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10 Reasons for a Bare Bones Business Start-Up
3/1/2007
Summary:

Staying "lean and mean" should be the bootstrapper's mantra, according to tech entrepreneur Jeff Hester. In this blog post, he shares his advice and insights into protecting and growing your business during the early years.

Go To Source (www.bootstrapme.com)
All I Know About VC, I Learned from My Kids
11/8/2007
Summary:

Investors can have a high degree of influence on the operations of their portfolio companies because of their capital and their board roles. Such influence, at times, may push through ideas that are not in alignment with the leadership team's strategy. This article offers one VC's insights into the relationship between investor and the entrepreneur or CEO.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Analyzing Your Financial Ratios
6/1/2007
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This tool contains descriptions and examples of the eight major types of ratios used in financial analysis: Income, Profitability, Liquidity, Working Capital, Bankruptcy, Long-Term Analysis, Coverage, and Leverage.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Are VCs Simply Valuation Luddites?
11/8/2007
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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.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Ask the VC: How Do You Calculate Operating Cash Flow?
11/8/2007
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This brief, to-the-point VC blog entry explains why investors often consider operating cash flow as the best measure of business health. The piece also explains one way for entrepreneurs to calculate it with investors in mind.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
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.

Go To Source (www.2-speed.com)
Bootstrappers Avoid Outside Money Ties
3/1/2007
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This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.

Go To Source (www.boston.com)
Brian Berliner's Brain: Five Year Projections?
7/12/2007
Summary:

When going for round one financing, what should your five-year projections look like? This brief article provides excellent, practical advice. Key points: Know your numbers inside and out, show clearly how your projections were built, and be ruthlessly honest with your potential investors and yourself.

Go To Source (www.brianberliner.com)
Cash Is King in Strategic Bootstrapping
7/19/2007
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Successful bootstrapping requires getting your hands on cash and managing it wisely. This article points out uncommon sources of ready cash that go unused--negotiating extended payment terms from suppliers, for example.

Go To Source (www.atdc.org)
Communicating with Your Board: At-A-Glance Financial Information
10/18/2007
Summary:

For quick reference and review, present your board with a one-page summary of your company's finances at your quarterly meetings. Open-book management companies can use it for employees, too. This technique doesn't exempt you from standard financial reporting, but it does help key stakeholders more quickly see and appreciate the big picture.

Go To Source (www.2-speed.com)

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