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Graduation Season Refresh

June 29, 2015

It’s graduation season and many new grads are heading out into the world, having completed their studies.  They hope to find great opportunities and success, and I know they will.  But as the saying goes, life can have other plans.  Even when you do everything right, life can sucker-punch you. In my 2013 speech to […]

Roadmap to an IPO – Part 6

April 25, 2015

In the final episode of my IPO Roadmap series, Joe Spivens and Spivens, Inc. finally go public at the New York Stock Exchange.  But there are still more lessons to learn.  The journey isn’t over quite yet. You can relive every episode here: Tweet

Roadmap to an IPO – Part 5

In part 5 of the Roadmap to the IPO, Joe Spivens and Sally Hyde of Spivens, Inc. go on the IPO roadshow.  The investors have tons of tough questions for them. However, sometimes a great speaker becomes not so great in stressful moments.  Joe and Sally figure out how to better navigate the IPO Roadshow. […]

Bloomberg Radio

March 23, 2015

Had some fun with Woody Benson on Bloomberg Radio.  We talked Silicon Valley, high valuations, Uber and employment trends and all kinds of fun topics.  Have a listen if you have a few moments. http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/Economics/On_Economy/ve4VHDba.T78.mp3   Tweet

Roadmap to an IPO – Part 4

March 12, 2015

In our next episode of the Roadmap to the IPO, our friend Joe Spivens learns about the “quiet period.”  Once you file your intent to go public, there are rules set by the SEC on what you can and can’t say.  Spivens, Inc. learns the hard way that talking too soon can have consequences. You […]

Roadmap to an IPO – Part 3

February 25, 2015

Joe Spivens has decided to go public and has chosen his investment bankers.  In this episode, we’ll talk about how to put a valuation on the company and some of the guiding principals that determine the price of the stock when it goes public.  A good investment banker will be thoughtful and strategic about how […]

Roadmap to an IPO – Part 2

February 18, 2015

Hope you enjoyed last week’s episode where we talked about when a company is ready to go public.  This week, we’ll talk about investment bankers. You cannot go public without investment bankers underwriting the process.  They are an absolute must.  In this video, I’ve taken a lighthearted approach to choosing your investment bankers, but understand […]

Roadmap to an IPO, part 1

February 9, 2015

As most of you know, I enjoy working with entrepreneurs and guiding them on their journey.  One of the most common questions I get is about the initial public offering (IPO) process.  To many, it’s a mysterious event that only a select few really understand. In reality, the going public is complicated, but there are some steps that […]

Another Auld Lang Syne

December 31, 2014

We’ve come to the end of 2014, another extraordinary year.  The year brought us the Olympics, another World Cup, an election in India, a major Ebola crisis, war in the Ukraine and Gaza and a World Series win by the San Francisco Giants.  On the tech side, we had exciting technology developments like the resurgence […]