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Start-Up Guide for the Technopreneur: Financial Planning, Decision Making and Negotiating from Incubation to Exit, + Website

Book Description

A comprehensive guide to financial planning and venture fundraising for tech entrepreneurs

As technology progresses, impacting our daily lives in more and greater ways, technology start-ups come and go at a dizzying pace. There are plenty of opportunities out there for anyone with a great idea, but it takes much more than a great idea to make your tech start-up a success. In addition to creativity and new ideas, being a successful tech entrepreneur requires strategic decision-making in terms of business planning, financial planning, negotiations, and corporate governance.

This book serves as a thought-provoking guide that helps tech entrepreneurs avoid the dangers inherent in business start-ups in general and the treacherous realm of venture capital in particular. This book is the ideal reference for anyone who wants to overcome the challenges of running a start-up from incubation to exit.

  • Excellent advice for tech entrepreneurs written in layman's terms

  • Written by an author with more than fifteen years of experience as a founder and co-founder of tech start-ups in the U.S. and Asia

  • Designed to fill the role of an experienced mentor for tech entrepreneurs

For first-time founders of tech start-ups requiring venture capital, Start-Up Guide for the Technopreneur is the perfect resource.

Note: The ebook version does not provide access to the companion files.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Chapter 1: Finance for Start-Ups 101
    1. Fundraising Stages
    2. Risk/Return
    3. Types of Funding
    4. Capital Structure
    5. Intellectual Property
    6. Valuation
    7. Exit Strategy
    8. Summary
  9. Chapter 2: Know Your Investors
    1. KYI #1: Their Primary Objective Is to Make Money
    2. KYI #2: There Are Many Types of Investors, Each with Different Expectations and Capabilities
    3. KYI #3: Prospective Investors Are Looking for Success Traits
    4. KYI #4: Money Is Not Enough
    5. Summary
  10. Chapter 3: Business Planning from a Strategic Financial Perspective
    1. Value of a Business Plan
    2. Composition of a Business Plan
    3. Business Plan Customization
    4. Business Plan Rudiments
    5. Summary
  11. Chapter 4: Financial Planning for Maximizing Returns
    1. Importance of Having a Financial Plan
    2. Formulating a Financial Strategy
    3. Financial Objectives
    4. FREE
    5. Financial Plan Composition
    6. Rules of Thumb
    7. Summary
  12. Chapter 5: Successful Fundraising
    1. Planning Funding Presentations
    2. Prospectus Materials
    3. Different Types of Presentations
    4. Summary
  13. Chapter 6: Becoming a Formidable Negotiator
    1. Prenegotiations
    2. Due Diligence
    3. Actual Negotiations
    4. Concluding Negotiations
    5. Summary
  14. Chapter 7: Establishing an Investment-Grade Organization
    1. Corporate Governance
    2. Corporate Governance Best Practices
    3. Summary
  15. Chapter 8: Financial Decision Making for Optimal Performance
    1. Financial Decision-Making Process
    2. Financial Decision-Making Structures
    3. Financial Decision Making in Practice
    4. Summary
  16. Afterword
  17. Appendix A: Sample Financial Plan
  18. Appendix B: Sample Funding Proposal
  19. Appendix C: Dictums of Entrepreneurial Finance
  20. Glossary
  21. About the Author
  22. About the Website
  23. Index