30 March 2014

How to Solve the San Francisco Housing Shortage (video)

How to Solve San Francisco’s Housing Shortage: Video - Bloomberg: "March 3 (Bloomberg) -- SV Angel Founder and General Partner Ron Conway discusses income inequality and the cost of San Francisco housing on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)"

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16 March 2014

Best Online Course For Entrepreneurs, How to Build a Startup, Udacity

Best Online Course For Entrepreneurs - Business Insider: "MOOCs may not come with the B-school price tag, but as an economist friend has pointed out, there’s really no such thing as a free course. In the hours you spend watching video lectures, answering multiple choice questions, and posting on discussion forums, you could be running a lemonade stand or reading Dostoyevsky. Not every nominally free course is worth the time it takes to complete. If you plan to start a business, one course that is worth every minute is “How to Build a Startup” from Udacity."

More info: https://www.udacity.com/course/ep245

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09 March 2014

California hedge fund Universa moves to Miami

More hedge funds and financial firms will be looking, and moving to Miami --

"Universa Investments . . . Santa Monica, Calif., to Miami on March 1 to take advantage of the city’s business and tax-friendly policies, Miami’s Downtown Development Authority . . . Miami, the second-largest banking and finance hub in the United States behind New York City, launched its Finance Sector Initiative to attract hedge funds through targeted one-on-one outreach, hosted events in New York, Connecticut and Miami, and partnerships with local finance leaders who are helping with the initiative. Miami is already home to a handful of prominent hedge funds, mutual funds and private equity firms including ESL Investments, Everest Capital, Fairholme Capital Management and H.I.G. Capital. "Financial firms can access the same technology, the same high quality office space, and the same cosmopolitan lifestyle in Miami without paying sky-high income taxes,”... Mark Spitznagel, founder and CIO of Universa, cited Miami’s favorable tax policies, emerging financial sector, and better access to Latin American and European investors as primary reasons for the move, and he said he expects other firms to follow suit as local governments elsewhere in the country “tighten their grip” on businesses. “Florida’s business-friendly policies, which are so different from California's, offer the perfect environment for us as we expand,” he said in a statement. Universa, an investment management firm that specializes in “tail hedging” as a means to enhance long-term equity returns, plans to move into offices in Coconut Grove and expand its workforce from 14 employees to 25 in the next three years. ..." (source: MiamiHerald.com )

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Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/19/v-print/3945725/california-hedge-fund-universa.html#storylink=cpy

02 March 2014

Google Capital, $300 Million, Web Education

Google Ventures and Google Capital -- there is a difference --

Google Capital Lands $300 Million and Leaps Into Web Education - Bloomberg: "...“Google Ventures kind of invests across the spectrum but predominantly invests in early-stage companies, and they have an organization that’s super well configured for that,” Lawee said in an interview. “Google Capital is only investing in late-stage investments, and we’re building an organization completely configured around that.”Google Capital’s objective is to triple its money from each investment over the course of five to seven years, Lawee said. That’s the type of return it expects from Renaissance Learning, which is used by nearly 20 million students and teachers in more than 60 countries. Google Capital is investing at a $1 billion valuation.,,,"

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch: " . . . . persistence is not the self-help cliche “Keep going until you hit the finish line!”. The key slogan is, “Keep failing until you accidentally no longer fail.” That’s persistence." - James Altucher

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