Category Archives: General

Turning out the lights is a type of exit.

In my life as an early stage investor, I’ve been closely involved with so many businesses, there were bound to be numerous stories of failures, hopefully from which to learn lessons for all of us as we go forward. Several … Continue reading

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September 21st, 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of publication for BERKONOMICS, the blog containing insights for business management, entrepreneurs, and investors.  Starting with just 4,000 circulation in 2009, BERKONOMICS has grown to well over 100,000, and is read on five … Continue reading

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Patent litigation can kill the small guy.

When you think of patents, you think of added value to the corporation in the form of protection of its intellectual property.  In fact, many corporations spend millions developing surrounding patents to form what is known as a “patent thicket,” … Continue reading

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The five tactical skills of a great executive

While we are on the subject of great leadership, let’s list the five principal tactical skills of a great leader.  These are not the strategic visionary skills, like leading companies through risky product launches, or steering the course through economic … Continue reading

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Three things you need to have when raising money.

Here’s more advice from professional investors for aspiring entrepreneurs.  Each of us has a list of things we look for early on when identifying whether we want to go to the next step in analyzing a plan.   Come to think … Continue reading

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The five C’s of Business Partners: a marriage without the sex

By Richard Sudek Dave’s note:  Our guest insight this week is by Richard Sudek, an associate professor of entrepreneurism at Chapman University Graduate School of Business.  He is Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurism and Business Ethics, and Chairman … Continue reading

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Project cash flow – not just profit – during start-up.

Cash is everything to a new business.  How many times do we have to say this?  The days of being able to trust that there will be an investor or lender on the other end of a call or email … Continue reading

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Create a Powerful Dashboard.

From sports car to aircraft to super tanker, successful operation depends upon the pilot’s understanding and urgent timely use of a dashboard.  Real time information is critical to real time decision-making, and increasingly in the modern business world, decisions are … Continue reading

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Important notice to Berkonomics RSS feed readers!

You may lose your feed immediately after this notice (March 26th, 2013) as we switch today from Feedburner to local control of your feeds. PLEASE come to now and re-enter your email address at the RSS on the upper right … Continue reading

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Announcing Dave’s new book: BASIC BERKONOMICS – with twelve guest authors

Just released! BASIC BERKONOMICS by Dave Berkus … and twelve of his expert entrepreneurial friends: John Huston, Bill Payne, Frank Peters, Basil Peters, JJ Richa, David S. Rose, Richard Sudek, David Steakley, William De Temple, Berni Jubb, Eric Greenspan, and … Continue reading

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