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Bootstrapping is one way to extend existing cash and postpone the need to raise money, thus allowing the entrepreneur time to achieve milestones and raise the valuation of the company. The author provides specific ways to bootstrap your company and extend your cash runway.
Bootstrapping allows entrepreneurs to operate their startups with minimal investments from others, according to equity capital expert, Bill Payne. This allows entrepreneurs to postpone raising capital while their firms mature and retain ownership of their companies during that time.
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.
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.
Entrepreneurs could give their budding companies a powerful financial boost by using a source of funding usually considered off limits--the retirement kitty. The author, a certified financial planner, does, however, caution company builders to leave a portion of those funds intact, using more accessible sources first. Thereafter, he argues, tax-deferred assets in a 401(k), SEP, or IRA comprise a personal venture capital fund that can do as much for an individual's business as for his or her golden years.
Looking at ways to do a public offering, the founders of a biotech company chose a reverse merger, an alternative public offering that ultimately provided the company with access to more funding sources and higher valuation.
Billing and collecting your accounts receivable (A/R) in a timely manner is key to optimizing cash flow and you need to have a way to monitor A/R at least on a weekly basis.
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 seeking venture capital - a major source of funding for growth - need to approach these investors as both sellers of their company's future and buyers of financing services, writes a venture capitalist and former entrepreneur, who provides a targeted plan for addressing each.
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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