Tag Archives: Deals

Shorter Flights at Lower Heights: The Right Way To Angel Invest | OnStartups.com

A more effective model for Angel investing is long overdue. If Angels want to win — they want to lower their risk, create better returns, and help entrepreneurs more they’ll do the following: fly lower heights (avoid trying to fund the next 5 Facebooks) and take shorter flights (avoid riding each investment out all the way to the end).

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Optimism Dims, Financing Improves: NSBA Report – BusinessWeek

The NSBA’s Mid-Year Economic Report, which surveyed 400 of the group’s members online between June 24 and July 11, offered little to be optimistic about:

More than one-third say they aren’t confident about the future of their business from a financial perspective

Eighty-eight percent anticipate a recession or flat economy in the next year, an increase from 78 percent six months ago

Forty-five percent expect no growth opportunities in the coming year, up from 40 percent in December.

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Marty Keller’s Goodbye Note | Marty Keller

Here is the text of Marty Keller’s goodbye note and it provides some information about they way forward for the California Small Business Advocate’s Office. We’ll miss you, Marty. – Ed.

A couple of items to share before I transition to my new adventure:
  • The Asian Business Association of Orange County wants you to know of a couple events coming up in August and September:
  • The Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County is hosting its Annual Green & Health Expo on August 25 at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort in Garden Grove. Details can be found here.
  • The ABAOC is putting on its annual Procurement Opportunities and Export Initiatives event on September 22 at the Disney Paradise Pier Hotel in Anaheim.  Details are available here.
  • The indefatigable Frank Ferral is spearheading, along with the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce, a Recycling BIN Summit on August 9 at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton.  More information can be found here.
As for matters of concern with state government, until the Governor appoints a new Small Business Advocate, please contact GOED regarding any matters of concern.  The general number is (877) 345-4633.  Joel Ayala is the Director (joel.ayala@gov.ca.gov), and Dave Freitas is the Chief Deputy Director (dave.freitas@gov.ca.gov). 
Daisy Luna is staying on as our intern.  She manages the event calendar, so please forward her information that you want posted to the GOED business calendar: daisy.luna@gov.ca.gov.
For matters dealing with procurement, please contact Eric Mandell at the Department of General Services at 916-375-4608: eric.mandell@dgs.ca.gov.
As for me, I will kicking back for exactly two days, and then I will be in touch with you all on Monday about the new direction.  Nikki, be patient!
Thanks again for the friendships and collaborations over the years, and remember: the best is yet to be!
Marty Keller

New Thiel’s Deals

Our buddy Paul Thiel publishes a deal sheet for ‘the best of what’s around’ in Southern California. We’re happy to offer it to our readers. Check it out.

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The Obama Deception: Why Cornel West Went Ballistic – Chris Hedges | Truthdig

“He makes a bee line to me right after the talk, in front of everybody,” West says. “He just lets me have it. He says, ‘You ought to be ashamed of yourself, saying I’m not a progressive. Is that the best you can do? Who do you think you are?’ I smiled. I shook his hand. And a sister hollered in the back, ‘You can’t talk to professor West. That’s Dr. Cornel West. Who do you think you are?’

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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion. Why, Exactly? | Wired.com

Last year, Skype had revenue of $860 million on which it posted an operating profit of $264 million. However, it overall made a small loss, of $7 million, and had long-term debt of $686 million. It was the second time Skype has been bought out; after being started in 2003, it was purchasd by eBay in 2005 for $3.1 billion. eBay then sold the majority of its stake in 2009 to a private investment group for $1.2 billion less than it paid.

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Thiel’s Deals: The Best of What’s Around*…and Other Stuff

A new issues of Paul Thiel’s occasional blog is now available.

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Thiel’s Deals | Paul Thiel

Thiel’s Deals is a compilation of transactional and capital raising leads from throughout Southern California. Are you or your clients looking for funding? Trying to put capital to work? Have a personnel need? Want to let others know of a recent success?

The rules are simple: Send us a disguised note on what you need. Be sure to include enough detail to make it interesting and useful to our network of more than 1,200 professionals. When someone contacts us with an interest in your post, we connect him or her with you. The referral network stays intact, but you have access to a broad audience of attorneys, insurance professionals, accountants, consultants and other professional advisors.

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Thiel’s Deals: The Best of What’s Around*…and Other Stuff | Paul Thiel

A newsletter of deal flow and human capital opportunities in the California counties of Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino.

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New Thiel’s Deals! | Paul Thiel

paul_headIn a very significant transaction for the Inland Empire, Superior Quality Foods — the Ontario-based maker of ‘Better than Bouillon’ and other products — was sold to Southeaster Mills. The deal was handled by Randy Krauthamer of MRC Worldwide. ‘Better the Bouillon’ is the #2 bouillon in traditional US grocery stores and #1 in organic-oriented stores. SQF’s other products are sold to leading branded and private label food manufacturers who use the firm’s products in frozen entrees and soups.