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Why are stock options so difficult to account for?

I attended the recent Stock Options Solutions annual conference for executives and stock plan staff from private companies targeting a liquidity event. One of my major quests was to identify why so many companies get caught up in stock option problems, which I have found to be an issue for our small, midsize and large […]


Survey benchmarking Bay Area start-up environment reflects RoseRyan client experience

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute has just released the results of its survey that benchmarks the Bay Area environment for young companies and entrepreneur-led start-ups. The Council’s 300+ members are a “who’s who” of Silicon Valley; I was pleased to be selected as one of the partners who contributed to the study. Although there […]


Cleantech survey findings consistent with word on the street

RoseRyan recently completed the second annual State of Cleantech Survey with our partners KPMG, Barney & Barney and Arbor Advisors. In general, the findings are very consistent with what we are hearing from clients. Cleantech ventures are still being funded but investors are keeping a cautious eye out due to macroeconomic issues. Although there have […]


Help take the pulse of cleantech in Northern California

Part of Northern California’s cleantech industry? I invite you to take RoseRyan’s annual State of Cleantech survey, designed to take the pulse of this growing and influential sector and provide an insider’s view of what’s important and where it’s headed. There are 19 questions; it should take 10–15 minutes to complete. The deadline is July […]

New study looks at implications of Bay Area entrepreneurship

An exciting new study soon be released will benchmark the entrepreneurship policies of the Bay Area and provide a detailed review of entrepreneurship and its potential implications over the next one to five years. The San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurship Policy Benchmarking Overview will look at how the Bay Area compares to cities throughout the […]


Cleantech leaders under the radar

For the past two years I have received plenty of feedback regarding the Top 25 in Cleantech list. As you can imagine, the list is difficult to make (see my earlier post) and always generates a lot of buzz. Since the list was published, people have alerted me to a few more interesting candidates to […]

Cleantech Top 25: the sausage-making behind the list

Creating the list of 2010 cleantech leaders was difficult due to the incredible diversity of industries within cleantech and the compelling stories that are developing. Although businesses in the sector— and certainly venture capitalists—are looking for the “Google of cleantech,” it’s more likely that we’ll see a broad range of companies achieve success at a […]


Tough choices: top cleantech finance pros

Last week we published the list of top 20 cleantech finance pros to watch in the coming year. I created the list after careful consideration and with great input from industry sources—but it was difficult to narrow the field due to ever-changing business models and wide expanse that cleantech covers, such as water, energy efficiency, […]


Judging the Cleantech Open

I just finished judging the semifinalists in transportation category of the Cleantech Open, a national business plan competition for start-ups and emerging companies. It was a difficult task due to the diversity of the eight contestants, which included a range of technologies (from engines and advanced vehicle technologies) as well as companies almost ready to go to […]