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How do venture capital firms make money?

How do venture capital firms make money?
Posted on Sun, 9 January 2022 by scott orn

A venture capital (VC) firm has a very different business model from most companies, and it’s important for you as a founder to understand how that model works and how VCs make money. If you’re raising venture capital, you should know what motivates your investors.

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A Guide to Tax Returns for Seed Stage Startups

A Guide to Tax Returns for Seed Stage Startups
Posted on Wed, 5 January 2022 by vanessa kruze

It’s tax season once again and for seed stage startup founders, there’s a lot to know. At Kruze Consulting, our tax experts work with early stage companies through all stages of the tax process. Here are the most commonly asked questions we get from founders.

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What is an employer of record?

What is an employer of record?
Posted on Tue, 4 January 2022 by scott orn

The term ‘employer of record’ is important in the startup world right now, specifically because professional employer organizations (PEOs) are becoming much more popular.

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Paying PTO if your startup is shutting down

Paying PTO if your startup is shutting down
Posted on Sun, 2 January 2022 by scott orn

A crucial task when shutting down a startup company is notifying and paying employees for their paid time off (PTO).

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Using bond ladders for startup cash management

Using bond ladders for startup cash management
Posted on Sun, 26 December 2021 by scott orn

A situation that many VC startups face is managing their cash. Your company may have received a large infusion of capital from a funding round, and those funds are sitting in a bank account.

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How do you manage accounting complexities when you have a distributed workforce?

How do you manage accounting complexities when you have a distributed workforce?
Posted on Sun, 19 December 2021 by scott orn

More and more, employees are looking for the flexibility of working remotely, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend toward a distributed workforce.

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Closing the Deal: The Final VC Meeting

Closing the Deal: The Final VC Meeting
Posted on Mon, 13 December 2021 by scott orn

A final meeting with venture capitalists as part of a startup fundraising round can be intimidating. Like the final level in a video game, you’re very close, but it’s not over yet. Founders need to take this step very seriously. Being prepared helps your startup stand out.

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When should your startup make its first operations hire?

When should your startup make its first operations hire?
Posted on Wed, 8 December 2021 by scott orn

Once you’ve launched your company, you’ll need to expand your team as your resources allow. Your startup’s first operations hire is a critical role, and definitely needs to be filled sooner than most founders or CEOs think. Let’s jump right to the point here – we recommend hiring an operations person around employee eight to 10.

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Airbase and SVB offer a new integrated expense management solution

Airbase and SVB offer a new integrated expense management solution
Posted on Tue, 7 December 2021 by scott orn

An integrated credit card and expense management solution is now available for startups from Airbase and Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). Expense management tracks employee spending and allows companies to reimburse those expenses.

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Why don’t startups use SBA loans?

Why don’t startups use SBA loans?
Posted on Mon, 22 November 2021 by scott orn

Entrepreneurs frequently use loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to acquire or grow small businesses. Startups, however, rarely use SBA loans for a variety of reasons. Before we get into that, let’s look at what an SBA loan is. 

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For a seed round, are many investors or a small group better?

For a seed round, are many investors or a small group better?
Posted on Sun, 21 November 2021 by scott orn

Startups require funding, and founders spend a lot of time locating investors. If you’re looking for seed funding, is it better to assemble a large group of investors who provide smaller amounts, or a smaller group of investors who invest large sums?

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Steps to shut down a startup

Steps to shut down a startup
Posted on Tue, 16 November 2021 by scott orn

Even the best entrepreneurs build companies that don’t work out and move on to more success later. If you’re in the process of shutting down, I want to explain to you some of the steps to shut down your company appropriately.

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Know your zero cash date

Know your zero cash date
Posted on Mon, 15 November 2021 by scott orn

Zero cash date, also called cash out date, refers to the day a startup runs out of money. Founders, CEOs, CFOs, or really anyone associated with the company wants to make sure the company has plenty of cash and doesn’t hit the zero cash date.

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How to make a good operating plan for your pitch deck

How to make a good operating plan for your pitch deck
Posted on Wed, 10 November 2021 by healy jones

Pitching to potential investors will include some element of talking about your financial plan - but looking at a 1,000-cell spreadsheet is an invitation to get lost in the weeds. There’s a time and a place for that, but not in a 30-minute pitch. Here’s how to effectively abstract your operational data to aid fundraising conversations.

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Accounting for startup financing from Pipe

Accounting for startup financing from Pipe
Posted on Sun, 7 November 2021 by scott orn

Pipe.com is a new lending marketplace that allows companies with recurring revenue streams to generate cash or capital upfront by factoring, or trading, their future payment stream.

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