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ANGELS SPEAK

Dr. Bert W.M. Twaalfhoven

Dr. Bert W.M. Twaalfhoven has business investments, companies, and an entrepreneurial organisation that spans the globe. He is perhaps the archetypal Business Angel and Venture Capitalist. This issue, Dr. Twaalfhoven shares his special insights and experience with Anthony Rommens.

When Partnerships Turn Sour When Partnerships Turn Sour

Brian Perry

After much thought, due diligence and typical entrepreneurial assessment and scrutiny you have just made the decision to proceed with a new venture and enter a new partnership. Things start wonderfully and there is so much excitement and positive energy in the air you can slice it with a knife. Sales begin to roll in, clients begin to applaud your services or products and it looks like you have calculated your risk just fine and success is on its way.

Russian VCs Need a New Model

Lawrence Wright

A key factor in the success of Russian venture capital funds is the adoption of the right model. So many VCs in Russia today seem to be taking a traditional portfolio management approach to investing. The conventional wisdom of this approach says that 8 out of 10 investments will fail. Using such an approach in Russia may yield even worse results, because quality deal flow is limited and the lack of real business angels in the market force investors to go upstream in the investment pipeline (to seed and start-up projects) in order to source their deals. These same VCs lack the skills and experience to develop the projects they need. But moreover, their basic model is wrong.

What does it really take to launch a new business? What does it really take to launch a new business?

Patrina Mack

Vision & Execution has examined entrepreneurs’ beliefs about how to be successful in launching a new business, and the success rate of those beliefs for new and existing businesses.

YouTube: Silicon Valley Start-Up Lands Google Deal YouTube: Silicon Valley Start-Up Lands Google Deal

Brian Perry

“MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., October 9, 2006 - Google Inc.(NASDAQ: GOOG) announced to day that it has agreed to acquire YouTube, the consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos through a Web experience, for $1.65 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction.”

The Dragons' Den Richard Farleigh Shares Some Tips The Dragons' Den Richard Farleigh Shares Some Tips

Richard Farleigh

Richard Farleigh was bom one of eleven children in the Australian outback and is now a full time business angel who has possibly invested in more new UK companies than any other British investor. He first made his millions trading in the world's financial markets and now lives in Monaco with his family. Here, he gives his tips for success and reveals a few business secrets.


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