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Why Venture Capital Investors Should Want to See Your Five Year Financial Proforma - Rockies Venture Club

Why Venture Capital Investors Should Want to See Your Five Year Financial Proforma - Rockies Venture Club | Startups | Scoop.it
A good venture capital proforma should show all years from present through exit to demonstrate your ability to SCALE, justify VALUATION, and plan for EXIT.

Many entrepreneurs and VCs alike are hesitant to produce a proforma for more than two years out into the future.  They claim that it’s impossible to know what will happen and that the third year and beyond are “just numbers.”   While I would agree that nobody expects a startup to perform according to its projections, I am heartily in disagreement with the claim that a five year proforma doesn’t tell us anything.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, February 12, 2014 3:15 PM

Totally agree with Peter. the numbers going out 5 years show the savvy investor that you are:

1. considerate of what they are used to seeing

2. have thought well beyond the possible about how to get there

3. that you believe you can scale and can put that on paper



And the rest of what Peter says about valuation,investor return, and exit strategy prove that you know what you are talking about. 


So many entrepreneurs think it's all about the PRODUCT PRODUCT PRODUCT. Investors don't really care that much about the product. They care about the people they are investing in. and if the people aren't willing to the the energy and thinking into a 5-year projection are they really the type of people a VC wants to invest in? 


This, I know first hand.  

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 13, 2014 11:59 AM

Learn to think like an investor is my advice to very Startup pitching to either an Angel Investor or a VC. This is another good article explaining this. Remember that financial projections are an essential part of your business plan.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 13, 2014 12:11 PM

Another great article by an investor.

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FEEDING YOUR STARTUP | The Importance of Choosing the Right Angel Investors and Investment Strategy | The Impact Angel Group

FEEDING YOUR STARTUP | The Importance of Choosing the Right Angel Investors and Investment Strategy | The Impact Angel Group | Startups | Scoop.it

At the last two of our Summer Learning Series events, some angel investors shared their own perspectives and experiences. Surprisingly enough, the advice seemed to circle back to the concept that the process for choosing investors (and co-investors) needs to be given as much attention and priority as the process of vetting potential startup investments.

As one presenter, Dr. Floyd Taub – physician, entrepreneur and angel investor – wisely analogized – having a startup is like having a baby.  Exactly what and how much you feed it (as well as who might be feeding it) is very important.  As Dr. Taub said:

 

“Entrepreneurs need to be re-educated from the frequent initial thought that they are ‘selling their baby’ to understand that they are selling paper in order to ‘feed their baby’. Not only do babies frequently starve, but those who are underfed, may be stunted or at least have a significant and costly growth delay.”

I’m a real fan of analogies, so this really resonated with me. I thought I’d embrace my analogyitis and take this a step further with a few examples that can apply to both babies and startups…

To read the full article and check out these new startups, click on the title.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:20 PM

How do Angel Investors think, what are they looking for, how do they educate themselves? What is important to them. Good article.

Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:22 PM

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Tips for Getting Started on Your Startup

Tips for Getting Started on Your Startup | Startups | Scoop.it
Budding entrepreneurs beware: advice is everywhere and it's easy to fall down a rabbit hole of research rather than getting anything accomplished. If you want to be successful you need to stay orga...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 17, 2013 9:06 PM

A few good tips for starting entrepreneurs.



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Talking to angels and VCs? Get to 'no' as fast as you can

Talking to angels and VCs? Get to 'no' as fast as you can | Startups | Scoop.it
Startups seeking angel funding shouldn’t be so afraid of the word “no.”

 

By Brian S. Cohen, Chairman of the New York Angels.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 1, 2013 5:31 AM

You can get a lot of information from 'no'. Just don't waste your time on the ones who are not right for you.

Best tactic: show up with the best business plan you can put together. Then the 'no' will not be about issues related to your presentation or your numbers. It will be about the right fit.


Don't waste the investor's time either, show up with a great business plan.


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Timothy Wright's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:31 PM

Great Advice, VCs and Angels can tie you up waiting for an answer, getting a quick no allows you to move forward with your search and see who is truly interested in getting involved.  Speed is essential for early stage funding.

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The Importance of Writing a Business Plan - exploreB2B

The Importance of Writing a Business Plan - exploreB2B | Startups | Scoop.it
Many think the main purpose for writing a business plan is for the presentation to a bank or financial institution for funding. While this may be the case, the ultimate reason should be to ...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:23 PM

Yes, number one reason, write that Business Plan for yourself!


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Crowdfunding's Disruptive DNA: The Why, How and Who

Crowdfunding's Disruptive DNA: The Why, How and Who | Startups | Scoop.it
Investment crowdfunding is going to disrupt and re-shape early stage capital markets. But not only for the reasons you’ve likely heard. There’s more to it. Crowdfunding is the product of not one, but two, strands of disruptive DNA.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:46 AM

It's definitely evolving this way. Crowdfunding is internet based and has caused many paradigms to change or bust already. Good read.


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13 Most Effective Crowd Funding Tips For Startups

13 Most Effective Crowd Funding Tips For Startups | Startups | Scoop.it

All startups need money, unless the owners are loaded. Where does that money come from? From fundraising efforts, both offline and online. Online fundraising is a lot more effective because of its sheer reach. Here are several tips for startups on how to obtain crowd funding for their projects.

 

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Angela Heath's curator insight, December 11, 2013 1:57 PM

Crowd  funding opportunities are expanding for small businesses.  It is important to stay on top of this subject.

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Silvia Aris's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:11 AM

Seguire questi 13 passaggi è un ottimo modo per gestire il crowdfunding della vostra startup. Se avete in mente di finanziarla con questo metodo, i consigli di Art Of The Start fanno al caso vostro.

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Which Start-Up Could Be the Next Big Thing?

Which Start-Up Could Be the Next Big Thing? | Startups | Scoop.it
In the unpredictable world of technology, some hot start-ups could fizzle and be forgotten. Others could be the next household name. Which one has what it takes?

When it comes to technology start-ups, there are a lot of paths to success.

Some successful start-ups sell for a billion dollars, as Tumblr did this year to Yahoo. When that happens, it’s a windfall for the founders of the start-ups as well as for the investors and some employees.

Other new companies are considered successful if they attract millions of users and venture money before going public, as Facebook did and Twitter is doing. And still others are considered hot because their products attract demographic groups that advertisers want to reach or because they have come up with some new idea or technology that seems to change the way we live.

About a year ago, right after Instagram was snapped up by Facebook, a few other start-ups seemed poised for some degree of success. Some of them, like Pinterest, Square and Uber, are still thriving, with plenty of users and cash from investors. Others, like Path or Airtime, have lost steam, and users’ attention, and may be on their way to the tech boneyard.

This year, there’s a new class of interesting start-ups to watch. Some are attracting record numbers of new users and significant amounts of venture capital, or appealing to a new and interesting demographic. Some are simply working on a new idea that seems to be taking off. In the unpredictable world of tech start-ups, any of them could fizzle and be forgotten by the end of the year. But they could also be the next big thing.

To read the full article and check out these new startups, click on the title.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:04 PM

Interesting to see which new startups are becoming succesfull. Take a look.

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Business funding - it starts with a plan!

Business funding - it starts with a plan! | Startups | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for funding to start your business, one of the first things you need is a business plan.

 

When starting a business I always advise people to write a business plan. Why? The process of creating a plan ensures you work through what you are trying to achieve, it validates your business idea, and allows you to see where you are going and how you intend to get there. It is never just because your bank manager or potential source of finance will want to see one. 


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paulgreen's curator insight, July 11, 2013 7:12 AM

Whilst there is a lot of press coverage about how banks are not lending money, one aspect of this is how poorly a business plan is presented to a bank  in order to receive funds.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 11, 2013 8:35 PM

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How to Incorporate a Competitive Analysis Into Your Business Plan

How to Incorporate a Competitive Analysis Into Your Business Plan | Startups | Scoop.it
If you’re working to get a small business enterprise off the ground, one of your most important tools will be your business plan. This is the document you will show prospective investors that will give them the confidence and peace of mind necessary to hand you their hard earned dollars.
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:24 AM

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DAVID T DEWBERRY's curator insight, November 8, 2013 8:31 AM

Most SBME know their busines, what they do. What most require assistance withis the business of the business, which is beyond what they do(the product or serivces they provide). The busines of the busines is the how they do their business, the Financials, HR, Marketing, Legal, etc.

 

There's the challenge and opportunity, why? They're so involved in doing, working in the business many never get to the point of working on their business. Most business plans sit on the shelf collecting dust on in a drawer never seeing the light of day. A living, breathing business plan that is followed, updated, executed is essentail to reach the business full potential. It dosen't matter if you're a start up or been in business for year, the formular for success is the same. Plan your work and work your plan! a workable business plan has an implemetation plan that is very easy to follow has specific duites and responsibilites with action items , who is to to do what where and when. SMART...Specific...Measureable...Acheivable...Realistic....Timeline!

 

The difference between just being in business and having a succussful business is how the busines owner(s) know and do the business of the business. Trusted advisors, consuktants can assist with expertise and guidance , the ulitmate responsiability and accountability is within the owners ability to not only work in the business , but to work on the business.

 

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Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.)

Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days (Includes Successful Templates, E-mails, etc.) | Startups | Scoop.it
Mike Del Ponte co-founded Soma, which raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter using virtual assistants and free apps. I first met Mike Del Ponte two years ago when he was running marketing at Bran...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 5, 2013 9:37 AM

Fabulous advice from Tim Ferris. Check out this strategy if you're serious about a succesful crowdfunding campaign.


Some basics about crowdfunding: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html


Use the Crowdfunding Pitch Formula from Dave Lavinsky to top it all off, watch the presentation video: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freemoney/gt4045/

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'Crowdfunding' trend poised to make mark on US investing landscape - Washington Post

'Crowdfunding' trend poised to make mark on US investing landscape - Washington Post | Startups | Scoop.it
'Crowdfunding' trend poised to make mark on US investing landscape Washington Post Gathering small sums of money from a large number of people online — known as “crowdfunding” — is poised to take off in the investing world, with backing from...

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 30, 2013 2:08 AM

It's happening. Expect another huge wave as soon as the SEC publishes the new rules.

Some basics for startups: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html

Philip Cardwell's comment, May 7, 2013 5:47 PM
You are right, Marc. That is the message that we are trying to get to those who may want to utilize EQ CF., by having them attend: http://www.equitycrowdfundingdaily.com/1/post/2013/05/the-most-anticipated-crowdfunding-event-of-the-year.html
Marc Kneepkens's comment, May 8, 2013 12:37 AM
Good information, let's get the word out.