“Risky Business” is: A) The title of a big Hollywood hit from the early 1980s that launched actor Tom Cruise to stardom and recorded a spectacular $63.5 million gross; B) A description of what investing in movies may be faced with when putting money into Hollywood projects; or C) Both. Well, if the vibe coming […]
Venture Capital Unicorns are as Rare as Real Unicorns A unicorn is an imaginary horse-like creature with a large, pointed horn. Venture capital unicorns are companies still privately owned with valuations exceeding $1 billion. Valuation is based on share price during the latest fundraising round. Industry source CB Insights reports that there are now approximately […]
Mainstream Alternative Investments Defy Tradition It wasn’t too long ago that investments in commodities, real estate or hedge funds were considered somewhat exotic. That may be all about to change if recent surveys prove correct. According to one paper, “Alternatives in the Mainstream,” based on a 2017 survey by InvestmentNews and developed with Blackstone, “Traditionally […]
Venture capital investment opportunities have enabled many exciting endeavors for investors. Huge winners like Facebook, Amazon and Apple are great examples. But there are also well-known disappointments. Blue Apron and Snap are two recent startups that disappointed their late-stage venture capital supporters with their IPOs. Assessing a venture’s value is difficult, but the principles are […]
If you’re an entrepreneur looking for outside capital, chances are you’ve already shed a little bit of metaphorical blood to get what you want during a capital raise. The hope of every burgeoning business builder is that the financial gains received from investors will be enough to stem the hemorrhage of expenses needed to get […]
Success Doesn’t Mean Smooth Sailing Besides finally picking up an Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant”and being an avid environmental philanthropist, Leonardo DiCaprio’s investments, as well as his acting, have made some waves in the world of investing. While he arguably doesn’t need the extra income, DiCaprio is active in the tech investment world, […]
The Gold Standard Skittish Baby Boomers and their financial advisors seeking retirement investments that might act as a shock absorber to their portfolios during volatile times are increasingly turning to the age-old fallback plan: Gold investments. This enduring asset class once again appears to be a standby option for those made nervous because of heightened […]
Conservative Value Investor Takes a Risk A few years ago, my Harvard Business School classmate, Len Batterson, reached out to me to pitch his venture capital firm. I’d never before thought about investing in venture capital. But the background material he shared was intriguing. The funds he has led have had a great track record, […]
Thanks to equity crowdfunding, all Americans, not just the wealthy few, can invest in startups and small businesses via the internet.
The JOBS Act of 2012 opened the door for crowdfunding, which allows companies to collect small contributions to finance or capitalize a popular enterprise.