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Startup Valuation Is Not That Important

If this title got you excited, you could be a fan of television shows, where unlimited money seems to be on offer and deals close in minutes. The real world could be different, though. Once you have a prospective investor excited about your team, your merchandise, and your business, they will invariably ask about your startup valuation? Many entrepreneurs stumble at this stage. You could either lose a deal or a sizeable chunk of your company. Many founders either give no answer or quote an excessive and indefensible number. The damage could be beyond repair becuase by this time, an investor is convinced that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Kevin Harrington, the “original” shark from Shark Tank, says


“Nothing turns off an investor more than when an entrepreneur comes in with a ridiculous valuation”



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Why Are Startups Losing Valuations?

There has been a barrage of not-so-good news for the startup community, with funds flow ebbing and investors toning down their expectations. Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund Trust Mid Cap Growth Portfolio, Fidelity Rutland Square Trust Strategic Advisers Growth Fund and Valic Company I Mid Cap Strategic Growth Fund have marked down the value of their investments in Flipkart. On the other side, Zomato too was marked down by HSBC. RBI Governor recently remarked, “If the only reason you are getting revenues, not profit, is because you are selling based on 50 per cent discount, it can’t be viable in the long run.”

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