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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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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.

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Parking Lot Consulting

Mark Lonergan, June 14th, 2011

I was at a public company last year, about to attend a Board meeting for a large public Silicon Valley company. Most of the Board arrived shortly after 8 AM in order to catch up with one another before the meeting started promptly at 8:30. During the meeting, I had a chance to look out the expansive windows of the board room, right onto the