Dilution concerns by founders and investors

Taffy Williams

Just recently, a company’s team exchanged numerous emails discussing valuation and downstream dilution. A few key areas to consider : Does the capital raise enhance development and increase valuation of the company? Does failure to raise capital harm the company valuation?

Negotiating tips summary and links

Taffy Williams

Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. There is not magic wand in negotiating, only hard work!

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Mergers and acquisitions take thought and planning

Taffy Williams

When two business owners initiate a discussion regarding a business combination, many considerations beyond valuation become topics. The finances and valuations must provide the desired exit(s) for all of the founders. However, the valuations of the combined businesses must make sense.

Agile entrepreneurs know anything is possible

Taffy Williams

Maybe I was just lucky, but the company grew from a $3M valuation to $300M in 5 years! He writes for the Examiner Charlotte, NC- small business and is found on LinkedIn , Twitter @twilli2861 , ColonialTDC , photo website , Google+ , Facebook , and Startup Group. YES YOU CAN!

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Clash of the Titans

Taffy Williams

In respect to M&A, it is often said that there were three things that can kill a deal: 1) Valuation, 2) Location, and 3) Who will run the company. Valuation is an easy to manage; either you like the value of the deal or you do not. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. No, this not a story of ancient times, but a desire to create an awareness of how EGO can affect a wide array of events in your business.

Indecision can kill your business

Taffy Williams

Maybe you want to negotiate on the valuation or other terms to improve the deal(s). Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. UP OR DOWN ? One of the most difficult problems to tackle is deciding between multiple options. Complicating the decision may be playing one option against others in an attempt to optimize the outcome. For example, suppose you have multiple investor groups with different term sheets for your financing.

Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors

Taffy Williams

It reviews key issues like valuation, risk, and milestones. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It is clear that if you have a new startup, getting investors is essential. Some startups take smaller amounts of cash than others. Borrowing against ones property to fund the business is risky and it is advisable to think very carefully if you elect to take this as your means of capital.

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It Takes Longer and Costs More

Taffy Williams

Their goal is to get the company to some reasonable inflection so the company can be profitable or raise capital at a higher valuation. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. You are planning the development of your technology and your budgets. You carefully outline the timelines milestones and key inflections for your company growth. In all of the planning, you consulted with your team and advisors.

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Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?

Taffy Williams

In addition, anyresponses would show level of team commitment and possibly founders thoughts oncompany valuation. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In arecent meeting, I asked company founders if they would take $10MM for theirtechnology and just walk away. Thequestion was a bit of a trick question. Any answer provided would be revealing valuable information about theteam.

4 Steps to be a CEO in the KNOW or plan to GO

Taffy Williams

After all, your duties are to the shareholders and to improving the company valuation. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The greater the EGO the greater the FALL! An entrepreneur with a great idea and drive is unstoppable.

Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Our daughter Charlotte slept 12 hours the first night she tried it! :). When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.”

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Angel Education is Sometimes Required

Taffy Williams

One common place to use a convertible note is when the valuation is difficult to define and agree on; e.g., at startup. The note allows the Angel to make an investment and gain the financial benefits associated with a future investment round by a professional investor that defines a company valuation. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

Win Twice Maybe Even Thrice

Taffy Williams

Enthusiasm from the release led investors or customersto bid up the company valuations or dramatically increase sales. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Negotiatingcan have positive and negative aspects. Discussions often focus on what each party gets and whether they believeit is enough.

We Are Not in Kansas Anymore

Taffy Williams

The 1990s drove thetechnology companies to great valuations and IPOs in this sector were amazing. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. History hasalways had a major impact on the future and the same is true for the future of startupsand entrepreneurs. Past successes andfailures will always be part of the guiding principles for everyentrepreneur.

Startup Blog: Need Investment? Increase the Chances by Beefing Up.

Taffy Williams

Be prepared to show or discuss the valuation inflection points relative to your projected spend. A rule of thumb is to raise enough money in a given round to get to a valuation inflection and still have enough capital remaining to seek an added financing round.

Don’t For Get You Have a TEAM

Taffy Williams

Grants are made at the current price/valuation and carry a significant time to exercise. Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurscreating a startup will eventually need to bring on key players to help. This covers the Board, Advisors, andStaff. Sometime, the entrepreneur worksfor months alone trying to get the business formed and running.

A Diamond in the Rough: Reinventing a Sleepy Mortgage Company

Inc Startups

Doman, a Cleveland mortgage title executive, started kicking the tires of sleepy mortgage processing company called Accurate Group, in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2008. If you want to reinvent your business, having a new growth plan helps.

Preparing Your Company for a Big Sale

Inc Startups

Getting Started As a first order of business, Evolution and Doman moved headquarters from Charlotte to Cleveland, to keep a close watch on it. Doman located a hardened data center in Charlotte where it would be protected from hackers as well as rainstorms and stuck it there.

Guest Post from HBS Professor: The Nuances of Marketplaces

the vc in me

But I always thought it would be impossible to get MSPs for IP to scale given the lack of valuation transparency and lack of transaction standards (not to mention huge litigation risks). It’s still successful as an “enterprise software” provider to content providers, but its valuation ambitions went down from $1.5 the vc in me. Welcome!

Startup Blog: Why Do I Keep Doing This to Myself!

Taffy Williams

· Bad news was announced about a product study result causing the company to drop from a valuation of $500MM to $40MM in 3 hrs. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company.

Startup Blog: Licensing Technologies from Universities ? Tips for.

Taffy Williams

Mahler II, JD Executive Director UNC Charlotte, Office of Technology Transfer 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223 Phone: 704-687-8016 Fax: 704-687-8014 cmahler @uncc.edu | [link] A note from Taffy Williams: Carl Mahler is a licensing professional with many years of experience.

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