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Last Build Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:50:27 -0700


Greece & Its Default

Sat, 23 Jul 2011 20:50:27 -0700

There's been a lot in the news about Greece and its debt problem. The foreign currency markets have been jittery about the European Union and whether the Euro as a currency will even survive. Just this last week, leaders of...

An Easy Way To Get Someone's Attention

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 20:37:59 -0800

I received a book today from an author who is also a reader and fan of this blog. I've never met him nor has he ever communicated with me previously. He sent it directly from He apparently is a...

The Current State of Affairs

Sun, 06 Feb 2011 11:30:56 -0800

I must apologize that I haven't posted since April of 2010. It has been a busy time with lots of things going on in our world. I want to thank my readers for continuing to read and visit the site,...

SkyBridge acquires Citigroup Hedge Funds Business

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:33:36 -0700

I wanted to take a moment to congratulate SkyBridge Capital on its acquisition of the hedge fund business of Citigroup. Since they initially launched several years ago the guys at SkyBridge have executed well and turned what was a single...

Sharks and their Valuations

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:48:19 -0800

I've had the chance recently to watch that relatively new TV show called "Shark Tank". For those of you not familiar with the show, it's essentially a pitch show where entrepreneurs pitch their business to 4 or 5 investors for...

CXO - Another Productive Year

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 21:47:59 -0800

Dear Readers, As we close out 2009 we wanted to thank you for your continued support of CXO Ventures and CXO Private Equity. Despite seeing one of the most dynamic public and private markets in history, our firm had another...

If You're Not Ready for Debt, Your're Not Ready for Equity

Sun, 27 Dec 2009 18:44:08 -0800

One of the challenges of raising capital is being in tune with both private and public market dynamics. If the public markets are frothy and money is easy, then private capital is probably cheap and equity is easily raised. If...

Trading Currency For Yield

Fri, 30 Oct 2009 19:51:14 -0700

Most investors don't realize this but investing is a simple exercise is trading one currency for another. In the foreign exchange market in order to buy a currency you must sell another one in a pair. For example to buy...

Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds

Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:26:24 -0700

One key concept in business is to take good care of your best customers. In the startup world, a marquee customer can lay the pipeline for further deals with that company as well as serve as a reference to get...

Why Commercial RE May Not Crash

Fri, 26 Jun 2009 02:18:00 -0700

Many market commentators have been predicting that commercial real estate is the next shoe to drop in the credit crisis. I've seen a handful of presentations with whopping statistics on the amount of outstanding debt that will need to be...