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Investment Valuations of Seed- and Early-Stage Ventures
Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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This exceptional article offers insightful explanation and key details of how angel investors determine valuations, why entrepreneurs and investors often have different perspectives for angel returns, and what steps angels and entrepreneurs can take to quickly find common ground on this critical topic.

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Startup Pre-money Valuation: The Keystone to Return on Investment
Payne William H Bill Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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Investing in seed and startup companies is extremely risky: Angel investors typically realize about 85 percent of their total portfolio returns from 15 percent of their portfolio companies. Consequently, angels look only for companies that can grow rapidly. Entrepreneurs who pursue less aggressive growth are unlikely to attract angel investors.

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Valuation Divergence
Villalobos Luis
7/1/2007
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An important voice in the angel investing world, Luis Villalobos has contributed a practical new term--"valuation divergence"--that focuses on a little understood fact of angel investing: Returns on investments in a company do not increase in direct proportion to the company's market valuation. Entrepreneurs and investors alike will benefit from a better understanding of this concept.

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Valuation Estimator
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2007
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A highly successful angel investor and entrepreneur identifies and puts to the test a valuation calculator tool. He finds that it works very well, thank you. By answering twenty-five questions, entrepreneurs and investors arrive at valuations that can reasonably be used as a practical guide to investing.

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Valuation of Pre-revenue Companies: The Venture Capital Method
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2007
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This informative piece explains a well-known method that venture capitalists use to determine "post-money valuation," which is a company's valuation at the time of investment. Perhaps more important, it provides valuable insights into why the returns expected by investors are often perceived as "too high" by entrepreneurs.

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Executive Compensation in My Investor Controlled Company
Babinec Martin
6/6/2007
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Entrepreneurs struggle with how much to pay themselves and the need to use financial resources to ignite growth versus reaping cash rewards for their own labors. Once outside equity investors are involved, the struggle and decision passes to board members. This founding entrepreneur, minority shareholder in his own company, shares what has worked for his company.

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Company Characteristics Drive Executive Compensation Choices
Babinec Martin
6/1/2007
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Your company's unique characteristics guide your choices regarding executive compensation. Consider the current stage of company development, plans for future growth, intended liquidity path for company equity, and overall management philosophy around sharing financial information and rewards to help you determine what makes sense for your situation.

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Compensating, Rewarding, Retaining "A" Players
Hoagland Gina Galgano
6/1/2007
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This entrepreneur and strategic coach presents two case studies, from her entrepreneur client base, which approach compensating "A" players in very different ways. Both had the same goal though--keep them on the team.

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Design the Right Compensation Plan for Your Business
Carpenter Susan
6/1/2007
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Much work is involved in developing an executive compensation plan that keeps your company competitive, integrates short- and long-term goals, and contains performance measurement systems that tie back to compensation. Well-devised packages drive organizational goals and objectives and your top talent.

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Is Valuation a Key Issue in Funding Startups?
Lipper George
6/1/2007
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Valuation negotiations between entrepreneurs and investors are often contentious. Such valuations rarely stray from the $1 million to $3 million range for seed/startup companies that angels expect to grow to $50 million to $100 million over five to eight years. Angels are most concerned about the management team's ability to rapidly grow the company and about helping the entrepreneur achieve these growth objectives.

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