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How HP Lost Its Way

Mark Lonergan, August 31st, 2011

The sun will (mostly) shine, new companies will emerge – and Hewlett Packard will continue to lead in the Valley from both an innovation and a cultural standpoint. The seventy year-old company has spawned many of the leaders and innovators who inspire our Valley, people who continue to lead the global technology markets.

Until now, that

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Stars & Teams

Mark Lonergan, August 8th, 2011

I recently met with a former placement of mine at one of the hottest pre-IPO companies in the Silicon Valley. This placement, whom I’ll call Andy, made it clear he loves his new company and enjoys being part of its leadership team.

At breakfast, I probed to learn how well we had prepared him for his new position, how thoughtful and

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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