Michael L. Atkinson's Blog – September 2009 Archive (4)

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on September 6, 2009 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Answer Man Says Tipping Is The Problem With Casual Dining - The 20% Effect

So, I am reading an article from the July 22nd issue of the Restaurant Finance Monitor. The article is a type of interview with some anonymous person called "Answer Man". Apparently he is an active blogger on all 127 foodservice blogs (I didn’t know we had so many) and has a weekly column back on some newsletter back East. According to the interview, the Answer Man also has a book coming out. Whatever.



Everyone is entitled to an opinion and social media are there for us all to extend… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on September 6, 2009 at 10:54am — 10 Comments

Capital Formation

Capital Formation . Two words that scare the hell out of entrepreneurs. The notion of going through this process, particularly at an early stage, brings on such anxiety, that in many cases, success is not an option.



As a “recovering” investment banker, I have been involved in many, many financing efforts for many different companies in a wide array of industries. Rarely in the start up phase though. Venture capital is quite different from private equity.



Many of the small… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on September 1, 2009 at 6:41pm — 2 Comments

We "Still" Have a Long Way to Go

We are exhibiting at the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo in San Diego. The turnout is surprisingly good...compared to last year. The mood is much better and I get the sense that operators believe the economy is showing signs of recovery.



On the social media front...still mostly dear-in-the-headlights. It will just take time. Social media is greater than Facebook and Twitter. There are many hundreds of companies or "tools" that we can use to network, express and share. This… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on September 1, 2009 at 10:40am — 8 Comments

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