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Forecasting Markets: The Capital Update for 2005

Forecasting Markets: The Capital Update for 2005

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Enterprise Forum. Not a whiff of irrational exuberance escapes from this panel, veterans all of the economic rollercoaster of the 1990s. Carol Vallone, CEO of a well-capitalized, web-based higher learning company, has words of caution and advice on how to build a company to the pre-IPO stage. "Be a category killer in your primary market," she counsels, so don't disperse energies into other markets. Focus not on new customers but on "how many customers you can keep." Also, it's not the partners with deep pockets who matter the most, but "deep partners" from whom you can borrow technologies, and who lend visibility. Daphne Dufresne deems 2004 something of a comeback year for venture capital funding. Ninety three companies raised $11 billion in... Show More

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