How to build and approve your startup’s budget

We are now in the midst of the budgeting season, where startups plan and approve their 2017 budgets. As a startup CEO, the annual budget is one of the main tools you have to manage your company. The annual budget sets clear goals for the employees, the management team, and the board to stand behind and do… Continue reading How to build and approve your startup’s budget

The meteoric rise of cloud platforms in 6 images

One of the major trends transforming the technology world is the meteoric growth of the large cloud platforms. Only a decade ago Amazon launched AWS to provide online services for other web sites or client-side application, and by doing so changed the way tech services would be served and consumed forever. Several other cloud platforms quickly… Continue reading The meteoric rise of cloud platforms in 6 images

Angel investing or how to avoid being the sucker at the Poker table

In the past few years, we have witnessed a constant rise in angel investing (startup raising capital from individuals). The Kaufman Foundation estimates that angel investments have long surpassed early stage venture capital investments. Surveys by the Center for Venture Research at UNH indicate that the total U.S. angel market grew from $17.6B in 2009… Continue reading Angel investing or how to avoid being the sucker at the Poker table

Connected Cars: A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity

A lot has been said recently about autonomous vehicles. But before we see fully autonomous vehicles on the road at scale, there is another important revolution that is already happening across all vehicles, both autonomous and non-autonomous — the connected car revolution. A connected car is simply a car that has an embedded wireless connection, which allows… Continue reading Connected Cars: A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity

Don’t let your first large customer kill your startup

Being a CEO of an early stage startup is tough. You have to find a way to efficiently reach customers and convince them buy your product. At the same time, you are continuously tweaking the product, battling to prove product-market fit. At the back of your mind, you know you have limited time to demonstrate… Continue reading Don’t let your first large customer kill your startup

The startup’s version of “Beat and Raise”

One of the best ways for a public company to increase its share price is by beating quarterly earnings estimates and raising full year guidance. This is what is routinely referred to as the “beat and raise.” In simple English, beat-and-raise means that the past was better than expected and the future is going to… Continue reading The startup’s version of “Beat and Raise”

Can revenue reduce your startup’s value?

Deciding when to raise money and how much to raise are among the most crucial decisions a startup CEO makes. The “textbook answer” for the questions above is to raise enough capital for the company to achieve an accretive milestone. After hitting that milestone the company can go out again and raise more money at a… Continue reading Can revenue reduce your startup’s value?