While the Internal Valuation drivers are the foundation for any solid company, the external elements are the multipliers of a deal. While the Internal elements are “required” and can move the needle on a deal toward the higher end of normal, it is these elements that really create exceptional results. Timing, Scarcity Value, Industry Dynamics […]
THE SERIES A CRUNCH I recently published a whitepaper on the challenges that early stage therapeutic device companies are having raising money, along with what I hope is some meaningful advice on alternative funding options. The gist of the article is that friends and family money is still fairly easy to come by. Initial seed round funding […]
Jonathan Greechan, a partner at The Founder Institute, was interviewed by Business Insider. “What we have found is that if an early-stage founder can check off the ten items below, they have a solid foundation by which to start a company,” said Greechan. My take, this is as good a list as any. In my […]
Entrepreneurs are passionate about their business. Sometimes overly so. Read this terrific article on how to avoid several common mistakes that will ruin an otherwise successful pitch meeting. From FastCompany, by FC Expert Blogger Josh Linkner, 12/6/11
Venture capital performance continued an upward trajectory as of the first quarter of 2011, the improvements were seen across all time horizons, with the exception of the 15-year numbers, and were driven by the strong one-year venture capital return of 18.5 percent.
Overall, Cooley’s data pointed to a year marked by slow but steady improvement in the financing environment. In 2010, deal volumes reached a level not seen in the last five years. Median pre-money valuations increased across all deal stages and saw a significant increase in “up rounds” versus flat/down rounds. Up rounds represented 60% of all financings in 2010, a level not seen since 2008. Additionally, the percentage of recapitalization transactions fell in 2010, though the number of tranched deals remained flat from prior years.
There were 90 venture capital fundings in New England in Q1 2010, according to the PwC/NVCA MoneyTree™ Report based on data from Thomson Reuters. That represents a 23% increase over the same quarter in 2009. The recently published report details venture capital activity nationally for Q1 2010, as well as 2009 and prior years.
In their most recent survey of venture capital financing transactions, the law firm of Cooley LLP notes that pre-money valuations were up in Q1, and there was a material increase in the number of financings with pre-money valuations north of $100 million.