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20 Powerful Quotes from Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs

by David Drake Compared to an all-male ensemble, which gets funded by Venture Capital firms 4 times more than teams led or composed of at least 1 female, startups founded by women only receive 8% of the VC funding pie. A CB Insights study revealed that when women become partners in a VC firm, funding for women-led firms hiked significantly […]

DITMo: What Is Missing From The Presidential Economic Debate?

29Sep16 The candidates have released their economic plans and the expected results of their fiscal policies are the subject of great debate and analysis. The choice of which plan will produce growth finds its distinction in tax policy. One model is presented as pay-as-you-go redistribution; the other, a supply-side solution to spur growth using tax incentives. The focus is on […]

DITMo: The Biggest Risk – Question To Bill Gross

  Just before the Brexit vote, Bloomberg invited fixed income subscribers to their sponsored Fixed Income Summit in Los Angeles where former PIMCO / current JANUS legendary bond magnate Bill Gross was interviewed on stage for about an hour.  Below is a link to the Q&A with Bill Gross.  None believed that Brexit posed a systematic risk and there were […]

The Many Faces of Life Insurance

By David Drake Many people in the world recognize the importance of having insurance. Today, insurance is not only a way of providing security in times of uncertainties, but it can also be a mode of investment. Life insurance, one form of insurance,  has become more and more popular over the last two decades, due to its savings and investment […]

A Complete Guide to Premium Financing

by David Drake Life insurance is undoubtedly one of the most important policies for individuals and businesses. However, when it comes to the financing of the insurance, many people have doubts whether to use their current cash flow or existing assets as a refinancing strategy. A good example is when you have the cash, but you would rather spend it […]

Will a Pre-funded Deals Strategy Cause a Shift in Real Estate Crowdfunding?

  By David Drake Real estate crowdfunding platforms are increasingly shifting towards pre-funded deals to increase their market share and deal flow. Pre-funded deals occur when a crowdfunding platform gives a real estate developer who needs capital right way a loan guarantee without having to first take the risk of raising the entire loan amount from online investors. Crowdfunding platforms […]

Global Trends in Family Offices #1: Investing in the Eurozone

By David Drake  (Note: This article is the first in a series on Global Trends in Family Offices Investments.) The current economic move towards recovery is expected to continue at a modest pace over the coming months due to growing domestic demand, according to 3 leading European think tanks. Ifo of Germany and its French and Italian counterparts all made […]

6 Startup Exit Strategies for Investors

  By David Drake Exit strategies take on different forms, but it is important that your startup should put one in place for your investors. While they are rooting and supporting your business, they are also looking for a return on their investment. As an angel investor and venture capitalist, I have invested in several dozen companies over the last […]

4 No-nonsense Bidders Compete for Miami’s Prime Property

Miami Dade College parking lot Photo credit: mdc.edu After shelving the development of its 520 Biscayne Property in downtown Miami for 10 years, Miami Dade College (MDC) called for a mixed use development bid late 2015. The College is looking to get into a public private partnership to develop a 2.6 acre parcel of land that is currently serving as […]

Re-think Your Marketing

Being a marketer, I read a lot about marketing. There is no central source of information. I wander the ethos and engage when something catches my eye.   There are plenty of people commenting on what to do, new techniques, new ideas, etc. Here I simply share my perspective on some things. Ideally something will trigger and push you in […]