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Tough Money – Raising Capital in a Tough Economy

October 8, 2008 by Akira Hirai


Tough Money - Raising Capital in a Tough Economy

There ‘s no denying it: we’re in the midst of a very difficult economy. As credit markets seized up and the IPO and M&A markets slowed to a crawl, sources of entrepreneur financing such as SBA lenders, angel investors, and venture capital funds slowed just as dramatically. Credit is tight – unless you have nearly perfect credit, are willing to personally guarantee payment, and can offer 100% collateral, you can probably forget about getting that loan. This doesn’t mean that financing has dried up completely. The good news: equity financing [Read More]

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What Gets Measured, Gets Done

September 16, 2008 by Rick Tifone


What Gets Measured, Gets Done

I spent nine years running a US subsidiary of a Germany company. Their obsession (at least the group I worked for) with metrics gave me an appreciation for the power of metrics to elevate the performance of individuals and organizations. The terms “metrics” and “performance indicators” are used synonymously. Most companies use some level of financial metrics for performance reporting to stakeholders. The focus of this article is on using metrics for performance improvement. The value of written goals has been discussed in hundreds of business and self help books. [Read More]

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Medical Device Feasibility Analysis

August 20, 2008 by Akira Hirai


Medical Device Feasibility Analysis

Jerry S, one of our friends in the medical device market, was recently asked a question that many others out there have also probably had: I have an idea for a medical appliance that I do not believe is currently on the market. I have no engineering background and have no idea where to start to get this idea evaluated, mocked up, and potentially marketed. I know there are web sites that promise to promote inventions but I’m squeamish about them. Does anyone have any ideas of where I might [Read More]

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Don’t Over-Analyze: Just Do It

July 2, 2008 by Akira Hirai


Don’t Over-Analyze Just Do It

We were recently asked an interesting question: I am looking at few strong competing product ideas for our next product. The factors I am already looking into are: 1. Expected short term and long term business potential 2. Competitor products, their market and platform valuations 3. Barrier to entry for new competition 4. Key applications where this platform can be applicable The IP is probably not defendable but I will anyway check with my lawyers. I am having a hard time evaluating proper business potential of an idea in Web [Read More]

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Know Your Audience: Four Types of Business Plans

March 14, 2008 by Akira Hirai


Know Your Audience Four Types of Business Plans

There are four basic types of business plans, each serving a different purpose and audience. How you prepare your plan depends in part on the type you are preparing: The “Idea” Business Plan: This is basically an extended executive summary, anywhere from 5-10 pages in length, in which you brainstorm and set down the broad outlines of your venture: what problem you are solving; how big the problem is; how your venture solves the problem; why your solution is substantially better than competing solutions; how you will sell it; what [Read More]

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