An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Funding the Business

The Startup Magazine

Venture capitalists aim to see the company go all the way to an initial public offering so they can sell their shares for a large profit. Local banks offer small business loans, and these are popular options.

Rusty Tweed Explains How to Structure a Business

The Startup Magazine

The reason why it is the best business structure for people who need a lot of capital is that it offers an “Initial Public Offering” where outsiders can give money by purchasing stocks.

Insuring Directors And Officers Through M&A And IPO Events

YoungUpstarts

Corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offerings (IPO) bring necessary capital and resources to a growing company. by Jeff Van Gulick , Senior Vice President, Commercial Lines Practice Leader, HUB International.

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Is Your Startup Ready For The Challenges Of An IPO?

Startup Professionals Musings

With the recent apparent successes of several startups in taking their company public (initial public offering) and raising billions of dollars, I’m hearing a groundswell of enthusiasm from new entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps to fund their companies and become billionaires overnight.

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Please respect outstanding entrepreneurial achievements

Version One Ventures

Blue Apron went public today. Zulily suffered from a similar negative narrative: when it got sold to QVC for $2.4b, some people called the exit disappointing given that the company was once valued at over $7b in the public markets. News Blue Apron Initial public offering IPO ZulilyIt was not the easiest road for them as they had to cut the originally proposed price range of $15-17 to $10 and closed the first day just around that at $10.01.

How we determine valuations for marketplaces

Version One Ventures

Bessemer offers a good overview of current valuations for different business models: SaaS, marketplaces, consumer, and ecommerce. News eBay Etsy gross merchandise value Gross merchandise volume Initial public offering marketplaces Online marketplace Valuations

Go Big or Go Home: It’s a binary outcome for marketplace start-ups

Version One Ventures

But, marketplaces can face a binary outcome at the other end too: either you scale your marketplace into a large, stand-alone company that can go public, or you find yourself with few other exit options. News Amazon.com eBay Etsy Exit Initial public offering Marketplace marketplaces StubHubIt’s typically a binary outcome for marketplace start-ups at the beginning: either you figure out the chicken-and-egg problem or you don’t.

Comparing Two SaaS Models: Hubspot and Moz

Version One Ventures

Since investors (whether private or public) like to see growth, Hubspot’s story is more impressive from that standpoint. News Hubspot Initial public offering IPO Moz Software as a service Unbounce Rick Perreault of my portfolio company Unbounce recently called my attention to an interesting comparison between two SaaS models: Hubspot & Moz – A Tale of Two (Very Different) SaaS Business Models.

Limiting the Number of Shareholders in Private Companies

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The assumption has been that companies with 500 investors are quasi-public anyway, and for disclosure and other reasons should be forced to go public when the shareholder number approaches this limit. This shareholder limitation has made it difficult for companies like Facebook to stay private, even if the shareholders and management team were not inclined to go public. The U.S.

Entrepreneurs: Due Diligence on Investors is Smart

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Invested Interests advisors angel investment angel investors board board of advisors due diligence entrepreneurs entrepreneurship equity exit strategy fundraising initial public offering shareholders startups terms venture capitalDue diligence should always be a two-way street. A while back, I published an article on “ Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art ,” describing what investors do to validate your startup before they invest.

A long time ago in an economy far, far away.

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Their miniscule floats are tightly managed to artificially inflate the offering price and maintain it briefly; then, a slow (or sometimes fast) descent to earth begins. Make no mistake: even if Facebook goes out near its absurd $100 billion target, the odd exception cannot possibly justify a rationale expectation that your new startup will eventually make its way public. Listen my children and you shall hear. Of IPO dreams once held so dear.

Comparing Two SaaS Models: Hubspot and Moz

Version One Ventures

Since investors (whether private or public) like to see growth, Hubspot’s story is more impressive from that standpoint. News Hubspot Initial public offering IPO Moz Software as a service Unbounce Rick Perreault of my portfolio company Unbounce recently called my attention to an interesting comparison between two SaaS models: Hubspot & Moz – A Tale of Two (Very Different) SaaS Business Models.

Bazaarvoice Stock Opens Trading Today

Austin Startup

It’s the first Austin tech company to go public this year, with the most recent Austin tech IPO being HomeAway. The company initially looked an a $8 – $10 price for the stock, but it priced last night at $12 with initial trading this morning at around $16. Enterprise austin Bazaarvoice Initial public offeringAfter filing their registration statement in August, Bazaarvoice began trading on the NASDAQ today.

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Update on America’s Slipping Global Competitiveness– Implications for Intellectual Property Development of Senate Bill 515

Pascal's View

Some excerpts follow, and you can download the entire speech and slides by clicking at the bottom of this post: “The absence of cohesion in American public policy can be seen in many areas—with cybersecurity coming immediately to mind.

Barron’s Article on Tech IPO’s Misses the Importance of the Extinct Sub-$50 million IPO

Pascal's View

Such market power allows bankers to shapes the profile of those companies worthy of going public to favor the natural demand from their largest clients: short-term trading focused hedge funds and large institutional investors that demand highly liquid public securities.

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VC Governance FAQ: (2) Especially now, when transparency is so important, why is limited financial information available from a private company?

Pascal's View

To conclude on this question, I’d like to emphasize that, in my view, for early stage companies with little or no revenue, valuation models driven by public equity or option inspired equity models simply make no sense.

Xeris Pharmaceuticals Files to Raise $75 Million in an IPO

SiliconHills

Xeris Pharmaceuticals, founded in 2005 in Austin, filed on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange with an initial public offering valued at $75 million.

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Dell Technologies Considers a Public Offering or Merger with VMware

SiliconHills

Today, Dell Technologies filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing that the company’s board is considering taking the company public again with an initial public offering or by merging with VMWare. The post Dell Technologies Considers a Public Offering or Merger with VMware appeared first on SiliconHills. In 2013, Dell went private in a $24 billion buyout deal backed by Silver Lake and Michael Dell.

SailPoint Files to Raise $100 Million in a Public Offering

SiliconHills

SailPoint Technologies, founded in 2005, filed papers with federal regulators on Friday to raise $100 million in an initial public offering. The company plans to use the proceeds of its offering to expand operations and add additional customers. […]. The post SailPoint Files to Raise $100 Million in a Public Offering appeared first on SiliconHills.

The U.S. IPO Market is Seeing a Slowdown in 2016

SiliconHills

The good news is there is an Initial Public Offering or IPO market, said Daniel Klausner, managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers based in New York. “At At times, I think it’s been dormant or hidden,” he said. September has been a great month.” But overall the IPO market in the U.S. is on track to have the […] The post The U.S. IPO Market is Seeing a Slowdown in 2016 appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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Austin-based Aeglea BioTherapeutics Goes Public and Raises $50 Million

SiliconHills

Aeglea BioTherapeutics went public on the NASDAQ Stock Market Thursday at $10 a share with an Initial Public Offering bringing in $50 million. a share. […] The post Austin-based Aeglea BioTherapeutics Goes Public and Raises $50 Million appeared first on SiliconHills.

6 Reasons Smart Entrepreneurs Think Twice Before IPO

Startup Professionals Musings

The visibility of Google, Facebook and a few others continues to propagate the myth that the ultimate objective of every entrepreneur should be to take their startups public via an initial public offering at the earliest opportunity.

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Mirna Therapeutics is Austin’s Newest Public Company

SiliconHills

Mirna Therapeutics became Austin’s newest publicly traded company last week. Securities Exchange Commission to offer 6.2 million shares at $7 a share to raise $44 million during its initial public offering last Thursday. […] The post Mirna Therapeutics is Austin’s Newest Public Company appeared first on SiliconHills.

RetailMeNot Files its IPO Worth An Estimated $230 million

SiliconHills

RetailMeNot has filed a registration statement with federal regulators for an initial public offering worth an estimated $230 million. The Austin-based online coupon site, formerly Whale Shark Media, has applied to have its stock listed on the Nasdaq market under the ticket symbol “SALE.” ” The company also reports that it is “an “emerging growth company” [.]

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Austin-Based Upland Software Files to Go Public

SiliconHills

Upland Software filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday for an Initial Public Offering. The Austin-based company plans to raise up to $50 million, but it has not yet determined the price range for its stock or the number of shares it plans to offer for sell. It plans to list […] The post Austin-Based Upland Software Files to Go Public appeared first on SiliconHills.

How To Find Money Based On Your New Venture Progress

Startup Professionals Musings

The new investors you need at this stage are investment bankers, private equity, or competitors, to buy you out via merger or acquisition (M&A), or to go public with an Initial Public Offering (IPO).

Where Have All the IPOs Gone?

Ben's Blog

Where has the initial public offering (IPO) gone? That’s a question the capital markets have been asking for some time, and is a leading concern of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), too. But this question matters beyond those interested … policy IPOs

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Upland Software Files IPO

Austin Startup

will soon join the rarefied air of Austin-based public companies. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock in an effort to raise $50M in capital. Upland Software, Inc. The company announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. It was founded by Jack McDonald, former CEO of Perficient, and Chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Enterprise IPO upland

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Congrats Zuck!

Scott Edward Walker

This week, in celebration of Facebook’s initial public offering tomorrow, we again present Mark Zuckerberg , an amazing, inspirational entrepreneur. To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “ Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”

7 Reasons To Reconsider A Planned IPO Exit Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

Despite the fact that the number of IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) for startups have continued to stay low, I still hear it touted often as the preferred exit strategy. These include the following: Taking a company public is an expensive process.

Can You Beat Amazon In The Race To Overnight Success?

Startup Professionals Musings

Even still, it was another five years before Microsoft went public in 1986, making him an overnight success worth $350 million. had its initial public offering, raising $33.8 Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

10 Signs That The Age Of The Entrepreneur Is Here Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy. Bloomberg reports that forty-nine percent more companies went public in 2017 versus 2016.

How Long Should It Take For a Startup to Succeed?

Startup Professionals Musings

Even still, it was another five years before Microsoft went public in 1986, making him an overnight success worth $350 million. had its initial public offering, raising $33.8 Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

6 Hurdles For Going Public Through A Reverse Merger

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I’m getting more questions on new mechanisms, like crowd funding, or going public through the side door as a reverse merger. Being a public company isn’t cheap or easy. A PwC survey averages the burden of public companies at $1.5M

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10 Negatives That Still Make Going Public A High Risk

Startup Professionals Musings

In the old days, every entrepreneur dreamed of easily taking their startup public, and making it big. Today the rate of startups going public (IPO – Initial Public Offering) is up from the dead zone, but is still half the rate of 15 years ago.

10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s an opportunity for that “big bang” return of 10X to 100 times your initial investment, like early investors in Google, Microsoft, and Apple. The growth target should be 5-10 times your initial investment in five years.

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8 Secrets To Credible Startup Financial Projections

Startup Professionals Musings

This means an acquisition or initial public offering that will generate at least five times your fifth-year revenues, at a commensurate equity ownership.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy. Conglomerates, which were the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have proven themselves unable to innovate, and have a tarnished public image due to financial woes and poor management.

Will your company’s sale be celebration or silence?

Berkonomics

I’ve been involved with well over twenty successful exits and four initial public offerings over the years, some of them with monstrous gains, some more modest. First, there are at least three types of exits.

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Israeli High Tech Exits On First Half of 2017 Slowdown and Potential Explanations

VC Cafe

The report sums up the exits of Israeli high-tech companies in merger & acquisition deals and initial public offerings, as well as buyout deals, from 2012 to H1/2017. ” Another explanation offered by Adv.

6 Challenges In Going Public Through The Backdoor

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I’m getting more questions on new mechanisms, like crowd funding, or going public through the backdoor as a reverse merger. Being a public company isn’t cheap or easy. Experts estimate the burden of public companies at up to $1M a year.

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Guess How Long Overnight Success Really Takes

Startup Professionals Musings

Even still, it was another five years before Microsoft went public in 1986, making him an overnight success worth $350 million. had its initial public offering, raising $33.8 Every startup founder knows implicitly that startup success is a long hard road.

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

The new investors you need at this stage are investment bankers, private equity, or competitors, to buy you out via merger or acquisition (M&A), or to go public with an Initial Public Offering (IPO).