Why are the majority of angel investors focused on opportunities with large TAM?

Gust

Because of the economic realities of angel investing, not greed. The hard and unforgiving facts are that the majority of all angel-backed ventures fail completely, losing all the money of all the investors.

The Right Way To Do A Software ROI Analysis

Feld Thoughts

We are fortunate in that we’ve got a bunch of amazing sales execs in our portfolio, including several CEOs like Howard Diamond of MobileDay and Matthew Bellows of Yesware who have long histories selling and building sales organizations.

What Courses Of Study Are Good For Would Be Entrepreneurs?

YoungUpstarts

The question of whether or not you need to get a degree in order to become an entrepreneur is highly debatable, however there is no doubt that there are a number of courses which you can take to improve your business knowledge and help you to run your company better.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, saying “make me an offer,” or quoting an exorbitant number. This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points.

Convertible Note Interest

The Startup Lawyer

The convertible note interest should also accrue until the note converts into equity or is paid out at the sale of the company. The purpose of interest in a convertible note is to appreciate the time value of money — not to pay the investor interest with his or her investment money. The principal invested via a convertible note should accrue interest, but the rate should be lower than a typical company non-convertible loan from an investor.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Gust

Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, saying “make me an offer,” or quoting an exorbitant number. This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points.

10 Ways to Size Your Company’s Value for Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, saying “make me an offer,” or quoting an exorbitant number. This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points.

Ten Components of Startup Valuation For Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, playing coy, or quoting an exorbitant number. This time I’ll use a hypothetical health-care web site company named NewCo as an example to illustrate the points.

Why Rand should take some money off the table

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

SEOmoz founder and figurehead Rand Fishkin wrote a typically transparent, thoughtful blog post about his struggle of whether to raise a Series B. But in the end, in a spirit of directness and with the greatest respect, I say: Dear Rand, Take some money off the table.

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Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

Both Sides of the Table

2 preamble issues having read the comments on TC today: 1: I know that the prices of startup companies is much great in Silicon Valley than in smaller towns / less tech focused areas in the US and the US prices higher than many foreign markets. There is an inherent value that any company has.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. Almost all of the finalists were MBAs (Stanford x2, Wharton, Harvard x2, MIT, UCLA). Many of my best friends have MBAs. My family had the very first edition of the IBM XT computer with a 10 MB hard drive.

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Constructing Pricing Strategy For Subscription Products

ConversionXL

It’s also one of the most difficult Ps of marketing for folks to wrap their heads around. It can be one of the more technical aspects of marketing. First Thing’s First: How Do You Determine Value and Price? Sure, these phone sells cost time and money.

Walking Away From Liquidity

Seeing Both Sides

At a (pre-blizzard) conference I attended today run by Gridley & Co, this theme was reinforced, with rosy predictions of an M&A boom. Two of my companies have just gone through this process. Does it appear that the major proof points are still ahead of the company?