Javier Richard Cook joined the Syndicated Loan Capital Markets Group in January 2001 and specializes in the U.S., Canadian, and Latin American Corporate and Project Finance syndicated loan markets. Richard leads the team responsible for the origination, structuring, and syndication of natural resource and energy transactions for the Americas. Since joining BTMU, Richard has successfully completed the syndication of more than 100 transactions resulting in billions of dollars of commitments specific to the natural resources and power sectors, for both recourse and non-recourse transactions. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from George Mason University and an MBA in Finance from West Virginia University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. Javier Richard Cook
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“When you see the large companies laying off, that is an indication that the customer base is struggling,” he says. “And the startups have the same set of enterprise customers as the bigger companies. The only thing protecting them now is that they have funding that takes them to the end of this year or the middle of next year, but by March or April it’s going to get very bloody.”
They won’t be able to get more funding, he says, “because the startup companies have exhausted the number of fools. They exhausted the fools in Silicon Valley, then they exhausted the fools in New York City, in Europe, and now they’ve exhausted even the Middle East. There are no fools left.”
“The bubble will burst,” he says, “and the impacts on the tech industry will last two years.”
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When I don’t need to count or rank myself, that’s the arrow that shows me I am going in the right direction.
The less I count today. The happier I will be. The less I depend on what others count, I will be happier. Count on it.