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Calculating Your Equity Value

Earlier this week, I gave some background on the 409A valuation: what it is and how to correctly value options. Let's move on to equity valuations as we continue to investigate the process of formal valuation for your common stock. What is an Equity Valuation? Equity value is the total value o...

Generating Your 409A Valuation

At some point along your start-up journey, you are going to need to set a value for your company, in other words: have a formal valuation done on your common stock. Figuring out when and how to do this and generating your valuation report can be a confusing, costly, and time-consuming process. But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s start with the basics to demystify valuation. First, let’s take a...

Crowdfunding 101: The Social Funding Craze - Part 1

For small businesses, crowdfunding (also called crowd financing, crowdsource funding, and/or social funding) circumvents the traditional funding model of seeking capital investments from angel investors or venture capitalists. Instead, crowdfunding allows start-ups to raise money directly from a group of people—”regular,” real people as opposed to financial wizards—one small donati...

Angel Investors vs Venture Capitalists: Targeting Funding Sources

When you’re looking to fund your start-up, should you pursue funds from an angel investor or a venture capitalist? Your first response may be: whoever will give me money! Sure, you may be at the point where you feel ready to take money from whomever will give it to you, but it’s actually more complicated than that. Before targeting a potential funding source, there’s a lot to consider. You m...

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