- 1 Featured Interview/Opening Discussion
- 2 Interview: James Gellert, RapidRatings
- 3 Startup Articles Discussion
- 4 Startup News
- 5 The Startup Journey: Updates
Featured Interview/Opening Discussion
Interview: James Gellert, RapidRatings
James H. Gellert is Chairman & CEO of RapidRatings, the leading provider of quantitative financial health ratings and risk management solutions. Mr. Gellert is a career-long entrepreneur and financial markets professional, having held senior advisory and operational roles at global commercial and investment banks. He has led RapidRatings’ direction, growth, and major partnerships since bringing the firm to the U.S. in 2007. He was previously the Managing Partner of Howland Partners, LLC and Howland Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) firms, has run private companies across myriad industries, and served in permanent and interim CEO positions at wireless software and research companies.
He’s a recognized international authority on independent research, corporate counterparty risk management, and rating agency regulatory evolution, having testified to both the Senate and House of Representatives on multiple occasions. He is a recurrent speaker at the Securities & Exchange Commission and has presented to the International Organization of Securities Commissioners (“IOSCO”) Standing Committee Six. He actively serves on many trade and philanthropic boards, including as a National Board member of Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Inc., the nation’s leading source of arts-in-education services. He attended Connecticut College where he was an Asian Studies major with a minor in Japanese. Additionally, he attended Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Mr. Gellert has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, Financial Times, Der Spiegel, among others. He is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business and Business News Network in Canada.
- What is unique about running a security startup?
- How about moving from a services/consulting company to a product company?
- What are some unique things investors are interested in when talking to security startups?
- Where are the best opportunities in the market for security startups?
- What advice do you have for those who may have an idea and want to create a security startup?
- What are some of the most exciting security startups in the industry right now and why?
- What advice do you have for enterprises looking at solution and considering (or not) a solution for a security startup?
Startup Articles Discussion
- Drone-catchers emerge on a new aerial frontier
- 5 Reasons to Slow or Stop the Growth of Your Business ==> ‘’Sometimes, you simply don't want to grow. And that's okay.’’
- SF tech company offers employees $10K to move outside Bay Area ==> ‘’On the one hand, this is a clever way to stem potential workforce attrition.’’
- How To Create A Great Investor Pitch Deck For Startups Seeking Financing ==> some specifics here to talk through, related to pitching investors versus pitching sales
- Fighting Analysis Paralysis ==> This is why we focus on ‘best next steps’ in Straight Talk
Cloudera Files for IPO
- $261M in revenue
- Intel invested $740M in 2014
- $1B in funding…
Wal-Mart to launch investment arm in e-commerce push
- ‘’The venture, called Store No. 8, will work with startups that specialize in areas that include robotics, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning and artificial intelligence’’
- Looks like they’ll keep the startups separate from the broader company
Okta, has priced at the top of its range and will be worth $1.5 billion
The Startup Journey: Updates
- Great week at InfoSec World
- Developed a "Value Prop Audit"
- Validated the blend of leadership, value prop, and how Straight Talk pulls it together
- New business cards were a hit