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Are VCs Simply Valuation Luddites?
11/8/2007
Summary:

The mysteries of how VCs determine company value can be daunting to entrepreneurs. This uncertainty is due, in large part, to the uncertainty of the valuation process itself. From the VC Confidential blog, here is a glimpse of what that process looks like.

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Preliminary Forecast Worksheet
1/22/2007
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This tool guides the entrepreneur through the process of developing a preliminary forecast, which is used to judge the accuracy and reasonableness of financial figures prior to creating a detailed line-by-line budget.

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Venture Capitalists Switch to Startups
1/25/2007
Summary:

VCs increasingly are leaving the industry to become entrepreneurs, yet despite their experience with funding startups, many of them are realizing just how challenging it can be to launch a successful business. The insights gained in entrepreneurship, in turn, provide them with a perspective on what it means to be on the andquot;other sideandquot; of the funding table.

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The Venture Capital Aptitude Test (VCAT)
1/19/2007
Summary:

Entrepreneurs pursuing venture funding will find useful information in this article. Guy Kawasaki offers insight into the venture capitalist mindset. His Venture Capital Aptitude Test could be used by the entrepreneur as a list of qualities for which to seek in a venture capitalist partner.

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Sample Balance Sheet
1/22/2007
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Along with this sample Balance Sheet for a year old business, this tool provides a line-by-line explanation of the most common categories used to report the value of the company's assets, liabilities, and equity.

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What Sequoia Expects from Entrepreneurs
1/25/2007
Summary:

Matt McCall posts about Sequoia Capital and how this VC firm describes the elements of sustainability they seek within the ventures they fund, such as clarity of purpose, large markets with rich customers, and focus.

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Funding Your Dream Video
1/19/2007
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Mohanjit Jolly, Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, moderates a discussion between five VCs and Angel investors. The panel addresses key issues related to the funding process, including valuation, business plans, funder presentations, and strategies for accessing VCs.

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New Profit
1/19/2007
Summary:

While confusing to investors, mixing financial investments with philanthropic giving is a concept that is gaining ground. Good Capital is one organization collecting a portfolio of social enterprises and provides funding for their "social good" along with cash returns to their investors.

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Board Meetings - A CEO's Point of View
1/19/2007
Summary:

Serial entrepreneur Will Herman shares 11 best practices for working effectively with a Board of Directors, including determining support, maintaining focus and direction, communication tactics, incorporating the management team, and presentations.

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What VC's Look for In A CEO
1/25/2007
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The process venture capitalists go through to decide which entrepreneurial ventures to fund can be something of a mystery. Chicago-based VC, Matt McCall, provides a description of the qualities he looks for in the CEOs he backs, including resourcefulness, relentless determination, and creative thought.

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