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What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. Mostly, no.

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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at a startup that has already raised $5 million the chances of you making your retirement money on that company is EXTREMELY small.  125,000.

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Most Startups Should be Deer Hunters

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Nearly all of the mistakes I made at my first company I fixed by the time of my second company. This leads to suboptimal results for all.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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used to sit on the board of a company (for which I DID NOT invest) with a very smart and very likable CEO.  The company never JFDI.

How to (re) Approach People (Advice on the Eve of LeWeb)

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Business Etiquette Tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences. This is part of my ongoing series with Startup Advice. Waste.

Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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We eventually got a successful exit but I can’t say it was a Google like exit!  I believe that it helped me succeed in my second company.

Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet on the Way out the Door

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Before I started my first company in 1999 I worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).  This is part of my Startup Advice series.

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Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

SoCal CTO

I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. Some founders are taken aback. Who are the customers?

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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This is part of my ongoing series Startup Lessons Building companies is hard work.  I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze.  We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. We went through the euphoria of massive exposure at the time of our [.].

What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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Some companies don’t push hard enough.  If you haven’t spent time over there you should. Excite, Ask Jeeves and Lycos?  Yeah, right. 

Start-ups are all Naked in the Mirror

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Building companies is hard work.  I started my first company in 1999 in London at the height of the dot com craze.  We also had facilities in Dublin, Ireland where our company was initially founded. Our company was completely euphoric.  We drank our own Kool Aid. Every company has growing pains. We were hot.

Who Should you Hire at a Startup?

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More likely this person who wants to work at your fledgling company is a decent performer but not a superstar.  You’re stressed. million. 

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Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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Ajax was the new buzzword and many companies went overboard.  and the subsequent acquisition sprees of companies like Google, Yahoo!,

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Now there are some firms that have strict rules about not funding pre-revenue companies – that’s different.  The problem is that they see hundreds of pitches and they often don’t proactively step back and think about the companies that seemed promising but they weren’t ready to pull the trigger. But be polite.

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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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The CEO picks prominent people who are busy in their own right with their own companies.  This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. 

Startup Metrics

SoCal CTO

This is a great presentation and one that I'm going to point out to startup / early stage company CEOs. Great stuff.

IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. billion for companies, which is 123 percent increase in volume and a 49 percent increase in volume compared with numbers last year. billion.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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And I feel that this skill is invaluable in both building a start-up company and in being a VC. MBA fine, but not required. So back to MBAs. 

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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company has just filed suit against you for product patent infringement (obviously more serious). She loves a man with a great sense of humor. 

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Bank Robber or ATM Operator?

InfoChachkie

In addition to the characteristics noted below, you may also want to consult “ Finding an Entrepreneurial Gem in the Slag Heap of Big Dumb Company ” and “ Are You an Entrepreneur ”. Conversely, the ATM Operator will ask questions centered on the Company’s financial condition, current investors, and potential future investors.

The Honest Company Partners With Zulily

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Financia link between the companies were not disclosed. Lee also headed up LegalZoom, and also runs ShoeDazzle. READ MORE>>.

How I got my mortgage company to lower my payments by $10k/month

Eric Greenspan

have a great company that I hope to sell some day and cash out, so I had to take the chance. Why did Countrywide do the deal? chose the latter.

Launch to the Moon 2010, MIW style!

Eric Greenspan

My presentation began with a “moon&# themed, song-filled slideshow of the history of the company. drive a cool company car.

Secure Technology Company Sold To Benchmark Electronics For $230M

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Santa Ana-based Secure Technology Company , a developer of ruggedized computers for the military and other markets, has been sold to Benchmark Electronics in a deal worth $230M in cash. Secure Technolgoy Company was owned by private equity investor Vance Street Capital. Vance Street Capital had acquired Secure in October of 2009.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

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The company incinerated cash.  Do you have similar experiences when you built your companies? Two quick stories from just yesterday.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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The expectations of our company having raised $16.5 This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.  This is what happened to me. Burger?

Insights: Ten reasons to start a company; ten reasons not to

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Rich valuations and venture capitalists throwing money at early stage companies. So not 2009. Start up conferences and competitions.

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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That’s OK.  It happens to many companies that ride the wave. 2001-2004 were very humbling but we built a real company. Yours.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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If a company has reached a level of success, has been around for a few years and you believe the company has potential to break out into a much bigger company then you should let the founders take money off of the table.  It’s that simple. The net effect for [my company] for example is we are now doing reasonably well.

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VentureNet 2009

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 -- VentureNet 2009. One chance to see the most innovative emerging technology companies in the entire Southern California region strut their stuff. One day. One event. See [link] (more

Stand Out in the Crowd, Meet C-Suite Marketers with DMA’s HOT ZONE

Built In Los Angeles

In 2009, Terry Kawaja’s original LUMAscape highlighted less than 100 display-advertising companies. read more

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

Mike will be using a desk at Make It Work to incubate his new company. have vanity urls setup at just about every site on the web. great trade!

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit FAST

Eric Greenspan

Mike will be using a desk at Make It Work to incubate his new company. have vanity urls setup at just about every site on the web. great trade!

Do your kids Google Poo?

Eric Greenspan

Of course she asked me, I’m the CEO of a leading computer services company. This seams harmless right? We’ve yet been turned down.

GadgetFest 2009

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009 -- GadgetFest 2009. The 9th annual GadgetFest is fast approaching, and tech companies in the San Diego region and beyond are preparing to showcase their newest, most innovative technologies for this years competition. Register now and secure your place in this years biggest event! See [link] (more

Sales Kids With Grit – Web 2.0 Paper Routes

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The American Seed Company, as shown in the accompany ad, encouraged young people to sign a simple “contract” that read: “Please send me your Big Prize book and one order of 45 packs of American Seeds. I’ll sell them at 20? What do Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, John Wayne, Walt Disney, Harry Truman and Wayne Gretzky all have in common?

The Riskmaster, lyrics by Tim Draper of DFJ

Eric Greenspan

Company’s looking Moribund. Company vision. The company’s gonna show a profit. First, my thanks to Tim Draper for allowing me to use his song in my entrepreneur presentations at UCLA, Anderson School of Business and USC, Marshall School of Business. Careful, it’s catchy! The Riskmaster, lyrics by Tim Draper. Gut intuition.

How I got my mortgage company to lower my monthly payments by $10k/month and lived to tell about it

Eric Greenspan

have a great company that I hope to sell some day and cash out, so I had to take the chance. On Sept 2nd 2009, 11 months later  (the day before my birthday), I got a Fedex from BofA (who acquired Countrywide). Home Sweet Home. In October of 2008, I was sitting in front of Quicken about to make my mortgage payment. chose the latter.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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The agreement was that both sets of investors would fund the combined entity, we would reduce overlapped costs and become a healthier company