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Applied Corporate Finance: Opportunity Cost and Entrepreneurship

Published by admin on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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When I was studying at school, the examples that were used to explain financial concepts were all textbook examples. Blah! It did help me understand concepts but never really made me understand the real world application of these concepts. So let me explain opportunity cost using language that you can relate to and help bridge the gap between theory and application.

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Startup Funding Strategy: Convertible Debt

Published by admin on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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One can say that it is a good time to be an entrepreneur, mainly because we are living in the golden age of seed financing. Venture capital funds, super angels, angel groups, incubators and even friends and family are all chipping in and playing the seed financing game by investing in an attempt to land the next big money maker. Over the past decade, convertible debt (also known as convertible note) has emerged as a quick way for startups to raise money, which were basically bootstrapping it thus far.

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Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC)

Published by admin on Friday, October 25th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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If time value of money is the heart of finance then the weighted average cost of capital is the component that comprises the soul of this realm. In order to understand the fundamental assumptions and uses of the weighted average cost of capital, let’s begin with

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what comprises the cost of capital.

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Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)

Published by admin on Friday, October 11th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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The realm of finance can be encapsulated in a theory widely known as CAPM. I still vividly remember the first time I was introduced to the concept of CAPM (phonetically pronounced CAP-M). Unlike my prominent and industrious counterparts in the financial services industry, I believed that CAPM was an abridged referral to the capital markets. In retrospect, I can only marvel at my naivety and attempt to elucidate the crux of this model for you.
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Applied Economics: Lessons From Boardwalk Empire

Published by admin on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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Based on a book of the same name, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is an Emmy award winning HBO drama set in prohibition-era Atlantic City that centers around the Life of Nucky Thompson, a real political figure of the time who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City. The critically acclaimed TV series showcases his attempts to dominate the illegal liquor enterprise and unravels the legendary tale of the notorious back room politics and power struggles that led to the city’s astonishing rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca. (more…)

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Beta

Published by admin on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 in Corporate Finance
 
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Students get their first taste of the proverbial “stuck between a rock and a hard place” when the concept of beta is introduced in their corporate finance classes wherein working with financial models using this metric is commonplace. Beta and the Time Value of Money are two concepts that comprise the heart of finance. Needless to say, a thorough understanding of these two topics is of prime importance to anyone considering a career in finance. This article is written to demystify the cloud of despair and confusion that students associate with beta. Having read this article, you may be well on your way to searching for the beta value of your preferred stocks trading on a given international stock exchange. (more…)

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Curiosity, Science and Society

Published by admin on Thursday, August 15th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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Contrary to popular belief, killing cats is not all curiosity does. Curiosity and inquisition are what got the world to where it is today. Some of the greatest discoveries to date were made by individuals who refused to ‘accept the obvious’. By challenging the status quo and rejecting universal norms, these individuals revolutionized the world we live in today.

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Breaking Bad : An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

Published by admin on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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Starting a new business can be grueling. There are risks, obstacles, naysayers, failures and constant pressures along the way. You risk losing everything you have. A strong sense of determination is essential for sustained success. Though it may be quite challenging and complicated at times, the experience can end up being quite fulfilling.

The award-winning show ‘Breaking Bad’ teaches us a lot about entrepreneurship and startup business.Breaking Bad Valuation App

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The Power of Compounding

Published by admin on Sunday, July 7th, 2013 in Investing
 
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“My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound

interest.” – Warren Buffett

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Entrepreneurs, Don’t Let Your Passion Fall Prey To The Crab Mentality!

Published by admin on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 in Entrepreneurship
 
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In the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ there is a scene where the professor’s aide tells Will “Most people never get to see how brilliant they can be. They don’t find teachers that believe in them. They get convinced they’re stupid.” He simply meant that most people, regardless of their genius, fall prey to the Crab Mentality.

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