PARAMETERS UPDATE P5.8

On February 29th, 2024, you’ll be upgraded to the latest version of Equidam, with updated…

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How to Calculate Startup Valuation: Step by Step

Valuing a startup can feel like plotting a course in the dark, as you try to reconcile significant…

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WE.VESTR – Simplifying Equity Management to Empower Founders

Equidam partner WE.VESTR is a digital platform designed to streamline equity management for…

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The Challenge for Venture Studios

Venture Studios are an innovative approach to venture capital which aim to reduce investor risk by…

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A Manifesto for Effective Crowdfunding

Maximizing Value for Startups and Investors In recent years, crowdfunding has revolutionized the…

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The Role of Intangible Assets in Startup Valuation

When analyzing the value of startups, the interplay of tangible and intangible assets becomes an…

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How to Raise Your First Round: A Step-by-Step Guide to Startup Fundraising Strategy

Fundraising for your startup is more than just a quest for capital; it’s about creating a…

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Understanding Startup Valuation: Intuitions from real estate

Similar to startups, valuing residential real estate presents a particular set of challenges: each…

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Benchmarks for startup revenue growth

One of the hardest parts of building a truly innovative company is understanding what success looks…

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Average Growth Rate For Startups

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated…

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What is a “good” valuation for your startup?

A question that comes up fairly often in our workshops: “What is a good valuation for my……

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PARAMETERS UPDATE P5.7

On September 12, 2023, you’ll be upgraded to the latest version of Equidam with updated valuation…

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Share Council: Turning employees into owners

Equidam partner Share Council streamlines the process for startups and SMEs to implement Employee…

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Equity Incentives: Best Practices for Startup Founders

Guest post from an Equidam partner: Bianca Iulia Simion, Marketing Lead at SeedBlink As the world…

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The role of AI in Startup Valuation

If you’ve been in the orbit of ‘tech’ at any point in the last six months, you’re likely to have…

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How To Create a Startup Pitch Deck – [Template included]

Pitch decks are a set of slides that clearly describe your value proposition, your business case,…

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Equidam releases Valuation Delta™: Global benchmarking tool for Startup Valuation

After a decade of helping founders, investors and advisors to close fairer fundraising deals,…

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Valuation for growth startups and maturity stage companies

Use Equidam to calculate a fair valuation for your company at any stage of development, with the…

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Startup investors must consider fair value, or risk another crash

For over a decade Equidam has supported founders (and investors) with the challenge of setting a…

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Fundraising in 2023: The ‘Dry Powder’ Conundrum

Since the start of the year, two main narratives have emerged in early stage investment: The first…

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Advanced Multiples: The tools of valuation professionals at your fingertips

Nothing can be priced in a vacuum, and so there is always some comparative element to startup…

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The Attributes of an Investible Startup

As the founder of a startup, you know that raising money from investors is sometimes crucial for…

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The role of qualitative methods in startup valuation

In a previous article, we looked at the role that financial projections (and the associated DCF…

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The Startup Fundraising Stack

6 Tools to Help Close Your Round As a startup founder, one of the biggest challenges you'll face…

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The State of Startup Valuation – February 2023

Note: We update our startup valuation parameters on a regular basis, in order to stay current with…

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The 10 Characteristics Of Startup Valuation

Startups are innovative, fast-paced, and highly dynamic entities that play a crucial role in…

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The role of financial projections in startup valuation

The valuation of early stage companies is a one of the more complex and contentious topic in the…

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EBITDA Multiples by Industry

You can find in the table below the EBITDA multiples for the industries available on the Equidam…

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Average and maximum valuations for Scorecard and Checklist

You can refer to the table below to see the average valuation for the Scorecard Method and maximum…

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PARAMETERS UPDATE P5.6

On February 23, 2023, you’ll be upgraded to the latest version of Equidam with updated valuation…

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The role of founder-led valuation in startup fundraising

For a long time, the standard has been for founders to let their lead investor worry about deal…

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Calculate ROI for your Angel Portfolio – Spreadsheet Included

Angel investing is the practice of investing in startup companies, typically at the earliest…

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What connects interest rate rises to startup valuations

New day, new interest rate rise. A few serious faces from the Fed announce that they will do…

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Startup Valuation – Everything We Know

In this post, we'll discuss everything that we have learned in the last 10 years performing startup…

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Startup Valuation: navigating opportunity

“Every number in your valuation has to have a story that’s attached to it. And every story you tell…

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PARAMETERS UPDATE P5.5

On September 22nd, 2022 you’ll be upgraded to the latest version of Equidam with updated…

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Did VCs overpay during the pandemic?

Being a VC is not easy. It's one of the few jobs with minimal feedback on your performance for up…

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10 Newsletters to Keep Tabs on Startup Fundraising

On Sunday morning, there’s nothing better than a good coffee and your favourite newsletter.…

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How many years to forecast for startup fundraising?

TLDR: For startups, 3 years is the most common. 5 years if you are in a later stage (Series B+) or…

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How to value your startup for a friends & family round

When we raised our first round of capital for Equidam, about a decade ago, we didn't know much of…

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What connects the stock market contraction to startup valuations?

In an analysis of the market, Justin Kahl and David George of Andreessen Horowitz showcase data on…

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How to value your startup for crowdfunding?

In 2013 equity crowdfunding was making headlines as the new frontier for startup investment.…

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How much do UK startups raise?

The current fundraising environment There’s never been so much capital available for startups… and…

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Fundraising Strategy: How Much and When to Raise

There’s no shortage of content covering startup fundraising advice, whether it’s solidifying your…

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Case Study: Yotta Energy – Scaling Solar Power

Yotta Energy are creating more opportunities for solar power, with their end-to-end solution that…

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7 Steps to Solidify Your Startup’s Financial Projections

For early stage startups, multi-year financial projections may feel too speculative to be a good…

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Debunking the ‘Startup Bubble’ With Valuation Data

A startup is overvalued when its price is not rational. Through Equidam's data, we see that a…

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GreenTec Capital Partners: Investing in SDG Impact Across Africa

Equidam partner GreenTec Capital Partners invests in African startups that target some of the most…

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PARAMETERS UPDATE P5.4

On November 29th, 2021 you’ll be upgraded to the latest version of Equidam with updated…

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Venturerock: Reshaping Venture Capital To Boost the Odds

Equidam partner Venturerock is a digital venture capital platform and ecosystem of founders,…

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Raise: Powering Startup Growth and Fundraising Across Africa

At Equidam, we work with partners around the world who share our ambition of enabling fairer deals…

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Equidam Partners with ProjectionHub for Easier Financial Projections and Valuations

Equidam, the online platform for startup valuation, is partnering with ProjectionHub, which helps…

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VC Perspectives: The misconception about convertible loans

Convertible loans: a loan with interest (whether actually paid or accrued), in which the loan will…

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Why startup valuation matters more than any other KPI

"One of the things that I’ve been quite keen on internally and externally is that the valuation of…

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Employee Stock Options Template

Preparing employee stock option agreements is a complex and lengthy process. This is why we decided…

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Convertible Note Template

Convertible loan agreements involve a multitude of terms, which facilitate their execution.…

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Dilution 101: Calculation And Examples

What is dilution? TL;DR Dilution is the reduction in the ownership percentage in a certain…

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Company Valuation In Decision-Making

It’s not uncommon for business owners to be aware of the valuation of their company. What is…

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Average Discount Rate For A Convertible Note

A few weeks ago, we built and released a convertible note calculator. It’s useful for making…

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Business Angels or Venture Capital?

Angel investors are individual investors who provide capital to early stage startups in exchange…

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How to Estimate Market Size for a Startup

Rachleff’s Law of Startup Success (of Andy Rachleff, formerly of Benchmark Capital) The #1…

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How To Value A Business

Valuation is too often where the conversation between investors and founders falls apart. With a…

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2018: megarounds, crypto-sobering and more IPOs to come!

2018 has been an intense year in the startup funding world. While for early stage companies seed…

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How Do Investors Value A Startup?

Valuing companies is tricky. The methods used to value a company are dependent on the stage of…

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The Discount Rate in Startup Valuation

If you approach a Venture Capitalist or a Business Angel, you will probably hear that “I need to…

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The Seed is Dead, Long Live the Seed

As Q4 2018 draws near, we receive more and more confirmations of what cannot be called a chance…

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Equity Percentages to Offer Investors at Different Rounds [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here. During workshops, I often hear the sentence:…

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Fundraising: A Treasure Map

When it comes to fundraising, entrepreneurs are like  knights on a quest to find the Holy Grail.…

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Why isn’t asset based valuation for startups?

Many entrepreneurs have the misconception that the value of their businesses is the sum of their…

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How much value do you really capture from your data?

With the growth of IoT and connected devices, companies can capture and store more and more data.…

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Can Uber’s Valuation Be Explained By Only Numbers?

Can you measure the value of a company relying entirely on financial tools and models? Should you…

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People crying, systems crashing, risking bankruptcy – it’s all logical

In 2001, the career of Kees de Jong went through a pivotal moment. Right in between his first…

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Hiring at seed stage: for 10X users, look for “10X” people

With the ongoing conversation about growing and scaling a startup from pre-seed and seed stage to…

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Milestones To Raise Series A In 2017

Do you prefer to listen to podcasts? Listen to the audio here Any metric of VC activity has…

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How To Increase Valuation

Do you prefer to listen to podcasts? Listen to the audio here I have a patent and that is a reason…

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Term Sheet: Common Terms & Practices To Be Aware Of

In this post we are going to touch upon some of the concepts that occur in a term sheet and the…

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DCF in Startup Valuation

Question: Why would you use financial methods for the valuation of a startup company? Answer:…

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Investors in The Netherlands

This table includes a list of investors and crowdfunding platforms active in The Netherlands, with…

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Unit Economics For Startups

 Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here Unit economics are basically a summary  of your…

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Valuation Multiples: Why Do We Use Them & How [Video]

Multiples is a term widely used in lots of valuation theories. But why do we use valuation…

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Burn rate: what it is and how it influences fundraising

  Why does your accounting show different figures from your actual cash flow? How long can…

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What Investors Look For In An Entrepreneur

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here A lot of trust is involved in investing in…

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Incubator Or Accelerator: Which One Should You Choose?

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here You probably have heard of incubators and…

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Convertible Debt vs Equity Financing

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here. You have probably heard of the concept of…

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Comparables: How To Use Them To Defend Your Valuation [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here. In valuation theory, comparables are referred to…

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Employee Stock Options: Common Practices And Examples

In our previous post about how much equity to offer to investors at different funding rounds, we…

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How To Reach Out To Investors [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here In our post about the right timing for…

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Planning and Timing Fundraising

Fundraising is an activity that requires considerable time and effort and, as founders, we often…

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Read This Before Writing A Business Plan

Call them unfashionable, long, unread, or boring, business plans are still the main way to…

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Financial Projections: The Top-Down Approach

Suggested reading: Startup Projections, How to Start Financial projections cause headaches to many…

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Financial Projections: The Bottom-Up Approach

Suggested reading: Startup Projections, How to Start Financial projections cause headaches to many…

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Negotiating with investors: 3 elements that make your story compelling

Company valuation is not only about financials: the story you present to investors significantly…

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Convertible Debt: risks and terms to be aware of

Do you prefer podcasts? You can listen to it here.  Gianluca Valentini, co-founder of Equidam,…

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What to offer to investors?

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here Entrepreneurs who are in the process of raising…

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Raising seed capital

Do you prefer podcasts? You can listen to it here.  Entrepreneurs who are in the process of…

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The Definitive Guide To Startup Valuation

This article originally was published on the MergeLane Blog and is republished with permission of…

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Lower Valuations Explained: Should Entrepreneurs Care?

“Morgan Stanley marked down it’s Flipkart participation[1]”, “Fidelity…

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How To Rock Your Crowdfunding Campaign

This infographic originally apparead on Vound Software Blog How to rock your crowdfunding campaign?…

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How Do Convertible Notes Work [Infographic]

After discussing how to price convertible notes, we realised that there is a simpler way to explain…

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7 Sources That Give Away The Secret Behind Convertible Notes

Are you issuing a convertible note? Do you want to know the ins and outs of this financing tool?…

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Practical Advice On Convertible Notes

Are you issuing a convertible note? Are you doing it to avoid the headaches of setting a…

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85% of Italian Startups Struggle to Break € 100,000 Annual Revenues

The number of Italian startups keeps on growing. According to the official register for innovative…

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How to Plan a Successful Exit Strategy for Your Business

The global number of businesses bought and sold in 2014 was 11% higher than the year before. As…

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Flexibility in Startup Financing: Alternative options

There are several ways to accept external funds from investors. Debt is strict and it doesn’t…

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4 Reasons why Cash is King or Why You Should Care About Your Burn Rate

Cash is important for survival. The burn rate (how fast you 'burn' the cash in your business) is…

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Crowdfunding Platforms Serve As Information Brokers

In the previous post, we explained how VC funds and crowdfunding platforms can partner up. In this…

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Crowdfunding: Information Broker for Early-Stage Venture Capital Funds

In the previous post we analyzed the advantages that associations of Business Angels, namely…

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Crowdfunding: Why Business Angel Networks are Inefficient

The Second Generation of Business Angel Networks (BANs) In the previous article I have…

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Crowdfunding: Business Angels and the Lack of Suitable Investment Opportunities

Business Angels' Limited Exposure Business Angels (BAs) are the major providers of investment…

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The First Fully European Literature on Startup Scaling

This post originally appeared on Medium here ‘All told [American VCs] did not [seem to have] a…

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Crowdfunding: The Emergence of Online Investing

Online investing is a new trend in venture capital industry that has arisen in recent years. It…

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How to Negotiate with Investors: Pre-money Valuation

Attention from investors is the first thing. We discussed that in our previous post. If you have a…

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Investment paid in services. What’s the value?

Investors often own different complementary businesses. Some of these businesses may be focused on…

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Better Late Than Never: The Success of Older Entrepreneurs

This inofgraphic originally appeared on the SurePayroll blog here For anyone who thinks startups…

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Drivers in Investment-Based Online Crowdfunding

In one of our previous posts, I outlined both the theoretical potential of investment-based…

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After raising funds, how to keep your shareholders happy?

After you’ve raised funds, you might forget what it takes to keep your capital providers satisfied.…

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An Angel Investor And Economist On Dilution

There are two statements in general you can hear out there related to dilution: Future rounds are…

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Investment-based Crowdfunding: Why People do NOT Invest Online

Lots of hyped articles about crowdfunding can be found online. Is everything they describe…

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Small Business Funding Series: Hybrid Financing

After discussing crowdfunding, equity and debt financing throughout the month of February, let's…

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Small Business Funding Series: Equity Financing

At Equidam, our goal is to provide small business owners the tools to manage their business easily…

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Small Business Funding Series: Debt Financing

Last week we looked at Small Business Funding and talked about the ins and outs of Equity…

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ICO – Initial Crowdfunding Offering

An introduction to Equidam Valuation Academy Who, among the entrepreneurs reading this post, feels…

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Crowdfunding Campaign: How to stand out from the crowd

Crowdfunding is becoming an increasingly popular way of financing businesses. Nowadays, the world…

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Small Business Funding Series: Crowdfunding

This is already the third episode of our Small Business Funding series. Earlier, we talked about…

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10 Ways to Finance your Business

You've got a clear business idea but your pockets are empty. That's okay! As the old saying goes,…

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A quick guide to Financial Metrics

When running your business, having the discipline to keep track of your financials might be tough,…

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How to attract investors’ attention?

Wondering how to convince investors of your idea? Use the right tools to display your strengths!…

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3 Competitive Advantages that set European Startups Apart

This article was originally posted on Medium here. European startups raised $6,9 Bln in the first…

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The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

In some regions - the US and developed Europe - female entrepreneurs have higher levels of…

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Are Networks and Regulation Responsible for Slow European Startups?

This post originally appeared on my Medium feed here. A few weeks back I wrote “The European…

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Alternative Finance in Europe

 What hides behind the term alternative finance? Centre for Alternative Finance of Cambridge Judge…

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Startup Valuation Methods

Early stage valuation is considered an art by many. However, as all arts, methods and best…

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Understanding Investors’ Required Return

In the previous article we discussed Discounted Cash Flow valuation methods. These well-known…

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Equity or debt? The Startup Case

Well, it’s time to get out of the office and find out someone willing to put some money in your…

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Financial Projections: an Introduction to Financial Forecasting

This week our Valuation Academy will focus on a very specific topic: financial projections. In our…

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Startup Valuation and Division of Equity between Entrepreneurs and Investors

Not the usual article! This article is not the usual article you can find in our blog. Instead…

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What do We Mean by Risk

“Risks have to be compensated” “There is a difference between idiosyncratic and systematic risk”…

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Valuation Principles: Liquidation, Time Value Of Money, Multiples

Can you actually put a price on something that changes as quickly as businesses? The answer……

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Doing Business Financing the Right Way

Do you know anybody who has ever said: "No thanks, I don't need more money for my business"?…

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DCF Valuation for Startups

We already talked about projections, cash flows and relevant topics surrounding startup financial…

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The European Startup Scene is Still Broken

This post originally appeared on my Medium feed here. Europe is the motherland of some of largest…

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Infographic: SaaS Companies Fundraising Uncovered

After illustrating the best places in the world to build up your tech startup, we decided to pay…

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Startup Projections, How to Start

As founders and entrepreneurs, we are not only asked to run our team and our business at maximum…

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The Biggest Fintech Hubs

Fintech is on the rise! As we have previously seen in other blog posts, Fintech startups are…

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5 KPIs to Grow your Business

Business metrics are important measures of company processes, and unlike gut-feeling (which…

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How Australia Simplified Valuation For ESOPs

In February, Business Insider published an article highlighting the new mindset of the Australian…

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How to Spot an Investor: In the form of an Angel or your Mom

It's been some time since we've touched on the sources of startup financing - where it comes from…

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When to Employ Employee Stock Plans

When should you make use of Employee Stock Option Plans? That is our topic of the day, stemming…

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Employee Ownership- The Pros and Cons

Last week we talked about reorganizations- and how to get your team through a restructuring of your…

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How to Help Your Team Through a Reorganization

A reorganization, an overhaul of a company's internal structure, is a major event in a company's…

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