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Chad Hagan

Chad Hagan (Atlanta, Georgia, USA) -
A noted investor and analyst. He is the managing partner and group-president of mid-market investment group Hagan Capital Group / HCG and is a founding partner at venture capital and private equity firm Arcadia Blackwood. He heads the research unit at HCG as well - ZermattCredit HCG - concentrating on deep-dive investment and economics research for his groups investments.
Chad began his career as a restructuring officer and analyst within his father's corporate and social organizations. Previously he worked in the recording industry and as a high-altitude mountaineer.
Outside of his investing career Chad is an author and environmentalist.
Outside of business Chad is an author and supports animal rights, civil rights and eradicating poverty.

Entries by Chad Hagan

Venture Capital Investing -- Less for Your Dollars

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 12:09 AM

Venture capital investing has a tendency to be boring. Unless you're a passive investor, it can give you a massive amount of work for a lot of risk with a diminished return. Of course as a passive investor, you merely just invest and sit back.

On the buy-side investing...

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Mixed Opinions About Smartwatches as a Whole

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Why is Apple making a gold watch? Think luxury markets. Apple is a lower end luxury company -- now they are entering the higher end with the outlandishly priced top tier Apple watch edition. See what Ben Evans of a16z says.

Apple ($APPL) will make its smartwatches available...

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Build Companies, Not Churches

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:42 PM

Build venture capital, not another church.

Build companies not megachurches.

Start an angel fund and stop tithing.

VC is the new JC.

Today I drove past a large sign announcing a new megachurch that is to be built on a large piece of valuable property. It would be...

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The Pivot: When Startups Change Direction and Try Again

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:38 PM

After sitting in the captain's seat long enough you will find that even when businesses or departments fail, rarely do they fail completely. You always learn from the experience.

Down the road you tend to hope that you need to learn less and that you will make more on ventures,...

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Crowdfunding Is a Tool, Not a Game Changer

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:20 AM

With crowdfunding legal in some states and taking place virtually everywhere, the spectrum has narrowed. It is plain to see how the movement is playing out in the immediate future. To start, crowdfunding is not a game changer. At most it is a tool used for offering equity, debt, preselling...

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Startups - Think Like Serial Entrepreneurs

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Serial entrepreneurs are the types that start multiple businesses. They become accustomed to the topography of the markets they deal in, and launch businesses and ventures based on data, experience, timing and trends. They tend to have more defined goals and a better network community, which as we know can...

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8 Problems That Startups Are Lucky to Have

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 6:23 PM

Starting a business is never as simple as you think. Businesses are increasingly diverse and countless metrics and variables need to come into effect for channels to work for the long term. Entrepreneurs and startups have to be smart and they need to be open to endless solutions. In fact,...

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Who Will Win The Tablet Wars?

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 2:13 PM

For a while, Apple dominated the tablet market. In fact, no one even had a comparable product for Apple to compete with. Now it seems the iPad finally has a worthy opponent in the Google's
Nexus 7. The Nexus sold out online and in retail stores earlier this...

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iPhoneography -- Capturing the Digital Age

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 5:49 PM

If you ask an iPhone owner what type of smartphone to buy, chances are they will suggest an iPhone. And while the reasons for this ongoing love affair with what is arguably Apple's most popular product are many, one of the features that have made the iPhone incredibly popular is...

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Why 2012 Is the Year of the Independent Worker

(7) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 9:51 AM

Why has 2012 been hailed as the year of the independent worker by so many publications? Are companies scaling back full-time employees in favor of project based staff? Though layoffs persist, technology is booming, and with perceptions changing worldwide, things look to be improving for independent workers and the self-employed....

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All I Need Is The Air I Breathe

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 11:44 AM

Mountains are climbed year round and each season climbers, both professional and amateur, clamber up the world's most remote and popular peaks for a chance to summit. Unfortunately, not all of these expeditions are as exploratory, or purpose-driven as they should be and few times do these excursions have a...

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The Art of the Bookcover

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 3:58 PM

Years ago a book cover caught my eye. I've always been a fan of the flippant introduction for the TV show My Three Sons and this cover resembled it. It was a drawing of three different pairs of legs, pants and shoes, all next to each other and all...

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Art of the Americans, MFA Boston

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 4:33 PM

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston new Art of the Americas wing opened Saturday.

The renovation has been in planning since 1999, and it was designed by the the London firm of Foster and Partners. The new 133,491 square foot expansion holds 53 galleries, all representing the...

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Everest Sherpa Still Missing From Avalance

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 5:10 PM

Everest Sherpa legend, Chhewang Nima is still missing and feared dead in the Himalayas. On October 23rd, the leading mountaineer was fixing ropes on Mount Baruntse for a British expedition, when an avalanche hit and caused him to fall down the north-east slope of the mountain.

A renowned mountain...

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A Forgotten Area...

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:29 AM

Nowadays its easy to become caught up in suggested places to travel. There are so many guidebooks and magazines available, that they seem to litter the universe with suggestions. Take the fact that everyone wants to go to Machu Picchu, and though they should because it's amazing, after a while...

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