Ricardo Moraes

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Are early stage startup valuations determined at random?

To many, it seems like early stage startup valuations are determined at random. Given that these companies often fetch higher valuations vs. their counterparts in other industries — despite lack of significant revenue, hard assets, or even direct public companies to evaluate them against — this …

Don’t be Furby

<i>This post originally appeared on VentureBeat.</i><p>When I started in venture five years ago, investing in hardware startups was essentially impossible. …

Startups

Ideal first round funding terms

My last 2 posts were about things to avoid, so I thought it might be helpful to follow up with something more positive. Having been part of or …

Term Sheet Hacks: Get a Great Deal

Nivi · April 1st, 2007<p>“Having information that the other side doesn’t have gives [VCs] an advantage… they take advantage of entrepreneurs who haven’t …

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company. Due to …

5 founder-friendly financing terms that give power to entrepreneurs

In the first half of this year, the level of venture-capital investment hit its highest quarterly mark since Q2 2001. Big M&A deals like WhatsApp, Oculus and Zillow have become prolific. And more and more companies are getting financing at eye-popping valuations.<p>For many startups, the hot …

Chart: Venture capitalists are once again seeing solid returns (and beating Wall Street)

The high-risk, high-reward game of venture capital appears to be paying dividends again. After a long dry spell in which investors were better off …

Entrepreneurs, here’s how to think about your valuation

A couple of discussions related to our portfolio companies last week led to me write this blog post. The timing could not have been better, since there have recently been some great posts related to this topic from Jamie McGurk and Stephen McDermid at Andreessen Horowitz, and from Fred Wilson at …

Commentary: 3 ways to value your startup

Many entrepreneurs struggle with having the “valuation” discussion with investors. Given that many startups have no revenue, much less profits, well …

Top 5 Due Diligence Steps For Business Angels With Graeme Porteous

According to a report by NESTA, Business Angels who perform at least 20 hours of due diligence experienced fewer failed investments. If due diligence is so important for business angels, what is it, who is doing it and how are they doing it? To find out I met with Graeme Porteous, one of the most …

10 Fundraising Lessons I’ve Learned as an Angel Investor

After selling my startup, the first big “purchase” I made was an investment in another startup.<p>I loved the idea of angel investing; I wanted to give back to the community that supported me when my startup was little more than a crazy idea. I wanted to be involved with promising startups outside of …