Monthly Archives for November 2010

It was a very good month. Dig in. Every entry is a classic.

Would you do a deal if your life depended on it?

Ask Jay-Z about integrity in Business Deals. Clients often ask how they can be sure that they can trust someone with whom they are discussing a business idea or deal. In over 20 years of working with pre-start or early-stage businesses I have never come across anyone who has “stolen” a business idea.

Are the banks lending?

The question we are frequently asked is “Are the banks lending at the moment?” Much to a lot of people’s surprise the answer is yes they are, but it depends.

Business Plans – Time for some heavy lifting?

There must be a business plan writing guide floating around that says “Investors will only look at a business if it has a really long business plan. Make sure you repeat points again and again to drive the message home. Your business is complex so make sure you use long sentences and clever sounding words to get this across. Don’t use illustrations to explain concepts; leave that to school projects. Expansive and complex paragraphs work best and demonstrate your intelligence. Nothing less than 50 pages will ever get their attention.”

Corporate investors key to success of life sciences companies

The investment jigsaw for life sciences companies can be complex but there is interesting evidence to show that corporate investors bring something unique to the party.