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business valuation

how to increase valuation

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 to determine a high valuation! My team has a lot of experience in this field, so our company should be valued more! We have a unique sales team and that should set our valuation…

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stock options

Employee Stock Options: Common Practices And Examples

In our previous post about how much equity to offer to investors at different funding rounds, we looked at the equity boundaries that a founder can offer at the different stages of development of a startup. However, there is also the case of rewarding early employees with stock options. In our experience, there is no one-size-fits-all…

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how to reach out to investors

How To Reach Out To Investors [Video]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here In our post about the right timing for fundraising we mentioned that, during “jogging”, founders should build up a list so that they can efficiently reach out to investors during the fundraising “sprint”. The question now is: How to build up this list? How to identify right potential…

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Planning and Timing Fundraising

Planning and Timing Fundraising

Fundraising is an activity that requires considerable time and effort and, as founders, we often wonder when is the right time to commit to it. Without proper planning and timing, fundraising can even become detrimental as it diverts a significant amount of attention from the business. Truth is, startups are always fundraising. However, in different…

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pitch deck template

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

Pitch decks are a set of slides that clearly describe and define your value proposition, your business case and why investors should give you their attention. While developing our pitch decks and sales presentations, we gathered experience in creating them and collected knowledge on the fundamental elements that investors want to be included in order to consider your…

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financial projections: Top-down approach

Financial Projections: The Top-Down Approach

Financial projections cause headaches to many entrepreneurs. The main purposes of this article are clarifying the major doubts around this topic and giving guidelines on the methods, the mindset to adopt when computing projections and the tools and tips that may be useful in the process. The two main methods to calculate financial projections There are two main, widely…

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How to Estimate Market Size

Andy Rachleff, formerly of Benchmark Capital, crystallised it best, The #1 company-killer is lack of market. The “market” is also one of the top three reasons for a startup’s success, together with team and product, with different investors and thought leaders siding with each of them. Probably the most vocal of them all, Marc Andreessen,…

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financial projections: bottom-up approach

Financial Projections: The Bottom-Up Approach [VIDEO]

Do you prefer podcasts? Listen to the audio here. Financial projections cause headaches to many entrepreneurs. The main purposes of this article are clarifying the major doubts around this topic and giving guidelines on the methods, the mindset to adopt when computing projections and the tools and tips that may be useful in the process. The two main…

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equity boundaries

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: “Early stage investors don’t even consider valuation”. Truth is, even if it may seem that they are neglecting valuation, investors are simply looking at it from another perspective. Valuation is the starting point of each and every negotiation. For the simple reason that, at a certain point, everything…

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negotiating with investors

Negotiating with investors: 3 elements that make your story compelling

Do you prefer podcasts? You can listen to it here.  Company valuation is not only about financials: the story you present to investors significantly influences the results of the negotiation process. Gianluca Valentini, co-founder of Equidam, explains what valuation really is about and how to lead investors to agree on a good one. Let’s break down…

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