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Delaware: To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question

The U.S. share of global venture investment has held steady at around 50% for the past five years. It was 51% in 2020. While this is down from an 84% share in 2004, and 90%+ share throughout the 1990s, high-growth tech companies with global market opportunities and unicorn potential would nonetheless be foolish not to …

Best Practices for Long-Term Incentive Planning

This post is co-authored by Kelly Wells and Teresa Foltz. Many elements go into the formula for attracting, retaining and developing the right talent for your organization. In assessing how you’re doing across each of these elements, one of the questions you’ll undoubtedly want to explore is “What kind of long-term incentive plan should our …

7 Practices for New and Up-and-Coming Business Leaders

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This post is co-authored by Carter Freeman and Mike Wilfley. As vcfo celebrates 25 years of making companies stronger, we also celebrate the new and emerging entrepreneurs and leaders that continue to start and build the businesses of tomorrow. Being a firm of this age, comprised of professionals with deep careers at the highest leadership …

Understanding Management Team Makeup and Personalities

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The Importance of Management Team Composition in a Time of Instability Business leaders are facing an unpredictable environment in which challenges and opportunities are constantly shifting in degree, frequency, and intensity. CEOs are navigating their businesses through an era in which technology is remaking the very foundation of business, while also facing intensifying turmoil in …

Alternatives to Traditional Venture Capital Equity Financing

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Get Funded While Retaining Control SaaS companies face challenges getting funding from traditional lenders. There are several reasons for this, including lack of positive cash flow and the absence of hard collateral. However, as the SaaS business model has matured and become better understood, an increasing number of institutions are willing to provide alternative, non-equity, …

Labor Force – Employing the Disabled

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The Labor Force That Some Don’t See – Employing the Disabled We’ve heard it for some time now. The labor market is tight. Unemployment is low. Finding the right talent is tough. Certainly, the pandemic has caused many to opt-out of employment for a variety of reasons – substantial unemployment benefits, health concerns, family care, …

Corporate Philanthropy and Business Values

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The Evolution and Elevation of Corporate Philanthropy Corporate philanthropy has evolved immensely over the past few decades. Our recent conversation with three CEOs adds light to this shift and provides helpful insights to others that are looking to weave philanthropy more tightly into the culture of their companies. Below, we share the corporate philanthropy experiences …

Enterprise Sustainability and Cash

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Enterprise Sustainability – Cash and Context The COVID pandemic impact hit hard and fast. Before the government could roll out supportive mechanisms in response to the pandemic, many businesses simply ran out of cash along with options that could have kept their doors open. No one could have fully foreseen COVID-19’s economic impacts, but many …

Nonprofit Leadership in Times of Crisis

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Nonprofit organizations can be particularly hard-hit by unforeseen crises. In most instances, they face these challenges with lower financial reserves than most – reserves that could help them weather the storm were they more substantial. As supporters and contributors contend with personal and business concerns of their own, fundraising efforts languish and donations drop. As …

Understanding Key SaaS Metrics to Get Funded, Part II

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“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Peter Drucker Part I of this post covered the first four metrics that are the macro drivers of valuation, including ARR, Bookings, the Cash Conversion Score, and the Rule of 40. Part II covers additional metrics that provide powerful insights derived from measuring SaaS unit economics. Here are …