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What Does a Trillion Dollars Really Look Like?

Joe Barta at PageTutor.com has used Google SketchUp to help us visualize what a Trillion dollars actually looks like. Given today’s tough economic situation President Obama has proposed a new budget that projects for a $1.75 trillion dollar deficit for 2009. Joe Barta, at PageTutor.com has posted a wonderful piece using Google SketchUp to help ordinary mortals visualize what one trillion dollars actually looks like

[ More ] March 12th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Financial Literacy, Links, Private Equity |

How to Calculate the Enterprise Value of Private Companies

Here’s a simple 4 step process for calculating the enterprise value of private companies. Calculating the enterprise value of public companies is pretty easy since many Internet stock sites will calculate it for you. There is no equivalent available for private companies. The analytical approach presented in this post has been used successfully for many years to develop enterprise value estimates for private companies.

How Much Are Mashable.com, DrudgeReport.com, & Gawker.com Worth?

Ever wonder how much revenue leading blog sites generate? Or what they’re valuations are? Then check out this post which discusses 24/7 Wall St.’s Douglas McIntyre’s recent post on the Top 25 Blog Valuations. All of your favorites are covered in the analysis — Gawker.com, Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Perez Hilton, Mashable.com, TechCrunch, Daily Kos, Politico, etc. See estimates of their revenues, profitability, and valuations. The numbers and expert analysis are interesting to say the least.

An Entire Product Management Primer in a Single Post (regrettably it’s not one of my posts)

The folks at Pragmatic Marketing think SpatiallyRelevant’s recent post ‘Product Plagiarism: Answers are There if You Know How to Spin It’ is “an entire product management primer in a single post.” If you’re in the product management space I strongly encourage you to check it out.

[ More ] February 18th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Links, Product Management, Social Media |

If I were the Twitter Product Manager for a Day . .

My good friends at SpatiallyRelevant had a rather amusing post the other day. In their piece entitled The people at Google are Smarter than the Twitter Folk you can read the ramblings of a highly frustrated Twitter user and not so closet East Coast style product manager.

[ More ] February 17th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Product Management, Social Media |

A Dying Boy & His Tractor Parade, Calvin & Hobbes Predict the Bailout in 1994, FaceBook’s Payout to ConnectU

Some cool stories from the web this week

[ More ] February 11th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Links |

Carlyle’s “How the Global Credit Meltdown has Changed the World of Private Equity — For the Better”

“The big public-to-privates are gone in the way of the dodo.” Leon Black, founder of Apollo Management LP at the Super Return conference in Berlin this week where 1,200 attendees gathered to bemoan the state of the private equity industry. This post provides a few salient quotes from the conference attendees as well as a copy of Carlyle’s David Rubenstein’s “How the Global Credit Meltdown has Changed the World of Private Equity — For the Better” presentation

The Hedge Fund Transparency Act or “We have to Disclose WHAT to the SEC!!”

Private equity and venture capital firms face daunting disclosure requirements under the recently introduced Senate Bill 344 entitled “The Hedge Fund Transparency Act”. The nation’s private-equity firms and VC’s with over $50 million under management would be forced to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission, while also divulging the value of their funds and names of all investors. Additionally such firms would be subject to the Anti Money Laundering compliance regulations that all financial institutions are subject to now.

What Color is Your Social Media Kool-Aid?

Perhaps the tastiness of one’s Kool-aid is all that matters to be an expert. Maybe it isn’t about metrics, evangelism, references and case studies after all

[ More ] January 24th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Links, Product Management, Social Media |

Cost of Financial Illiteracy: How to Calculate Enterprise Value

How much is your public company or a potential acquisition really worth? Understanding the basics as well as the complexities of Enterprise Value is critical. Too many executives rely upon market capitalization to assess their value or the value of a potential acquisition candidate. This post walks you through a discussion that is happening in executive suites across the country today as well as providing a basic primer in Enterprise Value mechanics.


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