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Alan Patricof

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How to Free Us From Perpetual Fiscal Unease

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 2:16 PM

In my 40-plus years as a venture capitalist I have come to appreciate the certainty a healthy economy provides for businesses both large and small. It's actually a pretty basic concept: when businesses feel secure and confident they are more likely to grow, hire, and invest. Conversely, when the economy...

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Unintended Consequences of the Enterprise Value Tax

(204) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 9:52 AM

For more than 40 years the question of whether "carried interest" of general partners of limited partnerships should be treated as capital gains or ordinary income for tax purposes has been a ticking time bomb waiting to be elevated to a higher level of public dialogue. During this time it...

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The New Africa, the New America

(26) Comments | Posted November 12, 2008 | 12:55 PM

I am writing this blog on a plane flying back from Kampala, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; and Abuja, Nigeria where I have spent the past week immediately following Election Day in the U.S. I have interacted with Africans from many nations, regions, tribes and allegiances during this period and clearly Africa...

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Sequoia Capital's Doom and Gloom Prophecies and the Economic Road Ahead

(24) Comments | Posted October 10, 2008 | 5:13 PM

The comments made by the partners of Sequoia Capital at their recently held "CEO Summit" have been widely covered by leaks to numerous bloggers. These bloggers have disseminated the details and spread the contagion of the sentiments to the public at large, unfortunately running the risk that the...

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On Carl Icahn's Settlement -- And New Responsibilities -- With Yahoo

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 7:42 AM

Well, we finally have a resolution to Carl Icahn and his machinations at Yahoo so we can all go back to worrying about the economy, interest rates and mortgage foreclosures. Carl has been pacified and the company can go forward carrying on its business activities on a normal basis (whatever...

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America Can Profit from Foreign Aid Done Right

(16) Comments | Posted November 2, 2007 | 2:51 PM

Whether you are looking at investing in a promising new business or in new systems to reduce poverty, a smart investor looks for certain givens.

  • Have internal barriers to growth been analyzed for dismantling and have external barriers been analyzed to be overcome?

  • Is the management team...

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The New Meaning of "Small is Beautiful"

(14) Comments | Posted October 4, 2007 | 5:40 PM

Small business is receiving a surge of interest in the developing world as it has never received before. Schumpeter's concept of "Small is Beautiful" is taking on new meaning as the international development community, is giving serious attention to the specific needs of businesses who are beyond the levels of...

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Dateline Timbuktu - Giving The Poor A Chance

(7) Comments | Posted September 25, 2006 | 7:37 PM

I just returned from Ouagadougou, Mopti and Timbuktu, the latter a place you've probably heard of all your life but couldn't find on the map. Yes, Timbuktu - or Tombouctou as it is called by its inhabitants - really does exist and it is not in Nepal or the Himalayas...

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Nigeria, A Country in Transition

(7) Comments | Posted May 25, 2006 | 5:33 PM

For the past six months I have served as a member of Nigerian President Obasanjo's Honorary International Investor Council (pro bono) and have had the opportunity during two meetings, one in London and most recently during two full days in Abuja, the capital, to spend a concentrated period of time...

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Sarbanes-Oxley Hurting Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2005 | 6:15 PM

I was invited by the SEC to present testimony at today’s SEC Advisory Committee on Smaller Public Companies, where the topic of discussion was Sarbanes-Oxley and its effect on small companies.

The Committee met for the purpose of taking opinions on the specific guidelines regulating Sarbanes-Oxley compliance...

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Change in Israel; Cherie Blair in U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2005 | 1:10 PM

Arianna Huffington became an honorary Jew last Thursday night when she presided at the Israel Policy Forum Annual Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf. The IPF which was formed in 1993 in the wake of the Oslo Accord is probably today the most independent mainstream organization whose sole purpose...

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