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TechTown's New $5M Fund Only a Baby Step for FastTrac Entrepreneurs
Lovy Howard
4/23/2010
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Don’t get Randal Charlton wrong. The executive director at the TechTown business incubator in Detroit is thankful for a recent announcement of $5 million coming his way to help graduates of his FastTrac business training program launch their companies. But, he says, look at it this way: The money, granted by the New Economy Initiative, a Detroit-area philanthropic partnership, is not being thrown at comfortable entrepreneurs. This is, essentially, aid to the unemployed. And, as such, $5 million barely scratches the surface.

Many of the entrepreneurs to be helped by the First Step Fund, the entity created by NEI’s $5 million investment, are not launching startups because it seems like a promising thing to do. They have nowhere else to go, Charlton says. Their former jobs in the auto industry are gone, never to return. Their choices are to leave the state or try to create their own jobs in Michigan.

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What to Expect From Angel Networks
Payne William H Bill
4/7/2003
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Angel financing - or funding from individuals with the time and money to invest in early-stage companies - is more accessible thanks to the gathering of such investors into networks, writes an erstwhile entrepreneur turned angel investor. The process is still arduous, but the author offers tips for easing the way.

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Debt Financing for High-Growth Companies
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2004
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Convertible debt and a discreet amount of bank credit are available to entrepreneurs seeking substantial loan financing for early-stage ventures, says a company founder turned private investor.

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Angel Financing: Trends for Today's Entrepreneurs
Payne William H Bill
10/1/2004
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Angel investors are funding companies at the seed and start-up stage, as venture capitalists retreat from that market, says an angel investor and former entrepreneur.

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Fundability and Valuation of Startups: An Angel's Perspective
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2007
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Numerous factors affect how angels value a company. Primary are the strength of the management team and the size of the opportunity, or a company's potential to scale. Accompanying this article is a valuation worksheet that entrepreneurs can use to better understand what investors look for and to identify factors that can justify higher pre-money valuations. Investors will find it useful to compare companies and determine whether valuation should be higher or lower.

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Valuation of Pre-revenue Companies: The Venture Capital Method
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2007
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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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Angel Financing: Do's and Don'ts for Entrepreneurs
Sack Andy
12/1/1998
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Any entrepreneur who hopes to raise capital from individual investors, so-called "angels," should be properly prepared with a presentation, business plan, list of potential angels, and outline of the opportunity his or her new venture affords. The author explains that it's also important to avoid making such mistakes as allowing investors to have too large a stake in the enterprise. That could cause problems should the company fail, he writes, in an article filled with specific tips for dealing with these financiers.

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Basics of Company Valuation
Sherman Andrew J
3/19/2001
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Valuation may be done for a wide range of reasons and is not an exact science, whatever method you use. To understand how a company's fair market value is reached, start here.

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Methods of Company Valuation
Sherman Andrew J
3/25/2001
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Whatever formula you use to calculate the market value of a business--assets, performance or other multiples--a good starting point may be all it provides. Here's why--along with the other factors that count.

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Giving Investors Information: The PPM
Sherman Andrew J
4/16/2001
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The legal documents included in a Private Placement Memorandum give potential investors necessary information about your company, the terms of the securities being offered and the risks of buying and holding them. Here's how to put it together.

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