Individuals forming start-up companies have many things on
their mind. One of the ones ACS Entrepreneur Network
points to is raising capital from investors. Two links to
the Accelerators blog highlight what they
might think about first.
When we wish to hire qualified applicants to STEM
positions all stakeholders face challenges with many points
of view, including fairness, equity, people with the right
skill-set (soft, hard and wise skills), legal, ethical, political
and more. Interesting discussions of H-1B programs in
2015 from the business perspective is linked below.
Finding ways to use CO2 as a feedstock in an efficient
process for value added chemicals is worthwhile research.
Recent advances at Berkeley are linked.
START-UP ACTIVITIES BEFORE VCs
SOURCES: WSJ, 5-28-15, P. B6, “What startups should
do before raising cash;” WSJ, 6-4-15, P. B6, “When
should start-ups set out to raise money.”
There is a lot of hype and PR in what you can read on
this topic. Know when you are ready, know that a
lot of burdens are placed on the start-up when
investors are involved.
Investors often exchange capital for shares in the
company, betting on their future. The more they
invest the more they will expect. Plan carefully for
sustained growth and know where the investors’
money is going.
The first article’s examples are not “pure” startups.
H-1B GAMESMANSHIP MIGHT BE SHORT-TERM
SOURCE: WSJ, 6-3-15, P. A4, ” Firms, Workers Try
to Game Visa Lottery,”
The comments to this article show how much heartache
headache and struggle this complex situation is
providing. Where is fairness in this tragicomedy?
The article points out some observables, comments
fill in some of the realities that are not mentioned.
SOlAR POWERED GREEN CHEMISTRY TO CAPTURE
SOURCE: Photonics Spectra, June 2015, P. 60
“Solar array turns carbon dioxide to useful chemicals“
This has the potential to “change the chemical and
oil industry.” It uses silicon and titanium oxide
nanowires combined in the laboratory with anaerobic
bacteria in water in model systems.
BONUS: READING MUTUAL FUND PROSPECTUSES
SOURCE: WSJ 6-8-15, P. R7, What a top 10 List
Does not tell you.”
Fund’s holdings can change before publication.
Sector allocation consistency may be more reliable
about holdings in addition to turnover.
Comments are helpful.
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