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Archive: Contributor Articles

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Top 10 Australian M&A Predictions for 2014

DLA PIPER, CORPORATE UPDATE Written by David Ryan and Lyndon Masters , DLA Piper The results are in – 2013 was another tough year for the Australian M&A market overall. However, despite a sluggish first half of 2013, we saw increased M&A activity in the … Continue reading


Ground shakes as the tech bulls run

Huge returns from many emerging ASX-listed stocks By Tony Featherstone Nobody really knows if the tech sector is in the middle of the next great bull run or already in bubble territory. The only certainty is that capital-raising conditions for … Continue reading


IPO market warms up

By: Shuo Yang Investment Analyst at Microequities  The All Ordinaries has returned approximately 24% including dividends in the last 12 months. The strong performance has encouraged more privately owned companies to consider listing on the market. Whether they are government … Continue reading

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Paul Graham says decide to invest within 24 hours! Evidence says do at least 40 hours of due diligence!

Have you read the latest essay from Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator? The premise of investing within 24 hours clearly has some merit but, I think it remains out of reach for most Angel investors. It can work for those … Continue reading

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A backdoor hope for life science ventures

Despite the sector making solid gains, the IPO market for biotech is struggling. By Tony Featherstone Capital-seeking life science companies might find more life through so-called backdoor listings in 2013, as a weak float market stifles emerging ventures. There was only … Continue reading

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Crowd funding – democratic wealth distribution or another poor man’s lottery?

All over the world entrepreneurs are singing the praises of crowd funding and politicians are jumping on the associated media band wagon. If you are an early-stage investor and haven’t heard about crowd funding I hope you enjoyed the sand … Continue reading

IPOs cold wind opens the back door

More reverse takeovers expected in 2013 as capital-seeking companies find new avenues to list. By Tony Featherstone The old saying, “as one door shuts, another opens”, aptly describes the sharemarket for capital-seeking companies. As the market’s front door, initial public … Continue reading

Digital entrepreneur goes global

Simon Baker has an interest or is advising a business in every continent “except for Antarctica.” The entrepreneur made his name as chief executive of the REA Group – which operates  – but hasn’t slowed down at all since … Continue reading

The Art of the Family Meeting

By: Lee Hausner, Phd.  FIRST FOUNDATION ADVISORS Legacy Families are families who remain productive and contributive four to five generations past the original wealth creator. To read a full article, please download a document below.

Asianomics Outlook: Surf’s Up or Tide Turning?

By: Dr Jim Walker The outlook covers the following topics: Asianomics Global Investment Strategy (1st Half 2012) America and Eurozone round-up Bank credit relatives in the US and Europe It’s not just about public debt No recession looming in the … Continue reading

From Child to Citizen of the Family Enterprise: The Five Act Family Drama of Next Generation Development

By: Dennis T. Jaffe     Dennis T. Jaffe examines the unique challenges that wealthy families face in raising their children as well-adjusted individuals, productive members of their family enterprises and responsible members of the society at large. To this … Continue reading

10 attributes of high-growth ventures and their founders

Wholesale Investor has asked me to write about the characteristics of high-growth ventures. It is a worthy idea but, alas, no checklist can ever adequately explain high-growth ventures and their founders. Like all creative pursuits, entrepreneurship is not easily captured … Continue reading

Why The Best New Ventures Take Off

First look at the founder and the CRRC factor Wholesale Investor has asked me to write about the characteristics of high-growth ventures. It is a worthy idea but, alas, no checklist can ever adequately explain high-growth ventures and their founders. … Continue reading

ESOP’s and Early Growth Companies

Written by Andrew Ireland – Partner, Argyle Lawyers ESOPs are noted as being valuable for going concern entities for a variety of reasons including assisting with: • attracting the right personnel for the right position. • retaining personnel. • aligning … Continue reading

Three Reasons for Failure

For over 25 years, former senior NAB banker Neil Slonim worked closely with many HNWs and entrepreneurs. Some were hugely successful whilst others were less so. Based on this experience he has identified three types of reasons why investment decisions … Continue reading

The Art and Mystery of Start-Up Valuation by Jordan Green

Most pre-revenue entrepreneurs determine their company valuation through calculations of Discounted Cash Flow, Net Present Value, or comparisons with the early valuation of already successful companies. Most experienced early-stage investors looking at a pre-revenue company start with a valuation of … Continue reading

Worst Case Scenarios by Dr Tom McKaskill

When acquiring companies, keep the worst case scenario in mind Acquisitions tend to stretch most acquirers to the limit. Perhaps they tend to take on more than they should or maybe they are simply unprepared for the process, but what … Continue reading