Fallen Idols

Kick ’em while they’re down. Though a somewhat topical piece, this article takes an interesting look at some of the mistakes made by VC firms in funds raised in 1998 and 1999, using certain famous firms as sacrificial examples.

If These Shelves Could Talk

Procter & Gamble is wiring its products to track when items leave the shelves. It’s part of the battle to cut inventory costs and revive earnings.

Article also provides some insight into P&G’s operations and the importance of the supply chain in the consumer products industry. Also discusses collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, or CPFR

Second System Syndrome

Second System Syndrome is a business ailment first diagnosed by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. in his classic 1975 book The Mythical Man-Month. “An architect’s first work is apt to be spare and clean,” Brooks wrote. “He knows he doesn’t know what he’s doing, so he does it carefully and with great restraint.” But once the first system is done, the architect becomes overconfident, unaware … [ Read more ]

Wall Street’s Toxic Tool

Article discusses the reset security, also known as the “death-spiral convert” and sometimes as a “toxic” (privately held preferred stock or bonds that can be exchanged for shares of common stock. An investor will offer a company cash in exchange for a percentage of the company, but with a catch: The investor wants a guarantee that the investment’s value won’t fall (or won’t fall much). … [ Read more ]

Outrageous Fortune

CommerceNet, a nonprofit booster of e-business, won respect throughout Silicon Valley because it was an honest broker. So how did a few of the group’s executives make millions for themselves? This article explains how and also provides an interesting look at an important historical presence in the development of e-commerce.

The Price Is Wrong

And customers couldn’t be happier. Why flat rates and fixed prices rule.

Still a Man’s World?

The wage gap between men and women still persists, even among Internet Economy employees.

Cover Your Basics

So what really happened this year (2000)? The three big trends can be seen through three big dates.

The Morning After

This isn’t the first investment boom to go bust. Lessons have been learned from OPEC, Michael Milken and Japan.

Maybe You Can Go Home Again

Big firms thought VCs could help them get rich and build online businesses. Now they’re thinking again.

The Power of the Herd

VCs are supposed to earn their substantial keep by identifying promising opportunities and turning them into profitable businesses. Following the pack would seem to undermine the very principle of venture investing. Yet VCs have largely mirrored the public markets, first pouring irrational sums into Net retailing plays, and then moving on to b-to-b, and then to infrastructure, and then to wireless, and then to fiber … [ Read more ]

Recruiting Faux Pas

Setting up a foreign office? Leave those American hiring practices at home. So says this informative article focused on international human resources issues.

The Day the IPO Died

The stigma haunting startups that fail to go public can taint their credibility and force them to refocus. And those are the lucky ones.