browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Startups

Making a Case for Incubators

How to Make Incubators and Accelerators Work There have been some articles lately on the proliferation of incubators/accelerators and debates on whether or not they provide a worthwhile service, or in fact, actually help to launch companies. I can say unequivocally yes, they can be a valuable part of the start-up landscape if set up … Continue reading »

Categories: General Management, Startups, Uncategorized, Venture Capital | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

More on McDonald’s Ills

(May 4, 2015) The “new” CEO of McDonald’s, Steve Easterbrook, took to the street (Wall) today to explain how the company was going to effect its much needed “reset.” (I put “new” in quotes as Easterbrook is a long time McD employee). While he was talking to Wall Street, he should have been talking to … Continue reading »

Categories: General Management, Startups, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Leave a comment

The Joys of Working Overseas

I’ve been fairly lucky to have had a long, internationally-facing career, having resided in London, Paris, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Beijing, and having touched down on business in sixty countries. I’m sure I learned more than I “taught,” and that’s perfectly OK with me. My assignment with the largest and most challenging responsibilities included being … Continue reading »

Categories: Interim Services, Media Industry, Startups, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Mother of All Business Incubators/Accelerators

I’ve been involved in a lot of start-ups. No grand slams, but a few solid base hits and some spectacular strike-outs. My ex wife called me a “risk junkie,’ – I never agreed with that assessment, but I do enjoy the passion and energy of working with founders and employees of new ventures. I’ve also … Continue reading »

Categories: General Management, Interim Services, Startups, Turnarounds, Uncategorized, Venture Capital | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

More on Uber

More on WebVan, er Uber A few weeks ago, I opined on this forum that I thought “Uber,” the technology company in the peer to peer ride sharing space, was/is the equivalent of the current bubble’s “WebVan,” – overvalued, over invested, destined to either crash and burn spectacularly or be forced to completely reinvent itself. … Continue reading »

Categories: Marketing, Private Equity, Startups, Uncategorized, Venture Capital | Tags: , | Leave a comment

Trust Your Employees and Reap the Rewards

Richard Branson, Chairman of the multinational Virgin Group, made some “news” this week by announcing that employees of the (over 400) companies would no longer be bound by an official vacation policy; employees would be free to take the time they need/want, and it would not be monitored. In other words, Branson is placing his … Continue reading »

Categories: General Management, Startups, Turnarounds, Uncategorized | Tags: | Leave a comment

What’s Wrong With Alibaba?

The Chinese web company made history today, with the richest IPO ever, bringing in an anticipated USD $21 billion + valuing this middle-man company at over USD $200 billion, giving it a larger valuation than its nearest rival, Amazon. If you’re not familiar with Alibaba, it’s a Chinese based group of internet-based e-commerce companies, including … Continue reading »

Categories: General Management, M&A, Private Equity, Startups, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Leave a comment

There’s Only One Task For Any CEO

I know many CEOs who believe they have four ‘audiences’ for their concern: Wall Street, regulatory agencies, customers, and employees. (Usually in that order). I believe this to be misguided; I feel that if CEOs make their employees their only priority, all other corporate needs and accomplishments will fall in line. While many in business … Continue reading »

Categories: General Management, Startups, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Leave a comment

The Idiocy of Multi-Billion $ Evaluations

 Part  Deux –  In Which I Continue My Rant On Valuations The other day, I penned my thoughts about private equity. Amplifying on that theme, there are a lot of unprofitable companies out there funded by private equity or venture money, with multi-billion dollar valuations. Oh yeah? Sez who? Apparently only the people who hope … Continue reading »

Categories: Buying, Selling, Startups, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Leave a comment

What’s Wrong with Crackle.com

Founded in the early 2000s as “Grouper” the company streams movies, television shows, and some original programming over a wide variety of hardware platforms. Grouper was purchased by Sony Entertainment in 2007 and rebranded as Crackle after the purchase. With Sony’s support, the ‘channel’ has access to a large library of video product from both … Continue reading »

Categories: Interim Services, Startups, Uncategorized | Tags: | Leave a comment