Recent contrarian signs are raising the probability of more stock gains ahead, and they could be significant. However, a contrarian outlook is possible when there is widespread agreement about a significant next move.

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Back in April, we predicted that the next time Uber raised capital, it’s valuation would fall so far that it would go from the highest valued startup in Silicon Valley history and the highest valued startup in the heady ride-sharing space. The Information reports that the rumored Softbank deal would come at a steep discount from Uber’s near-$70 billion valuation, valuing the company between $40 billion and $45 billion.

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A Range Not A Price [0.14]

Posted on Aug. 3, 2017, 9:35 a.m. by AVC @ [source]

Entrepreneurs often struggle with how to signal their valuation expectations to investors.

But entrepreneurs don’t want to negotiate against themselves and certainly don’t want to undervalue themselves.

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The fight to block Obama-era proposed rules that family business owners say will wreak havoc on their legacy plans is heating up again.

The proposed rules, “Restrictions on Liquidation of an Interest for Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes” under Section 2704, would curb valuation discounts and mean increased estate taxes on the deaths of owners of family businesses.

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Exit Strategy for Boomers [0.13]

Posted on July 27, 2017, 5:11 a.m. by Barbara Weltman @ [source]

We can’t live forever, and planning an exit to our businesses is essential … for us, our families, our employees, our co-owners (if any), and our companies. According to the Exit Planning Institute, most of the owners’ assets (80% to 90%) are in their businesses, yet most are not ready to reap full value.

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Earlier this month-- while we were all still fixated on bro-gate-- Pitchbook put out an interesting report on WeWork’s unimaginable new $20 billion valuation. Pitchbook attempted to put some perspective on just how big of a jump in valuation that was for a company that has had it’s own bro scandals and deals in the nitty gritty of hard to scale real-world office space...

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You might firmly believe you have found a winning idea or an excellent opportunity to take advantage of but you will need the appropriate amount of financial support and resources to put your plans into action. If you have a business proposal that demonstrates how you might be able to take a venture doing $1 million turnover into one that is generating $10 million 24-36 months later, you will most likely have the attention of a venture capitalist, provided everything else stacks up.

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Global industrial development leads to new innovations in strategic deployment, forcing human contribution evolve as well. For example, the inclusion of ESG integration strategists in organizations around the world is imperative to establish a global standard.

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Business partnership buyouts can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, a business partner is no longer aligned with the vision of the company.

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When raising equity investment, the mindset of an entrepreneur should be focused on maximising her chances of success after the funding round, not maximising the valuation at this funding round. However, there is so much more to a funding round than just selling to the highest bidder, particularly from the perspective of the entrepreneurs behind the business raising equity finance.

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When you are entering an investment, it is essential that you mentally check which argument you are making and whether you have enough evidence or reason to use that argument.

Unfortunately, I was not following Kroger closely enough and did not look at this graph when fiscal 2017 numbers were announced.

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Which best brand list is right? [0.18]

Posted on June 13, 2017, 5:46 a.m. by Denise Lee Yohn @ [source]

BrandZ just published its annual brand valuation report weeks after Forbes released its best brand list.

BrandZ says it uses financial information from annual reports and other sources, such as Kantar Retail and Kantar World panel to yield an “Attribution Rate.” They then multiply corporate earnings by the attribution rate to arrive at “branded earnings,” the amount of corporate earnings attributed to a particular brand.

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I have been thinking a lot lately about the best way for angels interested in making pre-seed stage investments to put money into start-up companies. I’ve come to the conclusion that investing in accelerator funds is better than joining an angel group.

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Forget Snapchat. One of the most speculated about potential IPOs in Silicon Valley this year is file sharing and storage company Dropbox.

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Domain valuation: How to price and sell domains [0.20]

Posted on April 13, 2017, 1:30 p.m. by Garage @ [source]

Have you ever wondered what your domain name was worth? Whether you have a domain that’s about to expire or an eager buyer contacting you out of the blue, knowing how to price and sell domains is incredibly important.

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For years, I have resisted paying carried interest to accelerators as a way to invest in start-up companies because I have thought about the decision incorrectly. I don’t avoid paying money managers to help me find companies to buy in the stock market because I like picking stocks.

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Recall Masters was founded by a veteran programmer with $500,000 of his own money. Now it's seeking a valuation of more than $40 million.

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From The Archives: Convertible Debt [0.01]

Posted on March 13, 2017, 4:03 p.m. by AVC @ [source]

MBA Mondays are back after a one week hiatus. Today we are going to talk about convertible debt.

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You should never take a job for the money, borrow from friends or date someone based solely on their bank account. However, this valuation advantage has since diminished, raising the question of whether these stocks have become overbought.

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Discount Rate [0.05]

Posted on Feb. 6, 2017, 6 p.m. by Exit Promise @ [source]

The discount rate can be defined in several ways. For purposes of this post, the discount rate will be defined as it relates to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and the Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) valuation method.

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