Archives / March, 2005

Who Buys Venture Backed Companies

Ernst and Young puts out a quarterly report on the VC industry.  It’s full of fantastic data (from their VentureOne group).  I just got my book today and am still sorting through it – I’ll put up a post soon with some of the take-aways. Something that struck me right away was the list of…

Google News

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Google has made their news page customizable (see the  “customize this page” link on the right of the screen).   Not all that surprising a move (what took them so long?) . . .  they are a media platform after all – even  though they want us all to think…

Things I learned on vacation – part I

One of the nice things about sitting on the beach for a week is that it gives you time to think about a few things. I won’t profess to having had profoundly deep thoughts, but I’m working on a few posts that cover some of the topics I was thinking about as I soaked in the…

Taking Time

I’m really bad at taking time away. I mean real time away where I’m completely out of touch and can fully recharge – not the run away for a long weekend but bring your laptop with you kind of away. I need to get better at this – it’s not fair to my wife and…

M&A Part I – Lines in the Sand

I’ve been involved in executing mergers and acquisitions for a large part of my career. I’ve never stopped to count the number of deals I’ve been involved with, but would guess that the total is several hundred, with probably somewhere between 50 and 75 where I had primary responsibility for negotiating (the rest I was…

Paying for what you get?

Ever notice that the nicer the hotel you stay in, the more you have to pay for? It seems to me that the more I pay for a room, the more likely it is that I have to pay for local phone calls, internet access, breakfast, gym access, etc. I was thinking about this a…