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Top Seven Capital-Raising Mistakes


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In my experience of working with many managers and entrepreneurs that have had great success in raising capital for their businesses, as well as our experience of working with as many that have struggled, here are some of the key mistakes I see most typically made:

Great Q and A on Guy Kawasaki's blog re legal issues and new startups


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Can be read here at - http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2007/10/ten-questions-1.html - all aspiring entrepreneurs should take in this advice - in general Guy's blog is one of the best (if not the best) out there re venture capital, entrepreneurship, and technology.


Data versus Intelligence in Your Business Plan


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A business plan, in its essence, is the process of mapping out with as much accuracy as possible, what the future of an enterprise or business initiative will be. To forecast effectively, the business plan strategist must intelligently evaluate and synthesize available industry and market data into a plan of action supporting credible market and financial projections. To do so effectively, it is paramount to efficiently differentiate between business data and business intelligence.


Your Business Plan: Are You Taking Enough Risk?


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When working with our clients to develop their business plans, we often reach a place where a fear arises that can best be illustrated by the moment where entrepreneurs asking the question, "What if this doesn't work?"

 

Entrepreneurship and business planning, by their natures, inherently contain the very real possibility, and often probability, of goals not being attained -- and of the corresponding losses of time, money, reputation, and often the concurrent growth of self doubt.

 


The "Flywheel" Value of a Business


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Entrepreneurs and managers of startup companies and small business often under-value the "root" value of their enterprises. Similar to how a car, if it simply runs no matter how poor its condition, has a baseline value, so does a business.

 


Cooling of Real Estate Market good for private equity/venture capital?


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Continue to be of the belief that the cooling of the real estate market will be a positive for the private equity/venture capital markets - see very similar market conditio


Entrepreneurship and the Terrorist Threat


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On the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, brought to the forefront of everyone's minds naturally and unfortunately comes the discussion of the terrorism threat, both in its perception and reality.

What Is Your Business Worth?


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There are three traditional valuation methodologies utilized in determining the worth for a private company.

They are:


Recurring Revenue Business in the 21st Century


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A fundamental metric in measuring the value of a business is the degree to which it can generate recurring, repeat profitable revenue from its customers. From businesses as diverse as wireless data providers to potato chip manufacturers, the ability of a business to both consistently predict its future revenue streams and retain its existing customer base on an ongoing basis have traditionally been considered "holy grail" metrics of business value.
The unique structure of business in the 21st century, however, make building recurring revenue business models uniquely challenging:


Manage for the Intermediate Term


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With financial headlines dominated by the recent declines in the stock and bond markets, a creeping sense of economic foreboding has entered into the thought and decision-making processes of managers across the corporate spectrum.


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