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. You should be able to adopt it to most any kind of business enterprise, if your aim is to establish an early, most often pre-revenue valuation to a start-up that has potential of reaching over $20 million in revenues within five years: If Exists: Add to Company Value up to: 1.

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. We downsized from 35 people in 2001 and are now a size that allows us to work directly with clients. I've known Farida for quite a while. Maybe ten years.

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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. The program offers seed capital, office space, and "most importantly - that magical ingredient of 'smart-community' with mentors and other entrepreneurs."

Tianyi Joe Zhu, Entrepreneur and Startup Advocate

The Startup Magazine

” The Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards Gala Dinner was first established in 2001 by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) and has remained the only forum to highlight the achievements of Asian Americans business professionals across the U.S.

It's Great To Be a Tech Startup Again

Inc Startups

Like the stock market, venture money flooded into high tech--in particular early stage software and Web firms, according to the latest PriceWaterhouseCoopers Money Tree report , released Friday. Early stage companies saw a 17 percent increase to $9.8

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Such comparisons can only be made for companies at the same stage of development, in this case, for pre-revenue startup ventures. The following chart from Dow Jones VentureSource shows very little variation in pre-money valuation of VC seed stage deals over the past decade. A great team will fix early product flaws, but the reverse is not true. Other factors (great early customer feedback). Orders or early sales from customers.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model. 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.

Building the Global Startup Part 3: Assigning Ownership and Achieving Commitment

John O'Farrell

When the recession of 2001 hit, we had three fairly expensive European sales offices with varying levels of productivity and maturity. This is one of the roles I played for @Home and for Silver Spring Networks, and to some extent for Opsware in its early years.

WayTooEarly: Josh and the Waterfall


I 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. Id like to make these forecasts de rigeur for all early stage companies, since they are the clearest way for people who are either too optimistic or too pessimistic to get the constant feedback required for them to mend their ways. In the early years of the Roman Empire, the riches. WayTooEarly.

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

Steve Blank

She received the AUTM 2001 Bayh-Dole Award for her efforts in university licensing, and is currently a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director of Intramural Research. It’s really too early. Research done by professors and their grad students in U.S.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

I raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. As with any sales campaign you need to: Qualify your buyers early so you focus your scarce resources on people likely to buy your product. Right for my stage? Meet early.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation


Well, it had to happen.

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. David: The exponential development of technology has begun to cause deep and fundamental changes to the world of early stage finance.

Entrepreneurship Surges

Inc Startups

Particularly hard hit were start-ups looking for seed funding from early-stage VCs and angel investors. Expansion stage deals fared better, increasing two percent quarter-over-quarter.

35 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


I specialize in brand strategy from the early stages through launch, and use my trusted network of groupies – from Web designers to photographers – to support the vision for brands I’m working with.

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. million and you’re an early stage business this is probably a fair deal.

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. Investment fell 30% in 2012 – and even further at the early stage. The data says it’s too early to call. (A version of this post also appeared at GigaOM.).

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


Bullpen is one of a growing number of early-stage funds - or, perhaps more accurately, "earlier-stage," since even his is no longer the first out of the gate.

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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. On July 27th, 2001 Accenture IPO’s and many of the partners grew fabulously wealthy. One of the wisest people I worked with in my career was Ameet Shah.

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. I woke up extra early (often before 6am) to get my runs in. Then I got engaged to be married in late 2001 and had the motivation to get really serious.

Invest in Israel Newsletter – April 2012 Edition

VC Cafe

Oridion’s Microstream capnography systems measure carbon dioxide level in exhaled breath to provide an early indication of restricted airways, facilitating patient care. Other openings now in the planning stage are Toronto and Sydney as well.

A look at Denmark's SEED Capital


Among their investors is Denmark''s SEED Capital , one of the most active investors in the region and the largest early stage venture fund in Denmark with €240 million under management. The other day you must have caught news that Copenhagen-based Trustpilot raised $25 millioin.

Market Truths


However, many variables come into play when investing at the early stage. A VC’s job is to spot sustainable trends while they are in formation stages, and form a point of view on the timing of the adoption of those trends.

Kickstarter: We Won't Sell Out

Inc Startups

It's early November in San Francisco, and Chen is onstage at the GigaOm RoadMap conference at San Francisco State University, chatting with GigaOm founder Om Malik--a calmer, more avuncular version of TechCrunch's brash founder, Michael Arrington.

JOBS Act to Change Startup Funding Landscape


The real truth is, since the "Internet bubble" burst in 2001, initial public offerings have not resumed the vitality levels of the late 1980s, let alone the boom years of the '90s. Number of U.S.


Why I Quit the Company I Helped Launch

Inc Startups

These days, Dave Hersh describes himself as an investor in early-stage tech companies. (He But it was getting popular enough that they decided to incorporate in 2001 and become a real business. Dave Hersh on his decision to leave Jive Software.

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

Both Sides of the Table

I lived through this again September 2001. I’ve offered to fund an early stage company where I promised cash in bank in less than 30 days. I lived through this again September 2001.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

A friend of mine is a serial entrepreneur and is running a high-profile, early stage company in NorCal. You stop catching the early flight. In my first company I had to raise money in April 2001 or die. Company needs to have achieved some significant early milestones. But money off of the table is comensurate with the stage of business.

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. In the first six months of the year, 44% of venture deals in Europe were seed or first rounds—we haven’t seen this level of early-stage interest since the first half of 2001." Don't say you weren't warned : It's back. VC Doom and Gloom.

i-Free Launches A New Venture Fund In Russia


The type of companies i-Free Ventures is willing to invest into range from companies with proven business models, to start-ups with sophisticated technology aimed at niche markets, to early-stage companies without a monetization plan.

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


And when the team exited from the Champions League (the competition he held in the highest regard of all) at an early stage in the same season, he blamed his own team selections and tactics. by Julie Miller and Brian Bedford, co-authors of “ Culture Without Accountability: WTF?

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

Both Sides of the Table

The VC industry grew dramatically as a result of the Internet bubble - Before the Internet bubble the people who invested in VC funds (called LPs or Limited Partners) put about $50 billion into the industry and by 2001 this had grown precipitously to around $250 billion.

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

Business of Software Blog

In 2001 I dropped out of college from the University of Washington and started working with my mom who was working as an independent marketing consultant. But early on, I made plenty of mistakes in hiring including in leadership and junior roles, all across the board. 8: Sell Early.

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. Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission.

Rice Business Plan Competition on April 14

Startup Houston

In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Register for the Event.

How Lemming VCs Cause Venture Recessions

Mucker Lab

Combined with the usual summer slowdown, some are already raising the spectre of 2001 or 2008. I also believe that the ebb and flow of the venture investment cycle has been exacerbated by the recent vertical integration of early, growth, and even late stage venture funds.

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.

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. The data show the type of skewed distribution one would expect from early stage investing: 75% of exits happened between 2001 and 2006. This is reprinted entirely from an excellent guest column that Simeon Simeonov wrote for PEHub.

Beware the Valley of Death

Hazard Lights

Billion raised and for the 10 years between 2001 and 2010 the numbers were $245.5 But the risk is that companies pursuing real and valuable opportunities, especially those whose business models may not lend themselves to early explosive (often non-revenue based) metrics, may get caught in the crossfire. So what is an early stage entrepreneur and investor to do? While horse and hero fell, They that had fought so well. Came thro' the jaws of Death.

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. These angels make lots of early bets and double-down when early results appear.

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