Archive for category Entrepreneurial finance

Goldman Sachs Gets it Wrong for Scotland: Shortsightedness and Neglectfullness

There are many who would hold an investment bank such as Goldman Sachs up next to God. Its analysts are impeccable and accurate, and not only can see every financial catastrophe coming, but also understand the opportunity cost of what could have been but wasn’t. Thus the financial world was shocked by the recent polls […]

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The Israeli Model: Mode for an Independent Scotland? Major Policy Implications

The New Scientist published a recent article “Ape Israel to build a start-up Nation” by Jessica Griggs in Edinburgh.  It suggested that much could be learned from the ecology and policies of Israel.  The Academic Entrepreneur gave a talk on this entitled “The Phenomenon of Global Technology Leadership:  The Israeli Model” in March of 2010 to […]

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Ithaca VC: Practical Cap Table for Early Stage Entrepreneurs from an Academic Venture Capitalist

A friend of the Academic Entrepreneur has posted up a useful cap table on his blog. It has been posted below. First, some credit is in order. Zachary Shulman, a lawyer by training, is a Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management and he also teaches at the Cornell Law […]

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The Imagination Economy: Scotland as a Spinout launch

The Imagination Economy: Scotland as a Spinout talk and eBook has been launched on Kickstarter. Find the link here: The campaign is 31 days and ends on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.  The discourse series will start in July in Scotland and run through the end of August.   And the video as well is here. […]

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AirBnB: From 0 to $10 billion in 8 years

The Wall Street Journal has reported that San Francisco-based startup AirBnB is being valued at approximately $10 billion.  CrunchWeek (TechCrunch) also has a report and video covering this story as well. This is an amazing rags-to-riches story of two guys who couldn’t afford to pay their rent in San Francisco, started creatively finding a solution […]

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Universities Have Opportunity for Experiential Education Under Their Noses and Don’t See It

Universities have the opportunity to facilitate experiential entrepreneurship education right under their noses but they don’t see it. Yet.   A fascinating article about maverick students mining cryptocurrency using university computer systems in some shades of grey areas can be found below following the Academic Entrepreneur’s commentary. Hmmmmmm let’s think. The Academic Entrepreneur has a […]

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Alex Salmond’s London Speech from the Perspective of the Academic Entrepreneur

However, the current balance sheet is only part of the economic story. We should also look at the potential of the country. We have more universities in the world top 200, per head of population, than any other country on the planet; we have huge expertise in engineering and life sciences; an astounding cultural heritage; […]

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