Why Startup Companies Fail

This is an interesting article written by Carmen Nobel of Harvard Business School. He goes on to pointing out that even though companies can fail, it can have positive future results for its founders as along as those individuals tried in honesty. In addition, this article goes on to describe some key fundamental mistakes often made by founders of startups when developing their business models.

It’s a very important practice for us in our firm at Siskey Capital when we look at companies seeking funding that we explore management mindset thoroughly as we get to know them, and their really analyze their business model approach. We don’t particularly analyze those business models for flaws or compare them with other similar industries more so, we review those business models on management’s approach and realism on how they have paved their plan on achieving those goals.

A good read.

 

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Martin Sumichrast – Are Oil Prices truly stabilizing?

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Interesting article I read on Business Insider on Oil prices stabilize, firm demand counters oversupply that I want to comment on. A drop in oil prices usually result in the slump in economic activity or a imbalance in supply demand. What is interesting is that the overall health of the US economy is solid “B-” up from a “D-” only a few years ago, when oil was much higher. One would think prices would be going the other way. This probably means that the latter is at work. A massive spike in oil production has driven supply up, thus pushing prices down. This dynamic hurts the energy investors but helps the consumer, which should translate in a boost to the economy. Already we have seen a revised up GDP numbers and I think the second half of 2015 should be +2.5% to +3.0%

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Is the Stock Market at it’s Peak?

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Martin Sumichrast notes that interest rates have started their long predicted climb. He expects its increase to continue further until the 10 year note nears 3.5-3.75%, then flatten. Martin adds, “This will probably take until the end of 2013, and … Continue reading

Mortgage delinquencies back on the rise?

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When the government intervenes and creates programs that attempt to help homeowners, such as the Home Affordable Modification Program, mix results can happen. In this case, 865,000 homeowners were helped with their underwater mortgages. However, almost 1/2, 306,000, ended up … Continue reading

Martin Sumichrast |Milken Institute Global Conference, 2013

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Optimism and Electricity Despite the historic gridlock and continued failures in Washington DC, (aka. the Obama Administration and Congress), the overall sentiment at the 2013 MilkenConference held in Los Angeles last week was very upbeat. This tells me two things: … Continue reading

Martin Sumichrast |My Top 7 Predictions for 2013

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Last year I predicted: 1. Housing would recover in 2012. I was right and housing starts jumped by 21% from 708,000 in November 2011 to 861,000 in November 2012. 2. I predicted interest rates on the 30-year would increase 20% … Continue reading