Best Practices for a Successful Startup

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments

By Bob Aholt Having started two companies and been on the boards of several more, I have some first hand insights to what work and what doesn’t for early stage companies.  While the following are my top four, there are certainly many others.  And none of these are truly unique to me.  Similarly, there are […]

The Truth About Early Stage Pre-Money Valuations

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Blog, Fundraising, Uncategorized | No Comments

By Al Schneider I think there are three fundamental truths regarding the valuation of early stage businesses by potential investors: The first is that a pre-money valuation is ultimately an outcome of negotiation, rather than a mathematical calculation of discounted cash flow or any other metric of potential company performance. The second is that, despite […]

Business Basics-Investor Presentation Checklist

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Blog, Fundraising | No Comments

by Robert Aholt When you are presenting to potential investors it is imperative that your presentation answers all the questions listed below: √ What product will you be selling? — explain your concept and the sales/manufacturing/distribution processes √ What are the advantages provided by your service, and how does that benefit the buyer? — we’re  looking for […]

Whats Hot-Disconnect- Web companies valuations vs. current economy

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Blog, Fundraising | No Comments

By Chris Wadden As an angel investor I have spent the last 3 years advising companies to be reasonable about their valuation for their A round. This is an incredibly important and contentious decision (setting the bar) for both the entrepreneur and the investor at this stage of the company. Investors point out current economic […]