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The Educated Guess – Make it Your Friend

The Educated Guess – Make it Your Friend

The Educated Guess – Friend or Foe Professor Hans Rosling of the Karolinska Institute is becoming very well known for his data-driven TED talks.  This latest one includes his son, who shares some insight into how to be right more often, by using the Educated Guess.  There are several gems of data in here thatRead more about The Educated Guess – Make it Your Friend[…]

Occupy Movement the subject as Chris Hedges and Kevin O’Leary battle it out over repercussions of the financial crisis #fb

Occupy Movement the subject as Chris Hedges and Kevin O’Leary battle it out over repercussions of the financial crisis #fb

While discussing the Occupy Movement, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges shuts down CBC commentator Kevin O’Leary (also from Dragons Den and the Shark Tank TV shows) as they discuss Wall Street protests in 2011. Hedges does an excellent job of explaining the frustration of many at the way the Obama and Bush administrations handledRead more about Occupy Movement the subject as Chris Hedges and Kevin O’Leary battle it out over repercussions of the financial crisis #fb[…]

Why Fiat Money is bad for everyone but the rich. Permanently transfers wealth from poor to rich. Kind of a reverse Robin Hood. #in

Why Fiat Money is bad for everyone but the rich. Permanently transfers wealth from poor to rich. Kind of a reverse Robin Hood. #in

Several of my students have been asking me to clarify why “fiat money” is basically bad in all it’s forms — essentially a tax on the poor. The following article focuses on that most obscene example, the US Federal Reserve system however to a lesser degree fiat money is still bad even where governments createRead more about Why Fiat Money is bad for everyone but the rich. Permanently transfers wealth from poor to rich. Kind of a reverse Robin Hood. #in[…]

Why I’m Glad I’m not in on the Facebook IPO

Why I’m Glad I’m not in on the Facebook IPO

With this week’s Facebook IPO threatening to be the third largest in history behind only Visa Inc. and GM, I thought it a good time to talk about why I’m happy I’m not going to be buying in on Friday (yes, I’d LOVE to be selling). If you’re interested you can read the entire RegistrationRead more about Why I’m Glad I’m not in on the Facebook IPO[…]

Great video from Ryerson University Colleague Sean Wise on the art of crafting a good elevator pitch.

Great video from Ryerson University Colleague Sean Wise on the art of crafting a good elevator pitch.

Many students and folks out in the twittersphere have been asking me lately about the Elevator Pitch.  Every good entrepreneurial opportunity must include a well crafted summary of the business opportunity, thought out from the point of view of the debt or equity investor. Here is Sean Wise, Ryerson University colleague, in an excellent videoRead more about Great video from Ryerson University Colleague Sean Wise on the art of crafting a good elevator pitch.[…]

All I can say is It’s About Time!  Apple Finally Going to Pay a Dividend with $100BN in Cash! #fb #apple #in

All I can say is It’s About Time! Apple Finally Going to Pay a Dividend with $100BN in Cash! #fb #apple #in

As I have been predicting to my students for over a year, Apple today finally offered up some plans for the $100 billion or so it has in cash or equivalents.  As an Apple shareholder, I’m finally on the way to happy…. Beginning on July 1 of this year, Apple will pay a quarterly dividendRead more about All I can say is It’s About Time! Apple Finally Going to Pay a Dividend with $100BN in Cash! #fb #apple #in[…]

“Best Ownership” —  A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance from business valuator Frank Di Lisio. #in

“Best Ownership” — A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance from business valuator Frank Di Lisio. #in

[I’m “reprinting” this article from Frank DeLisio, a business valuation specialist from Toronto, Ontario. His company is Alexar Consulting Inc.] Best Ownership A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance By Frank De Lisio, CA, CBV Introduction Best ownership embodies two elements critical to a firm’s survival and prosperity: productive entrepreneurship and managerial effectiveness. The best ownershipRead more about “Best Ownership” — A standard for evaluating entrepreneurial performance from business valuator Frank Di Lisio. #in[…]