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Using Credit Cards: Watch the Fine Print
Fergerson Wendy
3/1/2007
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In the first three years of running her printing solutions company, Wendy Fergerson borrowed roughly $60,000 per month on credit cards without paying any interest. Out of that experience, she recommends credit cards as a way to bootstrap a company as long as you pay attention to the details on each card for which you apply.

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Cash Flow: Internal Sources
FastTrac
3/12/2007
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This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining needed cash through internal sources. It also discusses specific sources that typically provide internal cash.

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Preparing for Potential Funders
FastTrac
3/12/2007
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As you read this article, consider the critical preparation necessary to approach bankers and investors with your business proposal.

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Reading Your Financial Story
FastTrac
3/12/2007
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This article will provide you with a starting point for understanding your financial statements. In it you will find guidelines for the type of information you need and suggestions on how to review it.

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Bootstrapping
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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Bootstrapping is a tactic to help you spend less cash and therefore need less to operate your business. This article discusses ways to bootstrap your business operations.

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Funding Goals
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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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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Investment Valuations of Seed- and Early-Stage Ventures
Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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This exceptional article offers insightful explanation and key details of how angel investors determine valuations, why entrepreneurs and investors often have different perspectives for angel returns, and what steps angels and entrepreneurs can take to quickly find common ground on this critical topic.

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Startup Pre-money Valuation: The Keystone to Return on Investment
Payne William H Bill Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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Investing in seed and startup companies is extremely risky: Angel investors typically realize about 85 percent of their total portfolio returns from 15 percent of their portfolio companies. Consequently, angels look only for companies that can grow rapidly. Entrepreneurs who pursue less aggressive growth are unlikely to attract angel investors.

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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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