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How to Negotiate Valuation With a Startup
How to Negotiate Valuation With a Startup The key to negotiating the valuation for a startup is to find and examine each value that is already in the business, as well as each value that must be built to achieve a successful exit. Start with the team and check to…
Minimum Information an Investor Should Receive
Minimum Information an Investor Should Receive After closing an investment round, the startup should set up a monthly report to the investors. Here's a list of information to send an investor: Customer wins -- list out key sales successes. Celebrate every win. Key metrics -- show the core 1-3 metrics…
Investor, Advisor, Mentor, Board
Investor, Advisor, Mentor, Board There are four ways someone can help a startup outside of becoming an employee. You can be an investor, an advisor, a mentor, or a board member.  As an investor, you can fund the startup. As an advisor, you can guide the founder on strategy and…
What You Should Do After You Sign the Check
What You Should Do After You Sign the Check An investor does a great deal of work before the investment is made and must also do work afterward. Here are some key points to consider: As an investor, you need to maintain contact with the startup. Make sure there's control…
Nine Types of Angel Investors
Nine Types of Angel Investors There are many types of angel investors. Here are nine types commonly seen in the startup community: 1. Networkers -- they know a great number of people and can make introductions to them. They are helpful in finding more investors as well as team members…
Angel Investing Best Practices Continued
Angel Investing Best Practices Continued Angel investing is fun but difficult especially if you want to make a return on your investment. Here are more best practices to keep in mind: Take ownership of your due diligence and don't rely solely on others. Work with angel investors both within your…
Angel Investing Best Practices
Angel Investing Best Practices Angel investing is fun but difficult, especially if you want to make a return on your investment. Here are some best practices to keep in mind: Treat entrepreneurs well because word travels fast in the startup community. No matter how hard you study, the real learning…
Know Your Why
Know Your Why In funding startups, it's important to know your why. This goes beyond making money, saving for retirement, and financial goals.  What is your mission or cause that you are passionate about? Start with your passion and what drives you. Consider what impact your investment will have on…
Powerball vs. Moneyball
Powerball vs. Moneyball There are two approaches to venture investing: Powerball and Moneyball. Powerball looks for startups that will be unicorns and pay outsized returns upon an exit. These are called home runs. Moneyball looks for startups that will return a decent amount to the investor but not outsized returns.…
Evaluating the Startup’s Metrics
Evaluating the Startup's Metrics In reviewing a startup, ask the founder or CEO for the metrics they use to guide the business. Check for these points in their metrics: 1. Do they have a key set of metrics? Many startups aren't tracking anything. 2. Is the metric appropriate for their…