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So far this year both the number and size of deals by venture capitalists are down over the final quarter of 2009.
A total of 681 deals for $4.7 billion were completed by VCs in the first quarter of 2010, according to a MoneyTree Report released by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. That dollar amount is down about 10 percent over Q4 2009, but up nearly 40 percent over the same period last year.
"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em" could be the lament of a VC as well as a poker player. Wait a minute: VCs are poker players! How do you know when to shut down a promising enterprise that's not quite making it? Here are some hints from a VC blog.
A critical early step in preparing your company for sale is hiring an investment banker to guide you. The ten-point set of guidelines contained in this article will help you recruit and hire the right investment banker.
Frank Ricks, Founder of LRK Architecture, discusses design and creating value for clients while using creative leadership to increase the firm from seven to a hundred and sixty employees.
In times of crisis people always look for inspirational leaders. What makes for inspiration is subjective, but there is one common element when speaking about leaders who inspire: they have a strong leadership presence.
By presence we mean "earned authority." That is, people follow your leadership because you are a proven quantity, whose credibility rests on your having gotten things done. Every leader must aspire to demonstrate presence in order to inspire; this is a theme explored in a new book, 12 Steps to Power Presence: How Leaders Assert their Authority to Lead.
Social media tools have many important business uses. One of the most powerful is the ability to foster innovation. With social media, businesses can tap into the needs, desires and opinions of a wide audience — and connect with a highly targeted group that is directly relevant to their businesses. These connections can be invaluable sources for new ideas and alternative ways of thinking.
Documentary filmmakers Anand Chandrasekaran and Michaelene C. Risley discuss not only the inspiration for their film, &lt;i&gt;Tapestries of Hope&lt;/i&gt;, but also some of the logistics of its production. Topics include fundraising strategies and how the film team overcame obstacles along the way.
David Heineimeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and partner at 37signals in Chicago, says that planning is guessing, and for a start-up, the focus must be on today and not on tomorrow. He argues that constraints--fiscal, temporal, or otherwise--drive innovation and effective problem-solving. The most important thing, Hansson believes, is to make a dent in the universe with your company.
Urmee Mehta Mankar is the Deputy COO of Swadhaar. She received her Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, with a specialization in International Development Planning and a
Bachelors Degree in Architecture from CEPT, Ahmedabad, India. She has completed several academic research initiatives dealing with the challenges of urban development.
Equitas is led by P.N. Vasudevan, a visionary and entrepreneurial leader with a background in commercial finance. He has almost 20 years experience in the Indian finance sector, specifically launching businesses lines at
Chola Finance Ltd, one of India's most successful finance companies. Recently, he has successfully helmed the Equitas team.
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