Archive for the 'Startup' Category

Global Warming = More Glaciers!

According to researchers global warming is causing glaciers to grow. 
Researchers at Newcastle University looked at temperature trends in the western Himalaya over the past century.  They found warmer winters and cooler summers, combined with more snow and rainfall, could be causing some mountain glaciers to increase in size.  The findings are significant, because temperature […]

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Utility Computing Delivery Model

According to TechCrunch, Amazon is jumping into the utility computing space. We have been working on our own clustering/grid offering and the question of “how to price” computing capacity has been a hot topic. We have been focusing on the 50% the price of the other guys model, but that will only work […]

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BarCamp Venue Change

Note that the location of BarCamp Texas has changed.  The new location is: Elysium, check the Barcamp wiki for more information.

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BarCamp Texas

Whurley’s BarCamp Texas is being held between 8.26.06 & 8.27.06 Thistle Cafe ,300 W. 6th Street, Austin, Texas. I won’t be there (I will be in Legoland istead), but Alex Leverington will be there (hopefully) showing off the new version of SimpleTicket.

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Attracting private investors

In this post we will continue the discussion about private investors.  Last post’s primary takeaway was that there are significant differences among private investors and it is incumbent upon the first-time entrepreneur to understand that, first, and then use it to his advantage to conduct a successful fund raising effort on reasonable terms.
This time I […]

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Partner Sought to Leverage our Computing Assets

The Spur brands (Big in Japan, Architel and SimpleTicket) previously utlized our own small data center (perhaps 20 cabinets on raised floor with all the standard bells and whistles). This month we were fortunate enough to acquire a significantly more robust facility built by McLeod Telecommunications. This new multi-million dollar facility will easily […]

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Prospects for Google = Gloomy?

If you believe the executives at Google the future for Google is not so hot.  Over the past 18 months some of the richest people in the world, who also happen to work at Google, have decided that the stock is overvalued.  Not a single insider has bought a single share of Google stock in […]

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Attracting Private Investors

Much of the investment discussion has been focused on institutional investors and their attitudes toward investment in entrepreneurial concerns.  On the one hand, this provides some context for you as to how the “professionals” address such investments.
But on the other, the vast majority of companies are funded by private investors.  In a “normal” year, venture […]

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Bankruptcy Blog Pointer

Brad Feld points out that Cooley Godward has a new blog called The Business Bankruptcy Blog.  Chapter 11 is never fun as I can attest, but a good resource for information is always helpful.

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Startup Valuation

This post covers entrepreneurial fund raising. Let’s review some of what we’ve discussed in recent weeks.
Review of Valuation
In past articles, I explained that valuation was a number agreed to by the parties involved in a transaction. While quantitative tools are used to estimate, or justify, a range of values, the actual value used in […]

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Business Plan Archive

I found (it came out in 2002, where have I been?) a site called the Business Plan Archive sponsored by the Library of Congress.  If you have ever written a business plan you will understand why this site is so important.  Here is how they describe the archive:
Welcome to the Business Plan Archive.  In partnership […]

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hResume Creator Online

For those of you who want to create an hResume we built a creator. Check out the beta version here: hResume Creator. You simply enter your resume data, cut and then paste the code on your website. Give us the URL so we can ping it. We built the Creator for […]

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Burning Man Anyone?

Burning Man 2006 is between 8/28-9/4 this year.  Are you coming?  What is burning man?
Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. In this section you will find the […]

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Texas based eSports Partners Raises $5MM

According to Todd Anders from GuideCap, Coppell based eSports Partners raised a $5,000,000 senior credit facility from Compass Bank (GuideCap arranged the financing).  Never heard of eSports?  Todd explained, “The company is very low profile and wants to keep it that way.”
Run by CEO Michael McKay, eSports is a merchandise service provider offering solutions for […]

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VC on the chopping block: Crescendo

I met with David Spreng back in the salad days when I was raising money.  He turned me down (see, not all his decisions were bad).  The Mercury News has a VERY hard hitting piece on Crescendo.  Why?
Investors, known as limited partners, are pumping in huge amounts of money into venture firms again, but are […]

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