Business & Finance Archive

Five Questions to Ask Before Joining that Start-up

This post originally appeared on Harvard Business Review. Mark Zuckerberg reinvigorated an entire generation when he added nine zeroes to the end of his bank account before he was 30 years old. He made start-ups great again. He showed the world that youth is not a preventative factor of success and that work can actually be fun. This theme of wealth creation while doing something you love is why …

5 Corporate Hacks to Make Your Company More Social

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. If Facebook has taught us anything over the past few years it has taught us this: 1. A hacker culture works to drive accelerated growth in a business. Mark Zuckerberg writes in a letter to his investors, “Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete. They just have to go fix it — often in the face of …

How To Start A Company

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. Starting a company is a daunting task and taking the first step sometimes seems impossible. I’ve encountered a number of people with the dilemma of “I know what I want to do but I don’t know how to start.” And rightfully so. Taking an abstract idea from thought to fruition is one of the hardest things to do. It’s why the failure …

My Company Is Being Acquired

As the news says, today my partners and I over at Spinback are pleased to announce that we’ve been acquired by Buddy Media, the Facebook management system of choice for eight out of the ten top global advertisers. When we started Spinback the goal was to build the most cutting edge technology that would facilitate conversations and sharing of products. More importantly, we wanted this technology …

We are Wall Street

Image by jpellgen via Flickr The market almost fell 10% today and one of my i-banker friends sends me this email chain… We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market …

The $800k Hotdogs

Image via Wikipedia I heard a story recently that went something like this… (This is a true story, although the actual conversation below is fake) A guy calls a reputable consultant for advice. This consultant also happens to be an Ivy League Law School Alumni, successful investor, and successful entrepreneur. Let’s just say he knows a thing or two about business. The call goes something …

Loosing Your Virginity – Getting Your First Piece of…Business

First contracted event During my sophomore year of college my fraternity was shut down. As a result, all of our events were canceled and to make matters worse we couldn’t even participate in other organized events within the Greek system. This sucked. It was a huge problem especially for my group of friends who enjoyed going out and doing the social thing. But where there …

Will I-Banking bonuses ever be the same?

About a month or so ago I had a conversation with a VP from Goldman Sachs. We talked about work hours versus compensation in the investment banking world. We also talked about how he was seriously considering leaving the banking world to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor. The conversation could pretty much be summed up by this graph: Until recently, many undergrad and graduate students had …