The Challenge Of Figuring Out Your Pre-Money Valuation

YoungUpstarts

Sometimes the list of challenges may feel never ending – from writing the business plan to finding the right partner – but one of the single most important challenges entrepreneurs face is calculating a realistic, defensible pre-money valuation. . What is a pre-money valuation and why should I care? A pre-money valuation (or PMV) is the amount a company is valued at immediately before it receives investment.

Hugh opportunities do NOT command amazing pre-money valuations.

Berkonomics

Dave’s note: Popular Bill Payne returns this week with a thoughtful take on valuations. Yet, at the pre-revenue stage of development, angel investors price both companies at a pre-money valuation of $1.5 It is possible to grow a company to a valuation of $30 million on one or two angel rounds of investment. Starting up Raising money By Bill Payne.

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Pre-Money Valuation vs Number of Founders | @altgate

Altgate

@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← No one wants to tell you your baby is ugly More on Liquidation Preferences → Pre-Money Valuation vs Number of Founders Posted on December 15, 2010 by admin Here’s a chart of the day worth sharing. What is interesting is that you see a peak pre-money valuation of $3.16

Web-Based Worthworm Helps Determine PMV For Startup Investment Purposes

YoungUpstarts

One of the challenges for investing in startups has always been the lack of an established way for founders and investors to actually measure and decide on the valuation of the startup concerned. “The reality is that there has not been a reliable, simple, or cost-effective way to calculate an early stage company’s valuation – which is why so many entrepreneurs and angel investors get it wrong,” says Alan Lobock, co-founder of Worthworm.

More on Liquidation Preferences

Altgate

@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← Pre-Money Valuation vs Number of Founders Where Do Tech VCs Invest? → More on Liquidation Preferences Posted on December 16, 2010 by admin A long time ago I had asked a VC about what pre-money valuation he was planning to put in a term sheet he had promised to send over. and 2X had an average pre-money valuation of $8.6

Price Cap Liquidation Preference Windfall Regulators

The Startup Lawyer

Depending on the delta between the price cap and the pre-money valuation of the qualified equity financing, the convertible note investors could receive a windfall in terms of liquidation preference. The Potential Problem Let’s say Series A investors invest at a pre-money valuation that [.]. Most convertible notes have a price cap as a feature term.

Friday Funism – “Doable Deal”

View from Seed

how much the company is raising, valuation expectations, round/syndicate dynamics, etc.). I can see this being a doable deal at an $X pre-money valuation with a $Y check from us. ” . One of the key conversations that happens during NextView’s evaluation of an investment is the “debrief” after the partner meeting , where the entire partnership gets the opportunity to interact with the founding team and dive deeper into the business. .

2012 Valuation Survey of Angel Groups

Gust

This summer I conducted our third annual survey of the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies recently funded by angel groups in North America. Access to our 2010 and 2011 surveys can be found at 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Investor Groups. For the first time, we asked for data from specific business sectors, as follows: All pre-revenue deals. Pre-revenue life Science, biotech and medical device deals. 2012 Valuation Survey.

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

Gust

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. It is one of the useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures. The concept is simply…since: Return on Investment (ROI) = Terminal (or Harvest) Value ÷ Post-money Valuation. (in Post-money Valuation = $ 2.125 million.

Why Does Startup Pricing Vary by Location?

Gust

After all, they just read in TechCrunch that investors funded a company similar to theirs at an $8 million pre-money valuation! The valuation of startup companies shouldn’t be impacted by location, should they? Entrepreneurs seem genuinely surprised to find that investors in Peoria or Little Rock are not willing to invest in startup companies at Silicon Valley prices.

Comparing valuations between rounds

The Equity Kicker

A few of them have done good up rounds and the easiest way to describe the magnitude is to talk about the valuation multiple. From the perspective of existing investors the right way to calculate the valuation multiple is to compare the pre-money valuation of the new round with the post-money valuation of the last round, which is the same as the increase in share price. (As

Valuations 101: The Risk Factor Summation Method

Gust

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. For more information on determining the average valuations in your area, see the Scorecard Method.

Valuations 101: The Cayenne Calculator

Gust

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. The High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator is an online tool developed by Cayenne Consulting to assist entrepreneurs and investors in estimating the pre-money valuation of startup enterprises. Use the most pessimistic responses to calculate valuation.

Valuation Methods 101

Gust

This is the first of a six part series on different methods used by angel investors to arrive at pre-money startup valuations. Detailed descriptions will be published over the next few weeks: The Scorecard Method: This method compares the target company to typical angel-funded startup ventures and adjusts the average valuation of recently funded companies in the region to establish a pre-money valuation of the target.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?” How much is NewCo worth to investors at this point (pre-money valuation)? What percentage of NewCo does the investor own after the $1M infusion (post-money ownership percentage)? On the other hand, if the pre-money valuation is $4M, the founders ownership remains at a healthy 80% level.

A VC’s take on the Season 5 premier of Sharktank

Lightspeed Venture Partners

to fund the company at a $6M post money valuation from a number of investors including Selena Gomez. Despite having over 500k downloads and making $450k in revenue over the last 21 months, he had only $185k left in the bank, which meant that he would be out of business in 90 days if he didn’t raise more money. pre money valuation and planned to use the money to market the app. pre money valuation). pre money valuation.

The Post Money of Your Series A is Not My Problem

ithacaVC

I was giving some advice the other day on how to approach Series B investors in terms of valuation. Company X raised its Series A at a pre-money valuation of $5mm and it raised $4mm dollars. So the post-money valuation after the Series A was $9mm. Easy facts, but note that because the Series A round was rather large compared to the pre-money valuation the resulting post-money valuation is substantial.

When to Bring Up Valuation

ithacaVC

If you want to scare off VCs, start your pitch with “we are looking to raise $X at a pre-money valuation of $Y” Stating how much you want to raise is fine and recommended. However, stating a desired pre-money valuation early in the process is not a good idea. Seriously, pre-money valuation is a function of many things (team strength, size of market, IP, hotness of sector, etc.)

CTAN is the Most Active Angel Group Nationwide

SiliconHills

The deals, with a median investment round of $590,000, had pre-money valuations of $2.5 Texas had 11 percent of all angel group deals in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest Halo Report. million. And 74 percent of the deals were syndicated. When angels co-invest with other types of investors the media […] The post CTAN is the Most Active Angel Group Nationwide appeared first on SiliconHills.

Keep Term Sheets Simple for Quicker Cash to Spend

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs sometimes assume an initial agreement with an Angel is a commitment, so they start spending before any money is received. The price is the percent of ownership given to the investor, calculated as “investment/post-money valuation.” The pre-money valuation is company value today, while the post-money valuation is the pre-money valuation plus the investment amount.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?” Reflexively founders want to raise as much money as they can because they figure it will give them more resources, better chances of competing and a longer runways before they have to do the often painful job of asking, yet again, for money. Every time you ask for money you’re faced with the possible of feeling literally and figuratively like a failure.

Startup Company Valuations

ithacaVC

Doug’s lecture was on startup company valuations. Here was his key takeaway: the best way to look at valuations of seed or Series A companies is to consider the amount being raised and the fact that the investors will want to own between 20% – 35% of your company after they invest (assuming a priced equity round). So, you want to raise $500,000, well guess what, your pre-money valuation will be between $930,000 and $2mm.

10 Ways to Size Your Company’s Value for Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?” How much is NewCo worth to investors at this point (pre-money valuation)? What percentage of NewCo does the investor own after the $1M infusion (post-money ownership percentage)? On the other hand, if the pre-money valuation is $4M, the founders ownership remains at a healthy 80% level.

NPV 210

2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups

Gust

During the summer of 2010, I developed a workshop, A New ACEF Valuation Workshop for Angels and Entrepreneurs. To provide some reference points, I surveyed thirteen angels groups in North American to determine their recent experience in negotiating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies. See the 2010 data reported here: Current Pre-money Valuations of Pre-revenue Companies. 2011 Angel Group Valuation Survey.

A Primer on Angel Investment ‘Simple Term Sheets’

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs sometimes assume an initial agreement with an angel is a commitment, so they start spending before any money is received. The price is the percent of ownership given to the investor, calculated as “investment/post-money valuation.” The pre-money valuation is company value today, while the post-money valuation is the pre-money valuation plus the investment amount.

Rule 409A – Again

ithacaVC

Here is the post, which focused mostly on how 409A valuations are used for stock option purposes. And I think that early stage companies should take the risk and not use 409A valuations. As companies move to later stages and have meaningful revenues and profits then 409A valuations begin to make more sense. Here goes: please do NOT think that the 409A valuation has any bearing or meaningful relationship to how a VC will value your company.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology

Gust

In 2011, the valuation of pre-revenue, start-up companies is typically in the range of $1.5–$2.5 Scorecard Valuation Methodology. This method compares the target company to typical angel-funded startup ventures and adjusts the average valuation of recently funded companies in the region to establish a pre-money valuation of the target. In most regions, the pre-money valuation does not vary significantly from one business sector to another.

Seed Round Pricing (Actual data warning!)

This is going to be BIG.

The criteria for what is a Seed and what is a Series A for these purposes is whether or not the first round of the company was within the same year that I did the investment, and it had to be less than $750k of prior money. Well, if you group them all up, here''s what you get: Pre-Money Valuations (M). You wind up with about a four-ish valuation, mostly right around four, but with some outliers that bring up the average. Pre-Money Valuations (M).

What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?

Both Sides of the Table

I am reminded of this problem every time my firm does a financing where a note went before us but more specifically I was reminded by this great post by Brad Feld to talk about the pre-money vs. post-money conversion issue. In the old days VCs funded off of a “pre-moneyvaluation. Pre-money ($8m) + investment ($2m) = Post-money ($10m) and the investors now own 20% of your company $2m / $10m.

How Investors Think About Valuation of Pre-Revenue Startups

SoCal CTO

They might have some seed money and are thinking or raising a Series A based on success of an early release (MVP). 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. Especially interesting is the Valuation Worksheet towards the end.

A bridge (round) to somewhere

David Cohen

We’re living at a time when valuations are very high, as Fred Wilson and Ari Newman have both recently pointed out. When valuations rise, so do the caps on notes, which are upper limits on valuation at conversion. The reason the entrepreneur want a high cap is to signal a high price for the next equity financing of a larger amount of money. For example, a company may be raising $1M in notes at $15M pre-money valuation cap with a 20% discount.

How to Evaluate an Offer from a Startup Incubator

The Startup Lawyer

The following are some issues to consider and actions to take before accepting an incubator’s offer: (1) Calculate Valuation and Determine Value. Pre-money valuations startups receive from incubators are typically low…really low. If an incubator offers your startup $25,000 in exchange for 6% equity, the pre-money valuation is a whopping $391,667. The “revised for the cash investment only&# pre-money valuation is $600,000. (2)

Ten Components of Startup Valuation For Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?” How much is NewCo worth to investors at this point (pre-money valuation)? What percentage of NewCo does the investor own after the $1M infusion (post-money ownership percentage)? On the other hand, if the pre-money valuation is $4M, the founders ownership remains at a healthy 80% level.

Valuations 101: The Dave Berkus Method

Gust

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. Dave’s valuation model first appeared in a book published by Harvard’s Howard Stevenson in the middle nineties. Add to Pre-money Valuation. Note that the numbers are the maximum for each class (not absolutes) so a valuation can be $800K (or less) as easily as $2.5

A Five-Minute Tutorial On How To Value Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur looking for professional investors, one of the quickest ways to lose credibility and get rejected is to start with a ridiculously high pre-money valuation. Equally bad is professing no valuation estimate at all, asking investors to “make me an offer.” Investors know that valuations at startup early stages are negotiable, but they do expect that smart entrepreneurs understand the top three elements of a startup valuation would include the following.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Due to competitive markets we ended up with a pretty good term sheet until we needed to raise money in April 2001 and then we got completely screwed. It was accept the terms or go into bankruptcy so we took the money. Other founders, “as a privately held company we don’t disclose our valuation.&# Me, “dude, I’m not a journalist. I just want to figure out what a fair valuation is.&# I figured all the VC’s talked so we should.

Startup Fundraising Trends: Ask the VCs

Early Growth Financial Services

Median pre-money valuations have increased by 43% so far in 2014 compared to 2013. In case you missed our recent webinar, we featured panelists Lucas Nelson, Principal, Gotham VC; Marlon Nichols, Director, Intel Capital; Alan Wink, Director of Capital Markets for EisnerAmper LLP; and Sirk Roh, COO for Early Growth Financial Services. Not only was the conversation lively, there was even a bit of a West Coast versus East Coast smackdown.

Should Investors in the Same Round of Financing Ever Get Different Prices?

Both Sides of the Table

We plan to raise at a $5 million pre-money valuation. million pre-money. In the document it outlines that you will issue stock at a $5m pre-money valuation and in recognition of the additional risks and commitments of early money you have allocated warrants to the first $150,000 of investors. They might have all of their money smoked.

Startups Should Revolve Around Their Founders if They Want to Succeed Big

Andrew Payne

From a statistical analysis of over 6,000 startups, the paper (and article) argue (roughly) that founders with board control, the CEO position, or both, can “harm the firm’s prospects, reducing pre-money valuation by up to 22%.”

Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

Both Sides of the Table

2: As expected at least one person accused me of writing this post because I want to see lower valuations. I wrote this because over the last decade I’ve seen a destructive cycle where otherwise interesting companies have been screwed by raising too much money at too high of prices and gotten caught in a trap when the markets correct and they got ahead of themselves. As the risks below get eliminated the higher the valuation investors are prepared to pay.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

If you could return investors nearly triple their money and mid 20's returns consistently, compared to the 8% long term return in the public equities market, they'd more than accept that. You're putting money in over the first 3-4 years, but you're not really seeing most of it back until years 7, 8, and 9, if not longer. If you're following on, not only do you have a bigger fund, but the requirements to continue putting in money last a lot longer.

Tips To Value Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Startup valuation, under no circumstances, can be described as a simple affair. The pre-money valuation of other startups is based on the following factors. It is important for businesses to be duly evaluated because it’s the valuation of businesses that actually go on to draw investors. Your Market Valuation May Differ from Your Worth. Others business advice business valuation startup valuation valuation

The Convertible Note Discount Price Cap

The Startup Lawyer

The main drawback is the quirk that the lower your pre-money at Series A, the more equity your angel investor gets. EXAMPLE 1 : If a VC invests $2,000,000 at a $5,000,000 pre-money valuation ($7,000,000 post money ) and an angel investor has a $100,000 convertible note with a 25% discount, the angel investor will own 1.9% Meanwhile, you and your co-founders are doing everything possible to increase the startup’s valuation.