Every now and then, this lovely city of ours grabs me by the neck and pleasantly surprises me. This Saturday armed with a camera and a trusted partner in crime, I ventured through an unassuming door on Stadium Road for just such a surprise. For
Download Reboot for iPad without an iBook store A number of followers and friends would love to read the new Reboot, 3rd Edition, iBook on their iPads. If you have iBook 3 on your iPad you can now download a slightly scaled down version of
I had always wondered what it would feel like to be shot by the remarkable Zaka Shafiq. Zaka is a Columbia Business School Class of 2013 candidate who is really handy with a lens. We have all seen his work over the last two years
Pricing Interest Rate Swaps – Final Exam question for test prep I teach the Derivative Pricing and Risk Management courses to EMBA and MBA students in Dubai and Singapore. In a recent exam one question caused a lot of heart ache and pain in exam
We have spoken about building customer persona’s before on this site. Last week we ran another detailed customer persona exercise for the Starting up class I teach at SP Jain. Here is the output from the class session. The primary question posed to the group
Let’s get all the weird stuff out of the way first. A four man team based out of a bungalow in Karachi is doing interesting stuff in Finance. They are trying to teach it to the world. What started off as a personal journey to
Since that fateful day in 2006 when we first became victims of Ken’s infamous elevator pitch plank run (as in pirate ship, Blackbeard, et. all) I have spent time on both sides of the table. I have tried to internalize as much of what Ken taught me as possible by doing what he asked us to do, by pitching, by teaching others to pitch and by helping some of the really great companies from my market get the word out. I did that as a presenter, as a mentor, an investor, a banker and a judge.
While it is difficult to get a pitch out in less than 18 hours of class room instructions, most students really put their heart out in sharing their dreams. Still there are a number of common pitfalls that we see every year that if addressed can dramatically increase the quality of their pitches. Here is my shortlist of why a plan would not make it to the shortlist of business plan pitches below
If we assume that when it comes to relative value Gold is doing a better job of predicting what something is really worth, how does that translate into cost? On average a barrel of oil costs about 0.0668 ounce of Gold. This puts fair value of a barrel of oil at about 114 using the average, at about 85 using the low over the last 3 years (including the dip last week) and at about 135 using the high of .08 over the same period.