Tag Archives: start-up

Someone Wants to Buy My Business! Now What?

It’s the call many business owners dream of: out of the blue, a big competitor or maybe a holding company calls and says they’re interested in buying your business. Maybe you instantly start seeing big dollar signs, or perhaps you’re unimpressed, but either way, you’re probably thinking the same thing almost all of my clients …

SaaS Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for Fast-growth Companies in Healthcare

Did you know that the healthcare industry brings in $1.68 trillion in revenue annually? As a profitable industry, many companies want to break into this market segment through innovative new solutions. However, ensuring the business is performing effectively and profitably is imperative to its long-term success. If you offer Software as a Service (SaaS) applications …

Startup Struggles for Today’s Entrepreneur

Starting a new business is an exciting, yet often unpredictable time. Whether you’re a veteran entrepreneur or embarking on your first business venture, it’s important to understand and recognize the obstacles you’ll be facing during the startup journey. From customer retention to lead nurturing to obtaining credit, this infographic from Clarity clearly outlines the struggles …

Elements of a Successful Pitch

Attracting capital is never easy. Venture capitalists, angel investors and others who provide capital for entrepreneurial enterprises are constantly pitched for funding. In today’s market, the average VC fund will review between 80-100 deals for each one they choose to fund. However, in order to stand out to investors, entrepreneurs must know how to formulate …

Top 10 Reasons Start-ups Don’t Get Funding

From proving market viability and articulating the business plan to meeting with the decision makers, start-up companies and entrepreneurs can see a variety of challenges throughout the funding process.  However, to get funded, it’s important to also understand why start-ups don’t get funded. This summer I was a panelist in the vcfo webinar  “Pitch to …

Top Questions for Startup Funding

What should my pitch deck look like? What do I need to tell the investor? What are the top reasons companies fail to get funding? Recently, I co-hosted a webinar with my colleague, Carter Freeman, on the topic of startup funding and answered these vital questions, among others. For those interested in watching the webinar …

Elevator to Exit: Hein, vcfo and Dailey Presentation

vcfo recently co-sponsored an event for clients and guests entitled “Elevator to Exit”, covering a company’s life cycle from a financial and capital perspective. The presentation, as well as a handout summarizing the company life cycle and actions needed, is available on the vcfo website. Presenters included David Hieb, Partner of Dailey Partners, Carter Freeman, Managing …

The Funding Process of a Start-Up

Which do you prefer: 100 percent of nothing, or 17 percent of $2.6 billion? From the beginnings of an idea to the IPO, a start-up experiences multiple stages throughout its lifecycle. In particular, funding is a major make-it-or-break-it point for start-ups, especially for those entrepreneurs unable to see the value in sharing ownership of the …

What you need to know about crowdfunding

While attending a recent “CrowdFund Texas” event, I was struck by the level of interest for this new platform to raise capital funds. At first look, it’s easy to see why. Companies now have an opportunity to pitch their ideas and investment requests to the world online through dedicated crowdfunding sites, therefore greatly expanding a …