Author Archives: Robert W Price

NVCA Discussion – Changes Needed In Tax Code To Help Empower Entrepreneurs

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5719, the Empowering Employees Through Stock Ownership Act. “Most cash strapped startups dedicate their financial capital to developing and building new products and services, making stock options a critical tool to building strong teams,” said Bobby Franklin, President and CEO of NVCA.

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Establishing Your Barriers to Entry – Defending Your Castle


As you prepare your value map, consider how you can create an antibiotic against harmful organisms. Antibiotics have long existed in the biological world before Alexander Fleming’s work on penicillin in 1928. They are chemicals produced by one microorganism in order to prevent another organism from competing against it. Building a castle is difficult. Defending and maintaining it is harder

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Edmund Hillary Climbing Mt Everest on May 29 1953 – Climb Your Mountain and Plant Your First Prover Flag


For an entrepreneur, when times are good, cash flow is the oil that keeps a venture running smoothly. But cash is like oxygen at the summit of Mt. Everest, run out of cash and trouble brews really fast. Every entrepreneur planning a new venture faces the same dilemma: – What are the critical capital resources? – How much cash (financial

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Venture Capitalist Pioneer David T. Morgenthaler Dies at 96

David T. Morgenthaler, a pioneer and icon of the American venture capital industry, died on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 96 years old. Mr. Morgenthaler founded the firm Morgenthaler Ventures in 1968 at a time when few venture capital firms existed. As President and, later, Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), he was instrumental

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Investment Community Honors the Life of Venture Capital Legend Tom Perkins

Thomas Perkins, 84, has died. He was one of Silicon Valley’s pioneers, with a career spanning entrepreneurship, the management of major corporate activities and most importantly, venture capital. As a venture capital investor he played a key role in creating and financing the launches of some of the most interesting and innovative businesses in the world like Google, Amazon and

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Cognition Therapeutics Wins Prestigious Luis Villalobos Award (2016)


At the recent Angel Capital Association (ACA) Summit, Dave Berkus presented this year’s Luis Villalobos Award for the most innovative ACA member portfolio company. The annual Angel Capital Association Summit is the world’s premier professional development event for angel investors. The winner, Cognition Therapeutics, is a pharmaceutical company that has invented a process that discovered a novel drug with the

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Presidential candidates should discuss how they will support entrepreneurship

There are more than 3,000 counties in the United States, yet only 20 of them managed to combine for half of America’s net new business formation in the first five years of this economic recovery, according to a new analysis of Census data by the Economic Innovation Group in Washington, DC. Those 20 counties include parts of Silicon Valley, Southern

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Andrew Grove – Leading the Commoditization of the Microprocessor at Intel


In 1957 Grove immigrated to the United States, a poor immigrant from Budapest, Hungary who barely escaped Nazi occupation. A decade later he managed the launch of Intel, the chipmaker that would help invent the Personal Computer (PC) industry. He was Intel’s President in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2005. While he

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Kleiner Perkins Podcast – Roadmap For Pitching Your Startup


In this episode of Ventured, Aviv Gilboa deconstructs venture capital for entrepreneurs raising a round of financing. Aviv spoke with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) partners Randy Komisar and Eric Feng about how they evaluate startup pitches and entrepreneurs who walk through the door. Throughout the discussion, they discussed the number of factors, both quantitative and qualitative, that go

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What is cause marketing?


Discussions of Marketing Strategies and Working With Nonprofits Definition: Social cause marketing is the planning and implementation of sound marketing concepts and tools in commercial marketing programs in existing companies that are designed to influence individuals, modify behaviors that improve their well being, and bring about change in society. Learn how you can incorporate social cause marketing into your business plan Social

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