. I’ve been meaning to ride my bike into work for a while, so today seemed like a good day to start. Here are a couple of observations from the road: – Riding in is a fantastic way to start the day.  I got to work and felt…

Thinking of taking venture capital? Don’t!

Here’s a thought for those of you considering taking venture capital – don’t do it. Seriously. It’s not worth it. Ok – so I’m not 100% serious. I’m trying to make a living investing in companies and would therefore be out of business if everyone followed this advice, however I think that for the majority…

Here’s how you do it

I got a great postcard today from Ben Casnocha. It said: Yay, summer has come Business, reading, deep thinking Time to change the world I LIKE YOU! Ben understands networking. He’s thoughtful. He posts comments to blogs that are relevant and interesting.  He sends private e-mails in response to things he reads. He forwards articles…

Your Exit

Here’s an interesting stat from a M&A update I received in my inbox a few days ago: Since 2000, the ratio of technology companies sold vs. going public is 10:1 (1,300 m&a deals vs just 125 IPOs).  The moral of the story – be realistic.  If you run a software company you are WAY more…

Morality and China

Tony Perkins posted a cautionary piece on China yesterday to AlwaysOn entitled “Chinese Youth, Unite  A moral view of China”  In it he argues that we (silicon valley) are being perhaps too quick to look past some of the moral and ethical issues with the Chinese government while we give them what he terms a…

M&A Part III – Getting Bought vs. Selling

Perhaps I’m stating the obvious, but one thing that I’ve noticed over the years (and have talked about extensively, particularly with Brad who very much shares this view) is that it’s much easier to have a company get bought than it is to sell a company. Getting bought means that someone comes to you. Selling…

Podcasting on the rise

I wrote a post last month on my way back from some meetings at Feedburner about some trends in the RSS world.  In it I noted that Podcasting was on the rise and promised to link to more details once Feedburner posted them.  They did that today  – you can check out their report here. …

Making your threats real

I wrote a post about a month a go in my M&A series about drawing lines in the sand (see the original post here).  In it I argued that people negotiating m&adeals are too quick to dig in and make statements that they can’t/don’t intend to back up.  I was reading Ben’s blog today –…