Dr. Earl R Smith II
I am a proven entrepreneur, seasoned senior executive, political and social theorist, published author and speaker. A veteran of Wall Street, I have founded two non-profit and six for-profit companies.
My experience includes designing and organizing companies, business/technology management, team building, strategic alliances, negotiating complex arrangements, governance & compliance, resourcing & financing, mergers & acquisitions, management/team/board assessment, coaching and strategic and tactical planning and implementation.
I received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Texas and a Masters of Management Science from the Alfred P. Sloan School at MIT. In 1996 I was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by the Department of Government and International Studies, Strathclyde University, Glasgow Scotland with a focus in political and social theory and comparative cultural analysis. Subsequently I taught advanced political and social theory as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Government, University of Birmingham in England.
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Understanding Venture Capital
By Dr. Earl R Smith II
Published: March 18, 2012.
If you have been successful in building your company to a certain stage, you will be tempted to search for the financial resources that will allow you to take it to the next level. The question is not if but how you will pursue that funding; whether you will adequately understand the new world that you enter when you begin to talk to angel investors and venture capitalists.
The CEO’s Handbook Volume Four - The Money Chase
If the goal is getting funded - as opposed to ineffectively grousing about how unfair the world is and how narrow minded investors are - then founders need to understand the money chase from the investors point of view. Helping you do the latter is one of the major objectives of this book.
The CEO's Handbook - Volume Three Getting Funded by Angel Investors
I am indebted to those angel investors that I have worked with. Their willingness to talk openly about their mistakes - the opportunities foregone - as well as their successes - has made this book possible. Without that, I would just be writing fictional accounts of a process that I viewed from a non-investor perspective. I dedicate this book to all of them. They are, after all, angels
By Dr. Earl R Smith II
Published: April 3, 2011.
Good leadership is always part nature and part nurture. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are continually leading yourself and others. The question is ‘how good are you at it?’ The good news is that, with focus and effort, you can improve your leadership skills and get more out of life
The CEO's Handbook Volume Two Business Development
It doesn’t matter what business you are in; business development is one of the toughest challenges you have to meet. Your company’s future depends on your team’s ability to capture an expanding base of clients. Growth is achieved by driving into new markets - expanding business with existing clients - and avoiding serious mistakes that will harm your company’s reputation and future.
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