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Banks, Financial Crisis and Capitalism

I was reading recently an article regarding the imminent bankrupcy of the emerging markets (especially the ones from Eastern Europe). The author said in his investment blog that banks are now forcing up the interest rates in those countries. The increase in the interest rates would lead to a wave of personal bankrupcies in those markets, allowing the foreign investors to buy the local assets (especially the real estate assets from those emerging markets) very cheap. The scenario would be unfolding as we speak, whilst the peak of the crisis in the Eastewrn Europe should arrive somewhere in the middle of 2010.
The fallacies of this story are many. I will not enter into the details of the cosnpiration theory which seems to hide behind this pessimistic approach to the Eastern Europe economies. I will also not discuss here the fact that it is hard for the big banks to cooperate among them. Or the bank cooperating with the big investment funds, their competitors, would be a highly unlike – ier scenario. I will just mention the recent lessons that Dubai and Greece, two sovereign countries, whose recent developments are linked tot tourism and real estate investmentst, taught us.Read More »Banks, Financial Crisis and Capitalism

How are early-stage startups valued for angel investments?

This below is one of answers to the linkedin questions there. It might be interesting for you, though.

I tend to agree with what has been written below. If you have a project, you should do first an evaluation of it by yourself, then build a solid business plan. The business plan will help you to drive the start-up through the early phases of the development, who are the most critical. It also helps you to clarify what the start-up should be doing and how. Then, and only then, you should present this plan to potential investors.


Every “angel” has his/her own metrics of measurement, but obviously two are always on their sight:

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