Recent Posts by Albert Oaten

SecureDocs Releases New Feature Series to Support Fundraising & The M&A Process

We are excited to share a series of new features designed to enhance the SecureDocs customer's ability to track investor/buyer interest during deals as well as manage security settings more easily.

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SecureDocs Market Insights By The Numbers: November 6, 2015

Here is the November 6th issue of SecureDocs Virtual Data Room's Market Insights By the Numbers. A weekly review of top industry transactions, security news, insights into the SecureDocs Virtual Data Room, and a weekly wrap up of complementary resources, courtesy of SecureDocs. Enjoy!

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SecureDocs Market Insights By The Numbers: October 26, 2015

SecureDocs Virtual Data Room launches Market Insights By the Numbers. A weekly review of top industry transactions, security news, insights into the SecureDocs user stats, and a wrap up of weekly complementary resources, courtesy of SecureDocs. Enjoy!

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Why Biotech Startup Funding is on the Rise and Here to Stay

Biotech startup funding is better than you think, and funding growth could be here for the long term. No one can blame early stage biotech startups grumbling about the difficulties getting funded, especially when their challenges are contrasted with software startups.  Billion dollar valuations for software companies with no revenue have given way to deca billion dollar companies with no revenue.  Coupled with ongoing drumbeat of relentless cutting and restructuring R&  at almost all Big Pharma companies, it’s easy to wallow in a pessimistic swamp regarding early stage funding for life science startups, except for one thing:  Startup funding for Biotechs is blowing up.  Not only that, the long-term trend points to continued growth in early stage life science investment.  So what’s changed?

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Startups: Hire Workhorses, Not Thought Leaders & Unicorns

There are many key lessons in listening to Steve Francis' story of how he built LogicMonitor into a leading Saas based network monitoring solution, but one theme that is remarkable is that successful bootstrapping has almost nothing to do with Thought Leadership and Unicorns (someone perceived to have incredible functional expertise, almost magical in capability), and everything to do with market focus and work horses who don’t just think, but also do.

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Why a CFO's Biggest Cybersecurity Liability May Be Their Law Firm

Hacking of law firms highlights serious security breaches for companies entrusting them with sensitive data. A report by Citigroup urged their employees to be mindful of the risks of trusting law firms with sensitive digital data for three reasons:

 

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Smart CFOs and Legal Counsel Implement Solutions to Protect Company Data

Cybersecurity conversations have gotten way too complicated and expensive. The truth is most companies can radically increase their security with no cost, or very low cost  solutions that protect the company, investors, employees, and customers from the majority of attacks that have brought down many other companies.  For CFOs and other company leaders wary of  expense and complexity, the following are no-cost solutions that can be implemented relatively simply in days or weeks. For those whose strategy is to “hope” that anonymity affords sufficient protection, be aware that the likelihood of a breach at your company is increasing this year, as are the costs of remediation and the amount of litigation your company will endure.

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Venture Capital & Big Pharma Team Up to Fund Startups

It’s no secret that early stage life science companies have struggled mightily over the past few years to get sufficient funding. Those challenges still persist, but a panel discussion, Build-to-Buy-Biotechs: Filling Big Pharma Pipelines with Tailor Made Innovation, at Calbio last week hints at a trend that might give early stage companies the boost they desperately need.

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Virtual Data Rooms: Making Tax Season Less Painful, Stressful, and Costly (part 2 of 2)

In addition to solving the logistical problems associated with tax season, virtual data rooms have business benefits that provide a clear return-on-investment. Robin Narcisso and Jolene Griffith, controllers for growing tech company, AppFolio, share how they have saved time, reduced expenses, and the allieviated the general dread that comes with tax preparation and related activites by using a virtual data room to store their companies sensitive documentation year round.

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Virtual Data Rooms: Making Tax Season Less Painful, Stressful, and Costly (part 1 of 2)

Taxes are like going to the dentist: They take time, cost money and are both painful and necessary. Luckily, businesses can now turn to online storage solutions to save money and time on taxes and audit preparation. A must have for security conscious businesses, a virtual data room provides significant time and cost advantages over file cabinets and stacks of folders, as well as other online and electronic options.

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