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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Entrepreneurial silver lining in today’s economic clouds

The economic future just happened.  This study from the Kauffman Foundation  finds that well over half of the companies on the 2009 Fortune 500 list, and just under half of the 2008 Inc. list, began during a recession or bear market. The patents for the Television, Jukebox, and Nylon were granted during The Great Depression.  Although we can’t confirm any patent information on the chocolate chip cookie, it too was … Continue reading

What the rest of the country can learn from Texas

We’ve often written of the many reasons we prefer to live, work, and invest in the Southeast and Texas. To cite additional evidence in support of our position might have us justifiably accused of “selling past the close,” but this one we like because we found it off the beaten path, in The Weekly Standard. In Lone Economic Star, Eli Lehrer reports that “in a nation looking for good economic … Continue reading

Hooks Johnston on Seed Investing

We focus our efforts at Ballast Point Ventures on growth equity or “expansion capital” financing, meaning we tend to invest once a company has generated at least a few million dollars in revenue and has proven the viability of the business model.  Of course, from a 20,000 foot perspective of the private equity spectrum, these still qualify as “early stage” companies, and on occasion we will invest in a very … Continue reading

Scripps Florida builds SE biotech

The Daily Business Review credits Scripps Florida for its impact on biotech innovation. (Subscription required) Scripps Florida – the first and sole satellite of the Scripps Research Institute, is one of only three national translational research high-throughput screening centers approved by the NIH and received the first NIH drug development grant. Its presence has helped South Florida attract other impressive research organizations: the Max Planck Institute (Jupiter), Torrey Pines Institute … Continue reading

Upcoming Florida Early Stage Conference

This October 5, Florida entrepreneurs will showcase their high-growth emerging companies at the 2010 Early Stage Venture Capital Conference, hosted by the Florida Venture Forum at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity investors and service providers from Florida and around the nation will gather to support and encourage early stage investing in Florida – a vital component of our flourishing venture ecosystem and economy. Presenter application … Continue reading

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