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.
Content: Article | Authors: Gary Rivlin, Lark Park | Source: The Standard | Subject: Venture Capital
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
Content: Article | Author: Megan Barnett | Source: The Standard | Subject: Operations | Industry: Consumer Products
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 ]
Content: Article | Author: Larry Downes | Source: The Standard | Subject: Entrepreneurship
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 ]
Content: Article | Author: Cory Johnson | Source: The Standard | Subject: Finance | Industry: Finance / Banking
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.
Content: Article | Author: Dan Goodin | Source: The Standard | Subjects: Ethics, Taxation
And customers couldn’t be happier. Why flat rates and fixed prices rule.
Content: Article | Author: Hal Cohen | Source: The Standard | Subjects: Customer Related, Pricing
The wage gap between men and women still persists, even among Internet Economy employees.
Content: Article | Author: Laura Carr | Source: The Standard | Subjects: Career / Employment, Women in Business
So what really happened this year (2000)? The three big trends can be seen through three big dates.
Content: Article | Author: James Fallows | Source: The Standard | Subject: Miscellaneous
This isn’t the first investment boom to go bust. Lessons have been learned from OPEC, Michael Milken and Japan.
Content: Article | Author: James Fallows | Source: The Standard | Subjects: Economics, Trends / Analysis
Big firms thought VCs could help them get rich and build online businesses. Now they’re thinking again.
Content: Article | Authors: Megan Barnett, Miguel Helft | Source: The Standard | Subject: Management
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 ]
Content: Article | Author: Jonathan Weber | Source: The Standard | Subject: Venture Capital
Setting up a foreign office? Leave those American hiring practices at home. So says this informative article focused on international human resources issues.
Content: Article | Author: Constantine Von Hoffman | Source: The Standard | Subjects: Human Resources, International
The stigma haunting startups that fail to go public can taint their credibility and force them to refocus. And those are the lucky ones.
Content: Article | Author: Anya Schiffrin | Source: The Standard | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Market/Investment