Startup Transitions: Signs It’s Time to Move On

Creating a business is an incredible process. Founders, CEOs, executives and even staff who get in on the ground floor of a startup put their heart and soul into businesses, which is usually a good thing. However, this means that there are lots of emotions involved. Many founders refer to their startups as their babies and feel a strong tie to the businesses. This feeling is helpful. It is what keeps other team members fired up and it fuels the long days and nights spent at the office fixing problems and making it all happen. However, this emotional connection to the company can also keep CEOs and founders involved in the business past the optimal point to get out. How do you know when it's time to move on and sell the business?

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Inbound M&A Is This The Right Decision For Your Business

For most entrepreneurs, nothing is more satisfying than seeing their small startup become a successful, thriving business. And that success doesn't go unnoticed for long. Competitive brands and private equity groups are always on the lookout for new and established businesses with positive growth potential. In these cases, it doesn't take long for an attractive M&A offer to be made.

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Know Your Worth: Calculating Working Capital in M&A Transactions

Working capital is a measure of the capital a business uses during its day-to-day operations. This calculation is important because it gives an insight into the short-term financial health of the business.

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6 Reasons M&A Deals Fail

Merging with, or acquiring, another entity is always going to be a risky venture no matter how extensive the negotiations and due diligence process are. As with any major purchase, issues may not be clear until after the fact, and a lot of things can happen once everything is already said and done that may end up destroying any potential value before it is even realized. Here are six common reasons that M&A deals fail:

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What Happens to Stock When a Company Gets Acquired?

It is fairly common for both small and large companies to merge with and acquire other firms to gain a competitive edge. Although mergers and acquisitions are often considered together, the end result is obviously slightly different. Mergers tend to occur when both companies are on more equal footing, and many of the attributes of each company are retained post-merger to maximize the results of the integration. On the other hand, acquisitions usually involve a larger company purchasing another company, with some aspects of the smaller company remaining and others likely being changed to suit the needs of the acquiring company.

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Tech M&A - How to Plan for A Successful Exit

Budding and seasoned entrepreneurs know that building a business from the ground up and then taking it public or selling it for a handsome sum is the ultimate end game. But, just because the desire and diligence are there does not mean that it will actually come to fruition. It can take months to years of strategic planning and perseverance before the pursuit of a viable exit plan is even a possibility. And, with such fierce competition in so many sectors, especially the tech world, taking the right steps to position your company for a well-timed exit will prove vital to the success of the process. Here are some ways to ensure that your company can implement a successful exit strategy:

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Pre-Money vs. Post-Money Valuation: The Key Differences

Valuation is an incredibly important yet quite complicated business concept. Even the savviest of entrepreneurs encounter some difficulty understanding valuation and the manner in which it is calculated. This is understandable given that there are various ways to come up with a business’s valuation, not to mention the fact that there are actually different types of valuation. In particular, the notion of pre-money valuation as contrasted with post-money valuation can be quite confusing. Although these types of valuation are essentially the same in that they describe a company’s overall value, they are simultaneously quite different as their impact on investors’ ownership interests varies. Here is a brief look at pre-money valuation as compared to post-money valuation and how the two similar yet not so similar valuation concepts differ.

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How Frequently Does a Business Valuation Need to be Performed?

A business valuation may be performed at some point in a company’s existence for various reasons. In some cases, a business may simply wish to understand its value, but for the most part, there will be a specific reason that the valuation analysis is sought. It often relates to investment decisions, exit planning strategy, a potential sale or buyout, or because of an impending IPO.

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6 Common Questions Venture Capitalists Ask

Startup founders know that sourcing and then actually getting an infusion of venture capital can be quite a feat. The economic climate is always in flux, as is the nature of the competitive landscape. As a result, startup founders must do their research before approaching any potential venture capitalists (VCs). It is essential to know the type of businesses the VCs tend to invest in and how well those ventures are faring to ensure the right avenue is pursued. Of course, startup leaders must also be aware of the expectations and requirements the VCs will have, so that they can be well prepared in advance. VCs will no doubt have a ton of inquiries, and if things progress, a lot of concrete data will be requested and scrutinized. Here are some common questions startup leaders must be prepared to answer:

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5 Tips to Make a Stellar First Impression When Meeting With Investors

Startup founders know that securing funding early is critical to a company's long term success. As a result, there is a lot of pressure and stress when seeking investors and participating in fundraising rounds. Company leaders must ensure that they are completely prepared before diving in head first, so here are some tips to make a stellar first impression:

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