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. .

Pre-Money Valuation vs Number of Founders | @altgate

Altgate

I was working on some data analysis around the topic of angel round pre-money valuations (which I’ll post soon) and came up with the following interesting charts. What is interesting is that you see a peak pre-money valuation of $3.16

Huge Opportunities Do NOT Command Huge Pre-money Valuations

Angel Investing News

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. But, the working capital and management team necessary to grow a company quickly to sufficient revenues to justify a $200 million valuation will require raising lots more capital.

The Truth About Early Stage Pre-Money Valuations

Ask the Angels

I think there are three fundamental truths regarding the valuation of early stage businesses by potential investors: The first is that a pre-money valuation is ultimately an outcome of negotiation , rather than a mathematical calculation of discounted cash flow or any other metric of potential company performance. Investors typically arrive at reasonable valuation conclusions after a process of due diligence. By Al Schneider.

When In Doubt on Pre-Money Valuation, Smart Guys Procrastinate

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

If there simply is no way to get a handle on the pre-money valuation in an angel round, the trick is to postpone the valuation/pricing decision until a future event. Typically this event is the first professional (some times called the Series A) round of financing, when the company is more mature. At this point, professional VCs are investing and perhaps competing to invest, in which case the price is fairly established by definition through an informal auction

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. ” Ideaspotting investment pre-money valuation valuation Worthworm

2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups

Angel Investing News

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.

Kevin Learned’s Perspective on Valuation

Angel Investing News

Kevin recently wrote a series of articles on the valuation of early stage enterprises, which I believe to be noteworthy. Part IV – New Data on Pre-Money Valuations. Angel Investors Fundable Deals Valuation angel investors angels early stage businesses pre-money valuation valuation

A Bubble for Seed Stage Valuation

Angel Investing News

When entrepreneurs raise equity capital for startup companies, the investors’ percentage of ownership is determined by the negotiated valuation for the company at the time of investment. For example, if the negotiated pre-money valuation is $1.5 the valuation of the company increases. But, as Mark Suster points out, the valuation of startup ventures also varies with demand. Suster suggests we will see the valuation bubble burst within the next 24 months.

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?

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?

Valuation Inflation

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the blog post announcing changes at SV Angel last week , the SV Angel partners wrote: The amount of money raised in seed rounds has doubled and valuations have increased significantly. The average pre-money valuation for a Srs A round has gone from $10-15mm in the 2012 time frame to $22-$27mm in the 2017 time frame and the average amount raised in Srs A rounds has not changed very much.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment

Angel Investing News

Dave Berkus has just published the most recent version of his method for establishing a pre-money valuation for early stage companies. Valuation David Berkus Method valuationSee his blog at The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.

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.

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. As a refresher, the post-money valuation is calculated as the pre-money valuation plus the amount of money invested.).

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 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.

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.

Convertible Debt – Valuation Caps

Ask The VC

Today, in our series on convertible debt, we examine the conversion valuation cap. The valuation cap is typically only seen in seed rounds where the investors are concerned that the next round of financing will be at a price that is at a valuation that wouldn’t reward them appropriately for taking a risk by investing early in the seed round. The entrepreneurs thinks their valuation should be higher. They receive a term sheet at $20 million pre-money valuation.

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

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.

Internet bubbles: Of truth and consequence

EIN News

pre-money valuations for VC deals in the U.S. tech sector have more than doubled since. onto Lacy's more salient point: Even if venture capitalists have lost their heads (which she doesn't. can better afford to take the loss. Venture capital may only comprise a small part of

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. pre money valuation and planned to use the money to market the app. pre money valuation). pre money valuation.

Angel Investment Rounds Q2 2013

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

Folks wanting to raise $800k at a valuation more than $5 million. And sure enough the median angel investment was $590k with median pre money valuations at $2.5

How to Raise Investor Funding for Your Startup

Early Growth Financial Services

Baze, Partner at Partech Ventures, Carlos Diaz, CEO at Kwarter, and EGFS’ Chief Strategy Officer Glenn McCrae covered raising funds, how-to pitch VCs, and potential sticking points around valuation. We recently participated in a panel discussion and workshop at Ubifrance. Nicolas L.

Founders Should Set Aside More Equity for Their Team & “Split the Pain” With Investors

Hunter Walker

No one wants to run out of equity pool midway between financings (and larger seed rounds these days usually means more hiring pre-A)! What if we split the pain [ie increase pre-money valuation slightly on our end and founders take slightly more dilution off their end]?”

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.

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.)

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.

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?” Every time you ask for money you’re faced with the possible of feeling literally and figuratively like a failure. You have money, you spend it.

Keep Term Sheets Simple for Quicker Cash to Spend

Gust

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.”

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

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)? Image via eHow.com.

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.

Shark Tank Season 4 episode 2 breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

post money valuation. Mark Cuban offered $300k for 33% of the company, implying a $900k post money valuation. implying a $600k post money valuation. I want to examine the question of valuation, as the focus on post money valuation is quite misleading.

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.