Archive for September, 2008

Business Models We Like

When I look for unique ways to approach the private equity markets I sometimes ask myself, how do the current venture capital and private equity models currently work? Venture capitalists typically utilize proprietary deal flow, unique skills, relationships, reputation, and Limited Partners’ dollars to buy sizable chunks of tomorrow’s innovative publicly traded giants. Ideally you can “Buy low, sell high.” It is always important to remember that if you believe in efficient equity markets or “Random Walk Theory” then it is critical to buy well, because the market will dictate the exit pricing.

I have noticed a specific trend forming with the business models and companies that I like to work with.  They fall into five groups: (more…)

Environmental Sustainability, What Can Your Vote Do?

What about your political candidate’s commitment to the environment? One key foundation of our company is environmental sustainability. We look at this in every investment and in every venture we take part in, but there is something that we all can do to help this cause. Make sure your vote includes a vote for the environment.  There are 3 independent resources that can help you make your decision.

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which is dedicated to turning environmental values into public policy, applauds lawmakers for their work during the first session of the 110th Congress to move America toward a clean energy future and to prepare for the challenge of addressing global warming.  Visit the site to see how your candidates voted on environmental legislation with the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard. (more…)