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Venture Capital Danger: Angels and Thunder Lizards Ahead
Rosenbaum Steve
4/29/2010
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You may find this hard to believe, but there's some evidence that venture capital is facing the same kinds of threats that the big music labels found themselves struggling with just a few years ago.

It seems that VC's, and the things they bring to entrepreneurs, just aren't as important as they once were. And there is new competition making it harder to build and run a successful VC firm.

Who's raising the alarm about the future of venture? Well, it seems, the venture capitalists themselves.

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Value Proposition
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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This article discusses the benefits of having a clear, compelling value proposition and provides guidelines to creating this statement that will compel customers to buy your products or services.

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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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Valuation Estimator
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2007
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A highly successful angel investor and entrepreneur identifies and puts to the test a valuation calculator tool. He finds that it works very well, thank you. By answering twenty-five questions, entrepreneurs and investors arrive at valuations that can reasonably be used as a practical guide to investing.

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Valuation Divergence
Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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An important voice in the angel investing world, Luis Villalobos has contributed a practical new term--"valuation divergence"--that focuses on a little understood fact of angel investing: Returns on investments in a company do not increase in direct proportion to the company's market valuation. Entrepreneurs and investors alike will benefit from a better understanding of this concept.

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VCs Invest in Fewer Startups
Cook Jon
4/21/2010
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So far this year both the number and size of deals by venture capitalists are down over the final quarter of 2009.

A total of 681 deals for $4.7 billion were completed by VCs in the first quarter of 2010, according to a MoneyTree Report released by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers. That dollar amount is down about 10 percent over Q4 2009, but up nearly 40 percent over the same period last year.

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Using the Internet for Market Research
Richter Sam
4/1/2007
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Much of the good business information is hidden in "the invisible Web," the 80 percent of the Internet not accessible to popular search engines. Good news: there are free and low-cost ways to access business information online. This article includes valuable Web sites to visit when you need information for your business or strategic planning.

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Using the Board for Company Growth
Payne William H Bill
5/1/2006
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In this Collection overview article, this entrepreneur and director argues boards of directors are critical success factors in fast-growing companies. This expert debunks a set of common misconceptions many entrepreneurs have about boards and outlines why an entrepreneur should build one.

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Using SBIR to Bootstrap Your Company
Katz Warren
3/1/2007
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Warren Katz, founder of a defense-related technology company, illustrates how he took advantage of the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to provide seed funding for RandD that later turned into a major product for his company.

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Using Investment Bankers to Sell Your Company
Geshwiler James
7/1/2006
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A critical early step in preparing your company for sale is hiring an investment banker to guide you. The ten-point set of guidelines contained in this article will help you recruit and hire the right investment banker.

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