Demystifying Private Investing: Publication #2: Private Equity Terms

The practice of raising funds in exchange of company shares. Aside from obtaining additional capital, private placements can also have a goal of adding, with minimal regulatory constraints, new select private investors. The investors participating in a private placement usually are institutions and accredited investors. Despite being privately held, private placements function like stock offerings. As a new generation of shares is being issued, existing stockholders will eventually get diluted and result in lower price per share.

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Demystifying Private Investing: Publication #1: Valuation Terms

Preferred and Common stock are ownership shares — or ‘equity securities’ — issued by companies. These securities entitle stakeholders to a specific ownership percentage of the company. The primary differences between Preferred and Common stock are voting rights and priority. Holders of Preferred stock have priority when dividends are issued, and will be paid first when the company is sold or liquidated. For example, if a company goes bankrupt, the redistribution of the residual assets owned by shareholders will first be distributed to Preferred shareholders, and the remainder (if any) will go to the Common shareholders.

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Cryptocurrency Prospects for 2021

The recent announcement that Gary Gensler will lead Joseph Biden’s financial policy transition team signals an interesting development in the incoming administration’s position on cryptocurrencies and other digital assets. Gensler, who was previously chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Obama administration, has considerable street cred in the cryptocurrency arena. As a faculty member at MIT, he directs the FinTech program in the Computer Science and AI Lab (CSAIL) and serves on the board of the Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative. In these roles, he mentors graduate students and conducts research on blockchain technology, digital currencies, and macroeconomic policy.

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Creative Destruction and Disruptive Innovation

By John Murray, Research Director, Linqto Inc. In the mid-twentieth century, political scientist Joseph Schumpeter developed the theoretical basis for the business phenomenon that he called “creative destruction,” where technological advances launch…

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The Origins of Silicon Valley

John Murray, Research Director In recent decades, many technology industry observers and policymakers have marveled at Silicon Valley’s success in persistently attracting visionary entrepreneurs and ambitious investors from across the…

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The Challenges of E-Voting

by John Murray Research Director In the run-up to the US elections, fresh attention is being paid to voting machine technology and the challenges of designing reliable systems that can…

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Crystallizing the Crypto Vision

by John Murray Research Director View the the full panel discussion here. Venture investor Tim Draper has been a prominent figure in the Silicon Valley financial community for more than thirty…

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