Bad date last night? Don't despair. It's not as bad as you may think. Here's some good news: you may not know it, but when it comes to your money, that bad date can teach you an awful lot about successful investing.
The ways in which an entrepreneur might best connect with venture capitalists has been covered by a number of other VCs across the web, but we thought it might be helpful for entrepreneurs to put this question into context by providing actual operating data regarding deal flow for our firm.
So was there some functional or scalability benefit to Linkedin in designing the 500 threshold or was Linkedin trying to encourage exactly the competitive behavior that motivated me to add contacts at a rapid clip?
If you want to learn how to invest like Warren Buffett, you've got to learn how to sell investments effectively. Selling in this case can mean selling to take a profit or selling to take a loss to free up the cash and to emotionally move on.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Welcome to the world of investing where brokers and financial pundits start each year hoping you are as uninformed as you were last year.
This is the time of year when the financial media goes into overdrive. You can expect no end of predictions for 2012. Some will be right. Others will be wrong. Those who are right will anoint themselves "gurus." Actually, they were just lucky.
The new investor book Risk Less and Prosper is a good read for those of you who are skeptical of investing in today's stock market. But it is a must-read for those of you who actually think that you know what you are doing.
I often wonder why so many investors ignore the overwhelming data indicating that capturing market returns in a globally diversified portfolio of low management fee index funds in a suitable asset allocation is likely to outperform stock picking, manager picking and market timing.
Jeff Macke believes investors would have been well served by "stepping aside" and that "buying and holding forever have been tantamount to financial self-abuse." Each of these assumptions is incorrect. The potential damage to investors who follow this wrong-headed advice is substantial.