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Monthly Archives: October 2011

BPV completes successful exit from Matrix Medical Network

Ballast Point Ventures is pleased to announce a successful exit from its investment in BPV I portfolio company Matrix Medical Network, the country’s leading provider of prospective health assessments for Medicare Advantage health plans.  BPV led the Company’s first institutional equity financing in February 2007 and provided additional growth equity in December 2008 in a financing led by Spring Bay Capital.  Under the terms of the transaction, Ballast Point Ventures, … Continue reading

Finding the right angel

Good angel investors provide much more than capital.  Their networks and reputations can assist early stage companies with introductions to additional sources of financing, expertise, customers, and strategic partners.  It’s a long and difficult journey from idea to successful business, and entrepreneurs need partners who intuitively understand the right kind of support to offer over the long term during the inevitable challenges of building a business. Angels have varied experiences, interests, … Continue reading

RIP Steve Jobs

The are many excellent pieces/obits about Steve Jobs today.  You’ve probably seen several, but we wanted to make sure our network did not miss this one below:  video of the 1984 launch of Macintosh.  It could be called “nerds gone wild.” It’s easy to forget the revolution, and how far & fast we’ve traveled since A>chkdsk (click on image to the left if you need a reminder). RIP Mr. Jobs, … Continue reading

The 5 skills of disruptive innovators

The Harvard Business Review offers a preview of the The Innovators DNA, a collaboration by Jeffrey H. Dyer, Hal B. Gregersen, and Clayton M. Christensen to explore what makes a certain type of entrepreneur tick. When someone opens a dry cleaner or a mortgage business, or even a set of Volkswagen dealerships or McDonald’s franchises, researchers put them all in the same category of entrepreneur as the founders of eBay (Pierre Omidyar) and Amazon (Jeff Bezos).  This creates a … Continue reading

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