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Taking on debt can be healthy for a company's cash flow and sustainability, according to the author, who notes that the keys lie in ensuring debt is taken on for strategic purposes and that the company is ready to manage this important new relationship.
Recognizing that cash is king, this entrepreneur gives an overview of why your active involvement in managing cash on a daily basis is critical and how it will allow you to become a more informed leader and develop a keen operational awareness of your company's finances and its capabilities.
In this four-minute video clip, a leading expert on finance and an experienced entrepreneur discusses practical strategies on securing cash sooner from accounts receivable. Requires RealPlayer available for free at http://www.real.com.
An effective method of managing your company's cash flow is using accounts payable (A/P). The author outlines steps to prioritize A/P and recommends you treat vendors as a critical part of the success of your company.
Recounting the tale of founding and growing two companies, one which ultimately failed, the author argues that the key message about cash in a high growth business is raise more than you need, and spend less than you have.
Tom Byers is a professor at Stanford University where he focuses on high-technology entrepreneurship education. He is founder and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which serves as the
entrepreneurship center for the engineering school. STVP includes the Mayfield Fellows work/study program, Educators Corner website of teaching resources, and global Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education conferences. Tom is also a
faculty director of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute, a general management program for technology executives. Tom is co-author of the textbook called "Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise" (McGraw-Hill, 2005). Tom also holds a
visiting professor appointment at the London Business School and University College London. Tom currently serves as a director on the boards of Reactivity and Flywheel Ventures. In addition, he serves on advisory boards or committees of
the American Society for Engineering Education's Entrepreneurship Division, Harvard Business School's California Research Center, and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) for inner-city youth. Previously, Tom
lectured at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Tom has a range of business experience including executive vice president of Symantec Corporation and founder/president of Slate Corporation. Tom started
his professional career at Accenture. For his efforts at Stanford, Tom holds an endowed chair known as the McCoy University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. Tom was given the 2005 Gores Award for excellence in teaching (the university's
highest award) and the 2002 Tau Beta Pi Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching (the engineering school's highest award). He is a recipient of three recent national teaching awards: the 2005 ASEE Kauffman Award for excellence in
engineering and technology entrepreneurship
Communication is the vital link in building a relationship with a business partner, in this case a mentor (angel) capitalist. Learn where and when to use the right presentation for the right audience whether it be an angel or venture capitalist.
Entrepreneurs often have only one opportunity to make a good impression on potential investors. Goff includes recommendations to ensure that pitches have a better chance of gaining interest from angel investors.
For Terry Gold, preparing for pitching angels is more about demonstrating how your good idea is going to result in a great business than it is about developing documents and presentations.
This document provides a set of questions that will help you further define start-up costs for your business concept.
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