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FX Outlook
April 27, 2010 Posted by
A long time ago in a country far, far away I lived and worked amongst a people who were genuinely friendly, took pride in their education, and were skilled, productive and loyal workers.
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FX Outlook
April 20, 2010 Posted by

Foreign exchange risk affects companies in myriad ways: through overseas transactions, the conversion of one currency to another on the balance sheet or changes in a company's competitive position in the market.

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Economic Outlook
April 20, 2010 Posted by
I'm a firm believer in the "KISS" methodology: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
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Startups
April 19, 2010 Posted by
Coming off of one of the most difficult years in memory for small businesses, conditions for startup technology companies are showing signs of modest improvement.
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Economic Outlook
April 13, 2010 Posted by
From the start, rap music has been the underdog. First enjoyed only by a small segment of the population, no music genre ever spread so quickly to cross barriers or race, country and class so quickly. I believe there is a simply reason for this: Rap is emotional and raw, always driving for an expanded audience through an unabashed desire for high sales volume.
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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The last year has seen a wave of investment and utility interest in home and business energy intelligence tools. Power providers and companies that supply infrastructure envision a smart grid that will provide significant improvements over the current utility distribution grid. Targeted improvements include automated meter reading, faster outage detection and repair, demand response tools to reduce energy usage during peak usage times, and load shifting capabilities to distribute power to high demand areas in real time.
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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by
The magnitude of opportunities in global energy markets is enormous, but scaling up a new technology to “utility” scale also presents unique challenges for the venture model. The leap from initial product demonstration and small scale manufacturing into production or assets in the hundreds of megawatts (and hundreds of millions of dollars) largely exceeds the capacity of venture equity financing. Given the current state of capital markets, start-ups are wondering what sources of lending are available for initial large scale manufacturing or projects and what role can and should government play (for example, through loan guarantees and grants) in “picking winners” and lowering the hurdle for new clean energy technologies to attract commercial capital and gain traction in the market.
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Cleantech
April 09, 2010 Posted by

Much has been made of the potential role of emerging cleantech markets in driving the economic recovery and renewing U.S. leadership in technology innovation. The mobilization and retraining of displaced workers for jobs in the new “green collar” workforce was a primary motivation behind federal stimulus funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid. Yet, among cleantech venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, there is a decided ambivalence about the role of the sector in creating national competitive advantage. Indeed, the very notion of national competitiveness can take on divergent overtones in a world where capital from all over the world, flowing through investors in Silicon Valley, supports companies based around the world, with networks of manufacturing, supply chain, and markets located wherever economic logic may dictate. As one VC in our discussion put it, “Global markets are great if you’re an entrepreneur or investor, but I have to put on my nationalistic hat” for discussions about competitiveness. In short, capitalism and economic nationalism make strange bedfellows in today’s globally interconnected economy.  ­

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