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Monthly Archives: December 2010

End-of-year Twitter Digest

Thank you to all our readers for joining us here for a bloggin’ 2010.  We wish you all a happy and prosperous 2011! Enjoy this potpourri of our recent twitter activity to end the year, in case you missed any of them: Two (2) interactive maps and census results demonstrate the Southeastern states’ bright economic future: (1) per capita municipal debt burdens and (2) an analyses of the strengths & weaknesses … Continue reading

Tax credits for angels?

Xconomy reports that Michigan has decided to offer tax credits to angel investors. We’ve written on the topic here, and also recapped Rhys William’s testimony (before Florida Senator George LeMieux’s “Innovation in America: Opportunities and Obstacles” hearing) on the subject here. Scott Shane, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University, argues in BusinessWeek that such tax credits are not the most ideal way to promote entrepreneurship because they redirect the same pool of available dollars to … Continue reading

It takes a network (in order to succeed)

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman offers short and sweet advice to entrepreneurs at the “Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford” forum:  “Build a network.” Good advice – even if it does just so happen to coincide with his product offering. A good CEO-VC partnership will expand – exponentially – the network that gets put to work on behalf of growing the business.

BPV completes successful exit from QOL Medical

Ballast Point Ventures is pleased to announce that it has sold its remaining interest in Fund I portfolio company, QOL Medical, LLC, in a minority recapitalization led by QOL’s largest shareholder, Cooper Capital.  Under the terms of the all cash transaction, Ballast Point Ventures and the Company’s founders, Trevor Blake and Edwin Hernandez, will sell all of their interests.  Edgemont Capital Partners served as the advisor to QOL on the transaction. … Continue reading

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