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The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.


For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem.  There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point.  Ignition!

Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouhi


She is a go to person for me when I have questions around technology or early stage marketing and branding. Maybe ten years. Absolutely.

Springboard Launches Accelerator Program for Early Stage European Startups


Springboard aims to help early stage startups. Applications for the Spring 2001 program are now open. Springboard has launched a new mentorship-led accelerator program for European startups. Springboard debuted in 2009 as an " accidental incubator " emerging from the company Red Gate Software. Sponsor. Discuss.

It's Great To Be a Tech Startup Again

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

More specifically, Internet companies received more than $7 billion, the highest level of investment since 2001. Not the other way around.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

So why invest in that period of uncertainty unless it’s early-stage and thus valuation matters less. And I said so publicly.

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Series A Considered Harmful?

Possible Insight

My guess is that the difference is due to early stage VCs wanting bigger multiples than late stage angels and potential acquirers becoming much more price sensitive in the affected valuation range. Now, early stage VCs consider 10X returns to be a successful investment (reference here ). Consider the alternative.

Entrepreneurship Surges

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Particularly hard hit were start-ups looking for seed funding from early-stage VCs and angel investors. How bad is it out there?

WayTooEarly: Josh and the Waterfall


work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. This weblog is about working at this early point in a company or technologys life cycle. to the fact that, since a gold backed currency while would be examining every prudent has remained surprisingly stable in not threaten the American public mahathir, 2001.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

so that's what I said my exits would be as a seed stage fund. Along the way, you've got some early, smaller exits as well. So here goes.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. Right for my stage? Call high.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 21, Part 1: Kathy Ku and Orin Herskowitz

Steve Blank

But) The reality is most times nobody is interested. …It’s really too early. Research done by professors and their grad students in U.S. universities

David S. Rose – Father of Angel Investing in New York

Startup Professionals Musings

The second company in which I invested, back in 2001, was a novel concept from the serial entrepreneur who invented social networking.

8 Questions to Help Decide if You Should be Raising Money Now

Both Sides of the Table

Every conversation about fund raising should start with what your current operational needs are and the stage of your business. 25% dilution).

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

My macro conclusion was that while it was really early, investment returns to date were on par with VC overall. Much has changed since then.

Kickstarter: We Won't Sell Out

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Now, Kickstarter is working hard to stay true to its roots. After all, all venture-backed start-ups want to grow as fast as possible, right?

Bullpen Capital's Duncan Davidson on VC Funding and "The Era of Cheap"


stock market: The change led by NASDAQ in early 2001 to valuing stocks in increments from one-eighth of a dollar down to one cent.

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Why I Quit the Company I Helped Launch

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But it was getting popular enough that they decided to incorporate in 2001 and become a real business. That was almost five years ago.

In a Strong Wind Even Turkeys Can Fly

Both Sides of the Table

Within a year, by late 2000 / early 2001 consulting firms were firing people en masse. Everybody was raising a shit-ton of money.

The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur – A Cautionary Tale

Both Sides of the Table

But this was early 2000 and our US competitors had already closed rounds North of $45 million. Our first big institutional round was $16.5

Market Truths


As someone who invested through the 2001 and 2008 crashes I can assure you that down rounds and fire sales are not fun for anyone involved.

A look at Denmark's SEED Capital


In 2001, Ulf became CEO of NeoPharma which developed an innovative treatment for patients with Parkinson''s disease.

Invest in Israel Newsletter – April 2012 Edition

VC Cafe

Other openings now in the planning stage are Toronto and Sydney as well. For the Invest in Israel archive,  click here. OridionSytems,Ltd.

JOBS Act to Change Startup Funding Landscape


Number of U.S. Credit: Prof. Jay Ritter, for testimony before the Senate Banking Committee]. Sponsor. Make Way for the On-Ramp. Ritter. Discuss.


Time is the Enemy of All Deals

Both Sides of the Table

So, where does this all come from and how can you apply it in practice? Let me start with a story. We ended up agreeing a term sheet for $16.5

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

You stop catching the early flight. know because I’ve been there.  In my first company I had to raise money in April 2001 or die.  I took money with a 3x participating preferred liquidation preference with 8% compounded interest annually. Company needs to have achieved some significant early milestones. You lose the dream.

How Lemming VCs Cause Venture Recessions

Mucker Lab

Combined with the usual summer slowdown, some are already raising the spectre of 2001 or 2008. The “venture recession” of 2016 is in full swing.

The Things I Wish I Could’ve Told Young Mr Fishkin | Rand Fishkin, Moz | BoS EU 2016

Business of Software Blog

But early on, I made plenty of mistakes in hiring including in leadership and junior roles, all across the board. Video. Unsubscribe anytime.

i-Free Launches A New Venture Fund In Russia


The fund is therefore interested in investments from seed to early growth stage.

Four Critical Actions Leaders Can Take Now To Build A Culture Of Accountability In 2014


by Julie Miller and Brian Bedford, co-authors of “ Culture Without Accountability: WTF? What’s The Fix? Sure, we all make mistakes.

Rice Business Plan Competition on April 14

Startup Houston

Judges will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms.

European VC takes a nose dive

Jason Ball's TechBytes

The upshot is that early stage investing isn't dead: “Venture capitalists are being very selective about the companies they back but they’re by no means abandoning the European market. Don't say you weren't warned : It's back. VC Doom and Gloom. Investment dollars declined by 35% to $1.3

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

Both Sides of the Table

The VC industry in shrinking –  Paul Kedrosky was early on the scene with this prescient prediction that the industry would shrink.

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Technically Philly: Friday Q&A – Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures

VC Deal Lawyer

After selling the company to 24 /7 Media, the duo teamed up again in 2001 to create Tacoda, a behavioral advertising company that they then sold to AOL in 2007.  Chris is also founder and owner of MCD Law Partners, LLC , a boutique corporate law firm serving start-ups,  early-stage and emerging growth and middle market companies.

E&Y/VentureOne Shows 2005 Florida Boost

Florida Venture Blog

Likely cause: a couple more later/larger stage investments. We're seeing good activity on the early-stage front, but institutional dollar supply still doesn't meet demand. billion in 2,239 deals -- the best showing since 2001." Interesting VC stats show 46% increase in FL venture investments, but in fewer deals.

Beware the Valley of Death

Hazard Lights

Billion raised and for the 10 years between 2001 and 2010 the numbers were $245.5 Alternatively, make sure your seed investors have an extensive track record of attracting up rounds from middle stage investors. While horse and hero fell, They that had fought so well. Came thro' the jaws of Death. For 2010, the numbers were $21.8

Angel Investing by the Numbers


Cleaning the data and restricting to the domain I was interested in—first round investments in early-stage high-tech companies—yielded a data set about the returns of 56 angels with exits from 112 companies. This is reprinted entirely from an excellent guest column that Simeon Simeonov wrote for PEHub. Very interesting.

Silicon Alley on Track to Hit Funding High

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

According to a new report, New York is on pace to hit a five-year high in deal and fundings levels, helped largely by a few big-ticket exits.

Interview With Steve Blank


After the first wave of venture-backed companies, followed by the boom and bust came the “back-to-basics” phase which lasted from 2001 to 2004.

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Peter Bauer, CEO & Founder of Mimecast, Founding principles vs Scaling principles

Business of Software Blog

Attendance is restricted to just 400 attendees in 2013 and we have over 200 places taken and the next 80 tickets (as of 1st June) will be sold at the second Early Bird Rate. But there certainly wasn’t a lot inspiration going around that made our early team Colcore, day after day often a very dodgy office accommodation. Whoops. Whoops.

Market Truths


As someone who invested through the 2001 and 2008 crashes I can assure you that down rounds and fire sales are not fun for anyone involved.