Susan Preston L. Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs. Early-Stage Funding for Long-Term Success

Susan Preston L. Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs. Early-Stage Funding for Long-Term Success

Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs will give you the information you need to understand how angel investors think, as well as how to identify investor expectations, understand the investment analysis process, and prepare for post-investment requirements. Written by Susan Preston, an experienced angel investor, worldwide speaker and consultant on angel financing, and former Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneur-in-Residence, this hands-on resource, explains the factors that determine how private equity investors spend their money and what they expect from entrepreneurs. For example: Most venture capitalists do not invest in seed or start-up financing rounds Investors typically require seasoned management, with successful start-up experience Investors are looking for entrepreneurs with passion for their ideas and the willingness to take and apply sound advice Business plans must be well-written with detailed financial projections that extend 3–5 years Investors are looking for a clear path to profitability in the business model Entrepreneurs must have developed a corporate structure that is clean and uncomplicated And much more

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Funding & Financial Execution for Early-Stage Companies

Funding & Financial Execution for Early-Stage Companies

Funding & Financial Execution for Early-Stage Companies answers every entrepreneur’s key questions… · How does an early-stage company influence investor interest and valuation? · What key business elements drive the financial plan - do they validate your business model? · How should entrepreneurs plan for and target venture capital to achieve maximum success? · What alternatives to equity capital exist for early-stage companies - how are they useful? · What is the impact of dilutive financial terms buried within a term sheet? · What is "due diligence" and how do you avoid becoming a "tech wreck" during the process? · How do you spend your cash resources for human capital (your largest expense item) wisely? · How are options effectively used to maximize value? · What are the basics of a pragmatic but effective internal control structure? · What other common execution pitfalls confront most entrepreneurs? Funding & Financial Execution for Early-Stage Companies was written for entrepreneurs. In a straight forward, no nonsense manner, the mystique behind venture funding is unveiled. The written word is augmented with over 50 powerful visual diagrams, charts, tables and graphs. The content and layout draws beyond the author’s own extensive experience though the support of an extensive advisory board of entrepreneurial finance experts, successful technology entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial strategy experts. The strategy and tactics were further validated through interviews with top-shelf venture capitalists and venture consultants published by the author in the electronic newsletter "The Quicksilver Catalyst." Funding & Financial Execution for Early-Stage Companies is the number one knowledge source for entrepreneurs focused on creating and retaining company value.

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Capital Structure of SMEs in Nairobi, Kenya

Capital Structure of SMEs in Nairobi, Kenya

This book is aimed at persons involved in SME financing. Included in this category are financiers, entrepreneurs, academics and business journalists. Financing of SMEs is often cited as a key determinant of business development. Provision of finance for SMEs however takes many forms. This book examines SME financing by assessing their capital structure using a total asset to total liability approach. This approach contrasts with the usual long term debt to equity approach used in studies of listed companies. This approach is practical for studying populations for which data is not easily available or reliable. It is hoped that the book's target audience finds it useful.

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Business Plan Evaluation

Business Plan Evaluation

Private equity and venture capital have for the past two decades been an increasingly important source of financing to early-stage new ventures, later stage private companies, and firms seeking buyout financing. According to a recent study the number of Business plans written in an year amounts to at least 15 million– an impressive figure that implies the great importance of business plans. Entrepreneurs however find the road from writing the business plan to the acquiring of the capital as one of the most frustrating and difficult challenges they face. This work therefore undertook the task to examine the major evaluation criteria investors apply in their decision-making process. The study furthermore distinguishes between the decision processes of private equity vs. venture capital.

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Alexandra Gruber Carina Biotech Funding Trends. Insights from Entrepreneurs and Investors

Alexandra Gruber Carina Biotech Funding Trends. Insights from Entrepreneurs and Investors

Based on interviews with successful biotech entrepreneurs and high-level investors as well as case studies, this title provides a comprehensive overview of current trends in biotech funding. In particular, it illustrates the tensions between both sides based on their different backgrounds and expectations. The book outlines the various funding opportunities for the biotech industry and identifies ways for both sides to overcome their existing prejudices in order to successfully thrive in a competitive environment. A must-have for biotech entrepreneurs and investors, as well as invaluable supplementary reading for students aspiring to a career in the industry.

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David Cohen Do More Faster. TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

David Cohen Do More Faster. TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

Practical advice from some of today's top early stage investors and entrepreneurs TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent of the companies that go through TechStars raise a meaningful amount of angel or venture capital. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is a collection of advice that comes from individuals who have passed through, or are part of, this proven program. Each vignette is an exploration of information often heard during the TechStars program and provides practical insights into early stage entrepreneurship. Contains seven sections, each focusing on a major theme within the TechStars program, including idea and vision, fundraising, legal and structure, and work/life balance Created by two highly regarded experts in the world of early stage investing Essays in each section come from the experienced author team as well as TechStar mentors, entrepreneurs, and founders of companies While you'll ultimately have to make your own decisions about what's right for your business, Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup can get your entrepreneurial endeavor headed in the right direction.

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Barry Moltz J. Bounce!. Failure, Resiliency, and Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success

Barry Moltz J. Bounce!. Failure, Resiliency, and Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success

Conventional business wisdom tells you that there’s always something to learn from failure. Not true, says Barry Moltz. Sometimes, failure just stinks. Bounce! explains how success and failure are simply normal outcomes in the regular lifecycle of a business and that process over the long term matters far more than individual outcomes. This book shows you how to build a business that can “bounce” through these cycles for long-term success. If you run a business, better make it Bounce!

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Sherwood Neiss Crowdfund Investing For Dummies

Sherwood Neiss Crowdfund Investing For Dummies

The easy way to get started in crowdfund investing Crowdfund investing (CFI) is going to be the next big thing on Wall Street. U.S. investment banks, brokerage houses, and law firms are gearing up for the creation and regulation of new financial products that will be available to the general public starting in early 2013. The introduction of these products will revolutionize the financing of small businesses and startups for these key reasons: Entrepreneurs and small business owners, who have had difficulty obtaining capital through traditional means (such as bank loans and angel investors) in recent years, will have access to investors around the world through social media. For the first time, investors (so-called unqualified investors) will be able to purchase an equity stake in a business or new investment vehicle. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is overseeing the creation of online portals that will allow entrepreneurs and small investors to connect. When these portals go live in 2013, Crowdfund Investing For Dummies will be on the front line to educate business owners, other entrepreneurs, and investors alike. Crowdfund Investing For Dummies will walk entrepreneurs and investors, like yourself, through this new investing experience, beginning with explaining how and why CFI developed and what the 2012 JOBS says about CFI. Entrepreneurs will find out how much funding they can realistically raise through CFI; how to plan and launch a CFI campaign; how to manage the crowd after a campaign is successful; and how to work within the SEC’s regulations at every stage. Investors will discover: the benefits and risks of CFI ;how much they can invest; how a CFI investment may fit into a broader investment portfolio; how to provide value to the business or project being funded; and how to bow out of an investment when the time is right. Crowdfund Investing For Dummies is an indispensable resource for long time investors and novice investors alike.

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Predicting Long-Term Debt in the Healthcare Sector

Predicting Long-Term Debt in the Healthcare Sector

To understand the appropriate capital structure for healthcare firms, a two-stage approach to predict the use of long-term debt can provide valuable insight into the determinants of leverage. Business risk (BR) in tandem with other determinants of capital structure does improve predictive power in a two-part econometric model. However, because of the frequency of not-for-profit(NFP) entities in the Healthcare Sector, an approximation of BR was developed and used in a sample of investor-owned and NFP firms. Within the IO sample, a combined model (BR and traditional determinants)that uses the BR approximation explains over 33% of the variance in long-term debt usage among healthcare providers and service firms. The same BR proxy and model explains 7.2% of the variance among NFP hospitals. The substantially different results among the IO and NFP firms suggest that NFP firms are not adequately accounting for risk when determining their long-term debt usage, NFP healthcare facilities have a different response to risk relative to their IO counterparts, or the benefits of long-term debt financing that accrue to NFP firms are greater than the benefits that accrue to IO firms.

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