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Zuckerberg Trials (Part II)

Facebook Responsibilities and Resolution Back to Facebook’s scope-creep related to their core mission.   Who do they serve and who do they want to serve? Connecting families or fanatics? Connecting business and consumers?   Serving politics or country-by-country parochial interests?   Common sense should tell you that ALL of the above is an enormous task…

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Zuckerberg Trials (Part I)

Listening to Mark Zuckerberg testimony was scary… in the sense that his mission statement providing the “world with their voice” is well beyond the original vision of Facebook, and possibly a “bridge too far” even for Facebook. Or is it?    Facebook is generating $20 billion/year in profits annually, and along with other industry NEWBE…

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Who’s data is my data in Whoville

I am a somewhat reluctant contributor on maximizing today’s member community value proposition.    At the turn of the century, my eBiz card, providing people with a dot.com answer to web identity and self-posting credentials, was de-railed by Facebook.   My effort to pivot into a credentials-based business community was de-railed by LinkedIn. Both have…

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Corporate Innovation “Press-to-Test”

Having experienced 7 distinct generations of technology [from punched cards (my first Fortran program), enterprise computing, PC’s, client server, mobile, cloud-based and now blockchain] from the corporate and entrepreneur perspective suggests that I am really old or Next Gen’s are coming very fast. Perhaps both. The focal point of today’s market disruption is the collision…

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Want to know a Secret?

THE SCECRETS of SUCCESSFUL INVESTOR FUNDING Over the past 3 or 4 years, the Ritz Group showcased over 140 companies pitching for private equity funding for our Ritz Group Shark monthly Attack. Unfortunately, over one thousand companies failed to make the “show” coming through our Pitch Tank. Our Shark Attack mission is to get that…

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Want a Guarantee – Go to Midas or….

I was fortunate to be part of a Food & Beverage funding discussion – the purpose of which was to determine similarities with TECH and even Entertainment Funding options for entrepreneurs. F&B, similar to Retail, has a large number of initial start-ups that want to create and operate ONE eatery, or create a brand to…

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A Bridge Too Far

The mission with the “A Bridge Too Far” BLOG is to explore the NEED and Advantages of a pure BRIDGE Fund in Georgia. What is the definition of Bridge?    It is rather broad.   Usually “Bridge’ is defined as a funding round before, or in-between a Series A and/or B round.    Bridge is…

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What’s on Second

Valuation is in the eyes of the beholder,  or in our case… the investor.   As we illustrated in our previous Blog, the more you move through the Capital food-chain,   the more proof-items you must have to mitigate investor risk.    The Capital “drill” is real.    It is like Baseball.   Only a rare few go from high…

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Who’s on First?

KNOW THY ARENA! As an entrepreneur and engaged in the Ritz Group seeing over 120 companies pitching at Shark Attack, and reviewing 4x more applicants, one becomes immersed in the “ART” of Private Equity Funding.   As an entrepreneur, I was fortunate to be self-funded and did not have to deal with shareholders.   Banks were tough enough.   But,…

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