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Building Financial Infrastructure for Your Startup

Building a financial infrastructure for your company may not be high on your list. When you’re just starting out, most startups don’t give much thought to the financial aspects of growing their business. That’s a mistake. The thing to keep in mind is that financial infrastructure isn’t just about tracking expenses and paying bills. It’s selecting the right tools and putting into place t...

HR Infrastructure for Early-Stage Companies: The Golden Rule

If you’re an early-stage company, you’ve probably started to think about the question of human resources. And, if you haven’t, you should. What kind of HR processes do you need to have in place? What kind of legal documents? Recruiting strategies? Policies? There’s a lot to consider. My HR recommendation for early-stage companies is simple: I believe in the “don't be an ass” a...

Banking Solutions for Your Start-Up

Choosing a banking solution is one of the most important decisions you’re going to make as a start-up. You’re not just choosing a bank: you’re choosing a partner. When you’re looking for a bank, you want one that will help you to manage your cash flow and minimize your risks. You also want one that will help you with investments, including capital preservation and return. On the surface, m...

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...

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