"Investment Banking is 10% Financial Analysis and 90% Psycho-analysis" – André Meyer  This blog is about the "other 90%"…

Fearing Phantoms

My daughter has been a Harry Potter fan for years, having read the books and seen the movies several times.  During the holidays, somehow her younger siblings got hold of these scary DVDs and watched while we were out for dinner.  Upon our return our young boys educated us about the “dementors” who suck the […]

Swingers and Singers

Must admit a weakness for jazz.  The artist who introduced me to it was Louis Armstrong.  I picked up a green boxed vinyl collection of his 1930′s recordings for 10 deutschmarks in West Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm in the late 1980′s.  I became instantly mesmerized by the energy and vivacity of the man:  He was swinging at […]

Power Over All Things

‘Opportunity has Power Over all Things’.  I saw this quote from Sophocles, but it was in the middle of the day so I saved it on my iPhone to come back and reflect on it.  Now it’s Sunday morning and I am picking it up again. What is opportunity? It is a situation that allows […]

Horse and Rider

My daughter is an avid horseback rider and likes to share her thoughts and feelings about the horse-rider relationship.  As we were driving home from the equestrian center, it downed on me that this relationship is not unlike that between the entrepreneur selling his company and his advisor. Before you take offence, let me elaborate. […]

Better Sales than Your Client

Advising successful entrepreneurs can be a tough business.  These people are stubborn – this is why they have made it – You don’t get successful by taking orders. On the other hand, they are (for the most part), reasonable people too.  No one gets successful ignoring the ideas and wisdom of other, worthy people. Success […]