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Category: Opinion

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TechCrunch: Determining the worth of your SaaS company

Some Free Resources for SaaS Valuation Algebra

First, a warning.  Valuation is in the eyes of the payer. But at some point, all entrepreneurs need to tell investors, their board, or maybe their recruits that will be getting equity what the valuation of the company is going to be.  The correct answer is, “I have no idea” but you will need to…
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AMPT Radio now on SoundCloud

For the sake of history and to support my next media project, I am posting all the ancient AMPT Radio archives to AMPTRadio.org and to SoundCloud. Episodes will be available, in their entirety, as playlists like: and I will also be adding all the extra bits that never made it to a full show on…
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Tax Rates are The Wrong Question:

As typically happens during campaigns, the arguments about tax rates in the United States focus on all the wrong questions.The real questions should be “what lifestyle do you want to live?” and, then, “what is the best route to get there?” Mitt Romney’s gaffe, describing the 47% of Americans who don’t pay income taxes as…
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Jobs Report + Education Cuts + Open Positions at Tech Companies = Moronic Irony

This week’s jobs report by the federal government was about 80,000 new jobs short of projections. Those 80,000 jobs, unfortunately exist but have not been filled because America has failed to properly interest and train people with the skills to do the work that needs to get done, the work that really adds value to…
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Real Markets

With the rhetorical overuse of terms like “let the market decide” being used in campaigns and debates I think it would be beneficial to define what real markets look like and when market forces work. Markets are neither magic nor wise. It is a term that describes the cumulative effect of a number of individual…
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New Study: community-owned broadband is cheaper and faster

Regardless of what size you think government should be (I prefer a government powerful enough to protect the community’s shared interests), the one area where government has consistently played a positive and often powerful role is in the development of infrastructure. Sometimes – nay usually – the costs associated with developing large systems of roads…
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Pirate?

Pirates, Thieves and Terrorists: Who’s in charge of the economy?

The economy has become dominated by pirates, thieves, and terrorists. Direct your anger at them.

The New Normal

With regard to Mr. Schwaretz’s article on the “new normal”( NY Times “Jobless and Staying That Way”, 8/7/2010), both camps are right. Unfortunately, the same forces that created the new normal are fuel for the cyclical trends. The cycles are partly a reaction to inefficiency in the wider market; when the world’s wealth is not…
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Useless Businesses and the Damage Done

Umair Haque, Director of Havas Media Lab, and one of my favorite troublemakers.  His recent article, titled Is Your Business Useless?, provides a great framework for thinking about the value of organizations and enterprises of all sizes. Good reading for people considering new ventures. As Guy Kawasaki says, “Tell me how you make meaning in…
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Who Suffers Most?

There are many versions of the old adage, “When the economy catches a cold, the poor have pneumonia.” A poll on LinkedIn asking about business spending patterns shows a wide range of responses to how much the economic downturn is effecting spending patterns (self-reported) of businesses.  At last look, 100% of those in large enterprises…
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