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Mobilizing $$ from Wealthy Families in Peru (& L. America). And Why Family $ is Not Angel $—Day #3 in Lima, Peru

Entrepreneurs’ most frequent complaint is how challenging it is to raise money, especially risk capital: founders in developing countries have even more difficulty since the amounts of venture money for investment in most emerging countries is less vs. the USA. Yet with the millions invested in food & beverage, fast moving consumer goods, retailing, wholesaling, […]

Part V: Scaling Up Investment—Finance the Startup of Start-up Communities

In Part V, subjects discussed: 1.)   For Entrepreneurs—What are You Selling to Investors? 2.)   For Investors—Let’s Be Realistic 3.)   For Governments/Development Finance Institutions—Atypical Leadership Needed 4.)   Concluding Remarks 5.)   My Next Blog Series—Mobilize Local Capital to Finance Your Dreams 6.)   About Me 7.)   Links: Evolution of Runet (Russia Internet) & the Russia Tech Scene Last […]

Part IV: The Quest for Growth—the Startup of Start-up Communities

(Nastas note to readers:  From 6-22 August I was in Silicon Valley, mentoring 80 entrepreneurs from 36 countries on selecting, developing and shaping their business models to investors’ behavior to risk as I discuss in this blog series.  I was one of approximately 15-16 team project advisors selected from around the world to serve in […]

Part III: The Power of Clones to Startup—Start-up Communities

Subjects in this post include: 1.)   Drive Growth and Innovation in the Supply Chain 2.)   Sidestep the Obstacles that Impede Scaling Up—Investor Attitudes to Risk & Failure 3.)   Controversy of Clonentrepreneurship: Cloning the Idea or Hatching a Start-Up? 4.)   The Spread of Clonentrepreneurship Last time in Part II, Cultures of Risk—Financing the Startup of Start-up […]

Part II: The Cultures of Risk—Financing the Startup of Start-up Communities

Subjects in this post: 1.)   The Cultural Divide:  What Investors ‘Buy’ 2.)   What Investors Fear 3.)   The Culture of Venture Capital:  Friend or Foe? Last time in Part I, I discussed: 1.)   First, Three Definitions 2.)   The Russia Tech Scene 3.)   Growth in Russia 4.)   What Changed for Growth to Emerge 5.)   The Spark that […]

Part I: The Start-up of Russia. The Startup of Start-up Communities: The Power of Clones in Russia—& Beyond

Last time I introduced the questions as topics for answers in this five part post series: 1.)   What is the ‘spark’ that ignites the startup of start-up communities? 2.)   How does the ‘start-up’ of startup communities differ—emerging markets vs. developed countries? 3.)   Why is the US entrepreneurial model of experimentation, trial and error and pivoting […]

INTRODUCTION: THE STARTUP OF START-UP COMMUNITIES; THE POWER OF CLONES IN RUSSIA—& BEYOND

What are the elements of a start-up community?  What can you do to startup a start-up community in your city, or help it do more—faster? Venture investor Brad Feld (Foundry Group, Boulder, Colorado, co-founder of Tech Stars, blogger Feld Thoughts) writes about these subjects in his other blog StartUp Communities with his new book titled […]

Insider View, Twists & Turns in International Venture Capital

In January I delivered a lecture to MBA students, Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. David Brophy, Director of the Office for the Study of Private Equity Finance & Associate Professor of Finance invited me to speak at his private equity class about my experiences in doing VC since 1986, with what […]