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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 Do You Need Market Research?

Before you pick up the telephone and start dialing arbitrary numbers or hurrying out there and informing individuals about what you would like to sell them, you must first determine who would like to be your audience. This is the segment of the total market from where you will get the major part of your sale. Having a detailed knowledge of the gaps and needs of your target market empowers you to sell the right merchandise or services to the right customers. And, this power comes from asking your customers what they want.

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Find Your Working Capital Requirement

Now that you know why working capital is critically important to keep an organization running, the next step is to estimate how much you need. Hypothetically speaking, if all transactions were in cash and done with no time lag, the working capital requirement would be zero.

To illustrate this point, let’s suppose a company buys goods for $100 from A and at the same instant sells the entire stock to B for $250. It makes a gain of $150 without holding any stock or even, needing cash because there is no time lag between the two transactions. Therefore, its working capital requirement is zero.

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Difference Between Memorandum and Articles of Association

Unlike in case of Memorandum of Association (MOA), registration of the Articles of Association (AOA) is a non-binding requirement for a company. Section 5 of the Companies Act 2013 provides that the Articles of a company are to contain the rules and regulations for management. Accordingly, the MOA deals with the powers and limitations of the company, while the AOA deals with the powers/limitations of the management personnel. As mentioned, registration of the Articles is optional.

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Fast-track Patent Registration in India

India wants to establish itself as a patent registration hub, such that the startups from anywhere can register here. Towards this end, the Government has implemented a lot of intellectual property related proposals laid out in the Startup India Action Plan (Read here). The proposals now have a concrete structure in the form of the Patent (Amendment) Rules, 2016. These Rules aim at lower costs and faster turnarounds.

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Is Silicon Valley Being Irrational About Tech Startups?

Reproduced from our original post on LinkedIn (June 1, 2016)
Donald Trump says a lot of things, mostly crass, divisive and slighting. He has spoken once again – this time about a possible tech startup bubble, which is due to pop.
I’m talking about companies that have never made any money, that have a bad concept and that are valued at billions of dollars,so here we go again.

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How To Choose Your Business Structure

If you are looking to start a new business, making your way through the legalities is the going to be the least interesting part. Though, you’ll do well to acknowledge that they actually form an essential part of initial business planning that converts your idea into a reality.

Business FormationFor instance, legal business structure is an enabler without which business operations or growth could get into a deep freeze. Let’s say, you are setting up as an online retailer. Nearly all marketplaces will ask for your business registration before discussing anything else. Similarly, most investors, credit suppliers, and channel partners would want to see your company’s existence in government records. Not to mention, it is a prima facie indicator of the seriousness and trustworthiness of an enterprise.

The choice largely boils down to compliance burden, tax implication, and ease of operation. Following are the possible ways to get going in India:
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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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Why Are Some Startups Wary Of Equity Venture Capital

On an average, out of every 10 startups 1 will be truly successful; 3 will completely fail; and the rest will tide along till they too collapse, or get taken over. The reasons could be numerous, ranging from weaker domain expertise to lack of planning. However, limited access to required funds still poses the biggest challenge for a budding enterprise. Once the seed capital (mostly supplied by entrepreneur’s own savings or by friends or family) runs out, the need to arrange alternative means to remain afloat becomes an imperative.


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10 Tax Announcements All Startups Should Know

Startups and MSMEs have caught the Government’s attention as potential sources of economic growth and employment generation in India. The Prime Minister rolled out Startup India Action Plan in January this year, indicating that the Government is serious towards creating an enabling environment for this sector.

Eurion Constellation published an article series on some of its key announcements:

The current year’s budget has made its recommendations and some implementation deadlines have passed. So, now is the time to evaluate whether the startup sector is really on the path to the promised land. In this series, we will cover the important new announcements and concrete policy steps taken, beginning with tax sops.

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Startup Funding In India: Overview

Brimming with young energy, India presently is a fertile ground of opportunities for the businesses of all sizes. In the startup space, market trends project eCommerce, logistics, IT, and the hospitality sectors as the game changers. As they become stronger, the demand for resources – human, capital, and liquid – is also increasing. The share of these sectors in increasing in the GDP and are currently offering improved employment opportunities. A convincing present and the promising 5-year economic outlooks are pulling in huge venture capital (VC) funding from within the India and outside. In 2014, the country with $4.6 billion in its booty is the third highest venture capital funding destination after the US ($58.9bn) and China ($8.9bn). Bangalore topped the national chart claiming over 50% ($2.6bn) of the total funding, followed by NCR and Mumbai.

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