Monthly Archives: March 2011

Brains, Not Bricks Post 3

M&A Rule Number 3: Verify corporate culture Another intangible asset that smart companies are eyeing is the hard-to-quantify area of “corporate culture.” Navision Software, a Copenhagen-based company, recently completed acquisitions of three of its distributors in France, Sweden, and Holland.…

Brains, Not Bricks Post 2

NBC acquired significant shares of Net companies Auto-by-Tel, USWeb, and CNET during the first six months of this year, chiefly to gain audience share and expand it by tying the companies with the well-known peacock brand. NBC’s online strategy is…

Brains, Not Bricks Post 1

In the hit movie Wall Street, the ruthless Jerard Douglas character Gordon Gekko, based on ’80s deal maker Ivan Boesky, had a simple strategy for acquisitions: Buy firms with a great asset base. Then close down faltering plants, sell off…

Financial Aid for Older Students

I’m thinking of going back to college, but I’m worried about two things: getting financial aid as an adult and making arrangements for my three-year-old child. Do you have any ideas? I’m a single parent. I want to put some…