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British quantum computing experts leave for Silicon Valley
June 24, 2019 | Financial Times Madhumita Murgia in London.

A group of Britain’s best-known quantum computing scientists have quietly moved to Silicon Valley to found a start-up called PsiQ that believes it can produce a commercial quantum computer within five years.

The departure of some of the UK’s leading experts in a potentially revolutionary new field of technology will raise fresh concerns over the country’s ability to develop industrial champions in the sector.

The news comes just weeks after the successes of the British start-up scene were extolled at London Tech Week, where prime minister Theresa May pledged £150m specifically to help develop commercial applications for quantum computing.

The scientists’ move to Silicon Valley was driven partly by a need to raise capital. “The story is that the best of Britain is going to the United States to scale up,” said Hermann Hauser, co-founder of UK-based chip designer Arm, which is now owned by Japan’s SoftBank, and an early investor in PsiQ.

“They rightly concluded that they couldn’t access the capital in Europe so moved to the Valley,” he added. So far PsiQ has received investment from Playground Global, a venture firm started by Android founder Andy Rubin.

PsiQ, which has 50 employees according to LinkedIn, was co-founded by Jeremy O’Brien, a physicist at the University of Bristol and Terry Rudolph, a professor at Imperial College London. Several PhD graduates of the two UK labs have followed the researchers to Palo Alto, where the start-up has set up shop close to Stanford University.

Chief operating officer Stu Aaron was previously a partner at premier Silicon Valley investment firm Khosla Ventures and has worked for at least five start-ups based in California. 
carve_outs  funding  package_deals  Palo_Alto  PsiQ  quantum_computing  relocations  Silicon_Valley  start_ups  United_Kingdom 
june 2019 by jerryking
A Website for Pop-Up Stores Attracts Funding - WSJ
By Peter Grant
Oct. 10, 2017

(For John Corless)

A venture-capital firm that focuses on real-estate technology is investing in a London startup that has created an online marketplace for pop-up stores.

Fifth Wall Ventures, which is backed by big names in the real-estate world like Hines, CBRE Group Inc. and Macerich Co. , has made a “significant” investment in Appear Here, according to Brendan Wallace, Fifth Wall’s managing partner. He declined to specify an amount or how much of an ownership stake Fifth Wall is taking.

Founded in 2013, Appear Here has hooked up thousands of retailers with landlords in London and other U.K. cities, and its website currently includes more than 100,000 brands looking for space. The company, which enables retailers to sign leases for days or months, also has expanded to Paris and, earlier this year, New York.....London retailers leasing space through Appear Here and its competitors, like Hire Space and We Are Pop Up, also have turned marginal neighborhoods into hubs for new and edgy retail concepts. That hip vibe sometimes has lured big name retailers to those areas as well.

“The idea that online retail is going to kill physical retail is a complete fabrication,” Mr. Bailey said. “Every online retailer I know is wanting to open up physical stores the same way that every traditional retailer is moving online.”
e-commerce  venture_capital  start_ups  Appear_Here  pop-ups  websites  funding  retailers  landlords  London  CBRE 
october 2017 by jerryking
Katzenberg’s Big Ask: $2 Billion for Short-Form Video Project
OCT. 2, 2017 | The New York Times | By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN.

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s idea of fund-raising is on a very different scale.

Mr. Katzenberg....is trying to raise $2 billion for his new television start-up. That is likely to be the largest first round of financing in history for a digital media company that, at least at the moment, is only a concept swirling around in his head......Mr. Katzenberg, 66, is convinced that his new product, called New TV, can upend the format of television for mobile devices. He wants to create the next-generation version of HBO or Netflix, purpose-built for viewing on phones and tablets with short-form content of premium quality — think of “Game of Thrones” as if each episode had a narrative arc of 10 minutes.

He wants to create big, expensive productions at a cost of $100,000 a minute. (For the sake of comparison, a highly produced minute of programming on YouTube might cost $10,000.)......Mr. Katzenberg’s hunch about the way a huge swath of consumers will watch television in the future is, in all likelihood, right. The number of teenagers and young adults who have their nose pressed to their mobile devices watching video content is startling. Globally, 72 % of all video is viewed on a mobile device, according to Ooyala, a video platform provider.

The question is whether his idea is ahead of its time. And whether he can find the right business model to support such expensive programing.

Mr. Katzenberg is a realist. “We need $2 billion. That’s a high bar,” he said. And he acknowledges that the financial details still need to be worked out. It’s daunting. He needs to build an instant library of content — and a big one.....Mr. Katzenberg’s gamble is being taken seriously because of his long history of success and his provocative thesis about the current television model. “The design and the architecture of the storytelling fit the business paradigm, not the other way around,” he explained, suggesting that shows were made in the format of a half-hour or an hour for business reasons and do not make sense in the world of mobile devices and streaming.....Mr. Katzenberg does not merely want to simply create a studio that specializes in short-form storytelling; he wants to create a platform for it. He is hoping that many of the big television networks both invest and produce content for the service.
Quibi  start_ups  funding  investors  Jeffrey_Katzenberg  entertainment_industry  content  digital_media  storytelling  platforms  SaaS  video  Andrew_Sorkin  DreamWorks  short-form  mobile  streaming  bite-sized 
october 2017 by jerryking
Using Silicon Valley Tactics, LinkedIn’s Founder Is Working to Blunt Trump - The New York Times
By KATIE BENNER
SEPT. 8, 2017

Reid Hoffman has made venture-style investments include starting a new group, Win the Future, whose self-described goal is to make the Democratic Party relevant again. He also invested $1 million in Cortico, a start-up that encourages online discourse between people with opposing political views. And he invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into Vote.org, which has a goal of getting all eligible Americans to vote; Higher Ground Labs, a start-up for progressive politicians; and the Center on Rural Innovation, which is working for economic improvements in rural areas........politically driven investments can be more successful when they are “treated with the same level of accountability” as traditional venture capital investments.

Mr. Hoffman is motivated by a sense that people are morally obliged to participate in civic society, said Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley investor and a founder of the digital payments company PayPal. Mr. Thiel, a supporter of Mr. Trump, has known Mr. Hoffman since both attended Stanford University in the 1980s.

“I would describe Reid as left of center, with a very strong sense of empathy for those who are less fortunate,” Mr. Thiel wrote in an email. “It’s more of a character trait than an ideological position.”
Reid_Hoffman  Donald_Trump  funding  Silicon_Valley  political_influence 
september 2017 by jerryking
Hearst ‘Incubator’ Focusing on Women-Led Startups - WSJ
By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
Aug. 17, 2017

HearstLab has looked at more than 700 companies, Ms. Burton said.

For HearstLab to invest, a business must be led by a woman, have a product generating at least some revenue, and be willing to move to Hearst Tower. “It’s a seed that has been created and we put it in the greenhouse,” she said.

HearstLab usually invests $250,000 to $500,000 through the form of a convertible note that typically converts to a 5% to 7% equity stake after a startup lands outside capital.

A separate women-focused, early-stage investment fund, Female Founders Fund, invests primarily in e-commerce, technology services, web services, and new platforms. It has invested in 30 companies through two separate funds since launching in 2014, including Zola, a wedding registry, and Maven, a digital clinic for women’s health.

“It’s typically been quite difficult for women to raise startup financing,” said Anu Duggal, the fund’s founding partner. “We’re proving you can get great returns by choosing this investment thesis.” Ms. Duggal declined to say how much Female Founders Fund has invested altogether.

Lindsay Jurist-Rosner, Wellthy’s co-founder and chief executive, said in an interview that she moved into Hearst Tower in June 2016. Wellthy has since struck a corporate sponsorship deal with Hearst that enables Hearst to offer its services as an employee benefit.

That deal, she noted, has helped Wellthy land other contracts with major employers. “It’s been a validator,”
Hearst  incubators  brands  start_ups  women  venture_capital  vc  founders  funding 
august 2017 by jerryking
Seth's Blog: Before you raise money (assets and expenses)
Here's the key thing you have to understand before you ask your mom or your friends or the local VC for an investment:

There's a huge difference between spending money on expenses and spending money to build an asset.

Ice at a picnic is an expense. Once it melts, it's gone. Your electric bill, rent--these are costs of doing business, and you should rarely if ever borrow money to pay them.

Assets, on the other hand, are things that sustain or grow in value, that you can use again and again, and that are ultimately worth more than they cost.

A college degree from the right institution is an asset. So is an earned list of 10,000 people who want to hear from you by email once a week. So is a reputation (which some people call a brand).

For entrepreneurs, then, the math is simple: any asset-building opportunity that will generate a long-term profit is worth considering and even worth borrowing money to acquire.

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The reason for this money trap is that so many small-business owners confuse raising money for expenses with raising money to build an asset. This is worth understanding.

If you can say, "I will spend this money on X, and X will make Y happen, and Y will pay off handsomely," then a professional investor ought to be open to hearing that story.

But the things to spend money on are a significant real estate presence, machines, patents, a permanent, expensive brand. The entrepreneur who spends this money does it with enthusiasm, because she's buying things that are going to grow in value, fast.

This is the painting contractor who realizes that a high-powered industrial paint booth will make him the only guy in town who can do a certain kind of job. Or the fast food impresario who asserts that opening ten restaurants in one town in one year will give her the footprint to be more efficient and profitable.
funding  assets  Seth_Godin  expenses  financing 
may 2017 by jerryking
Naive entrepreneurs at risk of losing out to venture capitalists
Jan. 20, 2016 | The Financial Times News: p6. | Murad Ahmed

Tech start-up financing is often structured to protect venture capitalists, not founders, says Murad Ahmed

Nicolas Brusson and Philip...
entrepreneur  founders  vc  venture_capital  France  BlaBlaCar  trustworthiness  relationships  funding  asymmetrical  investors  naivete  connected_cars 
april 2017 by jerryking
Big Companies Should Collaborate with Startups
Eddie YoonSteve Hughes
FEBRUARY 25, 2016

Growth is increasingly hard to come by, so large companies are increasingly looking to entrepreneurs to help them find it. In the food and beverage category, growth came from 20,000 small companies outside of the top 100, which together saw revenue grow by $17 billion dollars.
Despite that aggregate revenue growth, not every startup is successful — in fact, the vast majority will fail.

Ironically, startups and established companies would both improve their success rates if they collaborated instead of competed. Startups and established companies bring two distinct and equally integral skills to the table. Startups excel at giving birth to successful proof of concepts; larger companies are much better at successfully scaling proof of concepts.

Startups are better at detecting and unlocking emerging and latent demand. But they often stumble at scaling their proof of concept, not only because they’re often doing it for the first time, but also because the skills necessary for creating are not the same as scaling. Startups must be agile and adapt their value proposition several times until they get it right. According to Forbes, 58% of startups successfully figure out a clear market need for what they have.

In contrast, big companies often end up launching things they can make, not what people want.

Successful collaboration between startups and established companies must go beyond financial deals: it must be personal and mission-oriented.....areas of emerging and latent demand are often highly concentrated.... spend time physically in hotbeds specific to your sector. ....met people...walk the aisles ...... explore up and coming datasets. SPINs is a retail measurement company that covers the natural and organic grocers. Yet too many companies don’t even bother to acquire this data because they dismiss it as too small to matter.....Just as important as personal knowledge are personal relationships. ...spend time with customers....skew more toward emerging customers......connect with key people who have tight connections with both startups and established companies in your industry.....collaboration needs to be mission-oriented, meaning it has to be focused on something larger than financial success. ......Executives who wish to tap into the growth of these smaller companies will find that having a big checkbook is not going to be enough, and that waiting for an investment banker to bring them deals is the wrong approach. A mercenary mindset will only go so far. When big companies try to engage with startups, a missionary mindset will create better odds of success.
large_companies  Fortune_500  brands  scaling  start_ups  collaboration  face2face  personal_meetings  personal_touch  information_sources  personal_relationships  personal_knowledge  HBR  growth  funding  M&A  success_rates  latent  hidden  proof-of-concepts  mindsets  missionaries  mission-driven  Mondolez  cultural_clash  Gulliver_strategies 
march 2017 by jerryking
Toronto's smart thermostat startup Ecobee gets $35-million funding boost - The Globe and Mail
ALICJA SIEKIERSKA
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

A key part of Ecobee's growth strategy includes partnering Ecobee with high-tech home automation systems, including Apple’s HomeKit and Amazon Echo, which uses the company’s Alexa voice-activated artificial intelligence program. These smart home technologies allow users to control such things as lighting, appliances, security, heating and cooling using the Internet.

Ecobee was the first WiFi thermostat system to be compatible with Amazon Echo.
Ecobee  start_ups  thermostats  sensors  Amazon_Echo  Alexa  smart_homes  home_automation  voice_interfaces  artificial_intelligence  funding  Wi-Fi  Toronto 
august 2016 by jerryking
Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels
JULY 17, 2016 | - The New York Times | By JOHN MARKOFF.

Funding in A.I. start-ups has increased more than fourfold to $681 million in 2015, from $145 million in 2011, according to the market research firm CB Insights. The firm estimates that new investments will reach $1.2 billion this year, up 76 percent from last year.
machine_learning  Silicon_Valley  deep_learning  artificial_intelligence  funding  venture_capital  vc 
july 2016 by jerryking
Why Uber Keeps Raising Billions - The New York Times
Andrew Ross Sorkin
DEALBOOK JUNE 20, 2016
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Uber  funding  venture_capital  Andrew_Sorkin  sharing_economy  deterrence  finance 
june 2016 by jerryking
Big Firms Fill Funding Gap - The CFO Report - WSJ
April 22, 2014, 2:38 AM ET
Big Firms Fill Funding Gap
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large_companies  small_business  funding  alternative_lending 
november 2014 by jerryking
Let non-lawyers own law firms: Canadian Bar Association - The Globe and Mail
JEFF GRAY - LAW REPORTER
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 14 2014
law  law_firms  future  funding 
august 2014 by jerryking
Desire2Learn’s new funding round to fuel rapid growth - The Globe and Mail
BOYD ERMAN
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Published Thursday, Aug. 14 2014
Desire2Learn  valuations  venture_capital  funding  growth 
august 2014 by jerryking
As Iceland shows, the arts can be a valuable business asset for Canada - The Globe and Mail
TODD HIRSCH
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Todd_Hirsch  Iceland  art  artists  culture  arts  cultural_institutions  creativity  prosperity  creative_class  funding  fine_arts 
march 2014 by jerryking
Political
 Finance 
in 
City 
Elections: Toronto 
and
 Calgary
 Compared

September
2008 | The
 Canadian 
Political 
Science
 Review |Lisa
 Young

(University
 of 
Calgary)
 and
 Sam 
Austin 
(University
 of 
Calgary)

Comparing
 candidate 
contribution
 and
 expenditure
 data
 from
 urban 
elections
 in
 Toronto
 and
 Calgary,
 the
 paper
 concludes
 that
 elements
 of
 the
 regulatory
 regime
 in
 Toronto
 contribute 
modestly
 to
 a
 more
 level
 playing
 field 
for 
political
 competition 
in 
that 
city.
In

particular,
the
limits
on
the
size
of
contributions,
when
coupled
with
a
rebate
for
political

donat
ions,
 make
 candidates
 less
 reliant
 on
 corporate
 and
 development
 sources.
 These
 elements
 of
 Toronto’s
 regulatory 
regime
 also
 contribute
 to
a
somewhat 
higher
 level
 of
 competitiveness 
in 
municipal 
elections
 in
 Toronto
 than 
in 
Calgary,
where 
election 
finance

is 
effectively
 unregulated,
cities  elections  municipalities  finance  funding 
december 2013 by jerryking
Spotify Hits a High Note: Valuation Tops $4 Billion - WSJ.com
Nov. 21, 2013 | WSJ | By John D. Stoll,Evelyn Rusli and Sven Grundberg.

Spotify AB has secured about $250 million in new financing that values the music-streaming company somewhere "north" of $4 billion,
Spotify  Pandora  streaming  music  venture_capital  vc  funding  valuations 
november 2013 by jerryking
From darling to struggling: Keek grapples with cash crunch
October 25, 2013 | RoB | BOYD ERMAN.

The Toronto-based company makes a popular application that enables mobile phone users to record and share short videos. While the app is a hit with users, 65 million of them at last count, Keek has been trying to raise the money needed to finance further growth....It is not clear why Keek was unable to raise more money after hiring Morgan Stanley. Keek was an early entrant in the video sharing game, but the company now faces more competition.

Twitter Inc. has since launched its video-sharing application, Vine, and Facebook Inc.'s Instagram application also now has the same capability.

Keek has pitched its longer videos - 36 seconds - as a differentiating factor from the seven-second videos offered by Vine
Keek  web_video  Boyd_Erman  start_ups  funding  layoffs  Vine  bite-sized  short-form 
october 2013 by jerryking
Moolah from heaven
July 24, 2007 | G&M | BY MARJO JOHNE
funding  angels  energy 
march 2013 by jerryking
For Love or Money
January 2006 | Business in Calgary | by Derek Sankey
angels  Canadian  venture_capital  funding  early-stage 
march 2013 by jerryking
The economic imperative for investing in arts and culture
Mar. 27 2013 | The Globe and Mail | TODD HIRSCH.

A better reason why the economy needs a strong cultural scene is that it helps to attract and retain labour. This is especially important for cities trying to draw smart professionals from around the world. The best and brightest workers are global citizens, and if they (or their families) are not pleased with the cultural amenities, they won’t come. Calgary, where I live, is a perfect example: world-class fly fishing and a great rodeo will attract some people, but without fantastic arts and sports amenities, the pool of willing migrants would be shallow....The third reason, however, is the most important. To become the creative, innovative and imaginative citizens that our companies and governments want us to be, Canadians need to willingly expose themselves to new ideas. A vibrant arts and culture community is the easiest way to make this possible.

American neuroscientist Gregory Berns, in the introduction to his 2008 book Iconoclast, wrote: “To see things differently than other people, the most effective solution is to bombard the brain with things it has never encountered before.” Living and travelling abroad is a great way to do this, but for most of us that isn’t a practical reality. Arts and culture on our home turf offer us the chance to “bombard” our brain with new stimulus without leaving town.

The important part, as Dr. Berns puts it, is to concentrate on things your brain has never encountered before. If you’re an opera fan, going to see opera season after season will be enjoyable, but you won’t reap the creative benefits that come from exposure to other things. Maybe you need to skip the next performance of Don Giovanni and take in some indie rock. Or if you’re a hockey nut, turn off the game one night and take in an exhibit of contemporary visual art. You’re not required to enjoy an unfamiliar art or sport (although if you go with an open mind, you’ll be surprised). The point is to purposely take it in, absorb what’s going on, and let your mind be bombarded. It gets the brain’s neurons firing in different ways...We have to stop thinking about arts and culture as simply nice-to-haves. They are just as important as well-maintained roads and bridges. By giving us the chance to stimulate our minds with new ideas and experiences, they give us the opportunity to become more creative. Arts and culture are infrastructure for the mind.
cultural_institutions  art  artists  Calgary  creativity  prosperity  creative_class  funding  fine_arts  value_propositions  mental_dexterity  creative_renewal  Todd_Hirsch  imagination  idea_generation  ideas  iconoclasts  contemporary_art  open_mind  economic_imperatives  the_best_and_brightest 
march 2013 by jerryking
Software Is Feeding The World: Agriculture Startup Solum Raises $17M Led by Andreessen Horowitz | TechCrunch
Anthony Ha
Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 (Agri-Data)

“Solum’s platform enables farmers to correlate nutrient measurements and fertilizer application to actual yields, in a constantly improving feedback loop. Over time, the result for farmers should be a ‘virtuous circle’ of increasing crop yields driven by ever-smarter and environmentally sustainable use of fertilizer, water and other precious resources. In essence, Solum’s technology will provide the data to drive farmers’ new intelligent machines, and the software to manage their application on a large scale.”
Andreessen_Horowitz  funding  start_ups  agriculture  farming  Solum  software  virtuous_cycles 
february 2013 by jerryking
Data Firm StellaService Raises Funds - WSJ.com
February 27, 2013 | WSJ | By DANA MATTIOLI.

StellaService Inc., a startup that measures customer satisfaction with online shopping, raised a $15 million round of funding to help broaden the amount of data it collects about retailers....The New York based company collects data on thousands of retailers, including Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +1.25% and Macy's Inc., using a network of mystery shoppers. It then ranks the retailers based on metrics including shipping speed, packaging and ease of returns.
retailers  data  funding  customer_experience  customer_service  customer_feedback  customer_insights  metrics 
february 2013 by jerryking
In Search of an Angel - WSJ.com
January 30, 2006 | WSJ | By AJA CARMICHAEL | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
angels  pitches  howto  funding  start_ups 
february 2013 by jerryking
Tips for attracting equity investors on crowd-funding sites - WSJ.com
November 8, 2012 | WSJ |By JAVIER ESPINOZA.

Join the Crowd. Sell Some Stock. Tips for attracting equity investors to crowd-funding sites.
(1) Dangle rewards.
(2) Show, don't just tell.
(3) Build your contact book.
(4) Get some press coverage.
crowd_funding  tips  web_video  public_relations  funding 
january 2013 by jerryking
Did You Check With Counsel? Attorneys Growing Role In VC
January 1, 2003 | Venture Capital Journal | Interview of John Delaney and Jay Rand by Danielle Fugazy
lawyers  vc  venture_capital  start_ups  funding  interviews  boards_&_directors_&_governance  insurance 
september 2012 by jerryking
YottaMark Raises $24 Million
YottaMark takes on $24 million to grow its food tracking system, HarvestMark
traceability  tracking  funding 
august 2012 by jerryking
Ten Commandments of Raising Money
(1) Assume the $ is available.
(2)Know you lending/investing options.
(3)Know your lends/investors.
(4) Make sure s/he knows you.
(5) Ask before you need the money.
(6) Follow the principles of salesmanship.
(7) Ask for more than you need.
(8) Business plan of course.
(9) Make his/her job easier.
(10) Maintain the relationship.

"It's really important to think about what risk you are trying to reduce when you raise money - is it product risk, team risk, market risk or something else? Investors really want to know what milestone you are trying to reach with the money. "
funding  financing  banks  pitches  business_planning  investors  risk-management  product_risk  team_risk  market_risk 
july 2012 by jerryking
Canada’s vanishing tech sector
Jul. 07 2012 | The Globe and Mail | by SEAN SILCOFF, IAIN MARLOW.
Canada  Canadian  start_ups  technology  hollowing_out  RIM  funding  venture_capital  VC 
july 2012 by jerryking
Investing in Africa Can Be a Challenge -- But Good Deals Are on the Horizon - Knowledge@Wharton
March 09, 2005 in Knowledge@Wharton

Private-equity investors haven't fared much better than money managers who buy shares in public companies, according to Runa Alam, chief executive of Zephyr Management Africa, the South Africa-based subsidiary of a New York investment company. Like Oyeleke, she stressed that African companies have few venues for raising public money: "You have Johannesburg and London." Unlike Oyeleke, she argued that investors have plenty of deals to choose from. Her firm looked at more than 50 last year alone. But she pointed out that these deals tend to be concentrated in a few countries -- Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa -- and a few sectors, such as telecom, financial institutions and resource extraction.
Africa  challenges  economic_development  investing  investors  Kenya  Nigeria  resource_extraction  private_equity  funding  Egypt  South_Africa  telecom  financial_institutions 
june 2012 by jerryking
Bootstrap Finance: The Art of Start-ups
November-December 1992 | HBR | Amar Bhidé.

(1) get operational fast;
(2) look for quick break-even, cash-generating projects;
(3) offer high-value products or services that can sustain direct personal selling;
(4) don't try to hire the crack team;
(5) keep growth in check;
(6) focus on cash; and
(7) cultivate banks early.
HBR  bootstrapping  hustle  finance  funding  good_enough  start_ups  Amar_Bhidé  fast_followers  copycats  financing  entrepreneur  venture_capital  vc  execution  advice  capital_efficiency  team_risk  market_risk  technology_risk 
june 2012 by jerryking
Note on Deal Making
1994 | The University of Western Ontario | Steve Suarez and Jim hatch
deal-making  Ivey  funding  finance  investing  frameworks  dealmakers 
may 2012 by jerryking
Think Twice About a Return To Venture-Capital Funding - WSJ.com
September 30, 2003 | WSJ | By JEFF BAILEY | Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
small_business  venture_capital  funding  boards_&_directors_&_governance  vc  women 
may 2012 by jerryking
Networking Provides Partnership's Funding - WSJ.com
October 14, 2003 | WSJ | By PAULETTE THOMAS | Special to THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  oil_industry  funding  joint_ventures  networks 
may 2012 by jerryking
Critical maths
.June 2004 | Financial Management | by Mike Brooks.

The basic principle here is to ensure that the timescale of the financing and the grace period for the repayment of the principal and interest matches reasonably closely the timing of the cash flows resulting from owning the asset.
ProQuest  start_ups  small_business  funding  memoranda  private_placements  cash_flows  working_capital 
april 2012 by jerryking
Goldman Builds Ambitious Role In Buyout Realm - WSJ.com
October 31, 2006 | WSJ | By HENNY SENDER

Goldman Builds Ambitious Role In Buyout Realm
Loans to Private-Equity Firms Edge Out Commercial Bankers; Wearing Hat as Investors, Too

Investment banks are building their financing capabilities as they build their own buyout, or private-equity, businesses....Goldman's footprint has been especially deep on complicated deals like Texas Genco. The power company was bought by the four buyout firms -- Blackstone Group, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Texas Pacific Group. When those private-equity firms won Texas Genco in a hotly contested auction, they counted on Goldman for several aspects of their offer.

In addition to arranging the loans, Goldman arranged derivatives transactions that protected the new owners against the possibility of a plunge in energy prices. This hedge gave comfort to other lenders, making the financing less costly than it would otherwise have been.

Similarly, in 2005, when Cerberus Capital Management LP bought paper and timber operations from MeadWestvaco for $2.3 billion, Goldman led the financing and arranged hedges for the new owners against fluctuations in the prices of pulp, natural gas and currencies.

"If a deal requires creativity, Goldman will figure out how to make it work," says Scott Sperling of private-equity firm Thomas H. Lee Partners LP in Boston.
buyouts  private_equity  Goldman_Sachs  funding  LBOs  Cerberus  investment_banking  creativity  derivatives  hedging  owners 
april 2012 by jerryking
Lessons From a Lender - WSJ.com
May 8, 2006 | WSJ | By DAVID ENRICH
Lessons From a Lender
How a small-business investment company decides where to put its money
SBICs  hospitals  venture_capital  vc  funding  finance 
april 2012 by jerryking
Canada’s CSI helps solve funding issues
Oct. 20, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | Tim Kiladze, profiles the Centre for Social Innovation.
social_capital  funding 
march 2012 by jerryking
Companies close to home need your help
Nov. 2, 2011 | The Financial Times p12.| Luke Johnson.

Two recent books, independently published on either side of the Atlantic, have each drawn parallels between the "slow food" movement and the idea of investing locally. The slow food concept was pioneered in Italy in 1986, to champion small-scale producers and regional ingredients, as a backlash against global fast-food operators such as McDonald's. Now this philosophy is being extended to the financial sector.

The British title is Slow Finance: why investment miles matter by Gervais Williams,
The US book is Locavesting: the revolution in local investing and how to profit from it , by Amy Cortese.

the City of London is largely failing as a provider of capital for British business. The new-issue market for domestic companies has almost disappeared in recent years - all the activity is in trading second-hand shares and floating overseas companies like mining concerns from Africa or Russia. So if mainstream investing institutions such as pension funds are not backing British enterprise, then individuals should look to channel their savings directly into local ventures. For just as a society that won't reproduce commits a form of suicide, so if we fail to invest in our own industries, then we face inevitable economic decline.
local  locavore  investing  books  crowd_funding  Luke_Johnson  microproducers  slow_food  backlash  investors  economic_decline  London  small-scale  finance  funding  fin-tech  decline 
november 2011 by jerryking
Liberals defend ‘vital’ CBC funding - The Globe and Mail
jennifer ditchburn
Ottawa— Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
CBC  funding  Liberals  Conservative_Party 
october 2011 by jerryking
Knowledge Ontario funding axed - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 22, 2011 Globe and Mail KATE HAMMER — EDUCATION REPORTER
Option for UWO's alumni department?
libraries  cutbacks  funding  media_literacy 
april 2011 by jerryking
The financing gender gap - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 04, 2011|Globe and Mail | Special to MARJO JOHNE
An October 2010 report by the SME Financing Data Initiative – a joint
project by Industry Canada, Statistics Canada and Finance Canada to
gather information on financing for small and medium-sized enterprises –
found that, in 2007, 85 % of female-owned small businesses that applied
for a loan were approved. By comparison, the approval rate for
male-owned small businesses was 96 %. Female-owned businesses also got
less money, receiving an average amount of $118,000, compared with
$284,000 for the companies owned by men. At the same time, female
entrepreneurs had to provide lenders with more documentation – such as
personal financial statements, appraisals of assets and cash flow
projections – than male entrepreneurs, the report found.
gender_gap  entrepreneurship  women  uToronto  glass_ceilings  funding  financial_statements  SMEs  venture_capital 
march 2011 by jerryking
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