Monthly Archives: January 2011

“We have no cause, we have no purpose!” A must attend event!


“Look,” he said to an inquiring female guest. “We have no cause, we have no purpose. We just get together on a grim winter evening and have fun. We’re not feeding the poor, we’re feeding the rich.” – Member of Alfalfa Club 2011 The Alfalfa Club’s annual dinner is a dazzling collection of the very rich and very famous who get together late in January to mix and mingle over jokes and drinks and bask in each others’ glory. Last night was no exception. The high-wattage assemblage-250 members, 400 guests (many winging in on their private jets, with Barbara Walters hooking a ride with Donald Marron, head of Lightyear Capital, and David Rockefeller flying in with his longtime assistant)-dined on the usual fare: lobster in puff pastry (the lobster keeps shrinking each year), and surf and turf accompanied by red and white Mondavi Family wine. (MSNNBC) http://bltwy.msnbc.msn.com/politics/alfalfa-club-dinner-2011-highlights-1672816.story

Cutting Short Davos for a Black-Tie Bash in D.C.: As DealBook headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, we considered this notion of a new global elite.
Was it true that a rarefied group of influentials traveled around the world in a caravan of private planes, attending exclusive conferences, swanky dinners and posh parties? (NYTimes) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/cutting-short-davos-for-a-d-c-bash/

Alfalfa Dinner just for fun

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Words are great! Numbers are better!


Singing from the same hymn sheet as President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia a few days earlier, Sergei S. Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, promised on Friday to transform the city into a business-friendly financial center free of corruption and red tape. (NYTime.com) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/moscow-mayor-promises-business-friendly-russia/

Red Tape

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Government confirms Bill O’Reilly Correct?


In its exhaustive report released on Thursday, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission lambasts an alphabet soup of federal regulatory agencies – from the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Treasury Department to the Federal Reserve. The report blames the agencies for missing the mortgage bubble and for turning a blind eye to Wall Street’s excessive risk taking that threatened to topple the economy. (NYTimes.com) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/harsh-words-for-regulators-in-crisis-commission-report/

The Commission concluded that this crisis was avoidable—the result of human actions, inactions, and misjudgments. Warnings were ignored. “The greatest tragedy would be to accept the refrain that no one could have seen this coming and thus nothing could have been done. If we accept this notion, it will happen again.” (US Gov) http://www.fcic.gov/report/conclusions

Bill got Competition

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Venture Capital Returns by AL Gore? Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!


With the exception of the 10 and 15-year returns which declined slightly, venture capital performance improved across most time horizons as of the end of the third quarter of 2010, according to the Cambridge Associates U.S. Venture Capital Index. (citybizlist.com) http://dc.citybizlist.com/5/2011/1/26/Venture-Capital-Returns-Begin-to-Show-Signs-of-Improvement-as-of-Q3-2010.aspx

On the exit side, the NVCA press release elegantly describes the situation as having improved “from abysmal to viable.” The base numbers support this. (wsj.com) http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2011/01/19/why-venture-capital-returns-are-going-up/

VC returns by AL Gore?

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Non-binding Vote? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!


Non-binding??? vote on executive compensation! Companies provide their shareholders with an advisory vote on executive compensation, generally known as “say-on-pay” votes.

FROM SEC.GOV: http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2011/2011-25.htm

FROM CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/41253923

FROM WIKI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Say_on_pay

CEO response to Non-Binding Vote!

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Is your stock liquid or frozen?


INPUT BY JD MORRIS: Private market providers such as SecondMarket could have the SEC on their back and that could mean your “private liquid stock could be frozen!”

500 ISSUES: For one thing, companies generally like to know who their shareholders are. For another, private companies worry that trading in their stock may leave them with more than 500 shareholders of record, which would require them to report financial information under the Securities Exchange Act — in other words, to go public. (TheDeal.com) http://www.thedeal.com/magazine/ID/038083/2011/liquidity-now.php

BIG MONEY IN PRIVATE STOCKS: Trefis currently puts Facebook’s worth at a (relatively) modest $45 billion, but the firm says there are four likely developments that could push the social network’s value to $125 billion (BookDeal) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/how-facebook-could-reach-125-billion/

Liquid or frozen stock

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Want to lead? Go Gray!


Google announced Thursday that Google co-founder Larry Page will be replacing Eric Schmidt as CEO. (Huffingtonpost.com)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/20/larry-page-google-ceo_n_811930.html

CARTOON: Want to lead! Go gray!

Want to lead? Go gray!

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Breakingviews FAILS! Rueters takes pot shot at Cheezburger


VIEWS BY JD MORRIS: OK! Reuters need to stick to news and not views!

OLD MEDIA POT SHOT: Cheap start-up costs leave VCs with poor choices! (Rueters.com) http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/2011/01/19/cheap-start-up-costs-leave-vcs-with-poor-choices/

NEW MEDIA PRESS RELEASE: Today we closed $30 million in financing. What that means for our awesome Cheezburger fans is that we are going to be able to provide you with even more content and an even better user experience. Cheezburger counts a passionate fan base of 16.5 million people who upload more than 500,000 pictures and videos as well as view 375 million pages and 110 million videos each month. (cheezburger.com) http://blog.cheezburger.com/2011/01/17/omg-30-million1-thats-a-lot-of-cheezburgers/

CARTOON Cheezy

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A new super hero in investing, “Super Angels”


How “Super Angel” Investors Are Reinventing the Startup Economy! But super angels — a clubby bunch ruled mainly by veterans of some of the Valley’s most successful startups, including Ron Conway (PayPal), Jeff Clavier (Yahoo), and Mike Maples (Twitter) — aren’t dumb money. (FastCompany.com) http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/152/rise-of-the-super-angels.html?partner=homepage_newsletter

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Angels investors expect returns

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2011 a year to be clean?


Will this year be the year of Clean Technology? “A strong clean technology presence has erupted throughout the region and we are excited to be highlighting such an internationally popular industry,” said Brian Wallace, chairman of VCIR and managing partner of Access Venture. Read more about upcoming Venture Events such as the Venture Capital in the Rockies Winter Conference (BusinessWire): http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110118005930/en/Venture-Capital-Rockies-Winter-Conference-Reveals-Selected

What will be hot in 2011?

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