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VC Fund

The Ins and Outs of a Venture Capital Investment

Learn about the three most important aspects of a venture capital deal: liquidation rights, management participation and control, and exit rights.

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business valuation

‘Housekeeping’ Tips to Maximize Business Value

Making Improvements that Will Benefit the Seller and the Buyer As you start thinking about selling your business you should also think about how you might make some improvements to the business to maximize business value to a buyer. Identify the company’s shortfalls and consider fixing them. Look at your business through a prospective buyer’s […]

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BTEP

Business Transition and Exit Planning: Welcome to the Jungle!

BTEP: Where Should You Start? You are a business owner. You have worked hard, possibly for decades, building your business. You are smart, and the business has been successful, but it is time to move on.  Perhaps you want to retire; maybe you want to try your hand at something new. Regardless of the reason, […]

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venture capital unicorns

Beware Venture Capital Unicorns- Risks Look Greater than Potential Rewards

Venture Capital Unicorns are as Rare as Real Unicorns A unicorn is an imaginary horse-like creature with a large, pointed horn. Venture capital unicorns are companies still privately owned with valuations exceeding $1 billion. Valuation is based on share price during the latest fundraising round. Industry source CB Insights reports that there are now approximately […]

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venture capital fund

How to Get Venture Capital Funding

Raising a venture capital fund for your business relies on the right fundraising model. Learn how to plan, identify and execute your VC route to success.

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How a Buyer Finances a Business Purchase

If you want to buy (or sell) a business, you need to know what the business is worth. Once that is calculated, you need to find out how much the owner (or prospective buyer) thinks it is worth. If you can get those two numbers to line up — itself a discovery process, and an uncertain one at that — you’re going to need a way to finance the actual transaction…

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Valuation Based on Early Angel Deal Is Usually Misleading

There are at least two reasons why early valuations are often misleading. First, the early investor might be (a) investing for strategic or even charitable reasons, rather than primarily financial reasons, or (b) a sucker. In either case, the angel may agree to an inflated valuation to help the entrepreneur, or so they believe, get even bigger valuations in later rounds of equity financing.

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Value of Intangible Assets

The Value of Your Company’s Intangible Assets

Because of the portability of intangible assets, it is often the case that a business owner may find that a sale of those assets separate and apart from its tangible assets, working capital, and operating liabilities will generate a more positive outcome for both the buyer and the seller.

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Planning and Staging a Company for Transition

Most other business owners find themselves in the same situation. Generally, a business owner either does not have a plan for staging a company for transition, only has one in her head, or hasn’t communicated her plan to stakeholders.

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Cash Flow vs. EBITDA for Measuring Financial Performance

Cash Flow vs EBITDA for Measuring Financial Performance

Most of you probably have some type of an investment portfolio. It may only be your retirement fund via an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or a company-sponsored 401(k) or it may be your personal brokerage account. In any case, when you periodically check to see how your investments are performing, how do you measure financial performance? Most likely, you calculate your return on investment (“ROI”) for each security you own. That is, you determine the sum of 1) any dividend distributions or interest income payments from the investments and 2) any appreciation in the market price (current price less your purchase cost); then you compare that to your cost.

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