Archive for the ‘Wind Downs’ Category

Layoff Trackers

I find numbers fascinating and even better when they are put into context with digestible displays.  Data visualization is key and people with these skills will be in demand for my lifetime and well beyond.

Two recent experiences with large data sets has been satisfying to me.  Unfortunately, both are showing the continual deterioration of the U.S. economy, but from a consumption standpoint, they are very interesting.

1.  Heatmap over time of U.S. Unemployment.  This is outstanding work, if not completely depressing;

2. If you are interested in the major law firm layoffs, which measure an incredible 14,457 people since January 2008 (5,677 lawyers, 8,780 staff), then Law Shucks is the place to go.  Their layoff trackers are great for digesting exactly what is going on and I’ve been told that even better displays are on their way.

Enjoy.  Or at least respect the work behind the bad news.

February 28th, 2010     Categories: General, Law, Law Firm 2.0, Wind Downs    

How To Wind Down Your Company – New Series

Of the most popular posts that Brad and I have created are our series on Term Sheets, Compensation, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  One of the subjects that we’ve wanted to tackle has been the dissolution of companies.  It’s never fun to think about failure, but it happens a lot.

I recently gave an interview about how to handle start-up failures and gracefully exit your venture.  That being said, neither Brad or I had gotten around to creating a written series on the subject, so it was with great joy that my friend Roger Glovsky elected to write the series himself. 

We are going to post these on Askthevc.com and the first post is here.  These are must reads for anyone struggling with the issue. 

October 7th, 2009     Categories: Company Running, Venture Capital, Wind Downs