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ENTREPRENEURSHIP SERIES: USING REALISTIC ASSUMPTIONS CAN BE TRICKY, BUT VALUABLE

Over the years I have written many business plans and created countless financial forecasts for startups and early-stage companies. One of the most difficult aspects of creating a financial forecast is identifying realistic assumptions. The earlier the stage of development of the company, the more difficult it typically will be to make reasonably accurate assumptions. Depending on the main purpose of the financial forecast, or the business plan that the…

Market Psychology and the Risk of Compacency

With the markets reaching new all-time highs, I thought it would be worthwhile to consider how far the markets have run from the lows after the “Great Recession” of 2008/2009. The S&P 500 bottomed out at 666. As of today (August 27, 2018), the S&P 500 is trading at about 2,890, which represents a 333% gain since March of 2009. We can review multiple metrics to try to determine if…

Entrepreneurship Series: Men With Hats

From time to time I write articles about the tenets of good entrepreneurship qualities and guidelines, and this article definitely fits within that category. In teaching entrepreneurship classes, one thing that often is discussed is the need for professionals to wear many hats. This is especially true with start-ups and very early-stage companies. Typically these firms just do not have the resources to attract and compensate a full compliment of…

THE FIVE MOST COMMON MISTAKES MOST STARTUPS MAKE

THE FIVE MOST COMMON MISTAKES MOST STARTUPS MAKE In working with startups and early-stage companies for two decades, there are a few common mistakes I have seen these companies make that can be highly damaging to their chances for success. Statistics show that more than 90% of all startups fail within their first year. While there are many reasons for failure, these common mistakes are heavy contributors to the percentage…