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A Silicon Valley Homer

Mark Lonergan, July 30th, 2011

Just last week, the newest MoneyTree Report was released by PWC and the National Venture Capital Association. As predicted, the report shows a remarkable quarterly increase in spending by venture capitalists. In all, $9.2 billion was invested in 966 companies, a 20% increase over the first quarter of 2011 and a 60% increase over venture funding

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An Immigrant's Story

Mark Lonergan, July 12th, 2011

Yesterday I attended a funeral in New York for George Lang, a prominent New Yorker and a global figure in the food and food service business. George ran one of New York’s most successful restaurants for over 40 years, the Cafe des Artistes. Previously, George ran all food services at the Four Seasons and the Waldorf Astoria in New York. During

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Closing the Barn Door

Mark Lonergan, July 12th, 2011

I was recently asked by the Board of a large public technology company to discuss that company’s succession plan, a process that started with the current CEO out of the room. The company had received a real shock four months earlier, when their CEO was nearly lured away to a larger competitor, a move they stopped with a counter-offer and a new

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Compensation Committees: Publicity Shy?

Mark Lonergan, June 23rd, 2011

I met yesterday with the CEO of a multi-billion dollar public company in the Silicon Valley, talking about topics ranging from strategy to corporate governance. The CEO enjoys a fine relationship with his board and had nothing but good things to say about them both as individuals and as a group.

Until we got to

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'A Players'

Mark Lonergan, June 20th, 2011

During a recent meeting here at Lonergan Partners, we were challenged to describe the characteristics that make up an ‘A Player’ for an SVP Sales position inside a top public semiconductor company.