Tag Archives: Venture Capital

Alternative Investments & Bad Information

“The internet provides an abundance of misinformation from people who think they know about alternative investments.” Page 44 ,“Understanding Alternative Investments” by Stephen Todd Walker

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How Tweet It Is: The Twitter IPO

Long before many individuals even knew how to Tweet, I started following Twitter as a private company.  In my first book, Wave Theory for Alternative Investments which was published by McGraw-Hill in 2010, I highlighted just 5 private companies one … Continue reading

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Investing in Alternative Investments

“Navigating alternatives is not easy and requires a skill set similar to that of a world-class surfer riding waves in the ocean.”   Wave Theory for Alternative Investments, Page 29

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Social Media and the IPO Market

“Venture capital moves in waves, and so does its main exit strategy, the IPO.” – Wave Theory, Chapter 5, p. 116

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Social Media and Trailing Institutional Investors

One needs to be careful about trailing institutional investors. In other words, you do not want to buy what they are buying (much later after prices are way up). If institutions buy a particular commodity like oil and drive the … Continue reading

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Facebook and the “Smart Money”

Observe the smart money. Watch what the institutional investors are doing. Are they buying or selling? Institutions are pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, banks, hedge funds, and other investors.  Unless you are Bill Gates, you are not the competition … Continue reading

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The “Smart Money” versus the “Dumb Money”

Top-25 Alternative Surfing Maneuvers 3. Observe the smart money. Watch what the institutional investors are doing. Are they buying or selling? Institutions are pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, banks, hedge funds, and other investors. They tend to move in … Continue reading

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The IPO Task Force and Sarbanes-Oxley

After many months, the IPO Task Force consisting of 36 individuals (in addition to CEOs and institutional investors), made the following conclusion on October 20, 2011: “In summary, the IPO Task Force has concluded that the cumulative effect of a … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs was a Legend

Having heard Steve Jobs speak when I was in high school, it left quite an impression on me. While I never started a company, I devoted my life to helping entrepreneurs and later wrote a book about it. He changed … Continue reading

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Venture Back

When I finished writing about venture capital for Wave Theory for Alternatives, it was at the bottom of the market after the Great Recession. Few (if any) companies were getting funded. Located on page 133 in Venture Capital Market Dynamics, … Continue reading

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