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Hedge-fund and private-equity managers who aspire to build their own companies benefit from investors’ willingness to explore fresh approaches to generating above-average portfolio returns. While highly scalable, these businesses are capital intensive in their earliest stages.
Commercial banks are losing their grip on the consumer, as startups chisel away at traditionally-ringfenced financial-services activities. This technology segment has its roots in payment processing, but it now reaches broadly to include robo-advisors and marketplace lenders.
Collaborative programs help founders to jump-start their companies. The distinctions among business incubators, growth accelerators, and co-working spaces can blur. We refer to “business incubators” loosely, using the term as an umbrella for supportive, hands-on work environments.
Finding investors is an exhausting, awkward activity. Some begin the process too early, pitching an idea or concept, rather than a business opportunity. Others fail to appreciate how competitive the marketplace for backers can be. Tenacity and patience lay the groundwork for success.
Private companies use heuristics to communicate value to potential shareholders. Yet the use of routine standards can lead to flawed conclusions. Numbers are artificially inflated or deflated by industry developments. A critical eye may be more useful than a sharp pencil.
The internet opened opportunities for young companies to raise limited amounts of equity capital through online funding portals. These sites empower startups to reaching beyond families and friends to meet early-stage financial demands, albeit at comparatively high services fees.
Silicon Valley has warmed to the digitalization of the agricultural sector. One frustration shared by entrepreneurs and investors is measured adoption rates for technology in the farming business. Like the state motto of Missouri, farm technology may be “show me” technology.
Entrepreneur culture has undermined the voice of the industrialist. Most companies use technology to drive efficiency; technology itself is not a principal product. These firms may lack commercial buzz because of their business-to-business orientation.
The microchip saves lives. Advances in applying technology to medicine are revolutionizing clinical care and surgical operations. Cardiology, as one highlight, has seen major strides in implantable devices, including pacemakers and defibrillators.
Bolstering confidence with arms-length investors is distilled into communications protocol. How organized, complete, and up-to-date is your company documentation? Disclosure should range from financial reporting to sales-pipeline information.
This technology segment is defined by long lead times required for companies to achieve commercial orbit, not to mention high levels of capital intensity. New opportunities exist in supply-chain and service-provider roles for rocket-launch enterprises and government agencies.
Policymakers encourage startup-based growth because of its dynamic contribution to local economies. Investors are drawn to the proximity of at-hand deal flow. And startup management benefits from a critical mass of professional talent.
The hospitality industry is influenced by consumers’ discretionary income. Technology is used to monitors costs, provide responsive service, and build brand loyalty. Those benefits mitigate the ebb-and-flow of the economic cycle and smooth out seasonal business fluctuations.
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