Buyer Beware

Caveat emptor: Why the current VC/Media marriage may be bad for journalism

For years, all of us in digital media bemoaned the fact that you couldn’t raise money from VCs for the endeavor. Now, all of a sudden, there is a kindling of interest in media companies among VCs—far too little yet to be called a frenzy or a bubble, but far more than we have seen in years.

VCs are feeling super confident after a dismal 2011, survey says

In the first quarter of 2012, investor confidence rose to the highest point it’s been in more than a year. The latest Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index — which measures how much statup investing confidence VCs have — shows a significant jump in confidence over the fourth quarter of 2011.

Book review: “The Speed of Trust”

Trust is so basic to business that it is rarely discussed in an analytical and accessible way. The book “The Speed of Trust” offers critical advice for entrepreneurs on how to actively manage trust in order to accelerate growth and reduce costs, while avoiding missteps. The more trust within a company, the faster it can move with lower costs. Think of the adverse impact 9/11 had on the time and cost of air travel — longer lines and more security — because of the damage it did to trust.