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Startup Blog: Take a Stand!

Taffy Williams

It may be around deal structure, testing or design of product, new hires, downsizing or firing, how much to spend on a program or some other issue.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Lower-Than-Market Value. Market Value. Above-Market Value. And as my partner Rob Go likes to say, “Time kills all deals.”).

Agile success generates great feelings

Taffy Williams

The deal structures for the financing may follow the same pattern of making you feel ill or bringing a huge smile.

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How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

Thus began my marketing campaign. Let me start with the news that I’m excited to share with you. billion IPO), Envestnet (Chicago, $1.25

My First Investment

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

SDC was in the business of distributing programming tools for PC software and wanted to move up market into owning software development tools. They had negotiated a deal to purchase an editor called BRIEF and a version control package whose name escapes me (might have been VCS?) That deal taught me a few big lessons.

Acquisitions Aren't About the Money

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When PopCap was being sold, we spoke to multiple potential acquirers, and in the end were extremely fortunate to get a great deal from a great partner.

Later-stage rounds and “setting the bar too high”

Chris Dixon

I recently had a number of conversations with CEOs of later-stage startups (generating significant revenue) that went something like this. startups

Who You Gonna Call? Partnering with Goliath: A Tale of Two Announcements

John O'Farrell

Here’s the way it typically plays out: The deal is announced with great fanfare and high internal and external expectations. SUNNYVALE, Calif.,

The 10 Best Real Estate Schools Compared: Meet the Winner!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Real estate investment and market analysis, land development and investment, continuous time asset pricing. Central Michigan University Mt.

Groupon Tries to Broaden Its Appeal With Self-Serve Deal Tool

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In a move designed to grow the business, Groupon is giving some merchants the power to create their own daily deals.

How to value your company for sale (Part 2)

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Remember how the buyer has his own way of valuing the deal ? Would you take a lower “number&# to get Deal B? Do you prefer Deal B?

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Do You Deserve Investment Capital?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The majority of the time there was a process issue, or our strategy was faulty, or our go to market, revenue or business models needed modification.

10 Tips for Startups Raising Money from Angels

VC Cafe

Make sure your model is credible – “the market in China is 3 billion users and we will aim to achieve 1% market penetration in year one&# (yeah, right). 10 tips for raising money from business angels. This will enable you and the angel to run different financial scenarios in a very quick and convenient way.

Signaling Pricing Expectations Early in Seed Investment Discussions

Genuine VC

Market.”   By overtly sharing that an entrepreneur is “looking for the best partner and will accept whatever the market dictates” -or- by stating a figure or range which falls within market, it sets the tone for the fundraising discussion about a collaborative process moving forward looking for a mutual fit.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

travelled all over the world wherever business deals were happening, gained tremendous experience and exposure to the Corporate landscape, and learned invaluable life lessons in my career. Outside of that terrible experience when money was most scarce for me, I haven’t gambled much in the market. English is my fourth of five tongues.

Should You Sell Your Business? 7 Things to Consider

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Prior to the process, my business partner and I wrote down the criteria for the deal that we would accept. Have you sold a company recently?

Deal Certainty ?The Fallacy of a New Market

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In the aftermath of the economic crisis that began in mid-2007, much ink has been spilled on the lessons learned by buyers and sellers regarding the pitfalls of deal certainty and the development of new paradigms for both financial and strategic buyers. Sound off on this week's buzz in the Comments Section

From demo day to dollars!

StartupCFO

With the proliferation of accelerator / incubator funded companies in the market today, hopefully this advice will apply to you as well.

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

David Teten

That’s why our portfolio company Plated.com decided to structure a lease option – they offered the prior owner a small monthly lease fee for 1 year, with an option to buy at the end of the year. According to Braden Pollock of Legal Brand Marketing, approximately 50 million names – 20% of all registered domains — are parked. 

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

David Teten

That’s why our portfolio company Plated.com decided to structure a lease option – they offered the prior owner a small monthly lease fee for 1 year, with an option to buy at the end of the year. According to Braden Pollock of Legal Brand Marketing, approximately 50 million names – 20% of all registered domains — are parked. 

Why Selling Your Company is Like Dancing With the Stars

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Selling a middle market business is a complex and demanding dance. Really. like to refer to this as the M&A 3-20 tango.

'Show Me the Money' Tips for Business Sellers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This saves a significant amount of time, given that a buyer can immediately start working with a lender who is already familiar with your deal.

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Goldman Sachs / SEC: political witch-hunting is no way to change a market

Fred Destin

took exposure on the synthetic CDO as a way to short the market through Credit Default Swaps. Pro-life / pro-choice type debates lead nowhere.

Knowing When It’s Time To Sell Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

by Christopher Wallace, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Amsterdam Printing. The current market cap is only $1.8 Zappos. Google.

Piercing the Corporate Veil of Sweat Equity

grasshopperherder.com

Three Card Monty Corporate Structures. If you’re in a complex structure with several multinational entities, that risk is compounded.

A Summary of Current Trends in Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions - 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

With keen international interest in Canada's resource sector, the return of financial buyers, strategic investors looking to pursue acquisitions as a means of increasing earnings, and the recent uptick in Canadian "mega-deal" activity, there is no better time to discuss the M&A trends unfolding in 2011. HOSTILE DEALS. targets. Awards.

Nymi

Launching Tech Ventures

Nymi also offers a 3 factor security system - Nymi, heartbeat and AAD, thus making it a safer way to transmit information compared to what is currently available in the market. Propose potential partnerships and deal structures. Nymi - Ecosystem Mapping & Business Development Okalo Ikhena Himani Jain What Is Nymi? LTV2014

in search of.the ideal term sheet

Seed Stage Capital

For any large deal, they will convert and be treated like the founders and employees. You can download it on docstoc here. Please share it!

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

Both Sides of the Table

What is their market traction? Deal with it.&#  And as I’m sure you’re aware shit rolls down hill. This is super funny.

Looking for a job in VC

Will Price

Adam Smith famously stated that specialization is a function of market size. The VC market, while not as large as the health care industry, enjoys broad specialization and focus. Later stage firms typically value financial analysis, deal structuring, and deal execution skills.

Include Deal Terms or Not?

Mark Birch

I had a discussion the other night with an entrepreneur about whether to include specific deal terms in the pitch deck or investor meetings. 

Startup Blog: 7 Questions You May Get from Potential Investors

Taffy Williams

also try very hard to not give the answer unless we are approaching the investors with a very specific deal structure for the investment.

Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (2 of 2)?

David Teten

Accounting for those resources as “investment” at fair market value is a pretty straightforward way to value contribution. The discounts?

You Think It's About the Money. It's Not About the Money.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When PopCap was being sold, we spoke to multiple potential acquirers, and in the end were extremely fortunate to get a great deal from a great partner.

Cracking The Code: The Bessemer 10 laws of SaaS - Fall 2008.

Cracking the Code

Labels: SaaS , sales and marketing , software. You should therefore be aggressive in marketing to them online. sales and marketing. (10).