• Unless you’re publicly-listed, don’t throttle back

    February 28, 2012

    You may have read about how Lance Armstrong raced the half-Ironman triathlon in Panama two weeks ago.  His runner-up finish at the inaugural event confirmed that Armstrong has set his sights on the triathlon world as his next competitive battleground. Rumors have swirled periodically since Armstrong’s retirement from the Tour de France that he would […]

  • Taxing times in French asset management

    February 20, 2012

    Capital Finance (part the Les Echos Groupe) features an article today on the discombobulations affecting the country’s tax-incentivized fund structures: FCPIs and FIPs. I’ve written in the past on the perverse effects that these taxpayer-funded structures can have on the venture capital sector.  And for full disclosure, a significant percentage of Truffle’s funds under management […]

  • Bogle on carried interest

    February 17, 2012

    John Bogle is one of my idols of the financial world.  He is best known for revolutionizing the mutual fund industry by demonstrating the superiority of index funds over traditional actively-managed mutual funds over the long term.  In the mid-70’s, Bogle established The Vanguard Group and subsequently created the Vanguard 500 Index Fund as the […]

  • France’s Chopra moment

    February 13, 2012

    It has been interesting to follow the recent transatlantic flap triggered by Ilan Abehassera’s interview in Betabeat. Abehassera denigrated the French entrepreneurial scene in a piece that oozed of auto-pr; Liam Boogar of Rude Baguette called b.s. In reality, I suspect both individuals were viewing the same market but through the lenses of different eras. […]

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