Archive for the 'Entrepreneurs' Category

Capital Sources for Startup Entrepreneurs

February 27 2011 2 Commented

The Flathead Beacon recently published my column on funding sources for startup entrepreneurs.

Startup Valuations: The Risk Factor Summation Method

February 27 2011 No Commented

The Risk Factor Summation Method the fifth methodology for estimating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies we have described in recent posts.  Readers may have noted that both the Scorecard Method and the Dave Berkus Method considered a narrow set of important criteria for investment in arriving at a pre-money valuation.  The Risk Factor Summation […]

Recognizing Outstanding Angel-funded Companies

February 20 2011 No Commented

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) has announced the inaugural ACA Silvertip Awards. The award winners will represent the best and most successful ACA member portfolio companies throughout North America. All nominations come from our member angels, with the intention to shine a big spotlight on your star investments – and connect your portfolio companies to potential […]

Startup Valuations: The Cayenne Valuation Calculator

February 19 2011 9 Commented

We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors.  The High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator is an online tool developed by Cayenne Consulting to assist entrepreneurs and investors in estimating the pre-money valuation of startup enterprises.   This calculator uses […]

Startup Valuations: The Dave Berkus Method

February 14 2011 No Commented

We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors.  Dave Berkus is a founding member of the Tech Coast Angels in Southern California, a lecturer and educator.  He has invested in more than 70 startup ventures.   Dave’s valuation model […]

Debt or Equity: Does It Make Any Difference?

January 28 2011 No Commented

When entrepreneurs raise money to start and grow their businesses, this capital generally comes in three flavors: Grants, Debt and Equity. It is important that entrepreneurs understand each, especially the cost of these capital source alternatives.  Read today’s column in the Flathead Beacon here.

The Elephant in the Room

January 25 2011 one Commented

In a recent discussion in Vancouver, Basil Peters and I discussed the fact that many angels are not making money on their portfolio of startup ventures.  Then, our friend Frank Peters, host of The Frank Peters Show, invited Basil, Mark Skaist and me to discuss this topic on his show.  This led to a discussion […]

STARTUP – by Elizabeth Edwards

January 23 2011 No Commented

I received an email solicitation encouraging me to purchase a new book on starting companies by Elizabeth Edwards about two weeks ago.  Now…without explaining further, you can guess what I do with such solicitation.  That’s right…delete!  But, for some reason, I read the email and promptly both bought and read the book.  Am I glad […]

The Funding Gap

January 20 2011 2 Commented

Startup entrepreneurs need to be aware of The Funding Gap between angel investors and venture capitalists.  It is quite well-known that startup entrepreneurs first use their own capital and then seek funds from friends and family in the process of productizing their innovation.  Only when customers have been identified who have at least beta tested […]

Interview by Frank Peters

January 13 2011 No Commented

I was recently interviewed on The Frank Peters Show  We discussed my five-month visit to New Zealand during the first half of 2010 and the new workshop I developed since returning entitled Valuation of Early Stage Companies.  Frank drills down on many valuation issues important to entrepreneurs and investors alike. Here is Frank’s lead to […]