Here’s what I discovered when researching background material to write about Hewlett-Packard’s impending break-up. You can draw your own conclusion.
Hewlett-Packard says it will split in two. One part will offer high-end computer equipment and services to large companies. The other will make and sell PCs, printers and other devices.
Apple’s first iPhone appeared in 2007. Since then there have been nine product cycles. Microsoft recently took the wraps off its third Surface Pro tablet in 18 months. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the fifth model since the Galaxy S i9000 appeared in 2010. Continue reading
Peter Kerr at Stick reports raising venture capital can hurt a new business. The title of his Should you bother with venture capital funding…the numbers suggest no says it all. He quotes one investor who points out there is an inverse correlation between the amount of venture capital invested and business success. In other words, the companies that raise the least amount of funds tend to do best.
Kerr lists five reasons why this happens. For me the first one is the killer:
Pandering to VCs is a distraction:
Raising capital demands a lot of time and energy, when an entrepreneur is better off convincing prospective customers to buy – or perhaps learning why they won’t.
And that’s my experience of raising money. Often it can take almost as much effort to raise a sum from investors as it can to earn the same amount as income.
One month ago I added a Reddit badge to posts on this site. It was purely an experiment to see if anyone used it. The results are in. Reddit didn’t get a single click. Not one.
Over the same period the Twitter buttons got hundreds of clicks. I’m not sure what that says, but I’ll disable the Reddit button in the next day or so and test something else.
Does anybody reading this site actually use Reddit?