There's an interesting opinion piece in today's The Wall Street Journal "David Skeel: Facing Up to America's Pension Woes" that explores the argument that Chapter 9 federal bankruptcy law does not permit any changes to pension benefits. The author concludes that this argument is most likely wrong, and spells out the legal case made in support and opposed to the argument. The author David Skeel teaches bankruptcy law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a good article on corporate venture capital in Silicon Valley. "Mining Silicon Valley's Culture" discusses the efforts by a number of corporations to establish offices in Silicon Valley to tap into the new ideas and technologies being developed there. The article discusses some of the successful efforts, namely BMW and Wal-Mart, and some of the efforts that haven't been as successful. It's a good article, and worth a read.
Dan Primack, Senior Editor of Fortune, yesterday posted an interesting article "The Coming IPO Parade" on Fortune Term Sheet that shows that there are 11 companies set for their initial public offerings next week. Included in these 11 companies are several venture-backed biotech companies: Agios Pharmaceuticals, Cellular Dynamics, Conatus Pharmaceuticals, Heat Biologics and Onconova Therapeutics. There's also a video with Dan prNext week should be a good barometer for the interest in life science IPOs.
Here's the link for the article:http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/19/the-coming-ipo-parade/
CNBC has posted an article and video of an interesting interview with Marc Andreessen, co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. While the article covers the main points, I recommend watching the video as it provides a fuller sense of Andreessen's thoughts. In the video, Mr. Andreessen discusses the following:
Link to the article and video:
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