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Startup Valuation Tips


When starting a business, chances are you are mainly focused on trying to get everything together so you can make that first sale.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


These angel investors generally invest $25,000 to $100,000 in a round totaling $250,000 to $1,000,000.  In 2011, the valuation of pre-revenue, start-up companies is typically in the range of $1.5–$2.5 Scorecard Valuation Methodology. As can be seen the average (mean) pre-money valuation for recent pre-revenue deals is $2.1

Valuation vs Ownership

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They want to own 20% of the business but care less about the valuation. Another firm shows up, a firm that is less valuation oriented, and they offer $5mm for 20% of the business, which works out to $20mm pre/$25mm post. And it is why USV is committed to small fund sizes, small rounds, and smaller valuations.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation


How much is NewCo worth to investors at this point (pre-money valuation)? NewCo might be able to pick up an initial $50K valuation on this item.

Benefits Of Business Valuation


Business valuations and wealth management. Determining a price is part and parcel of professional business valuation services.

Demystifying Small Business Valuation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A successful small business sale begins with a solid grasp of business valuation. Period.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

This starts with understanding how VCs and entrepreneurs often see valuation differently. Those were the dog days of entrepreneurship. Normal.

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups


Because of this, I've always tried to stay up-to-speed on how early-stage investors look at valuation of companies. Bill Payne is an expert on how early-stage investors should look at valuation. He just post: Establishing the Pre-money Valuation of Pre-revenue Startups. What are they really looking for? is a requirement.

A Five-Minute Tutorial On How To Value Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Equally bad is professing no valuation estimate at all, asking investors to “make me an offer.” reveneue Shark Tank startup valuation

How Technology Impacts Small Business Valuations and Sale Prices

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Beyond revenues and profits, small businesses' IT aptitude will start playing a larger role in building value and attracting buyers

Can Twitter Justify Its $11 Billion Valuation?

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Price-to-sales ratio In the absence of profits, we can look at Twitter''s price-to-sales ratio, and compare that to comparable public companies.

The Trap of Relative Value

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In it, he talks about how he handles public company stocks that he ends up with either via an IPO or a sale of a company he’s involved in to a public company. We He’d gotten a random note asking about his valuation when we invested relative to another financing that was just announced. That dog must have gold plated teeth!”

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Join The Unicorn Club Of Billion-Dollar Companies

Startup Professionals Musings

If your new venture is still in the idea or development stages, don’t even think about a high valuation. These are popularly called “unicorns.”

How to Value a Blog for Sale

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However, a blog is a business that generates revenue and the traditional valuation method of a multiple of yearly earnings is the accepted valuation methodology from buyers when buying a blog. In this article we will explore what yearly multiple your blog might fetch and what factors increase or decrease that valuation.

Facebook, Twitter, & startup valuations - The best properties always look too expensive

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

The experts thought Microsoft was crazy when they invested $240M in Facebook at a $15B valuation. Digital Sky Technologies invested $200M in Facebook in May of 2010 at a $10B valuation. Just 7 months later Goldman Sachs is investing $500M at a $50B valuation. Market valuations are asymmetric. Crazy like a fox.

Convertible Debt: Worst Form Of Seed Financing — Except For All The Others


How to finance a new seed-stage startup? Equity? Convertible debt? Convertible equity? How can this possibly make sense?

Valuations 101: The Dave Berkus Method


We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors. Add to Pre-money Valuation. Product Rollout or Sales. Here is his latest version. Characteristic. Quality Management Team. Zero to $0.5 million. Sound Idea.

How to value your company for sale (Part 1)

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

I recently helped a friend broker the sale of his small, bootstrapped company. To stoke an existing sales channel. Actually, no.

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Getting A Software Patent Is Valuable But Frustrating

Startup Professionals Musings

business frustration intellectual property software patent startup valuationEvery business is global, but patent rules differ around the world.

10 Ways to Size Your Company’s Value for Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

How much is NewCo worth to investors at this point (pre-money valuation)? NewCo might be able to pick up an initial $50K valuation on this item.

Don't Flub Your Billion Dollar Valuation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Recent valuations driven by a red-hot venture capital investment scene are eye-popping, but you need to justify your value. That in turn often drives those companies'' valuations into the billion-dollar stratosphere. Nearly forty companies have received billion-dollar valuations in the past couple of years.

Don’t get hung up on valuation.


There is always another attractive deal at the ready, and most have reasonable expectations of valuation. Email readers, continue here.]

Cracking The Code: Building Your SaaS Sales Compensation Plan

Cracking the Code

Building Your SaaS Sales Compensation Plan. For SaaS companies, we found that MRR is the best metric on which to base sales commissions.

E-Commerce: Funding, Terms & Valuations Pre-IPO

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Is it really what a company offers or is it the e-commerce platform that drives the sale?

Flash Sales Startup One Kings Lane Sold for a Fraction of Its Once-$900 Million Valuation

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The home goods website struggled as flash sales lost popularity

Why a Valuation is Less Important Than You Think

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There are certain cases in which a third-party valuation is essential. Essentially, this is the problem with business valuations.

Finding the Right Business Broker for Your Business Sale

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Some of the nation''s leading business-for-sale experts offer their tips to help you find the broker that is the right fit for your sale.

VC Posts That Say What The VC Thinks About How It All Works

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For example, see his post today on Valuation vs. Ownership. And find partners who want to go on the journey with you. I’m going to hang out in the comments on Fred’s  Valuation vs. Ownership  post and Jason’s The “VC Bargain”  post today. Venture Capital equity mendelson ownership sale valuation wilson

DFJ, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4M funding in Edufii

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Blog Company Creation/Operation Fundraising General News Angel Capital Angel Investing Company Sale Exit Strategies Pasadena Angels Startups Valuation VC DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4 million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., the social/mobile platform for skill development. Read more here. Tweet Tweet.

Measuring sales and marketing effectiveness of SaaS companies

Cracking the Code

Measuring sales and marketing effectiveness of SaaS companies. Labels: SaaS , sales and marketing , software. SaaS 13 Index Valuation.

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DoubleVerify Raises $33 Million on a $200 Million Valuation

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According to Ynet , the deal values DoubleVerify at $200 million. billion acquisition by Google. To date, DoubleVerify has raised $16.5

7 Paths to a Small Business Sale

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Factors such as these combine to form your sales objectives and, before going any further, it is critical that you define these clearly.

Just Eat looking plump with a £1.5bn valuation after IPO


That reach equated to £96.8m in sales and pre-tax profits of £10.2m. short recap for those who might not be familiar with Just Eat.

Dilution concerns by founders and investors

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Just recently, a company’s team exchanged numerous emails discussing valuation and downstream dilution. In for a penny?”

Here’s Why Year-Old Startup Slack Gets $1.1 Billion Valuation

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Not only does it have real sales, but has found that less sometimes can be more in a crowded market

How to value your company for sale (Part 2)

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

They know there’s a minimum valuation, under which you’re not interested. Are you willing to sell your baby? At what price? 10,000?

Valuations 101: The Risk Factor Summation Method


The Risk Factor Summation Method the fifth methodology for estimating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies we have described in recent posts.  Readers may have noted that both the Scorecard Method and the Dave Berkus Method considered a narrow set of important criteria for investment in arriving at a pre-money valuation

Why You Should Worry When Sotheby's Has a Bad Day

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Following blockbuster spring sales, the art auction house Sotheby's barely surpassed its low estimate for sales. What that means for you and the valuation of your company

Why the Stock Market's Ascent Could Drive Up Business Sale Prices

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As the Dow marches ever upward into record territory, some valuation experts yawn

Preparing Your Company for a Big Sale

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What''s harder is getting your company in shape for a sale. Related: Inside the Sale of an Inc. And now, at 51, the time was ripe.