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The Value of an Idea

This past week on Dragons’ Den, there were several entrepreneurs who presented their ideas on the show, only to discover that their valuation was completely off. In some cases, that was precisely the reason they did not get a deal, in others, it was merely a contributing factor. What is fascinating, though, is the number […]

Tell A Story

One of the keys to landing some investment capital is to approach investors with a story. While some have taken this to mean that they should write a story (for example, Cindy Pichette and Kris Whiffing of Clean Stay who appeared on Dragons’ Den, Season 5 Episode 4 which aired October 13, 2010), this is […]

Subtle Signs of Success Waiting to Happen

After having watched several seasons of Dragons’ Den and examining the pitches that landed deals, I started to notice a pattern. That was compounded with my involvement with various social network sites which target entrepreneurs and small businesses, and I started to realize that there are certain patterns in the successful businesses. That’s not, of […]

You Have to Love What You Do

I was giving some career advice to my brother, who is thinking of starting his own business so that he could be in control of his own destiny. Since he wasn’t sure what type of business he would like to start, I suggested that he find something he loves, and see if he can turn […]

Where Does Your Loyalty Lie?

I was reading the expose in the Wall Street Journal on how Facebook applications have been discovered to be sharing more information about the users of those applications than people may have realized. This is not the first time, and I suspect not the last time, that the giant social networking site will be criticized […]

Step Away from your Business

This week’s article in response to Dragons’ Den has to do with a deal that was offered, and then turned down. Since the editing this season makes it difficult to determine the exact nature of the business and the terms of any deals offered, though, I will not discuss the deal in particular, but rather […]

Work With the Rules

A website that I am heavily involved in has a restriction on it – they are not allowed to offer their services within the US, based on the nature of their industry and the licensing restrictions imposed by their governing body. This is, from a strictly technical point of view, a fairly trivial issue to […]

Lesson in Commitment from the Chilean Miners’ Rescue

I stayed up late on Tuesday evening to watch as the first few miners were rescued from their underground cavern after having spent 68 days trapped. I was amazed by the ability we have to watch, in real-time, as the rescue took place, the positive attitudes that could be felt through the video, the happiness […]