An Exit Value Premium With VC Investors

There’s a refrain I’ve heard several times from venture-backed entrepreneurs: successful startups will command an even greater premium at time of sale if the company is venture-backed, everything else being equal. Some might argue that it’s self-serving for the venture community to promulgate the idea but it makes sense considering an entrepreneur might do one…

Physical Atlanta Startup Village Idea

Atlanta has an amazing resource in Tech Square, on the outer edge of Georgia Tech’s campus in Midtown. Tech Square has all the amenities wanted in a startup hub: highly ranked engineering school, great walkability for serendipitous¬†interactions, easy proximity to public transportation including a subway station, many restaurants, tons of creative-class jobs, Starbucks, Barnes and…

Entrepreneurs That Ride Major Trends

Recently I was talking with a successful serial entrepreneur and he commented that he looks for major trends when deciding on his next business. He described it as finding a big sand box that he likes and digging around in it until he finds a great opportunity — I agree completely. I like to think…

SaaS Cost of Goods Sold for Startups

Cost of goods sold for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startups seems like it should be a straightforward topic but there are a number of different conflicting reports online. According to Wikipedia, cost of goods sold “refers to the inventory costs of the goods a business has sold during a particular period.” Of course, due to the nature…