Over the past five years, the number of women who have founded companies has increased substantially. Naturally, the number of female-led IPOs has grown as well. The largest win took place in 2016 when Therese Tucker, who owned 15.60 percent of BlackLine – a company she founded in 2001, went public. The average IPO takes […]
When joining or building a company, it is imperative that you understand the laws around equity. As an employee, not understanding how stock options work may leave you with expensive tax bills for worthless stock. As a founder, doling out equity too liberally will leave you with a sliver of the company by the time […]
You’ve heard the age-old adage, “Taking money from a VC is like getting married.” It’s true. The average company exit—whether it is through an acquisition or an IPO—will occur within 8 years of starting a company. Based on a 2009 Census study, marriage exits (more commonly referred to as divorces) typically occur within 8 years of walking down the aisle.
This year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) celebrated its five-year anniversary recently, but the real celebration was amongst the wave of new entrepreneurs – filmmakers. This year, 300 aspiring creators submitted their ideas to the NVFF Pitch Panel Contest. Twenty semi-finalists were selected to participate in a boot camp with producer & pitch writer, […]
Being an entrepreneur is like no other job. It’s not 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Some days it’s 9:00 am to 5:00 am. I’ve watched the smartest, most energetic people crumble from the stress. And I’ve watched average people, like you and I, master chaos. I’d like to share with you how I learned to […]
I had the pleasure of hearing VP of Product Revenue for Twitter Kevin Weil discuss Twitter’s monetization strategy at Ad Age Digital. His presentation gave me insight into the question that everyone wants to know: how much am I worth to Twitter?
It is easy to fall into the trap of being overly obsessed with what you think something is worth as a seller. But, it is important to face reality. The reality is it is not about what you think something is worth, but what the economy dictates its worth. Get it?
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First and foremost, we must understand what the investor wants from us. This brings me to the first mistake. Often entrepreneurs will spend hours practicing a pitch that does not tell the investor what he or she wants to know.
Acquirers, typically large technology firms with cash to burn, recruit classically trained investment bankers and train them to identify early stage opportunities. We call this function corporate development, as the role finds holes in the corporation’s current technology and uses acquisitions to develop these areas.
Whether you’re looking to raise a round of capital or sell your company, it’s important to understand how to value your company. The best way to value a company is to research comparable transactions in the market. We’ll take a look at Fortune Brands’ acquisition of Skinnygirl for an easy-to-follow example.