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March 21, 2006

Planning, Funding, Executing, and Exiting a New Venture | Gerry Lemberg

Planning, Funding, Executing and Exiting a New Venture by Gerry Lemberg   An entrepreneur is that rare gifted person who has foresight, is firm and resolute, able to motivate and lead others and understands that the value of an idea... [continued]

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October 31, 2005

To Think It Up Or To Look It Up - That is the Question

Over the weekend, I got caught with my pants down — again.  I was engaged in an energetic debate on “some issue” when suddenly the tables turned on me when my bluff was called.  During the discussion, I was caught... [continued]

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September 29, 2005

The Start of Internet Tsunami 2.0 Averted? eBay Shareholders Get the Final Word: "Skype Who?"

[“Uncle!  Uncle!  I give Up” — I really thought I could make it as the last hold-out in the VC Blogosphere NOT to comment on the Skype-eBay (or is it eBay-Skype?) Deal — Wrong again — cgm] What the Skype/eBay Deal Says... [continued]

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June 21, 2005

NEW MYTH: The Ultimate "Master of the Universe" Vision Statement

FOR MEGALOMANIACS ONLY If you have ever been inspired to have the full grandiosity of your vision come alive in the minds of your potential investors (or your therapist), this short video is for you. EPIC 2014 [“Thorazine Anyone?” — Chris... [continued]

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June 18, 2005

What is a "Scalable" Business?

For Venture Investors:  Scalability is King While both scalable and non-scalable businesses can be “successful” and grow — only scalable businesses can achieve the high-growth characteristics required to command market multiples attractive to venture investors. So what is a “scalable”... [continued]

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June 17, 2005

MYTH: 10x "Best Case" Return is Compelling to Investors

REALITY: 10x “Worst Case” Return is Compelling to Investors Assume $500m Venture Fund Size $10m Average Investment Size Series B Average Investment Stage 50 Deals Total Do the math! 100x at 5 years delivers an incremental 15% IRR to the fund... [continued]

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March 09, 2005

MYTH: "A Good Business Plan must Convince Investors"

REALITY: “A Good Business Plan must Convince You” [this is slightly revised from the original posted as “ONLY ONE BUSINESS PLAN MATTERS... THE PLAN WHICH CONVINCES YOU!!!” in Ecademy Clubs: Global Capital Access Club - Forum — cgm] 09-Mar-05 5:19pmThe only... [continued]

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