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  • Is Water The New Gold?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 06 Jul 2010

    It is a fact that water use is today rising at double the rate of global population growth owing to urbanization, more water-intensive agricultural products, growing industrialization of emerging markets and the impact of climate change. The supply of fresh water is relatively static; hence, the rap...

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  • What if the Iranian-Israeli War Scenario ever materializes? Some global geo-economic implications to consider

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 01 Jul 2010

    I am frequently asked by friends how I foresee the Middle East’s near future given the rising political tensions and the alarming buildup of arsenal throughout the region. Although I am neither a “crystal ball” reader nor “Dr. Doom” , I am afraid that “War” is inevitable; given the ...

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  • Private Equity Investing - Setting the record straight

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 29 Jun 2010

    We at Blackhawk meet on the average over 500 entrepreneurs a year; and the question that keeps recurring at all times by every one of our entrepreneurs seeking funding is: Why is every private equity fund we meet trying to take advantage of us? We are much more comfortable in dealing with family off...

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  • How smart is your Social Networking?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 26 Jun 2010

    I am frequently asked by people what I think of social networking at large (having such a high profile on the World Wide Web), how on earth do I have the time to get involved given the incredible pressures I face on a daily basis running Blackhawk Partners and what do I really have to say that would...

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  • Why we need the rich: A message to Americans and our leaders in Washington DC on wealth creation

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 23 Jun 2010

    It has an often repeated axiom that a person can learn a whole lot about a society by how it treats its poor. But just as much can be learned by looking at how that society treats its rich. Indeed, the economic future of the poor – and our nation – will be determined in the coming decades by how...

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  • What is myth and what is reality in the business of buying and selling instruments?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 20 Jun 2010

    As you already found out, 99.99% of the people visiting internet boards are full of crap. We hope the following information will give you a better insight into the actual conditions that are acceptable to the real people trading financial instruments as opposed to all of the nonsense that has bee...

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  • On Structuring an Earn-out

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 15 Jun 2010

    As you all know, most deals fall apart because companies CEOs/owners (and/or the investors already in the "deal") are not realistic when placing a value on their respective companies. When there's a valuation difference between what a buyer thinks a business is worth and what the seller expects to p...

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  • So should you buy your business or build it from scratch?

    By: Ziad Abdelnour | 10 Jun 2010

    We at Blackhawk receive and review over 2,000 business plans a year; and the question that keeps recurring at all times by every one of our entrepreneurs seeking funding is: Should I buy a business or rather build one from scratch? Here’s a few pointers you should consider before heading dow...

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  • On things worth considering when investing in Cleantech

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 31 May 2010

    As part of Blackhawk’s close group of family and friends; and to set the record straight, we thought we’d share with you some of the most provoking thoughts we entertain when investing in Green Technology. As you may be aware of, throughout the world, the growing demand for energy is set to a...

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  • Don't be Fooled by What Policy Makers tell you Read the Facts

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 29 May 2010

    As part of Blackhawk’s close group of family and friends, we thought we’d share with you some of our most salient views as to the state of the world economy today and what to watch for in case you’re also in the “Wealth Creation” business. We hope these thoughts will help you better pos...

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