Just for Entrepreneurs: How to Choose the Right Financial Adviser

Strategy Driven

Titus III, CPA/PFS, AIFA founded AMDG Financial and AMDG Business Advisory Services in 2002 based on his 15 years’ experience at two large accounting firms working with Fortune 50 clients. While most entrepreneurs know their industries well, many are not experts when it comes to money.

Community Financing Breathes Life into a New U.S. Manufacturing Firm

Harvard Business Review

Seed-stage financing for technology start-ups fell from 16% of total annual private equity investment in 1995 to just 1% in 2002 and recovered to only 4% in 2011, according to data compiled by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The way to increase seed- and early-stage financing for physical-product start-ups is to reduce individual investors' risk by improving the quality of due diligence and spreading risk across a larger number of investors.


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The ROLE of Emotional Intelligence in Effective Leadership Today

The Center For Leadership Studies

Take in these wise words from HBR’s 2002 article “ Leading in Times of Trauma ” 2 : “You can’t eliminate such suffering, nor can you ask people to check their emotions at the door. Jan 2002. Zig Ziglar is known for saying, “You must manage yourself before you can lead someone else.”

Leadership in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

Coaching Tip

The RV Financing Community. . RVIA Membership Directory. Special Award. Presented to an individual within the RV industry who has made extraordinary contributions to the industry''s overall success. Norm Jacobson. Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. Sid Johnson. Jayco, Inc. Pete Liegl. Forest River, Inc. Wade Thompson. Thor Industries. Jim Sheldon. Monaco Coach Corporation. Don Walter. Starcraft RV. Mel Adams. Airxcel, Inc. Thompson. Thompson Associates, Inc. Thomas Faludy.

How to Build ROPE Teams in Sales Organizations

Leading Blog

Our Inside ROPE teams were comprised of colleagues in our company’s marketing, accounting, finance, engineering, support, purchasing, and other functional units. In 2002, she and her husband, Phil, became the first couple in history to climb the Seven Summits—the highest mountain on each of the world''s seven continents. This is a post by Susan Ershler co-author of Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales.

These Are the People You Need on Your Startup Team

Chart Your Course

In the days after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), a chief executive cannot hide behind the acts of the CFO. The finance department is your business foundation so you need it to be one that you can trust. New ventures, especially tech startups, have a character of their own. Often the leader is brilliant and quirky and the team is passionate and driven. This is one reason that the Zuckerberg centered movie “The Social Network” made more than $200 million.

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Finding jobs for people with disabilities

HR Digest

Founded in 2002, disABLEDperson is a charitable organization that was created to increase the disability employment rate. states across 80 categories, including architecture, finance, human resources, IT, social services, retail, sales, writing, and more.

Debbie Laskey On Social Media, Brand Audits And Leadership Books

Eric Jacobson

While a business would not trust its finances to an intern, it should only trust its social media to a full-time member of its marketing team. Since 2002, she has served as a judge for the Web Marketing Association’s annual web award competition and has also been recognized as one of the "Top 100 Branding Experts" to follow on Twitter. Debbie Laskey has 15 years of marketing experience and an MBA Degree.

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What GE’s Board Could Have Done Differently

Harvard Business

The Board Had No Finance Committee. GE’s board had another major structural defect: It lacked a finance committee. As I have explained elsewhere , a finance committee is critical for a board in complex public companies like GE, which are involved in a broad range of retirement plans, stock buybacks, and large acquisitions. If the GE board had had a finance committee, the board might have done a better job of overseeing the design and funding of its retirement plans.

How's That Shareholdery-Valuey Stuff Working Out for Ya?

Harvard Business Review

That's because there's little legal or historical justification for making shareholder wealth maximization the goal of the corporation (Stout's 2002 Southern California Law Review article, " Bad and Not-So-Bad Arguments for Shareholder Primacy ," is the best summary of the evidence on this). Boards Finance StrategyThe purpose of a corporation is to maximize shareholder wealth. And a corporation's board of directors' chief fiduciary responsibility is to shareholders.

The (Postponed) End of the Dollar Era

Harvard Business Review

is a big shortfall — one that takes hundreds of billions of dollars of new foreign capital every year to finance — and the gap shows no signs of shrinking further. Treasuries, the dollar has been on a downward trend in international currency markets since 2002. But it will be the end of the remarkably free-wheeling era in global finance and U.S. Economy Finance Global businessRemember "global imbalances"?

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Would You Invest in This Kid?

Harvard Business Review

In 2002, a 14-year-old Malawi boy named William Kamkwamba built a windmill using items he collected from a scrap yard to power the electrical appliances in his family home. Entrepreneurship Finance Innovation IPR PDF GWPHe did it through sheer ingenuity, without any formal training. His windmill made him famous, and he has since traveled all over the world speaking at leadership conferences.

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Economist Battle

Chris Brady

link] Posted by Chris Brady at 05:11 PM in Finances and Economics , Humor | Permalink Reblog (0) | | Digg This | Save to del.icio.us | | TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Economist Battle : Comments yeahhhh boy show em "what time is it" Posted by: Ian Pardington | February 01, 2010 at 09:19 AM HOwdy Chris, How long can this deficit spending go on. The national debt limit has been raised 9 times since 2002.

Why Do Corporations Need A Single Purpose?

Harvard Business Review

As the Harvard Business School's Michael Jensen put the argument in a 2002 article , "Any organization must have a single-valued objective as a precursor to purposeful or rational behavior. A generation of economists, finance theorists, business school professors, and would-be governance experts has embraced the notion that companies exist only to maximize "shareholder value.". Finance Leadership

The JOBS Act, Groupon, and Gullible Investors

Harvard Business Review

The argument for the legislation is that the number of companies going public has fallen dramatically over the past decade, and the cost of complying with disclosure rules, especially those imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, is part of the problem. Economy Finance Small/medium business JOBSThe Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act , whatever its eventual impact on entrepreneurship and economic growth, has already accomplished some remarkable things.

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The Problem With Coaching | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As someone who has worked with managers at all levels since 2002, coaching, mentoring, guiding, providing advice, facilitating conversations, creating space for reflection.

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Social Media Demystified

N2Growth Blog

Blogging since 2002, being actively involved in digital marketing since the early 90′s, and being online since the days of the ARPANET I have a bit of history with most things digital.

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Is Economics Ready for a New Model?

Harvard Business Review

So they moved on (Brock's Santa Fe affiliation ended in 2002). Disruptive innovation Economy FinanceEconomic theories based on rational behavior have been called into doubt by recent events. A few maverick scholars "are stepping up the hunt for new models that could more accurately describe the real world." Some look to psychology for answers; others are interested in importing approaches from the physical sciences.

Bill Ackman Is Just Doing God's Work

Harvard Business Review

He started developing his famous case against bond insurer MBIA in 2002, and had to wait till 2009 for it to pay off. Boards Competition Finance Everybody has been piling on to hedge fund manager Bill Ackman lately. I''m not joining in. The man may have bitten off more than he can chew, dug himself in too deep, played with fire and gotten burned, or whatever other folksy metaphor you favor. But he''s doing God''s work. Or at least the market''s.

The End of Economists' Imperialism

Harvard Business Review

Two years later, in 2002, the co-leader of that invasion, Princeton psychology professor Daniel Kahneman, won an economics Nobel (the other co-leader, Amos Tversky, had died in 1996). Decision making Economy Finance"By almost any market test, economics is the premier social science," Stanford University economist Edward Lazear wrote just over a decade ago.

The Brighter Side of Decades of Disappointing Investment Returns

Harvard Business Review

Over time, Rob Arnott and Peter Bernstein demonstrated in a great 2002 article in the Financial Analysts Journal , stock market returns should and do trail economic growth. But it''s important to draw the link between two important and seldom-connected discussions: one about the prospects for investment returns, the other about the proper role of finance and capital in the economy. Compensation Economy Finance

What Alan Greenspan Has Learned Since 2008

Harvard Business Review

I tried to get Greenspan to talk me for my November HBR article on economics and finance since the crisis , but he said he’d promised his publisher to keep mum until the book was out, which was too late for my purposes. The dot-com boom when it collapsed, you can’t find it in the GDP figures in 2001, 2002. It was the form in which the asset was financed. The thing I’ve been thinking about most recently is, “Is the corporation the ideal vehicle for finance?”

The Real (and Imagined) Problems with the U.S. Corporate Tax Code

Harvard Business

companies don’t pay taxes on debt-financed investments, which amounts to a subsidy. In addition, certain types of investments are tax-preferred, and the system encourages debt-financed investments over equity-financed investments. ” Treasury economists have calculated that the fraction of the corporate tax base that qualifies as excess returns averaged 60% from 1992 to 2002, but it has since increased to about 75%.

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Serving on Boards Helps Executives Get Promoted

Harvard Business

More than 25 years ago, William Sahlman wrote the HBR article “Why Sane People Shouldn’t Serve on Public Boards,” in which he compared serving on a board to driving without a seatbelt, that it was just too risky—to their time, reputations, and finances—for too little reward.

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Want Less-Biased Decisions? Use Algorithms.

Harvard Business

Below is a sample of the research about what happens when algorithms are given control of tasks traditionally carried out by humans (all emphasis mine): In 2002 a team of economists studied the impact of automated underwriting algorithms in the mortgage lending industry. ” Lastly, by looking at historical data on publicly traded companies, a team of finance professors set out to build an algorithm to choose the best board members for a given company.

Boards Aren’t the Right Way to Monitor Companies

Harvard Business

This idea has led to regulation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002), as well as requirements by the NYSE and NASDAQ that boards have a majority of independent directors and that members on the audit committee have financial expertise. The company provides services in a myriad of industries, such as health care, water treatment, aviation, and financing.

How to Discover Your Company’s DNA

Harvard Business

When HP merged with Compaq in 2002, Bill Hewlett’s son Walter protested that “the fundamental mistake … was the perceived need to do something with scale instead of succeeding the way HP has in the past.” Today, GE is looking to make a similar transformation , re-expressing Edison’s DNA of “invention” into the new market for the Industrial Internet, less focused on manufacturing and finance and more on software and analytics.

When My Business Failed

Harvard Business Review

The Avon Products Foundation — the charitable arm of the Fortune 500 cosmetics company, illegally appropriated our Breast Cancer 3-Day concept, and on August 11th, 2002, announced their plans for a multi-day walk for breast cancer with full-page ads in major papers across the country. There was no time to raise the capital we needed to finance the events' annual cash flow needs. million in 2002 with us, to $11.1 We had 400 full-time employees. Sixteen U.S. offices.

The Big Picture of Business – What Business Must Learn: Putting.

Strategy Driven

A major report to the United Nations Millennium Summit calls for changes in the way in which peacekeeping operations are organized and financed. Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, corporate reform legislation, in 2002. StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D. Ives Sharon Drew Morgen Hank Moore Jamie P.

How Chinese Subsidies Changed the World

Harvard Business Review

It is no coincidence that this upheaval in the Chinese solar industry is occurring at a time when the central government''s subsidies that had financed the industry''s explosive expansion have declined even as problems in the global solar-panel market have soared. Since 2001, when China joined the World Trade Organization, subsidies have annually financed over 20% of the expansion of the country''s manufacturing capacity.

Strategy Lessons From Jean Tirole

Harvard Business Review

More recently, Tirole put himself back on the strategy professors’ radar with a 2002 paper , co-authored with Jean-Charles Rochet, now of the University of Zürich, that examined the dynamics of competition in “two-sided markets” that “are characterized by the presence of two distinct sides whose ultimate benefit stems from interacting through a common platform.” Then, in 2006, came The Theory of Corporate Finance — not a field Tirole had really been known for. Corporate finance?

Henry Ford, Innovation, and That "Faster Horse" Quote

Harvard Business Review

It was better cars, with better financing options. Methodology: My methodology consisted of searching the Google Books corpus , which shows that the quote doesn't appear until: 2002 in "Beyond Disruption: Changing the Rules in the Marketplace" by Jean-Marie Dru. "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.".

6 Reasons Platforms Fail

Harvard Business Review

Conceding defeat in 2002, eBay bought PayPal for $1.4 Before the iPhone launched in 2007, HP dominated the handheld calculator space for science and finance. The success of platform businesses like Alibaba, Airbnb, and Uber is so remarkable that discussion about them often misses just how hard they are to build. For every successful platform, there are many more that struggle or simply don’t make it.

Tough Dilemmas for Companies on Campaign Spending

Harvard Business Review

These are some of the most salient issues of campaign finance facing CEOs and boards of directors as the nation heads into what will certainly be a bitter election year, with both houses of Congress and the Presidency up for grabs. Prior to Citizens United , most major corporations participated in campaign finance through employee funded Political Action Committees (PACs) which are legally authorized to make direct contributions to candidates under strict limits (e.g.

An Insider’s Account of the Yahoo-Alibaba Deal

Harvard Business Review

content (news, finance, weather) into two Chinese languages, and directory access to 20,000 web sites, an approach that the company had adopted elsewhere. The number of internet users in China stood at roughly 5 million in 1999 but grew to 40 million in 2002, by which time it was clear that Yahoo was not getting the traction that local Chinese internet companies were seeing. search engine company Inktomi in 2002.


How Economics PhDs Took Over the Federal Reserve

Harvard Business Review

In 2006, the last time a President had to nominate a Fed chairman, the job went to Ben Bernanke, who had spent his entire career as an economics professor before being called up to Washington for a stint as a Fed board member in 2002. Martin was a former stockbroker and New York Stock Exchange president who took graduate classes in finance at Columbia while working on Wall Street in the 1930s.