We meet interesting clients in a range of industries and we have the privilege of teaming up with them on transactions in which we often employ financial tools that not only meet our clients' needs but also happen to be mentally stimulating and reminders of why we love this industry. As we come across novel ideas or develop market intelligence in areas that may be beneficial to our clients we will occasionally share our thoughts on these with you. We may also highlight new research findings, market trends or simply convey our views on certain topics. We hope you find these "conversations" to be helpful and we look forward to speaking to you in person.

Inc.'s "Why Everyone Else Is Raising Money Faster Than You Are"

Being an entrepreneur is difficult. And raising capital is even harder. We sometimes hope that it will be a quick endeavor and that we can get our entrepreneurial dreams on the move immediately, but it does not always happen that way. We here at The Opes Group know that fundraising can be a long and tedious journey, but it is a necessary one. This Inc. article helps to shed some light on why that is. Excerpt: There's misperception in the startup world that when an entrepreneur pitches their business to potential investors, the investor pulls out their checkbook to invest immediately if they like what they hear. Voila! The business is funded, and the entrepreneur is ready to move forward. To

Ithaca College's Mix And Mingle Events

If you are considering attending one of the Ithaca College Network Nights in 2018, you might want to attend one of the mix and mingle events as well. Here are the locations and information: Philadelphia Sunday, January 7, 2018 Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.: ICUnity Mix & Mingle Reception 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Network Night Boston Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Hotel Commonwealth 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: ICUnity Mix & Mingle Reception 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.: Network Night New York City Wednesday, January 10, 2018 JW Marriott Essex House 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: ICUnity Mix & Mingle Reception 6:30 - 9:30p.m.: Network Night For more information, click here. Hope to see you all out there.

McKinsey's "Do You Have The Right Leaders For Your Growth Strategies?"

Making wise business decisions is incredibly difficult. One of the wisest decisions you can make is to choose the right leaders in your company. But how do you know if you've chosen the right leader? This recent article from mcKinsey will hopefully answer that. Excerpt: Is there a link between growth and specific leadership traits? We've tried to shed some light on this question by integrating two unique databases: McKinsey's granular-growth database, with information on the growth performance of more than 700 companies, and a database created by the executive search firm Egon Zehnder International that contains performance appraisals of more than 100,000 senior executives (see sidebar, "Two

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