Fundraising

The startup (funding) story

Something that almost all entrepreneurs need to deal with embarking on a new venture is raising funds. That’s when they start preparing a financial plan, explore different strategies and demonstrate that their venture has value. When you have a vision of where you want to take your company from the early stage though, your financing[…]

What is value?

Value is not always what you think. In the startup world, everyone is talking about it, tech news are filled with funding round valuation analysis and exit stories. Yet the talk often only touches the surface of what there is to know about the valuation of early-stage investments, or even the valuation of any company[…]

Business valuation calculators: to use or not to use?

There are a few companies out there offering automatic valuations for startups. While it seems like a good option for all those companies who can’t figure out how valuation works and what value to communicate to investors, using an automated model completely fails the scope of the valuation. There are three main reasons for this: Your financial[…]

Damodaran on Narrative and Numbers in Valuation

Aswath Damodaran’s webinar on “Narrative and Numbers: A Guide to Disciplined Story Telling and Imaginative Number Crunching” on Sageworks provided some very interesting insights into different approaches to valuation. Damodaran distinguishes between those people who are more comfortable with number crunching, and the storytellers. The ‘Numbers’ people tend to think that valuation is all about[…]