The Frog in the Well Part 1: Bias Issues in Decision-Making

Decision Making

A very colorful component of the Chinese language is what are known as “chengyu” (成語) which are four character maxims that pithily express philosophical, moral and practical insights.  There are thousands of these maxims that can be applied to all types of situations.   One well known chengyu is “jing di zhi wa” (井底之蛙) which literally […]

March 22, 2019

Building Sustainable Business Momentum


Rhythm and momentum are important components of business success and failure. Starting from the comments of the famous Japanese swordsman Musashi Miyamoto on rhythm, this article explores the dynamic of direction in business and sets forth practical steps that companies can take to strengthen and maintain business momentum. Musashi Miyamoto and the Concept of Rhythm […]

March 15, 2019

The Hidden Value of Longevity


When valuing corporations there is a tendency to heavily weight present performance on the ground that the past is decreasingly applicable and the future is increasingly uncertain. Yet as demonstrated by the Lindy Effect there is a good argument that longevity should be taken into consideration as an important value component. A 50 Year Swordsmanship […]

March 13, 2019

Capital Raising Bright Side and Dark Side Myths

Capital Raising

As with anything in life, it is easy for the capital raising process to devolve into an inescapable labyrinth of our own perceptions about the strength of our business model, investors and markets, regardless of whether or not those perceptions match reality. At all times on the capital raising path, we must be on guard […]

March 8, 2019