In New Brand of Philanthropy, Nonprofits Invest in For-Profits

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Amazing that looking back on my post comments about creating a Private Equity Non-Profit Fund, I also found this article from 2012. Definitely interesting: Reblogged from DealBook: When the W. K. Kellogg Foundation set aside $100 million in 2007 to invest in companies that could produce both social and financial benefits, it was considered revolutionary. Historically, major foundations had used mainly stocks, bonds, real estate and … [Read more...]

Why NO ONE should drive for Uber in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Uber Drive Says No More

Let me start by saying, I have loved using Uber for convenient rides everywhere from Sydney, Australia to Boston to San Francisco and back again. I am a huge proponent of using Uber in most situations... ...that said, I ran a little experiment over the Holidays when Uber was launching in my hometown in North Lake Tahoe and found that as an Uber Driver in Tahoe I was losing money or barely breaking even at best. Not good! My best trip was … [Read more...]

Lehman Fee Calculator

Link to Lehman Fee Calculator by Dan Herr

Being in the Private Equity and investment banking world you run across the Lehman Formula in paying advisor/broker/banker fees quite often. Most all of us know the structure of 5%, 4%, 3%, 2%, and 1% for the first 5 million respectively, but sometimes it is just easier to have a calculator that does it for you. I couldn't easily find any online and had some time to kill one evening, so I made one (includes option for Double … [Read more...]

Why FAKE GRIMLOCK & I blog

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If all of my thoughts are constantly sitting on my computer's hard drive or in my head, they have a 0% chance of helping anyone. I began blogging during the summer of 2009 with a simple Blogger site: dananimal.blogspot.com. Without context, most people might think my blogging is for "personal branding" or some sort of vanity exercise. Precisely to the contrary. After being laid off due to the economic downturn early 2009, I felt that all signs … [Read more...]

Inbound Marketing Cliffnotes for Business

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Dan’s Social Media & Inbound Marketing Cliffnotes Keys to making social media work for your business I have read 6 books about Social Media, Personal Branding and Inbound marketing over the past two years and I thought it might be helpful to provide you with a super-condensed “cliffnotes” version I recently compiled: Be Social. Listen. Communication is a two-way street The real key is it’s not about being ON … [Read more...]

Project Vesto – A call to arms

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Out of the ashes of recession A state born of the battle, reinvents itself Makes opportunity in a deserted land Turns loss into opportunity And gives new life in an empty void $100,000 pooled To start new hope To launch a new Nevada business Not what the Project wants What we the people need Not California rebranded Not in Nevada for the sake of a state-shaped logo But because we are from here We were born in a great struggle We … [Read more...]

Elko to Host Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs

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Reblogged from SWElko: Elko to Host Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs Startup Weekend Elko will connect local innovators and startup enthusiasts to share ideas and launch companies ELKO, NV – Startup Weekend, a national grassroots business-launching event, is coming to Northern Nevada, September 28-30, 2012. Startup Weekend Elko will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and … [Read more...]

One Sand-Skeeball-Sculpture at a Time

Building sandcastles and other sand structures is incredibly similar to being an entrepreneur. Everyone on the beach has the tools and resources to do so right in front of them, but few try for one reason or another. Perhaps some have never thought to try, they do not have the creative vision. Others might think it a cool idea, think back on times as a child, and say, "Well I will be shunned by society if I try; and I'm likely no good at it … [Read more...]

In a World of Encrypted Search Terms

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Once upon a time there was a world of perfect web information when you knew where you visitors came from, what they were looking for, what they found, how long they stayed, and where/why they left.  I don't know about you, but more than 30% of my web visits these days come from "encrypted search terms." From Wordpress Jetpack to Google Analytics I see "(not provided)", "encrypted search term", "unknown search term", or "other search term" every … [Read more...]

How Do I Pick a Solar Installer? 10 Questions to Ask a Solar Installer

Residential Solar Mr. Nevada Jim

For disclosure and so you know where I am coming from: I am a Civil Engineer by training, spent two years managing a renewable energy installation company in Northern Nevada, followed by a general contractor focusing on green building and energy efficiency. I have since moved on to become a program manager the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization, a 510(c)3 nonprofit organization. Alright, lets get to it: First thing is … [Read more...]