May 14, 2014 - Why spend time creating a financial plan if you don’t use it to guide your business? If creating a financial plan is one of the single most impactful steps entrepreneurs can take in creating a thriving business, following it is critical to making sure a business stays on course. A good financial plan literally serves as a roadmap to establishing and growing your startup.
April 30, 2014 - Of all the aspects of building a big company from scratch, nailing a great company culture is perhaps the hardest to quantify and thus also one of the hardest things to do. It’s inherently difficult because it’s all about people - there will be all different types of people in an organization and the needs of the organization will require different skills and talents at different points along the journey.
April 30, 2014 - Are you an employer that is unclear of the value of Human Resources as a business partner? Or maybe you’re a small employer and do not have the resources to hire a dedicated HR professional? No matter your company’s status – there are several legal fundamentals that you’ll want to comply with in order to keep out of hot water and avoid costly fees.
April 30, 2014 - In Q1 2014, 58 US venture capital funds raised $8.9B according to Thomson Reuters and the NVCA. This represented the strongest fundraising quarter by dollars raised since Q4 2007. However, the five largest funds raised this quarter accounted for 60% of total dollars raised, demonstrating further polarization among large, longer-tenured firms and smaller, new firms.
April 16, 2014 - When I heard that Box.com had filed for IPO, I was excited to look through their S-1 filing as the company could be the first big hit of a new generation of SaaS companies that are riding the “consumerization of IT” wave. SaaS companies such as Box.com, Dropbox, Evernote, Github and Hubspot look more like consumer software companies compared to companies like AthenaHealth, Conerstone, ExactTarget, SuccessFactors, Veeva and Workday that have professional services staff and account managers to help make customers successful.
April 16, 2014 - There were 105 US venture backed M&A transactions in Q1 2014 with $7.5B in disclosed deal value according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the NVCA. Disclosed deal value on a rolling four quarter basis increased 38%, partially due to a 19% increase in the number of deals disclosed. Additionally, the average M&A deal size reached $259MM in Q1 2014, the highest level since 2004. According to PitchBook, the median deal size was $40MM in Q1 2014 of 111 venture backed M&A exits globally (PitchBook Data, Inc. 2014).