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Jonathan Friedland

About Jonathan Friedland

Jonathan Friedland is a senior partner in Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP’s Chicago office. He is ranked AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale.com, has been repeatedly recognized as a “SuperLawyer”, by Leading Lawyers Magazine, is rated 10/10 by AVVO, and has received numerous other accolades. He has been profiled, interviewed, and/or quoted in publications such as Buyouts Magazine; Smart Business Magazine; The M&A Journal; Inside Counsel; LAW360; Business Week.com; Dow Jones LBO Wire; and The Daily Deal. Jonathan graduated from the State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude, in 1991 (after three years of study) and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994. Jonathan is also an active angel, venture capital, and private equity investor, and is the founder and publisher of DailyDAC and Financial Poise.  Click here to see his full biography.

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The First Mover Disadvantage: Why the Early Bird Doesn’t Always Catch the Worm

Pebble was once a promising leader in smartwatches until Apple entered the market. Pebble teaches early investors a lesson in the first mover disadvantage. 

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Is College Worth It

Maybe It’s Time for a Gap Year: Will Traditional College Be Worth the Cost in a Post-COVID World?

COVID-19 has thrusted universities online, but full tuition has students asking, “Is college worth it?” Investing in college may take on a digital meaning.

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Investing Basics Installment #1: What is Stock? And Should You Buy Some?

What is a stock? For anyone still considering buying we cover stock basics and investment principles in this series on all things equity.

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COVID-19 is spelled out with pills and syringes, representing a prescription for business crisis management during the Coronavirus epidemic

You Will Survive! How Your Business Will Survive Coronavirus – a Crisis Management Plan

Don’t let the coronavirus sink your business. Use these crisis management tips to position yourself for economic opportunity once the worst passes.

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An accredited investors' brown loafers - recently, the accredited investor threshold has changed

Revising the Accredited Investor Standard

The accredited investor threshold has not been updated since the Reagan presidency, but the SEC’s recently proposed updates still miss a step.

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Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #12: Tangible Investments

Tangible investments, or investments in things that you can touch and physically experience, can delight both your inner child and investment portfolio.

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Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #11: Investment in Hedge Funds

Investment in hedge funds has become available to a wider audience in recent years. Learn how a hedge fund investment works.

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‘Know Thy Numbers’ Installment #3: Types of Financial Statements

From the statement of income to the statement of cash flows, here’s how various types of financial statements present a bigger picture of company health.

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‘Know Thy Numbers’ Installment #2 – Accounting Principles in a Nutshell

GAAP rules are accounting principles and concepts that shape how we present financial information. These are the 12 “Commandments” of GAAP accounting.

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a calculator which says Don’t leave numbers to the accountant. If you don't know your numbers, you don't know your business. 

‘Know Thy Numbers’ Installment #1 – Welcome to the Jungle, an Introduction to the Series

Don’t leave numbers to the accountant. An introduction to accounting and its basic concepts can equip you to make better business decisions. 

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