Recent Posts by Laura Fagundes

Virtual Data Rooms: Everything You Need to Know

As the name suggests, a virtual data room, or as it is more frequently called, a “VDR,” is an online database in which companies can store and share confidential information, usually used during a financial transaction. It may also be described as a type of electronic repository or document filing system. With the ubiquitous reliance on computers and specialized software to keep a business running smoothly, coupled with the fact that more and more companies are making the transition to a completely paperless office, many of the previously document-heavy operational practices have been shifted to the virtual realm.

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Expectations for Data Breaches in 2015

Data breaches are not a new phenomenon. Of course, the method of illicitly obtaining information may change and the scope of the attacks may grow, but such is to be expected in a constantly changing world with ever- evolving technology. There have been plenty of headline grabbing data breaches over the last year. However, it isn’t totally clear whether breaches are actually on the rise or whether the victims of breaches now have the means to detect invasions (which perhaps had occurred in the past and just weren’t noticed). Regardless, network infiltration and information theft are rampant and concerning, and the following are the data breach trends experts anticipate in the coming year. 

Insidious Insiders

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Venture Capital Funding- What's Happening Now?

We recently gave a shout out to the billion dollar ventures dominating the startup scene. Of course, most (if not all) of those companies are household names, but there are a surprising number of lesser known startups that are also above, at, or approaching billion dollar valuation. These meteoric valuations are due, in large part, to the current nature of venture capital funding. Firms and investors eagerly scramble to find the next best thing, often ratcheting up the value of businesses that aren't even off of the ground yet.

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Startup Roundup: Today's Most Successful Billion Dollar Startups

It is abundantly clear that we live in a world that not only wants technology to address everyday issues, but expects it to solve problems many folks didn’t even know they had until the clever solution came into existence. For example, most people rely on text messaging as their primary means of communicating with family, friends, and even colleagues or clients. And they often take photos with their camera phones to send to these people. Of course, many people don’t really think about the things they say in a quick text message to a colleague or confidant, the nature of the photos they send, where those messages and photos could end up, or the fact that something that was intended to be private could become oh so public. Thanks to some embarrassing (and in some instances catastrophic) hacks and leaks of private exchanges, a lot of people started to realize that they needed to be more careful about what they sent out into the cyberworld and how they sent it. Fortunately, a tech startup came to the rescue, delivering an app that allowed individuals to send pictures that the intended recipient could briefly view before it disappeared forever.  

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5 M&A Deal Killers

 

Almost every sector of the global economy is experiencing rapidly increasing M&A activity. Of course, the overarching reason for the M&A madness is the economic recovery, but there are other factors at play that are further fueling the volume and value of these transactions. Notably, debt is particularly cheap, private equity is soaring, and there are a lot of new players getting in the game, including foreign sovereignties and crowdfunded buyers. Regardless of the specific details of a particular transaction, there are certain things that can kill just about any deal. Here are 5 M&A deal killers and a few tips on how to avoid them.

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Webinar Recap- Finance for Startups: How to Think Like a CFO

On December 9, 2014, we hosted a great webinar featuring Irene Klepp, outsourced controller for startups and early-stage businesses. During the webinar, Irene reviewed top financial apps for small businesses as well as best-practices and resources for companies who don't have in-house accounting staff.

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Dark Cloud on the Horizon?

Floppy disks and thumb drives are a thing of the past, but our universal reliance on computers, data, and the Internet is stronger than ever. Constantly improving technology has allowed many companies to completely restructure the way they conduct business, including the way that employees fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Notably, there has been a significant increase in jobs that allow individuals to work from home, with some companies encouraging the practice to cut down on overhead expenses. In reality, there are quite a few folks who can get their work done pretty much anywhere outside the traditional office or cubicle, and they can do so at any hour of the day, as long as they can easily access a computer or tablet and the Internet.

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New Webinar- Financial Basics for Startups: How to Think Like a CFO

The founders and CEOs of startups and small business juggle multiple responsibilities, one of which is financial. This includes accounting, financial roadmaps, and more. At larger companies, these duties normally fall into the hands of CFOs and controllers, but startups don’t always have that advantage. 

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How the Election Results Could Impact Startups and Small Businesses

The midterm election witnessed depressingly low voter turnout. It was likely due, at least in part, to widespread dissatisfaction with the political gridlock that has been plaguing our nation’s capital. It doesn’t make any sense for citizens to avoid the polls when they are unhappy with politicians’ actions, or lack thereof, but it tends to happen nonetheless.

However, now that the Senate has shifted right, and the GOP has control of both houses, there is general hope that the newly unified Congress will actually start to enact some legislation. Many experts are optimistic that the economy will continue to improve, with startups and small businesses expected to benefit from the pro-business environment and policies. The following are some of the pertinent issues for the business community:

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Preparing and Sharing a Business Plan with Potential Investors

Most businesses will need funding at some point, whether just getting started or several years after things are up and running. Regardless of where you are in the process, if your business is seeking venture capital funding, it is vital to have a solid, detailed business plan to present to potential investors. In addition to crafting a comprehensive plan, you must present it in a professional, organized manner.

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