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The Best Funding Source for You

This article provides an excellent framework not only for how to raise money but also for how to think about raising money. Key point: Always stay nine months ahead of your need for cash.

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The Entrepreneurial Mind: Short-cut to Trouble

Are your startup financials accurate? Odds are they are not, perhaps significantly so, because you have not spent the necessary time and effort forecasting revenues. This article explains why revenues, not expenses, are the most important--and difficult--numbers to get right.

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The Money Hunt: Convince With Results or Tantalize With Promises
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To maximize the amount of financing you can raise, you can either marshal tangible evidence of growth and success or demonstrate your company's potential.

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Third Frontier Goal: Funding the Future
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Ohio voters to decide if $700M bond issue expands investment in high-tech economy.

Self-healing metal that pops back into shape after it's damaged.  Machines that give surgeons full-color, 3D images of a patient's insides.  Sensors that warn police or soldiers of explosives miles away.  This is the promise of a proposed $700 million statewide investment program that aims to turn sci-fi dreams into Ohio's business future.  But does the promise hold up?

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To Be Young, Entrepreneurial and Broke
Csordos Mark
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Young entrepreneurs with few contacts need to get real about raising money in a tough economy, and pursue avenues such as their own bank accounts, loans from parents and credit cards, writes the author. Another tactic is keeping costs low so that you need less money in the first place.

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Top of Mind's 5 Must-Read Articles in Entrepreneurship
Thom Ruhe
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Venture capital certainly has its place within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Some of our nation's largest companies (and employers), like Apple, Google and FedEx, have secured this form of funding. But plenty of Kauffman Foundation research tells us that VC funding isn't as mainstream in startups as one would gather based on its common place in startup news. In fact, less than 20 percent of the fastest growing young companies ever take venture capital money.

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Valuation Worksheet
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During a round of investment in seed- (start-up) and early stage companies, angel investors typically invest from $25,000 to $100,000 each. The round usually totals between $250,000 and $1 million, and the company valuations run from $1 million to $3 million. Collectively, the angels purchase from 20 to 40 percent of a company’s equity and seek a return of 20-30x over five years.

Since the Internet bubble burst, the pre-money valuations of seed-stage companies by venture capitalists have averaged between $1 million and $3 million. Angel investors tend to participate at earlier investment stages than VCs, so pre-money valuations for angel deals nearly always fall into this admittedly wide range. What factors within this range impact the valuation of a specific company?

The accompanying Valuation Worksheet provides entrepreneurs and investors with an empirical basis for deciding if a start-up company should be valued near the top or bottom of the range. It’s not designed to be used for definitive valuation calculations.

The Valuation Worksheet lists major factors and key issues to consider in judging the value of a seed (start-up) company. Note the following features:

  1. The major factors are listed roughly in order of importance.
  2. Each major factor has been assigned a weighted ranking. For example, the “Strength of the Management Team” is worth 30 percent while “Sales Channels” are worth 10 percent. Investors put greater emphasis on the management team and the size of the opportunity than they do other factors.
  3. Within each major factor, the impact of each issue has been assigned a valuation ranking from +++ (very positive) to - - - (very negative), to assist the investor decide the overall weighted ranking to be assigned to the valuation. Some factors, such as the size of the opportunity (scalability) and coachability of the entrepreneur, can be deal killers.

Entrepreneurs can use the worksheet to gain insights into what investors are looking for in a fundable seed-stage company and to identify factors that justify higher pre-money valuations. The worksheet is also a roadmap on how entrepreneurs can improve the fundability of their enterprises and increase the pre-money valuation.

Valuation of Pre-revenue Companies: The Venture Capital Method
Payne William H Bill
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This informative piece explains a well-known method that venture capitalists use to determine "post-money valuation," which is a company's valuation at the time of investment. Perhaps more important, it provides valuable insights into why the returns expected by investors are often perceived as "too high" by entrepreneurs.

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Venture Capital: The Right Fit
Lee MieYun
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Finding venture capital is a matter of securing the right fit between founder and funder, writes the author. Affinity with a investor helps, such as pursuing groups that finance the type of company that yours is, such as a minority- or female-led firm; also necessary is a plan outlining your company's financial prospects and a pitch for convincing investors that you can execute, the author notes.

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Venture Capitalists Switch to Startups

VCs increasingly are leaving the industry to become entrepreneurs, yet despite their experience with funding startups, many of them are realizing just how challenging it can be to launch a successful business. The insights gained in entrepreneurship, in turn, provide them with a perspective on what it means to be on the andquot;other sideandquot; of the funding table.

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