Past Lessons Hold Up Well For Today's Investing

Law360, New York (October 25, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT) -- The government's recent flushing down the toilet of a half billion dollars in the Solyndra solar power bankruptcy reminds us of the old saying, "A fool and his money are soon parted."

Here's an abridged version of my advice about how to analyze solar power investment pitches, printed in Triangle Business Journal in mid-2009 at the height of solar power hype. Unlike Uncle Sam's investment in Solyndra, my 2009 article seems to have improved with age.

I recently attended a venture capital conference where companies pitch...
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