Posts Tagged 'entrepreneurs'

i2E Entrepreneur-in Residence Program

November 29 2011 No Commented

The Innovation to Enterprise organization in Oklahoma, headed by Tom Walker, has a new Entrepreneur-in-Residence program to bring national expertise on building and financing new ventures to Oklahoma entrepreneurs. Here is a recent blog from the Oklahoman on this program: Entrepreneurship 2.0 — Bringing ‘Best Practices’ to Oklahoma

How do Lifestyle Businesses Differ from Growth Companies?

June 17 2011 No Commented

One way to categorize startups is as lifestyle businesses versus growth businesses.  Don’t jump to the wrong conclusion.  Both are great for the US economy! Lifestyle Companies (build to keep)  Lifestyle companies are usually owned and operated by an entrepreneur and his or her family, or a small group of partners.  They tend to grow […]

Signing Up for the new Financing A High-Impact Venture (in Montana) Workshop

May 2 2011 No Commented

A week or so ago, I posted on a new workshop available for entrepreneurs in Montana – sponsored by Montana State Workforce Investment Board and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (see Financing Startups – A New Workshop for Entrepreneurs).   Here is some additional information on this workshop: Kathy McLane from Glendive participated via two-way […]

Boards of Directors for Startup Ventures

April 9 2011 No Commented

The Flathead Beacon recently published an extensive discussion of startup boards of directors as my March column.

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 […]

Startup Valuations: The Venture Capital Method

February 5 2011 18 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 Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since.  It is […]

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 […]