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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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‘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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Private Property sign, symbolizing the exclusive aura around PE investments

Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #10: Private Equity, aka PE Investments

Private equity investments, aka PE investments sound like an exclusive club. But many people are elibigle for this potentially lucrative investment vehicle.

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Food like carrots and beets are examples of tangible assets

Surviving the Apocalypse with Alternative Assets

When the apocalypse hits, assets like gold won’t help you survive. Why should you invest in tangible assets such as farmland and water instead? 

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Manage Venture Investors

Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #9: Venture Capital Investing

Whether you are a lone wolf angel, part of an angel group, or investing in a VC fund, the threshold question is: is investing in venture capital for you?

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Angel Investing

Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #8: Venture Capital and Angel Investing

What is the difference between angel investing and VC? The first difference is money. Angel investors invest much smaller amounts. VC takes it from there.

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Thought Leadership Opportunities: Don't Pay to Give Yourself Away

Thought Leadership Opportunities: Don’t Pay to Give Yourself Away

Thought leadership opportunities abound, but not all are going to get you where you want to go. Read this tale of one attorney’s “opportunity for success”.

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Sustainable Energy

What the Walking Dead Can Tell You About Investing

You don’t need to be a visionary to see the world’s trends toward “clean tech” and sustainable energy. A recent Bloomberg report noted that investors will pump up to $1.9 trillion in new wind and solar capacity over the next decade.

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Don’t Get Caught in Your Bank’s Trap

Most banks serve their customers well. But some are just trying to use you. Find out how Bank of America tried to squeeze more interest out of a client by ignoring him.

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More Venting About the ‘Democratizing’ of Investing

More Venting About the ‘Democratizing’ of Investing

I believe, in fact, that someone heavily invested in the public equity markets (whether directly through stocks or through stock mutual funds) and other widely traded or held asset classes may be irresponsible for not investing in startups. This is because the concept of diversification is commonly misunderstood to mean that as long as you invest in a broad array of stocks you will be well diversified.

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