Why are we so afraid of failure?

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“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt I remember when I was about 8 or 9, my older brother told me that there was a monster in the main hall closet. He warned me that if I was too slow when I walked by, the monster would grab … Continue reading

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The pendulum of greed in the markets swings both ways as demonstrated by employee reaction to Zynga management’s share recall

I have to tell you that what stood out for me far more than cnet Don Reisinger’s November 10th article “Zynga to employees: Give back our stock or you’ll be fired,” was the comments it inspired and in particular the level of acrimony that manifested itself in statements such as the following: “What would be worth the … Continue reading

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While organizations such as CATA herald the importance of an Innovation Nation, study results beg the question . . . is anybody listening?

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Canadian corporations cut spending on research and development for the fifth year in a row, despite increasing revenues, reports an annual study by a business intelligence firm. from the November 2nd, 2011 Huffington News post “Canadian Firms Slash R&D Spending Again“ In what is still one of the most popular segments in the history of … Continue reading

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From Farmville to Mafia Wars: Do More Faster is the Ultimate Entrepreneuer’s Guide to Success

“While entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, they all share the drive to do things that have never been done before, the belief that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to, and the need to get everything done as fast as they can. For a first time entrepreneur, this can be daunting, … Continue reading

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Thought Leaders Series with Brad Feld: Huffington’s 3rd World warning to the U.S. not new but timely

In what is still one of the most popular segments in the history of the PI Window on Business Show, with more than 4,200 downloads in the 48 hours immediately following the live broadcast, Brad Feld’s perspectives on the need for Founders Visa’s for foreign students who, after graduating from prestigious American colleges, are eager … Continue reading

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Thought Leaders Series Expands with Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Matt Jacobson, Self-Publishing Veteran Sherrie Wilkolaski and Public Sector Purchasing Expert Judy Bradt

The term “thought leader” was coined in 1994, by Joel Kurtzman, editor-in-chief of the magazine, Strategy & Business, and was used to designate interview subjects for that magazine who had contributed new thoughts to business. When we launched the new Business Thought Leaders Series on the PI Window on Business in February, with segments featuring … Continue reading

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Thought Leaders Segment: Introducing Brad Feld

As a past guest on the PI Window on Business Show High Tech Venture Capitalist and premier blogger Brad Feld (Feld Thoughts) discussed the need for Founders Visas in the top rated segment “Diminishing Prospects: How U.S. Policy is Undermining Entrepreneurial Vision.” Brad also joined us in December 2009 to examine the barriers to foreign … Continue reading

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Are Shifting Rules and Government Investment in Canadian Firms the Real Obstacle to Foreign VC Funding?

“Every time we make an investment in a Canadian company or do some sort of transaction with a Canadian company we have a whole set of “surprises” (and I put quotes around the word surprises) that we have to figure out each time, so there is always a new set, or different set of rules … Continue reading

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Outcry Over Section 116 Clearance Certificates: Legitimate Barrier for Foreign Investment Firms or Convenient Scapegoat?

New York, October 12, 2009 – Just 17 venture capital funds raised $1.6 billion in the third quarter of 2009, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This level represents the smallest number of venture funds raising money in a single quarter since the third quarter of 1994 when 17 funds … Continue reading

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Foreign and Domestic Capital Investment: A Matter of Opportunity Versus Choice

This paper addresses an important omission in the venture capital literature by comparing the monitoring behavior of foreign and domestic venture capital firms (VCs). Evidence from 31 VCs in India (84% response) shows foreign VCs were significantly more likely than domestic VCs to be involved at the strategic level while domestic VCs were significantly more … Continue reading

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