Weedconomics

The intersection of theoretical economics and practical reality are often akin to the collisions between the Roadrunner and ACME products. Often these two forces align over time, but the blackboard simplicity of supply and demand curves rarely work out so cleanly in real life, particularly when there is transformational change.  In Colorado, the collision between theory and practice is seen…

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Airwaves of Disruption

Disruptive technology is often seen as binary: you are or you are not.  However, it's more often a matrix: a technology can be anywhere from slightly to very disruptive to a user base that also varies in size. Even a small disruption in a large industry can ripple into a sizable wave. But when you combine significantly new technology with…

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A Cold Shower for Startup Communities?

Like many people, we are big fans of startup communities. We'd like to think that the benefits of these groups, and their economic and social impact, is self-evident. But we're even bigger fans of contrarian reasoning, and having one's beliefs challenged is thought-provoking, so this post naturally caught our eye. for it turns out that there might be a little more…

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The Film Industry’s SOPA Story

SOPA – federal legislation that would either protect or constrain content on the internet, depending on your corner – was recently killed thanks in no small part to the entrepreneurial online community.  But the best post we saw on the issue talked less about legislation and more about business models and the film industry. In 2011, points out Steve Blank…

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The Changing Landscape of Early-Stage Financing

Funding options and pathways for early-stage companies are changing – more rapidly now than at any time in the past quarter century.  We’ve detailed many of the changes individually in these newsletters, so it was helpful to find this brief article that encapsulates many of the more interesting shifts into a relatively comprehensive overview. Much of the activity is happening…

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Entrepreneurs as tax dodgers

It's a little early for April Fools, and perhaps it is just my long exposure to entrepreneurs, but there is actually an argument circulating which labels entrepreneurs as tax cheats.  This is because entrepreneurs, when (and if) they realize gains on their equity, pay capital gains tax rates on the stock appreciation, instead of the higher rates used for ordinary…

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